Ecotrust Canada is pleased to welcome its newest staff member, Jaime Sanchez, MCIP, who joins us as a community planner in the Knowledge Systems and Planning team.” President Brenda Kuecks states: “We are excited about having Jaime on our team. Over the past 15 years, Ecotrust Canada has built one of the most highly regarded community-oriented GIS, planning, and information service teams in Canada”. In the 1990s, the team was responsible for mapping the Clayoquot Sound Science Panel recommendations and raising the bar in the development of bioregional mapping approaches. In recent years, the team has been collaborating with First Nations communities to create award-winning tools for aboriginal communities, including the co-publication with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs of “Living Proof: The Essential Data-Collection Guide for Indigeneous Use-and-Occupancy Map Surveys”, by author Terry Tobias; the development of a dynamic online referral tool, and the offering of mapping, planning, and training services to countless communities.
Jaime brings to Ecotrust Canada a solid understanding of natural resource economics, strong cultural awareness and practical planning experience with communities and governments. Born in Canada to parents exiled from Chile during the military dictatorship in the 1970s, Jaime’s path has lead him to work and live in Toronto, Prince George, Chile, Mexico, and Haida Gwaii. He has worked closely with First Nations throughout BC including the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, First Nations Technology Council, individual Bands and other province-wide First Nations Councils. He is an advocate and supporter for indigenous rights and has a keen understanding of the link between local/regional/global economics, and the need for producing information that brings people together.In an era of universal endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, the role of collaboration and use of technological tools will only improve the implementation of the Declaration so all communities can benefit.
“It’s an exciting time to be part of Ecotrust Canada,” says Jaime. “Ecotrust has a good reputation of working in partnership with communities to fill knowledge gaps, and bring credible, well-presented information together. There is a growing need for user-friendly mapping and planning services for communities. I’m looking forward to working in partnership with communities to ensure that their needs are met to improve local and regional economies.”Jaime can be contacted at: