Select Seed Co. Ltd. (SelectSeed) is a not-for-profit company established in 1999 and registered under BC's Business Corporations Act. SelectSeed is 100% owned by BC Forest Genetics Society, whose members consist of persons appointed to the Forest Genetics Council of BC (FGC).

SelectSeed's mandate is to produce genetically-selected tree seed to achieve FGC's goals of enhancing the productivity and resilience of BC's forests. It is also mandated to provide management services to FGC.

SelectSeed manages 13 seed orchards in partnership with five companies located in BC's southern interior. Seed produced under these long-term agreements is sold to forest tenure holders and the BC government. See Seed Orchards and Sales for a list of orchards and partners.


SelectSeed Organization Chart


SelectSeed Board of Directors

  • Mr. Henry J. Benskin, RPF(Ret) - President and Chairman
  • Mr. Kerry J. McGourlick, RPF - Secretary
  • Mr. James W. Burbee, RPF - Director
  • Mr. Rodney A. Willis, RPF(Ret) - Director
  • Mr. John (Jack) Woods, RPF(Ret) Director

Left to right: Kerry McGourlick, Jack Woods, Henry Benskin, Jim Burbee, Rod Willis, and Brian Barber (CEO).


SelectSeed Staff

The company's CEO, Brian T. Barber, BSF, MA, RPF, has over 28 year's experience in forestry and tree improvement. Prior to joining SelectSeed in November 2016, Brian served as Co-chair, FGC, and Director, Tree Improvement Branch, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, for nine years. He works and resides in Victoria, BC.

SelectSeed's part-time staff include Jack Woods, RPF, Technical Advisor (and former CEO), and Hilary Graham, Manager, Seed Orchards.

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Touring the Nelson Seed Orchard

Douglas-fir orchard, PRT Armstrong