Margaret Fenton Bio

Margaret Fenton is of Invialuit origins, and lives in Fort St. John, BC.  With extensive oil and gas regulatory experience, she is diligent that if natural resource development takes place there must be careful consideration of the long term social and landscape effects.  Integrity is the cornerstone of Margaret’s work.

Education:
Executive MBA, UBC Sauder School of Business, 2015.
Natural Resources Management Bachelor of Science, Forestry major University of Northern British Columbia, 2002.
Associate of Arts Degree, General Studies, Northern Lights College, 2001.


Career:
Previous to forming Willow North Environmental Consulting, Ms Fenton held the contract of Regional Manager for Triton Environmental Consultants Ltd., where she established the Fort St. John branch, participated in Operations Manager meetings with the aim of streamlining the business efficiency, and attended quarterly company planning sessions. Margaret arranged an open house that was well attended by prospective clients and service providers.


Ms Fenton worked at the BC Oil and Gas Commission from 2001 to 2012. She reviewed oil and gas development applications for tenure conflicts, interagency resource management, and managed the petroleum development roads. Ms Fenton has been part of the Aboriginal consultation team, discussing oil and gas development with the various First Nation communities.


Ms Fenton has had various assignments with the BC OGC Waste Management and Reclamation group, including the contaminated sites audit in 2010.  She was also the forestry specialist in reviewing research projects while the Science, Community, and Environmental Knowledge Fund (SCEK) was managed in-house at the OGC.


During university, she held co-op work terms with the Ministry of Forests in the capacities of assistant research ecologist, research tech., and reviewing large volume timber tenure applications.


Volunteer Activities/ Community Participation:

Margaret is a Director on the Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT). NEAT is a non-profit group dedicated to helping residents, schools, and businesses live a greener life in British Columbia. Primarily, NEAT provides environmental education, but also assists organizations and institutions develop strategic plans to reduce waste and conserve resources. www.neat.ca 


Ms. Fenton has sequentially held the seats of director, vice-chair, and chair of the Board of Directors for Sci-Tech North, which was an organization that fostered innovation "from discovery to development.” 

Ms. Fenton has been involved in the community as a member of the Fort St. John Farmers' Market and the Fort St. John Community Gardens.


She holds membership with BC Institute of Agrologists as a Professional Agrologist and the Association of BC Forest Professionals as Registered Professional Forester.
She believes in supporting the professional culture of the associations; she has participated on the BCIA Communication Committee, has mentored many members through the Articling process, and has held the seat of Articling Agrologist Coordinator in the BCIA Peace Branch. Margaret was awarded Mentor of the Year by the BCIA for 2017.


Ms Fenton volunteers for the Fort St. John Metis Society by helping bolster the vitality of the organization with mentoring, fundraising assistance, and providing professional advice for resource development (esp. oil and gas) referral responses.

Ms Fenton sews moccasins and mukluks and is a hereditary intuitive healer.