Who We Are

Coast Funds' team works closely with First Nations, oversees the funds' financial performance, liaises with funders, and leads organizational initiatives.

Brodie Guy, Executive Director, Coast Funds

Brodie Guy

Executive Director

As Coast Funds’ Executive Director, Brodie leads a committed team that works in close partnership with First Nations on conservation finance for ecological and cultural stewardship, guardian programs, and economic development initiatives throughout coastal British Columbia. 

Over the past decade, Brodie has served in executive roles with funds investing in rural and sustainable development. Brodie has worked with Coast Funds since its inception, co-investing into First Nations’ projects while with Northern Development Initiative Trust, a $250 million rural development fund. Brodie has facilitated lending and placed investment into companies, social enterprises, and co-operatives, while also managing publicly-funded infrastructure investments into projects led by a diversity of First Nations governments, municipalities, and non-profits. Prior to joining Coast Funds, Brodie was the Province of British Columbia’s liaison with multilateral development banks including the World Bank, and previously worked in the private sector where he led the international marketing efforts of an environmental technology company. With particular expertise in conservation, forestry, bioenergy, ecotourism, carbon sequestration, sustainable technology, social finance, and governance, Brodie has served in an advisory capacity to government and philanthropic organizations across Canada.

Brodie holds a Chartered Director (C.Dir.) designation from McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria concentrated on sustainable entrepreneurship and environmental economics. He currently serves on the board of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

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Ashley Hardill

Ashley Hardill

Director, Project Investment

As Director, Project Investment, Ashley works with First Nations to develop sustainable economic development projects. In this role, Ashley provides support for business and financial planning, financial reporting, and outcome measurement.

Ashley holds a Masters in Resource and Environmental Management and is a designated Chartered Professional Accountant. Prior to joining Coast Funds, she worked as Finance Manager for Engineers Without Borders Canada providing financial support for their programming and venture work in Canada and Africa. Ashley has also worked as a public accountant, mainly working with non-profit organizations and charities. She also has experience in education, teaching courses on sustainable community development, entrepreneurship, and financial management.

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Eddy Adra

Director, Finance

As Director, Finance, Eddy oversees and leads all aspects related to the financial operations for Coast Funds. He works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to administer and manage the financial stewardship of Coast Funds, including the management of socially responsible investments, strategic developments, and the timely disbursement of funding to projects.

Prior to joining Coast Funds, Eddy was a senior assurance and accounting manager at a leading public practice firm in Vancouver. Eddy has over twelve years of experience in accounting, finance, and advisory services. He has worked with numerous not-for-profit organizations, Indigenous governments, and other public sector organizations.

Eddy is an active supporter and treasurer of We Matter, an Indigenous-led not-for-profit organization committed to youth empowerment and community. He is also currently the Chair of the board at the Museum of Vancouver.

Eddy is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) designate, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

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Raine Playfair

Manager, Stewardship Funding

As Manager, Stewardship Funding, Raine supports First Nations through actively managing the development, implementation, and ongoing administration of Coast Funds’ investment into stewardship authorities, Guardian programs, and conservation projects. Raine also coordinates all aspects of Coast Funds’ governance.

Prior to Coast Funds, Raine managed species-protection conservation initiatives and oversaw corporate and fundraising communications at Grizzly Bear Foundation. She brings a community well-being lens to her work thanks to her time at engineering and planning firm Urban Systems. A keen strategist with a strong vision for a thriving conservation economy, Raine loves blending her passion for community building with local stewardship as a member of the Coast Funds team.

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Laura Hope, Communications Specialist, Coast Funds

Laura Hope

Communications Manager

As Communications Manager, Laura works with First Nations to share the knowledge, experience, and stories of their development and conservation projects.

Prior to joining Coast Funds, she worked as a communicator for several non-profit organizations including, most recently, Sierra Club BC and the David Suzuki Foundation. Her work focused on finding ways of engaging diverse audiences with complex environmental issues. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts, Certificate in Film Arts, and a Master of Arts in Professional Communication. Laura is thrilled to be working with the passionate team at Coast Funds to strengthen community well-being and conservation efforts in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

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Shehin Rahemtulla

Renewable Energy Specialist

As renewable energy specialist, Shehin supports First Nations in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii in transitioning their fossil fuel-dependent electrical grids to renewable energy sources.

Shehin has a background in renewable energy engineering, specializing in microgrid design, feasibility, and technical due diligence. She has extensive experience in the renewable energy sector, working for non-profit organizations, start-ups, academic institutions, and the private sector. Prior to joining Coast Funds, she worked for Wood Clean Energy, Innergex Renewable Energy, BC Hydro Applied Innovation, Suncor, the UBC Clean Energy Research Centre, and Engineers Without Borders. Shehin is excited to support projects that can be a means to energy resilience and self-determination for remote communities in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii.

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Lydia Liew

Financial Administrator

As Financial Administrator, Lydia is responsible for effective and accurate accounting to support the entire team as they work with First Nations to invest funds in conservation and sustainable development throughout Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii communities.

