Two years after completing the Forestry Management program at the University of British Columbia, Peter Ackhurst and his wife decided to join CUSO to work in Tanzania. For the next two years. Mr. Ackhurst was responsible for the Forest Inventory Section of the Ministry of Forests, while his wife worked as a nutritionist in the Ministry of Agriculture.
This overseas experience was the gateway to a career in forestry and land use management and that took him all over the world, including Chile, Southeast Asia, China, Estonia, Bolivia and Armenia.
In Canada, Peter Ackhurst held top managerial positions with the BC Ministry of Forests where he played an active part in forestry activities at regional and provincial levels. He has served as President of the Association of BC Professional Foresters and National President of the Canadian Institute of Forestry. He has also chaired the Tree Improvement Council and Forest Productivity Council.
In the last 5 years of his career, Mr. Ackhurst was the forest manager of the Cheakamus Community Forest at Whistler. Now retired, his interest in international development hasn’t waned. He is working on Rotary Club projects with Uganda as well as with Forests Without Borders, an organization that plants trees all over the world.
Peter Ackhurst lives in West Vancouver with his wife.