Mr. Secter was raised in British Columbia and educated in both Canada and the United States. His academic credentials and training are in the areas of agricultural sciences, wildlife biology and management, applied ecology, environmental planning and natural resource management.
Between 1960 and 1967, he spent a cumulative 18 months in the Middle East involved in the agriculture, education and transportation sectors. Mr. Secter has had a broad and diverse 49 year career in environmental and resource management within a variety of agencies of the Governments of Canada and of British Columbia and as a private consultant.
From 1971-1988, he held successively responsible positions in the Canadian Wildlife Service, the B.C. Land Management Branch, the B.C. Water Resources Service, the B.C. Ministry of Environment's Planning and Assessment Branch, and the B.C. Native Affairs Secretariat. As a Public Service manager, Mr. Secter was responsible for: Federal-Provincial environmental relations; energy, industrial, transportation and coastal environmental assessment and review; coastal program coordination; project surveillance and monitoring program development; and strategies for cooperative Aboriginal resource management. He has served on numerous task forces and policy committees, and as a member of five Federal Environmental Assessment Review Panels, as the Secretary to the joint Federal Provincial Westcoast Offshore Petroleum Inquiry, and as the Chairman of the Coastal Advisory Board to the international north-east Pacific Sea Use Council. From early 1989 through March 2020, he was Principal of his own consulting firm, Secter Environmental Resource Consulting (SERC) based in Victoria, British Columbia.
Mr. Secter's varied specialties include: preparation of strategies for the implementation of planning recommendations and assessment findings; integrated land and natural resource planning; coastal zone and ocean resource systems planning; aboriginal natural resource issues; environmental impact assessment systems and process; management of environmental regulatory requirements for project and resource development; negotiation and interaction with regulatory authorities on behalf of development clients, and the derivation and delivery of negotiating strategies for parties involved in environmental resource disputes and conflicts.
SERC Principal, Jonathan Secter, B.S.A., M.S. remains available for advisory consultation services as a proprietary independent analyst and can be reached at email@example.com and 250-812-6550.