Lydia has eleven years of accounting experience in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining Coast Funds, she worked for the YMCA of Greater Vancouver to strengthen local communities. Lydia has a diploma in business administration with a focus in accounting. She enjoys continuing to support BC communities in her role at Coast Funds.

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Coast Funds' Board of Directors is responsible for governance of the conservation and economic development funds, reporting to the Members.

The Board has specific obligations set out in the governing documents of the organization, in particular, the Conservation and Investments Incentives Agreement (CIIA). Under that agreement, the Board must:

  • Publish an annual Strategic Plan spanning a three-year cycle;
  • Ensure compliance with the requirements of CIIA; and
  • Review and make decisions on whether to approve funding applications.

The Board carefully considers economic and environmental factors when approving funds for investment into projects and programs. The Board also ensures compliance with governance policies and ensures that new Directors meet the requirements of a competency matrix.

Board Chair Percy Crosby

Huux̱ (Percy Crosby)


For the past 25 years, Percy has worked as a liaison between the Council of the Haida Nation (CHN), the Province, and the forestry industry in various roles. In this position, he has acted as Chair and Committee Member on the Executive, Heritage and Natural Resources, Cultural Wood, Protected Areas, and HaiCo Recommendations Committees. He also represents the Haida Nation on the Haida Gwaii Management Council, has held an executive position on the boards of Gwaii Trust and Gwaii Forest Charitable Trust, and is presently the Chair of Haida Gwaii Community Futures. He also has 20 years of experience in administration with an extensive background in forestry. He presently works for the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLRNORD) as a First Nations Liaison. As a Haida citizen, Percy is personally committed to and passionate about achieving both the mandate of the CHN and the FLRNORD in a positive and productive way. He is responsible for developing the first co-managed cultural wood access program and presently acts as the coordinator and board member for the Haida Gwaii Cultural Wood Advisory Board, representing the Province. He also has experience working as a liaison for Island Timberlands. Through this experience he has worked with and for the logging industry. In all positions, he has used his knowledge of Haida law and cultural values, Haida Gwaii geography and history, and provincial laws and practices.

Sage Berryman

Sage is the Chief Operating Officer of the Ralmax Group of Companies. Prior to this Sage founded a number of companies with the intent to bring impact-based businesses into the areas that needed them the most. Before becoming an entrepreneur she was the West Coast General Manager and Senior Managing Director with a global management consulting company called FTI Consulting working in San Francisco. Through her career she has worked with a number of high growth companies where she led multiple successful business/strategic planning initiatives, private and public financings, and sales and marketing programs. Sage holds an M.B.A. in international business from Queen’s University. She serves on three corporate boards and is an active mentor and advisor for numerous entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Garth Davis

Garth is the CEO of New Market Funds and has spent more than 20 years in capital deployment. He has leadership experience in impact investing (Vancity Community Capital), private equity (Turtle Creek and Scotia Merchant Capital), and corporate and leveraged finance (Scotia Capital). He has a Master of Arts in International Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University.

Darcy Dobell

Darcy has over 20 years’ experience in policy, strategic planning, and communications in public and non-profit sectors. As VP, Conservation and Pacific at WWF-Canada, she led conservation programs in BC and across Canada. She also served for a number of years as a director and co-Chair of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, and was the founding Chair of the Raincoast Education Society. Through her consulting company, Darcy currently works with First Nations, government agencies, businesses, and NGOs to advance sustainability initiatives.

Wally Eamer

Wally was born and raised on Vancouver Island, and lives in Metchosin. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of BC and Master of Business Administration from Harvard. He worked for over twenty years in the provincial government, including Ministry of Environment and BC Parks. In the Central Coast process from 2002, he was the provincial Table representative, provincial negotiator with First Nations in 2004 and 2005, and since 2006 has worked on ecosystem-based management implementation with the Nanwakolas Council. In 2008, he was ordained as a deacon in the Anglican church.

Christina Gray

Christina Gray is a Ts’msyen citizen from Lax Kw’alaams in northern British Columbia as well as Dene from Treaty 8 territory in the Northwest Territories. Ms. Gray is an Associate at JFK Law Corporation where she practices in Aboriginal law. She was called to the bar in British Columbia in 2016 and Ontario in 2015. She is also currently completing her Masters of Law at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and has both a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts (Art History) degree. Her legal experience includes articling at Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto, working as legal counsel at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, and a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario. Ms. Gray is also a current Yellowhead Institute Research Fellow, which is a First Nations-led think tank rooted in community networks and committed to Indigenous self-determination. Previously, Ms. Gray has volunteered her time in the capacity of director with the Indigenous Bar Association, Reach Up, and the Law Union of Ontario. Follow Ms. Gray on Twitter at @STINA_GRAY.

