Who Is BGPP?
Our first initiative to raise funds for planting is Coffee for Climate.
We host the annual Tree Planting Film Festival to celebrate the art of planting through the art of film and music.
Meet the Team
I started planting trees in 1986 and with Summit Reforestation I have participated in planting 675 Million trees throughout Western Canada. With bears, bugs and beautiful people it has been a profound initiation. My classical education is in the humanities with a double major in Philosophy of Science and Religious Studies which is a solid foundation for business. However, my greatest gift in education has been through the forest industry and the community of tree planting.
Now it is time to give back.
Trees have always been there for me; as a child I played amongst them and as a summer student I worked forestry jobs. Now, I am acting to secure the benefits that forests bring to people and to help stabilize the climate.
Gavin Van Elsberg
I planted trees for 2 years, planting over 150,000 trees across BC and Alberta. For me, planting was an adventure and a way to connect with nature, but it became so much more. Tree planting is about community, the act of giving back, reconnecting with nature and environmental stewardship. BGPP is an opportunity to do all of the above, while giving back to the planet in a meaningful way, one tree at a time.
Victoria St Germain
My deep connections to trees began in my backyard with my earliest memories. Being from a family whose business was reforestation, I have experienced the amazing community, the efforts behind planting trees and the effects an individual’s two hands can have. I’m grateful for the three seasons where I’ve planted nearly half a million trees. Building connections between you and our forests is why I’m a BGPP ambassador.