- Scott Rogerson (President) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cameron Robertson (Vice President) email@example.com
- Heather Kendall (Secretary) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Christopher Verral (Treasurer) email@example.com
- Megan Harris (1st Director) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Achinie Wijesinghe (2nd Director) email@example.com
Scott Rogerson – President
Scott is the current President of the BCAPA. This is his second year as part of the executive after being elected Vice President in 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.
Cameron Robertson – Vice President
Cameron is the Vice President of the BCAPA. This is his second 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 fieldwork in BC, he can be found in the jungles of Melanesia where he has been supervising a number of cultural heritage assessments.
Christopher 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.
Heather Kendall – Secretary
Heather is the Secretary for the British Columbia Association of Professional Archaeologists. This is her first year as part of the executive, being elected at the 2018 AGM. Heather has been an active member of the BCAPA since 2007.
Heather completed her B.A (hons) and M.A at Simon Fraser University in 2007, and 2014, respectively. Her master’s thesis focused on the characterization of chert toolstone material in the mid-Fraser region, and their relationship to artifacts recovered from EeRl-7 (the Keatley Creek site). In addition to academics, Heather has been working as a consultant archaeologist in British Columbia for 12 years and has worked in the Yukon and the Caribbean. Heather is a field director in the sub-arctic/Boreal, Interior Plateau, and Northwest Coast culture regions and is a permit holder for the Northwest Coast. Heather works for Archer CRM Partnership in Burnaby.
Heather lives in North Vancouver and has two dogs, Chert and Cash. She has a love of shoes, hiking, geology, woodworking, kayaking, and traveling.
Megan Harris – First Director
Megan is currently the First Director with the BCAPA and chairs the Membership Committee. This is her first year on the executive after being elected at the 2018 AGM. She is an archaeologist working in the Similkameen. Megan completed her undergraduate degree at UBC in 2012 and her MA thesis at SFU in 2017 focusing on ground stone disk beads from the Salish Sea region. Megan has been working as an archaeologist since 2012 throughout British Columbia with experience on small and large-scale projects.
When Megan is not in the field, she enjoys baking, travelling, and canning everything in sight.
Achinie Wijesinghe – 2nd Director
Achinie was the past President of the BCAPA and is the current Second Director. This is her third 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 over 12 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, watching TED Talks and travelling with her fellow foodie husband.
Raelene 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.