Registered Professional Biologist
Margaret Birch, is Registered Professional Biologist and joined the City of Coquitlam as their Environmental Services Coordinator in 2007. She has worked in the environmental and fisheries field for more than thirty years and brings work experience from Federal Fisheries Canada, the provincial government and the private sector to the position. Currently based in the City’s Environmental Services Division, Engineering & Public Works, Margaret oversees environmental assessment reviews of development and infrastructure projects, and serves as the City representative on several local and regional watershed, fisheries, wildlife, vector-related environmental planning and advisory committees. In late 2007, and through the support of grant funding through the former Living Rivers Project and Fraser Salmon and Watersheds Program, the City of Coquitlam formed a partnership with the Kwikwetlem First Nation, and embarked on bringing the diverse watershed sectors of interests together to develop a Coquitlam River watershed governance framework that would lead to improved community dialogue, leading to a healthy Coquitlam River watershed. Margaret was directly involved over the ensuing years of community visioning and engagement, which led to the formation of a collaborative body, the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable early in 2011. Margaret is currently the staff alternate on the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable Core Committee.