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Administrative Office

BC Association of Professional Archaeologists

367 Roslyn Boulevard
North Vancouver, British Columbia
V7G 1P1

Tel: 604-265-1494
Administrator: Raelene Danks


Past President

Christopher Verral – President

Christopher has been on the board of directors since 2015. In addition to his role as Treasurer, he has been an active member on committees, serving as Chair of the Bylaws and RISC committees.

Christopher received his B.A. in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University in 2005 and spent several years working in Human Resources before joining the CRM world in 2011. He has worked extensively across the province conducting fieldwork, reporting, and as a project manager. He spends his free time chasing his 3-year old daughter around, trying to stop her from climbing tall things.

Devin Forbes – Vice President

Devin is new to the BCAPA executive. He originally joined the association in 2014 and became a professional member in 2020. Devin looks forward to facing the challenges of the CRM industry and hopes to use his new position within the association to advocate for Indigenous communities and consulting archaeologists, as well as to further the association’s efforts to promote positive change in how archaeology is conducted in BC.

Devin has been engaged in archaeological research for 12 years and has been employed as a full-time archaeologist since 2013. His career has led him across British Columbia, but his main areas of focus have been Vancouver Island, the mid-coast, and Haida Gwaii. He is a Northwest Coast Permit Holder and has a wide range of experience including HCA permitted and non-permit field surveys, evaluative excavations and systematic data recovery, GIS mapping, report writing, post-field analysis, and project management. His work has relied heavily on knowledge and insight from local community members, and he has been fortunate to have worked alongside and learned from highly experienced Indigenous and non-Indigenous archaeologists throughout his career.

When not in the field or behind a desk, Devin enjoys spending time outdoors with his dog, Pepper, and his friends and family.

Michael Elvidge – Treasurer

Michael (He/Him/His) is the current treasurer of the BCAPA and has been a member of the Association since 2012. This is his first year on the executive and he intends to continue in his role as treasurer. Michael holds an undergraduate (hons) degree from Simon Fraser University (2013) and is currently enrolled in a graduate program (MA) at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. Michael’s academic work explores digital archaeology, decolonial practices, data governance and their applications to cultural resource management archaeology in Canada.

Michael has nine years of professional archaeological consulting experience and is currently employed as a Project Manager. Michael holds numerous permits and directs fieldwork throughout the Province’s Interior Plateau and has significant experience conducting small to large scale assessments. He loves to discuss lithics, geology, botany, and enjoys challenging established archaeological paradigms.

When he’s not doing archaeology, Michael can be found rock climbing, hiking, rock-hunting, and hanging out with his dog Bentley and his partner Carmyn.

Erin Willows – Secretary

Erin has been a member of the BCAPA for over 10 years. She is currently filling the role of secretary on the executive committee and is also a member of the Standards of Practice Committee and Public Education committee. Erin has worked as a professional archaeologist in BC for almost 20 years. Internationally, she has participated in the excavation and analysis of human remains at various stages of mummification; and the analysis of mortuary practices in the Acarí Valley of Peru. Erin spent February of 2015 in Guatemala working with individuals affected by human rights violations in an applied capacity to impart how inter/multidisciplinary fields collaborate in the investigation of human rights violations, as well as in the process of the exhumation, recovery and analysis of mass graves, and transitional justice. Erin is an active volunteer in the community working with local NGOs on environmental stewardship education & outreach programs.

Abby Wilson – First Director

Abby is a fresh face within the archaeology world, with 3 years working in BC and in her second year on the BCAPA. She received her B.A. in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of New Brunswick in 2012, participating in archaeological adventures in Belize and Romania during the summers. She made her way across Canada and immersed herself in the seasonal tree planter and ski hill life before rediscovering the joy of archaeology, starting work in the Interior in 2019. She has had the privilege of working with a number of organizations and in various sectors doing fieldwork and reporting as a junior archaeologist, and is excited to start this season as a Field Director.

As with all aspects of life, she decided to dive headfirst into involvement and join the executive in the First Director role. She is looking forward to meeting the many faces in the BC archaeology community when the world allows for public socialization. When not working, she can be found skiing or biking, making quick long weekend trips back east to her family, or enjoying cold beverages in the sun.

Matthew Ross – Second Director

Matt is the current second director of the BCAPA. This is his second year on the executive and he remains excited to hold his position. He holds a BA in anthropology from Vancouver Island University and an MSc in archaeological science specializing in organic residue analysis from the University of Bradford.

Matt has worked as an archaeologist in BC since 2013 and has participated in projects throughout the province. He is currently a field director in the northwest coast region of BC. His project experience has included archaeological impact assessments, desk based assessments, archaeological monitoring, excavation, and reporting.

When he is not working Matt enjoys hiking, running, foraging, and cooking whatever he’s found while foraging.

Raelene Danks – Administrator

Raelene joined the BCAPA in 2012. She 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 including a B.A. in Criminology, a certificate in Applied Computer Applications, and is certified as a Legal Office Assistant.

Jeff Wilson – Past President

Jeff has been a member of the BCAPA since 2012, former chair of various committees and served 3 years as the Second Director from 2014 to 2017. He is looking forward to the Association’s growth with new ideas on the reflection of past experiences as a director.

Jeff graduated UNBC with a B.A. in anthropology and has over 10 years of experience with a solid mix throughout the province on projects of all shapes and sizes. He is a permit holder in the Sub-Arctic Boreal Forest and field director for the Interior Plateau. His interests are inclusive of diversity and inclusion as well as strong indigenous engagement and leadership on projects. When not in the field and reporting, he enjoys the torture of CrossFit and exploring the local trails, eateries, breweries, and wineries.

Committees & Groups

The contact list for committee and group chairs is on the Committee page.