Staff

Tipi Mountain Native Plants is 51% Aboriginal owned. We seek to maximize the personal development of our staff, who are largely Aboriginal. The Tipi Mountain Native Plants management team is highly experienced in the native plant nursery field.

Robert Williams
Corporate Resources Officer

Robert is a young Ktunaxa elder specialising in archaeology and GIS, whose vision led to the creation of Tipi Mountain Native Plants.

Michael E. Keefer
MSc, PAg- President

Michael is recognised as one of the foremost experts in the Province on native plants, and specialises in plant ecology, ecological restoration and ethnobotany. An underlying thread with Michael’s work is his passion for ecological sustainability and love of nature that is reflected in his career and business decisions. Michael also owns Keefer Ecological Services Ltd., which works closely with Tipi Mountain on various projects.

Jason Meuleman
BSc – Production Manager

Jason has spent much of his last 25 years of work in the agricultural sector in British Columbia and briefly in California. His expertise relates mainly to new crop development and production practices in field and greenhouse environments. For the last 10 years Jason has been involved mainly in native plant production as well as agricultural consulting. He has many years of experience in the horticultural sector and has experience in plant identification, seed collection and cleaning, as well as seed treatments, plant propagation and production.

Taylor White
BSc – General Manager

Taylor has worked throughout British Columbia on a large variety of projects relating to plant ecology, silviculture, wildfire planning, agriculture, clean energy, endangered plants and wildlife. Her diverse skill set in the natural resource industry has developed on projects as varied as native plant ecology, reclamation, and First Nation relations. She is experienced in all areas of native plant collection, propagation, and processing and has recently taken a leadership role in administration of the TipiMountain native plant nursery. 

Theresa Nelson
Nursery Supervisor

Theresa is a dedicated and hard-working Aboriginal member of the TMNP team. She is TMNP’s longest employee, having been with the company for 6 years. Theresa is knowledgeable about the plant propagation process at the nursery and plays a key role as a team leader on a day-to-day basis.

Kirby Braun
Horticulture Technician

Kirby is a recent addition to the TMNP team and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in horticulture. She is involved with all stages of the seed collection and plant propagation process. Kirby is currently apprenticing as a landscape horticulturist.

Theresa Clarke
Nursery Staff

Theresa is a local Ktunaxa youth with a passion for native plants. She has worked at TMNP for 3 seasons and continues to expand her knowledge and training in native plant horticulture each year. Theresa is involved in a wide variety of activities at the nursery, including seed collection, cleaning, stratification, plant propagation, pest management and database management.