Current Board Of Directors

Ron Johnson - President Ron is a founding member of the YWPA bringing his knowledge of the Dawson and Whitehorse regions through his 40 plus years as a placer miner in the Dawson gold fields.  He has worked in the wood industry since 2002 and participated in drafting the new Forest Resources Act and Regulations.  He purchases, transports, and processes logs into various split and roundwood fuelwood products for wholesale and retail.  He is the current president of YWPA and chair of the Yukon Water Board.

Ivan Thompson - Vice President Ivan and his family reside in Haines Junction, and he has been in the commercial logging business for 20 years.  Ivan is the owner of a full phase logging company with stump to dump capabilities.  He works closely with foresters in managing the Yukon's valued forest resources by close adherence to best practices in harvesting operations.

Dan Reams - Secretary Treasurer Dan has been actively involved in the forest industry in Yukon since 1973 having logged in southwest, central, and southeast Yukon.  Dan has also had a sawmill and is a Journeyman log home builder.  He has been a director with YWPA since its inception., and currently resides in Watson Lake where he is a Contractor and Log Home Builder.

Vlad Petrlak - Director Vlad comes to us with an extensive background of 40 years as a Forester/Forest Engineer on the south coast and northern interior of BC. He has resided in the Yukon for 25 years and has been a forest engineering consultant providing a full scale of forest engineering services.  In the early 2000's he spent six years as CanFor's road superintendent in Fort Nelson BC.

Byron Gagne is a former initial attack firefighter from Alberta moved to the Yukon ten years ago and is currently living off the grid. Byron has designed and built his own biomass gasification system that provides fuel for an electrical generation plant for his homestead on the Mayo Road. He operates a small sawmill for custom cutting and builds cabins for sale when he is not in the bush on his trapline.

Past Board of Directors:


Back Row: Dan Reams, Bill Bowie, Ron Johnson, Romeo Leduc

Front Row: Ivan Thompson, Doug Van Bibber

Ron Johnson - President, Whitehorse

Bill Bowie - Vice President, Dawson City

Dan Reams - Secretary/Treasurer, Watson Lake

Ivan Thompson - Director, Haines Junction

Romeo Leduc - Director, Haines Junction

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