Principal, Central Coast Consulting
Paul Mitchell-Banks has 27 years of experience in land and resource planning, management and research in British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Alberta, as well as Europe. He has worked for government, private industry, First Nations communities and non-governmental organizations in both Canada and Europe. He has a decade long career working directly for, and based in, indigenous communities and addressing large-scale land and resource management plans, environmental impact assessments, forestry and economic development and is known for facilitating cooperative approaches for government, industry and indigenous communities to work together on large-scale initiatives.
Mitchell-Banks’ formal training spans four disciplines. He has an undergraduate degree in life sciences, an MBA with an international business, finance and policy focus and a Master of Science in planning, with an environmental focus. His doctorate was in forestry, specializing in management, tenure, property rights, policy and economics.
Mitchell-Banks has taught at universities and guest-lectured across Canada, Norway and at Oxford University. He has presented at over 60 conferences, and has authored and co-authored chapters for books on trans-disciplinary research and management; global change; land and resource planning; and indigenous people, treaties and resource access, among others.