Executive Director

Jessica Hutchinson, M.Sc., EP.

Jessica Hutchinson specializes in ecological restoration and riparian areas management. She has worked in the environmental field for 14 years conducting wildlife habitat assessments, terrestrial ecosystem inventories, fisheries habitat assessments, and watershed level restoration plans. She is currently the Executive Director for Central Westcoast Forest Society and Ecologist/Owner of Coastal Rainforest Services and President of Strawberry Isle Marine Research. Jessica has a Master’s of Science from Royal Roads University in Environment and Management.

Director of Operations

Mandala Smulders, B.Sc. Environmental Science.

Mandala was raised in Bamfield, BC on the west coast of Vancouver Island, where she spent her childhood exploring the outdoors and gaining a great appreciation for the plants, animals, interactions and processes that make a healthy and diverse ecosystem. After completing a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University she worked in a variety of managerial and educational roles. Most recently she worked as an Environmental Monitor for a large-scale hydroelectric project in Pemberton and on local infrastructure projects based in Vancouver, BC. Mandala is currently the director of operations with CWFS, managing a number of ecological restoration projects.

Project Manager

Tom Balfour, B.Sc. Earth Science.


Tom began his career working in mineral exploration. He spent seven years as a project manager and junior geologist on grassroots exploration programs. During this time he worked extensively throughout B.C.,Yukon, N.W.T, Nunavut, and the Western Sahara desert. Joining CWFS in 2015, Tom has shifted his focus to the design and implementation of habitat restoration projects on the west coast. He earned his bachelors of science from the University of Victoria.

Environmental Technicians

Megan Francis, B.Sc. Geography and Environmental Sustainability

Megan has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria in Geography and Environmental Sustainability. Since acquiring her degree, she has been focusing her efforts on conservation on the coast of British Columbia. Megan has three years of experience working for non-profit organizations facilitating citizen science programs, developing educational programs and restoring wildlife habitat. Currently, Megan is working as an environmental technician and volunteer coordinator for CWFS.

 Stephenie Charleson, 

Keya Porteus, 

Gene Antoine,

Taylor Gunstone, DIP Resource Mangament



Rebecca Broten.

CWFS Alum (from left - right, top - bottom):
Jaime Pascoe, Rebecca Broten, Kat McGlynn, Jessica Hutchinson, Lisa Fletcher, Lily Burke, and Emily Thicke.

CWFS employees