Grant Parnell

I grew up in West Vancouver and enrolled in the forestry faculty at UBC directly out of high school and finished the bachelor degree in 1978. I paid for university through summer work in sawmills and in field forestry on the coast and after graduation went to work for a forestry consulting firm in Kamloops. Articling with the senior forester in the firm, I registered as a professional forester in 1980 and stayed with the consultant until 1985. I worked closely with local Forest Service staff and through that association chose to move to public service in 1985. I initially was stationed in Dease Lake before moving to Smithers in 1988 and Victoria in 1992. Since 1985, I have enjoyed ten different roles in three different ministries as a technical and program forester, manager, director and executive since 1985.

My current role is very interesting with opportunities each day to learn more about agriculture in BC, Canada and the world. I am also an appreciative fan of the very knowledgeable and talented staff across the ministry. My role is one of leading the way for the division, providing resources and tools needed to deliver and ensuring that the vision and mission of the division is well integrated with government priorities and well understood by all that deliver services and programs on behalf of the Province. I live in Victoria and take some time to enjoy the outdoors by golfing and running. My wife runs a soaps, body creams and candles business which I help manage and also dote on two dogs constantly entertain both of us and from time to time one or more of the division staff.