Ts'xwiixw (Megan Moody)

Megan was introduced to fishing and salmon at a young age as she fished on a commercial gillnetter with her father on the Central Coast and worked as an intern for many summers at the local fish hatchery. She started working for her community as the Nuxalk Fisheries Manager in 2001 after completing her undergraduate degree (Biology) at the University of Victoria. In 2008 she began working more broadly with First Nations communities as a Biologist for the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance (CCIRA) after finishing a Master of Science degree at the University of British Columbia’s Fisheries Center. From 2013-2017 she returned home to Bella Coola to work for her community, the Nuxalk Nation, as their Stewardship Director. After relocating to Masset in late 2017, she continues to play a role with her Nation, as a technical advisor for their Stewardship Office. Currently she also works with Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative, as a manager of their Stewardship Director’s Committee. This committee works collectively to implement community land and marine plans in the Great Bear Rainforest. In an elected leadership capacity, Megan was an elected Councillor of the Nuxalk Chief and Council (2013 – 2017). And also, has served two terms as the Central Coast delegate for the First Nations Fisheries Council (2012-2014) and (2017-present).

Chris Trumpy

Chris has more than 30 years of experience in public service. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Certified General Accountant designation and while working for the provincial government was Deputy Minister of the Ministries of Finance and Corporate Relations; Provincial Revenue; Sustainable Resource Management, and Environment. He has also been Secretary to the Treasury Board. He currently sits on the boards of Puget Sound Energy, Coast Capital Savings Credit Union and Pacific Sport Victoria.

Ḵii’iljuus (Barbara Wilson)

Barbara J. Wilson, is an elected representative of the Council of the Haida Nation. She has been involved with many boards both on Haida Gwaii and in other areas. Barbara has experience as the Chair and a member for the Legal Aid Society for approximately 30 years. Barbara has worked to develop a training program for the Guardian Watchmen programs of the coast. She represented the United Church of Canada as an Official Observer at COP21, Paris in 2015. For many years she has been part of the Advisory group and the Chair of Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools. In her community, Barbara is a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend to many. She has taught/lectured for NorthWest Community College, Simon Fraser University, University of BC, University of Victoria and attended conferences internationally and across Canada. Barbara has been a keynote speaker, cultural adviser, liaison between government, unions executive, photographer, cinematographer. She has completed her Masters of Arts in Education through Simon Fraser University. Her passions are her family, homeland – Haida Gwaii, and leaving the world a better place through education.

Coast Funds is a globally recognized model of permanent conservation financing that invests to strengthen the well-being of First Nations.

In recent years, conservation practices have increasingly adopted business-based approaches. Among these is the use of project-finance techniques to mobilize the resources, institutional commitments, and other conditions needed for successful long-term conservation.

The fundraising and negotiations that resulted in the creation of Coast Funds are globally recognized as an example of Project Finance for Permanence (PFP). The aim of PFP is to help establish the conditions required to secure the ecological, financial, organizational, political, and social sustainability of globally important places. The PFP process often takes many years and a high-level of collaboration between disparate partners, but provides a durable foundation for long-term landscape-level conservation success.

The efforts to establish Coast Funds introduced full-cost fundraising and a single financial closing to the PFP model. The project also took a comprehensive view of stakeholder support and organized efforts from each party. For example, Tides Canada led the key stages of the PFP process, including the financial closing and fundraising in Canada, while The Nature Conservancy led the private fundraising effort in the United States.  These are examples of the many important roles played by different parties, including First Nations, NGOs, funders, and industry groups. The involvement of such a wide range of stakeholders is an important feature of the establishment of Coast Funds.

More information on the history of the strategic land use plan agreements, collaboration between stakeholders, and the creation of Coast Funds is available on the History of the Great Bear Rainforest page.

Project Finance for Permanence Resources

Linden Trust, Moore Foundation, and Redstone Strategy Group:
Lessons from Landscape-scale Conservation Deals, 2011
Assessments of three landscape-scale conservation deals, 2011

Stanford Social Innovation Review:
“A Big Deal for Conservation”, 2012

World Wildlife Fund:
Project Finance for Permanence: Key Outcomes and Lessons Learned, 2015


Initially capitalized with $118 million provided by six private foundations, the Province of British Columbia, and the Government of Canada, Coast Funds is comprised of two separate organizations.


Coast Funds’ Members (defined in the Conservation Investments and Incentives Agreement – see Our Mandate) represent the interests of the original funders and the eligible First Nations communities.

The Members convene once a year at an annual general meeting of the Foundation and Society.

Dallas Smith

President, Nanwakolas Council Society

K̓áwáziɫ Marilyn Slett

President, Coastal First Nations (Great Bear Initiative Society)

Ross McMillan

Member on behalf of Private Funders

Jenny Brown

Director of Conservation Programs, Nature United (formerly TNC Canada)

Jennifer Melles

Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation

Craig Sutherland

Assistant Deputy Minister, Coast Area, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development

David Parnell

Prince Rupert Regional Representative, Haida Nation (non-voting)

Robert Grodecki

Executive Director, North Coast Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society (non-voting)