Marie Vander Heiden (Liimatta), comes with a Masters in Environment Education & Communications, MBA.C and; a Bachelor of Science.
Marie is recognized as an environmental and sustainability professional in Canada, with a career that spans over 20 years in diverse roles that include: Environmental Management, Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, Climate Change & Adaptation, Leadership and Communications, Renewable Energy and Indigenous – First Nations Relations. She holds: First Nations Alliance for Lands Management; National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association; First Nations Governance Leadership Certificate; Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada – Lands, Housing and Registration (FNLRS-INAC). Work History: 8 yr – United Nations ENV Sustainability Consultant, 4 years Director Biology eco-CAN (Marine), 10 years Naval Communicator & Navigation Officer (Can Forces); 5 yr – Search & Rescue, Canadian Coast Guard (DFO); 2 yr – English Teacher (Japan); 14 yr Commercial Fisherman 45 foot troller out of Kyuquot BC.
Marie enjoys fly fishing, volunteer efforts and most importantly, spending quality time in the great outdoors with her husband Mike (22 yr) and daughter Leila, both members of the Xat’sull First Nation.
With love and great respect…