Ecosystem Based Management Working Group Director

(2007- Present)

Alex Grzybowski was retained by the Provincial Government and multiple coastal First Nations (Aboriginal peoples) to facilitate and lead a team of representatives of provincial agencies, First Nations, Environmental Groups, communities, and forest companies mandated to provide information and recommendations on the implementation of EBM on the central and north coast of British Columbia (“Great Bear Rainforest”).

Boreal Forest Conservation Principles


In 2004, the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the conservation of boreal forests. Since then, they have been engaged in ongoing discussions with regard to the implementation of the MOU, including a facilitated multi-party workshop that produced a consensus proceedings report with action items and recomendations, and ongoing facilitated discussions associated with developing a conservation planning framework.

Land and Resource Management Planning Processes


LRMP processes are multi-party round table negotiation processes that address land use issues over large areas of British Columbia. The issues are complex, involving environmental, social and economic variables such as protecting biodiversity and wilderness, while maintaining community stability and economic development opportunities. The processes employ facilitation, mediation and training to assist the parties in resolving these issues by agreement. The Okanagan Shuswap LRMP process reached agreement on their LRMP recommendations in September, 2000. The Lillooet LRMP reached multi-stakeholder agreement to conclude the LRMP on the basis of Final Offer Selection in 2000. Stakeholders coalesced around two options for recommendation to government that reflected an unprecedented degree of common ground. The North Coast LRMP retained Pacific Resolutions to assist in process design, convening and training as well as mediation and facilitation in relation to finalizing recommendations. The Central Coast LRMP Table reached Agreement with mediated support from Pacific Resolutions on an interim plan in March 2001 which resulted in suspension of an international market campaign against coastal forest products from BC and creation of several internationally significant protected Areas – notably the Spirit Bear Protected Area. This agreement was selected by Time Magazine as the “number one” environmental achievement for 1999. More recently, the Central Coast LRMP Process has reached a final Agreement which is now being considered on a Government to Government basis between the Province of BC and relevant First Nations.

Lower Mainland Protected Areas Public Advisory Committee


This Advisory Committee consisted of representatives from the environmental community, forestry industry, labor community, logging contractor community, outdoor recreation community, mining industry, tourism industry, and the municipal and provincial government. Consensus recommendations on finalizing the Protected Areas Strategy in the Lower Mainland were agreed to by the entire Committee in August, 1996 and subsequently accepted and acted upon by the provincial government in their entirety in October, 1996.

Cariboo-Chilcotin CORE Process


The The Commission on Resources and Environment convened multi-stakeholder processes to develop land use strategies for several regions in British Columbia. Mediated negotiations were conducted with stakeholders from a wide range of interests including the provincial government, First Nations, forest companies, environmental organizations, tourism interests and mining organizations.