Richard J. Hebda, PhD, is a botanist who studies the vegetation and climate history of British Columbia, the ethnobotany of First Nations in BC, climate change and its impacts, ecology and origins of Garry Oak and alpine ecosystems, and the botany of grasses. He has been a curator at the Royal British Columbia Museum for more than 37 years and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Victoria for more than 33 years. Richard has served as BC?s expert advisor on Burns Bog and as science advisor in palaeontology. In 2013 he received the Queen?s Diamond Jubilee medal for his services to paleontology and in 2015 the Canada-wide Bruce Naylor Award for curatorship in natural history.
Sheila Greer is the heritage manager for Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, assisting the First Nation in fulfilling its responsibilities as steward of and voice for the many manifestations of its heritage and history.
Alexander P. Mackie has worked as an archaeologist on the west coast for 40 years. He spent 20 years with the BC Archaeology Branch, including 14 years as a member of the Kwäday Dän Ts’ìnch? Management Group with responsibility for liaison between the government of BC, the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and the scientific research team. In 2013 Al returned to the private sector as a consultant and researcher.