AFF

The Ancient Forests Foundation (AFF) is a Canadian-based non-profit organization that has been set-up to manage the finances for the wildforests project. Our goal is to support the continued development of wildforests.co so it sets a better example of social collaboration on behalf of forest conservation. The photography portfolio will continue to set a new benchmark for expressing the diversity of forest ecosystems.

Michael Spagnut, President

Our prez has a life-long love of BC Coastal forests. He spent his childhood in Vancouver, BC and graduated from the University of British Columbia in Forest Science and attended BCIT for information systems development. His passion for outdoor pursuits such climbing and skiing has helped to shape his appreciation of forest conservation issues. In that time, the environment movement has made positive strides in engaging the BC public on resource-use debates.

Julie Mollins

Julie Mollins is a journalist who has worked as an editor, writer and social media specialist for the Forests News blog in Bogor, Indonesia. She has also worked for the Reuters news agency in Toronto and London as an online editor and web producer. She served as a web producer and communities editor for AlertNet, the former humanitarian news website run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Before Reuters, she was a researcher and reporter for several national news and business publications in Canada, including Maclean's, Canadian Business and MoneySense magazines. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Innis College in the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto.

Paul Bertner

Professional photographer, traveler, and adventurer. Paul Bertner has a background in cell biology and genetics, and graduated with honours from the University of British Columbia. Tossing aside an illustrious career behind a microscope he visited the Amazon and passed down the rabbit hole. Now his interests include tropical rainforest macrophotography, the study of tropical rainforest ecosystems and natural history as well as systematics, taxonomy and pursuant to several remote jungle mishaps, parasitology and tropical diseases. Now he spends 8 months out of the year photographing rare and unusual fauna in some to the last pristine areas on earth for the likes of the Discovery Channel, Photolife Canada, and a variety of educational institutions around the world.

Alexander Frei, Chairman

Owner of an internet consultancy with experience in finance and business leadership. He graduated from UBC with an honours degree in languages. He has been a member of the executive board of the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce (KCC) for 5 years, as well as serving on the Board of the British Columbia Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) for 5 years. As a member of the BCSARA board Alexander represented the interest of the volunteer searchers within his constituency, the Sea To Sky region of British Columbia, on issues pertaining to governance, safety, training, and more recently fundraising. Beside being a financial advisor Alexander is also involved with a software company whose goal is to enfranchise people in developing countries by allowing them to more actively participate in the global economy by means of tools that permit individual to buy and sell to one another with low frictional costs. Alexander is always looking for ways to make positive change in the world through his business endeavours and community involvement.