Natasha Kuperman founded Seed the North after being moved by the Skeena and moving to Hazelton, BC. Living in this biodiverse and climate resilient landscape with 10 biogeoclimatic zones in a 150km radius, means seed collecting, collaborating, and restoration projects are within close reach. While studying architecture at Cornell ('02-'07), she also studied plant science under Nina L. Bassuk; this foundation study on disturbed soils and transplanting technology influences Natasha's daily work. Her career as a developer and licensed Architect on projects in Canada's North were driven by broad-scale landscape ecology and small-scale soil science: working on everything from stormwater management, potable drinking water management, and energy independence, to providing housing and employment opportunities in remote communities. Gaining her Masters from Schulich at York University ('16-'17), she took her focus on infrastructure finance to work as a public infrastructure developer on large linear and social infrastructure for Graham Construction in the Capital division until spring '19. She is a Certified Seed Collector through the Forest Gene Conservation Association, a member of Society for Ecological Restoration, and Biochar International. She uses her unique combination of large-scale systems thinking, passion for genetic diversity, and expertise in rural and remote community development to structure and lead Seed the North.


Matthan Moktar is an engineer and project manager with over 12 years experience across a diverse set of industries. He has experience in the design of microelectronics and manufacturing equipment, and has done notable field work in logistics and technical project management with the global humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières, with additional background work in agriculture. Matthan holds a Bachelors of Engineering from McMaster University ('11). Since 2020 at Seed the North he has been responsible for designing and implementing our seed encasing manufacturing technology, equipment for streamlined field seed dissemination, as well as aspects of seed coating material and biological sciences


Ryan Liu is a scientist focused on ecosystem restoration, specifically on disturbed landscape rehabilitation. Ryan holds a Master of Forest Conservation degree from the University of Toronto: his research focused on the function of biochar in offsetting plant stress response. Ryan is also a Transport Canada certified RPAs pilot with extensive experience in aerial surveying and terrain digitizing.


Finlay Smith is a restoration ecologist with experience working in plant propagation, riparian restoration, and environmental education. He believes native plants are powerful and inspiring allies for community-led ecosystem repair. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a focus in Environmental Studies and Indigenous Studies, and a Diploma in Restoration of Natural Systems from University of Victoria.



Colin Chudyk is an architectural designer and project manager with broad experience in the northern context including BC, Yukon, NWT, and Nunavut. He has a fascination with decaying industrial sites and the potential for art and architecture to be agents of ecological restoration. Colin has a multidisciplinary art practice and is presently focused on creating ceramic habitecture (habitat architecture). He has been awarded residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, and the European Ceramics Workcentre (EKWC) in the Netherlands. Colin is originally from nearby Smithers, BC. He first starting working for Seed the North in Hazelton in 2020. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Dalhousie University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.


Jorne van der Voorn is an architectural designer and has worked on schools, community buildings, libraries and mixed-use residential projects across BC and in the Netherlands. He is driven by making engaging and inspiring human-scale environments, embedded in their local communities and in unity with the natural world. Six years ago he moved to British Columbia, in search of new architectural challenges and outdoor pursuits. Jorne obtained his master's degree in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences in 2013 at the Delft University of Technology. He is a registered architect in the Netherlands and is in the process of becoming an AIBC-licenced architect.


Shannon McPhail

Shannon McPhail is the founder and executive director of Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition. She is involved in many community organizations, such as the Majagaleehl Gali Aks Elementary School Parent Advisory Committee, Canadian Parents for French in Hazelton and Gananooxxum (Mothers & Grandmothers), a Gitxsan/settler women's leadership group. She teaches workshops across the BC on community organizing and is a former recipient of the northern BC Community Enrichment Award and the North American Conservation Leadership Award. She is an alumnus of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and recently completed a certificate in community economic development from Simon Fraser University.

Philip Marsh

Philip Marsh is Chief Technology Officer and CEO of BC Biocarbon based in McBride, BC, where he has been developing the pyrolysis technology and feedstock management system for 10 years. His focus is replacing fossil chemicals with bio-based products, and supporting strategies that mitigate climate change at scale across many sectors including agriculture, forestry and construction. He regularly supports projects at University of Northern British Columbia, University of British Columbia, College of New Caledonia and other institutions, especially those affiliated with NRC and NSERC. Marsh was previously a pilot and survival instructor with the Canadian Armed Forces, working in the arctic.

Dr. Sean C. Thomas

Dr. Sean C. Thomas is the Deputy Director and Professor, Forest Ecology and Silviculture, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto and is currently appointed as an NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Biochar and Ecosystem Restoration. As the Thomas Research Lab's Principle Investigator, he has been preoccupied with the comparative biology of trees and forest responses to the intentional and accidental impacts of humans for some 25 years. He is currently exploring many aspects and applications of biochar. Dr. Thomas is among the most published and widely cited researchers in forestry in Canada, with specific expertise in the areas of forest carbon sequestration, forest soil processes, and tree ecophysiology.  Among his more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles are some 20 specifically addressing utilization of biochar in the context of forestry and forest restoration applications.

Dr. Jim Pojar

Dr. Jim Pojar is a botanist, ecologist and forester who has lived and worked in British Columbia for 50 years. He received a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of British Columbia in 1974.  Since then he has worked with the BC Ecological Reserves Programme and BC Forest Service. He was also Executive Director, Yukon Chapter of Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society.  His major contributions have been in ecological land classification, knowledge-based resource planning and management, sustainable forestry, conservation and protected areas, and education (teaching, writing books, taking science to the people. He is a professional biologist and certified senior ecologist (ESA), and was until recently a registered professional forester. He was a founding director of the Bulkley Valley Centre for Research and Management and of the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Studies, and a founding trustee of Skeena Wild Conservation Trust.