Dave Peterson

Dave Peterson, Director

Dave Peterson was appointed the role of Acting Deputy Minister, for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in April 2013 to October 2013.  He was appointed Chief Forester in May 2012 after the retirement of Jim Snetsinger earlier that year.  Dave’s present role is Assistant Deputy Minister for the Tenures, Competitiveness and Innovation Division of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, which was originally appointed in March 2011.  Prior to that, he served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Regional Operations South for the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations beginning in November 2010.

Dave served as the Assistant Deputy Minister, Field Operations for the Ministry of Forests and Range from February 2010 to November 2010, and Assistant Deputy Minister for BC Timber Sales since December 2005.

Raised on Vancouver Island, Dave started his career with the BC Forest Service in the summer of 1973.  He graduated with honours from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography – Natural Resource Management in 1980, and became a Registered Professional Forester in 1985.

Dave worked in a number of Forest Districts before moving into the Cariboo Forest Region office, advancing up to the position of Regional Staff Manager.  Following the completion of a major land use planning exercise in the Cariboo, in 1995 he moved into the private sector as President of the Cariboo Lumber Manufacturers’ Association (CLMA).

Upon the disbanding of the CLMA, he took on the role of Vice-President Woodlands with Lignum Ltd.  Corporate acquisitions led to positions with Riverside Forest Products, then Tolko Industries.  During this period, he became the Interior industry lead on joint industry/ministry Land Use Planning, Timber Pricing, and Softwood Lumber Technical committees.