Andy MacKinnon

Esquimalt-Metchosin

Andy MacKinnon

Esquimalt-Metchosin | esm@bcgreens.ca

I'm a retired biologist and forest ecologist. I've lived in Metchosin for nearly three decades now. I truly believe that this is one of the best parts of the world in which to work and raise a family. And I want to ensure that the wonderful opportunities provided to me will be available for my children. I was initially drawn to B.C.'s Green Party by their positions on environmental issues. Neither the NDP nor the Liberals have progressive environmental policies. But the more I looked into the B.C. Greens' policies, the more I appreciated their balanced approach to social, economic and environmental issues. I believe the BC Greens are the right choice for Esquimalt-Metchosin, and the right choice for British Columbia. I think that Esquimalt-Metchosin has enough like-minded voters that it might elect a B.C. Green Party MLA, and I think that my combination of decades of work as a scientist and community activist, and my last 2+ years political experience as a Metchosin Councillor, position me well to be that B.C. Green Party MLA.

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Andy MacKinnon is a forest ecologist who lives in Metchosin B.C. Since December 2014 he’s also served as a Councillor in Metchosin. Until his retirement in 2015, he worked for the B.C. Forest Service for three decades, mostly on B.C.’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 B.C.’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 (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.

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