The Future of BC’s Ancient Forests

Join us October 10th for a critical conversation on how, together, we can shape the future of BC’s ancient forests while supporting the species, communities, and First Nations cultures that depend on them.

Where: Sunset Labs at 400 Herald Street, Victoria (**waitlist available for in-person attendance)** or ONLINE via livestream
When: Thursday, October 10th, from 7-9pm
Presentations by: AFA’s TJ Watt, Andrea Inness, and guest speakers
Co-hosted by: Ancient Forest Alliance and Stream of Consciousness

‘The Future of BC’s Ancient Forests’ will delve into the pressing social, cultural, political, and environmental issues that impact – and are impacted by – the continued loss of BC’s rare and endangered old-growth forests.

The evening will include presentations by the AFA’s TJ Watt and Andrea Inness outlining the urgent need to protect BC’s old-growth forests and current opportunities for policy change. You’ll also hear the perspectives of guest speakers from across the ancient forest conservation movement (speakers TBA).

A Q&A panel discussion will give both in-person and online audiences a unique opportunity to pose questions to our expert panel about BC’s ancient forests, their future, and what it will take to protect them. Please send your questions in advance to We will also accept questions from both the in-person and livestream audiences throughout the evening.

Featured Guest Speakers:

Dr. Andy MacKinnon, Forest Ecologist

Andy MacKinnon is a forest ecologist who lives in Metchosin British Columbia, Canada. Since December 2014 he’s also served as a Councillor in Metchosin, and in spring 2017 he was the Green Party candidate in the riding of Esquimalt – Metchosin. Until his retirement in 2015, he worked for the BC Forest Service for three decades, mostly on BC’s coast, where he was responsible for ecosystem classification and mapping and a program of forest ecology research focused on old growth structure and composition, effects of climate change, and BC’s native plants and fungi. Andy has also been involved in defining and implementing ecosystem-based management in Haida Gwaii and the Great Bear Rainforest. He has co-taught rainforest ecology field courses in Bamfield and Tofino (for the University of Victoria) and Haida Gwaii (for UBC). Andy is co-author of six best-selling books about plants of western North America. He’s an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, and a Professional Forester and Professional Biologist in BC. Andy was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Simon Fraser University in 2013. He’s President of the South Vancouver Island Mycological Society, and enjoys drinking good whisky and playing mandolin.

Tyson Atleo,
Economic Development Lead, The Nature Conservancy
Representative for the Ahousaht Hereditary Chiefs

Tyson Atleo is a hereditary chief-in-line of the Ahousaht Nation. As the Economic Development Lead for the The Nature Conservancy’s Emerald Edge program, Tyson works to advance community-focused conservation and development strategies in the coastal temperate rainforest and other geographies in Canada, the USA, and with colleagues in other countries around the world. For his Nation, Tyson served a four year term as the youngest elected Councilor in Ahousaht history, and led the development of and continues to serve as the vice-president for Ahousaht’s stewardship and sustainable economic development corporation, the Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society (MHSS). Tyson also worked for many years with the Government of Canada and as a consultant focused on Indigenous community development and engagement, is a successful entrepreneur in the housing sector, and co-founded The Gathering Voices Society, a charity focused on advancing innovative Indigenous led solutions to conservation and development challenges.



HOSTED LIVE AT SUNSET LABS! **Waitlist Available**
In Victoria and want to join us in person? The live event will be held at Sunset Labs: 400 Herald Street, Victoria, in Lekwungen territory (behind Value Village): Tickets & details here:

Sunset Labs is fully wheelchair accessible.

Can’t join us in person? We’ll be hosting a digital ticket of this event via Stream of Consciousness. Tickets & details are here!:


Registration is free. All ages welcome.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Livestream starts at 7pm.

Please bring a reusable mug for complimentary coffee, tea, and water.

Donations of any amount are also appreciated and encouraged. To donate to the AFA visit: or donate in person.


Please contact or call 250 896 4007.


20 local non-profits. 20 broadcasts. 20 months.1 gift.

2020 Vision is a Stream of Consciousness grant program designed to amplify & forward the deep work being done by the non-profit & charities right here in our hometown of Victoria.

“We are gifting 20 live broadcast events, over 20 months, to 20 local community-based organizations in order to help them reach more people, scale their message, capture some beautiful video, host an event, and build an expanded awareness of the cause they champion! 2020 Vision is our way of saying THANK YOU for all that you’re doing to make the world a more beautiful, just, compassionate, balanced and sustainable world.”

For more details on the program, visit:


The Stream of Consciousness 2020 Vision grant program is generously supported by the following local companies. Do please explore their works!

Purpose Five
PK Sound
Zenkai Photo
PlusROI Online Marketing
Sunset Labs
Dodd’s Eye Media
Elite Security & First Aid Services.

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