GFWC Staff, Contractors & Associates

Wynet Smith, Executive Director.  B.A. (Concordia University), M.Sc. (McGill University), PhD (Cambridge University, UK).  

Wynet has more than 20 years of national and international experience in natural resources policy, planning and management. Prior to joining Global Forest Watch Canada , she worked for two years as Director of Integrated Planning for the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, where she helped ensure working groups had technical and science advisory support. Wynet worked for the United Nations from 2007 to 2012, including four years as the Coordinator and natural resources expert of the UN Security Council's Panel of Experts on Liberia, where she was responsible for monitoring implementation of forestry legislation and diamond certification. She was a geography professor at St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, England, from 2005 to 2008 and Senior Associate working on forestry issues at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington, D.C., from 1999 to 2002. While at WRI, she helped to establish Global Forest Watch Canada and served on its board for a number of years. She also has spent more than four years in Northern Canada working for co-management and Aboriginal organizations on wildlife and forestry planning, lands management, and integrated resource planning and management. Her love of nature and of learning about new places has led her to work in such diverse places as England, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Tanzania and Cambodia, but she is always drawn back to Canada. 

GFWC is moving to a more nimble management model, where we work with a network of science, GIS, and other specialists on specific projects. Some of our key contractors and associates are listed below.

Mike Rodgers,  Financial Manager. CA UK, CPA (CGA) BC


Mike has been involved in the finances of Global Forest Watch Canada since 2002, helping with initial set up. He now oversees GFWC financial activities. He currently works and volunteers in various private companies and NGOs. He has held senior financial positions in NGOs, including the Western Canada Wilderness Committee, Sierra Club of BC, and other groups in both paid and volunteer positions. He founded and later sold an organic edible bean company.

Mark Empey,  GIS/Research Technician/Intern. BSc.


Mark completed his BSc in Geomatics at Carleton University in April 2017 and a BSc in Physical Geography in April 2016. He will begin a M.Eng. in Geomatics Engineering at University of New Brunswick in September. GFWC is pleased to have someone with his skills and energy join our team.