BC Grazing Mentors

As part of the On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) program, you have the opportunity to work with a Grazing Mentor to support the development of a Grazing Management Plan. We have a growing network of grazing mentors and are trying our best to provide resources across all of British Columbia.

Below are profiles of current Grazing Mentors who have signed up to work with CFGA and BCFC to implement the program in British Columbia.


MentorLocatedRegion
Nadia MoriRose PrairiePeace Region
Chris SoleckiBurns LakeBulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George & Beyond
Serena BlackPrince GeorgeFraser-Fort George, North Cariboo
Jim ForbesKamloopsThompson-Nicola, Cariboo-Chilcotin
King CampbellSalmon ArmThompson-Nicola, Okanagan, Cariboo-Chilcotin
Rob DinwoodieVernonOkanagan-Similkameen, Cariboo-Chilcotin
Carl WithlerKelownaSouth Okanagan, Boundary

Nadia Mori (Peace Region)

Nadia is a forage and range agrologist based out of Rose Prairie, BC. She has a background of working as a forage specialist in SK for almost 10 years before relocating to BC. She was also an instructor for the SK Range team, supporting young range professionals. Nadia is the current coordinator for the Peace River Forage Association of BC.

Contact: nadia.mori@usask.ca


Chris Solecki (Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George) & Beyond

Chris is an articling agrologist and ranches on his family ranch based in Burns Lake, BC. As such, he has the practical, on-the-ground knowledge of cattle ranching in the Bulkley-Nechako region, which is backed with an undergraduate degree from Thompson Rivers University.

Contact: chrissolecki_30@hotmail.ca
Phone: 250-212-1725


Serena Black (Fraser-Fort George, North Cariboo)

Serena is a professional agrologist based out of Prince George, BC. She has been working in the forage and livestock sector for 6 years, and the agriculture sector for more than 10 years. As a consulting agrologist, she is passionate about supporting farmers getting the resources they need to continue to build a thriving operation. She is an Environmental Farm Plan advisor, and is passionate about soil health, grassland systems and on-farm demonstration research.

Contact: sblack@industrialforestry.ca
Phone: 250-564-4115 ext2233


Jim Forbes (Thompson-Nicola, Cariboo-Chilcotin)

Jim Forbes grew up in the Cariboo ranching industry and has been working around cattle operations both large and small for all of his adult life. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Major in Animal Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 1986. After a few years in the private sector, he joined the Ministry of Agriculture and has worked in many capacities throughout the province over the past 31 years including 4-H Specialist, Livestock Agrologist, District Agriculturist, Land Use Agrologist, Provincial Beef & Bison Industry Specialist and Regional Agrologist.

Contact: 4bzagcon@telus.net


King Campbell (Thompson-Nicola, Okanagan, Cariboo-Chilcotin)

Based out of Salmon Arm, BC, King Campbell is a professional agrologist that has worked with the beef industry for more than 30 years, including more than 11 years working with Ducks Unlimited. King graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, and also works as an Environmental Farm Plan Advisor.

Contact: kingfcampbell@gmail.com


Rob Dinwoodie (Okanagan-Similkameen, Cariboo-Chilcotin)

Rob Dinwoodie resides in Vernon BC and has been involved with the beef industry for over 30 years. He worked as a Range Officer for the Ministry of Forests in the Okanagan and is familiar with grazing management as it applies to the various values on the land. Rob has a love for rangelands and currently is working as a consultant for Investment Agriculture Foundation as a planning advisor and BC Cattlemen on projects relating to Targeted Grazing for the prevention and mitigation of wildfires. Rob has been a professional agrologist for over 30 years.

Contact: rdinwood@shaw.ca
Phone: 250-306-5570


Carl Withler

Carl Withler has a long history of natural resource management in BC, with experience in agricultural productions, forest management and environmental interests – having worked in all three provincial Ministries. Based out of Kelowna, BC, Carl works as a consulting agrologist, is a honorary member of the Kettle River Stockman’s Association, and holds a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from the University of BC. Carl was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the BC Institute of Agrologists in 2021, and is passionate about supporting ranchers and farmers in efforts to sustainably manage the landscape.

Contact: cwithler@gmail.com