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BC Association of Professional Archaeologists

367 Roslyn Boulevard

North Vancouver, British Columbia

V7G 1P1


Tel: 604-265-1494

Administrator: Raelene Danks


Past President

Administrator and Directors Profiles


achinieAchinie Wijesinghe - President

Achinie is the current President of the BCAPA. This is her second year as part of the executive after being elected as Vice President in 2016. She has been an active committee member of the BCAPA since 2005.

Achinie graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University (2005) and worked as a consulting archaeologist for 10 years. Her passion for fieldwork and First Nation community engagement was sparked during her field school in Kamloops (2004). She has experience working on various large and small scale projects throughout BC with a special interest in the Interior Plateau.

Outside of her day job, Achinie enjoys experimental cooking, listening to jazz and watching TED Talks. She is a firm believer in the importance of being kind and that there is no present like the time.


web_ScottScott Rogerson - Vice President

Scott is the current Vice President of the BCAPA. This is his first year as part of the executive after being elected at the 2017 AGM.

Scott completed his B.A. at the University of Sydney in 2005 in Classical Archaeology with an honours thesis on Apulian Red Figured Vases and his M.A. in 2010 at the University of Birmingham focusing on Landscape Archaeology, GIS and Virtual Landscapes with a Master’s thesis on Archaeological Predictive Modelling in the Boreal Forest. Scott has over twelve years of archaeological experience in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Greece, Cyprus, Ireland and the Near East of which seven years has been spent predominately working in British Columbia. He is an archaeological permit holder in Northeastern British Columbia, Northern Alberta, Yukon and the Northwest Territories and specializes in linear corridors and large scale projects. Scott lives in Terrace and is a Managing Partner at Roy Northern Land and Environmental Ltd. Scott enjoys UTVing, international travel and not catching salmon in the Skeena River.


chris1Christopher Verral - Treasurer

Christopher is the current Treasurer for the British Columbia Association for Professional Archaeologist, serving his second term on the BCAPA executive. After receiving his BA in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University in 2005, he spent several years working in Human Resources before joining the consulting world in 2011. He has worked extensively across the province on both large and small scale projects and is particularly interested in issues surrounding First Nations engagement in archaeology.



MHeathfield_PhotoMegan Heathfield - Secretary

Megan currently holds the Secretary position of the BC Association of Professional Archaeologists. This is her first year on the executive after being elected at the 2017 AGM. She is a professional archaeologist, currently working as the Regulatory Engagement Coordinator for the Ktunaxa Nation Council in Cranbrook, BC. Megan has worked as a consulting archaeologist throughout Southeastern BC since 2005, with additional archaeological experience in Portugal, the Kingdom of Tonga and the United States, as well as extensive experience in the related fields of biological archaeology and forensic anthropology in Canada, the United States, and Mexico since 2004.



nicole1Nicole Kapell - First Director

Nicole is currently the First Director with the BCAPA and chairs the Membership and First Nations Liaison Committees. Nicole has been an Associate Member with the BCAPA since 2010.

Nicole grew up in southeast Saskatchewan and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University in Ontario in 2005, majoring in Anthropology with minors in Archaeology and Classical Studies. She has worked as an archaeological consultant for the past twelve years in Belize, Central America, Northern British Columbia and Alberta, and now works in the Ktunaxa Territory in southeast BC. Nicole joined the Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC) in 2010 and currently manages KNC engagement in environmental and archaeological projects within the Ktunaxa Territory.

Outside of work and archaeology Nicole sits as vice president on the Bavarian Barbarians Roller Derby Association board. She obviously plays roller derby, snowboards, just got into cross country skiing, and since obtaining a 9-5 office job, now hikes for fun instead of work!


Cam-photo-3Cameron Robertson - 2nd Director

Cameron is the Second Director with the BCAPA. This is his first year on the executive after being elected at the 2017 AGM and he is excited to participate in the association and give something back after being a member for a number of years.

Cameron holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Victoria and an M.A. in Anthropology specializing in mortuary archaeology from the University of Alberta. Cameron has over 11 years of experience in archaeological investigations and over that time he has participated in numerous cultural heritage projects of varying scales in Canada, Russia, Australia and the South Pacific. When not conducting field work in BC, he can be found in the jungles of Melanesia where he has been supervising a number of cultural heritage assessments.


raelene1Raelene Danks - Administrator

Raelene joined the BCAPA in 2012. She has worked as an administrator in the environmental consulting field for nearly a decade. Her exceptional organizational skills and many years of experience working with BC archaeologists enables her to successfully administer the Association.

Raelene has a diverse educational background. She is certified as a Legal Office Assistant from Capilano University, she has completed an Applied Computer Applications Certificate from BCIT; and she holds a B.A. in Criminology from Thompson River University.

Raelene was born and raised on the North Shore, and like many of her neighbours enjoys hiking up the mountain with her dog, snowboarding/skiing, and floating on the Seymour River during the summer. More recently, she has developed a passion for growing her own food and has been yielding produce for her family and pet bunny rabbit, Mr. Hoppings.

Past President Profile

kim1Kim Christenson - Past President

Kim is the Past President of the BCAPA (2016-2017), held the position of Vice President from 2015 to 2016, and Secretary from 2012-2015. She has also been active in the Membership Committee since 2010 and has assisted in implementing the new application forms and processes.

She holds a B.A. with a joint major in Anthropology/Archaeology from Simon Fraser University (2005) and an M.Sc. in Skeletal and Dental Bioarchaeology from UCL, in London, England (2009). Kim has worked in consulting archaeology across British Columbia for 12 years, and has taken part in human remains excavations, inventory, and analysis in BC and Europe. Kim has been a Registered Professional Consulting Archaeologist (RPCA) since 2010, and is a permit holder in southern BC, a field director for northeast BC, and a Resource Inventory Standards Committee (RISC) instructor.

Outside of archaeology, Kim is passionate about international travel, dogs, wine, and gardening; the usual suspects.

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