Born and raised in Vancouver, Trisha Beaty has always felt a strong connection to the community and the landscapes of the lower mainland. This connection to nature and its biodiversity inspired her to pursue an undergraduate pathway in Honours Zoology. She then transferred into medicine, graduating in 1979 from UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, completing her medical residency in New Zealand. Trisha has worked in northern Ontario and BC in various medical areas of family practice including women’s health, Labour and delivery, adolescent health, general practice and travel medicine. She currently teaches in the faculty of medicine at UBC. Trisha also enjoys participating on the board of the Nature Trust of BC and Ocean Wise Research.

Throughout her medical career Trisha has immersed herself in nature as much as she could, with a particular love of hiking in the Coastal and Rocky Mountains, kayaking British Columbia’s coastline, and biking trails through the interior and on Vancouver Island. With her husband Ross, Trisha founded the Sitka Foundation – a catalyst in the protection of the environment and promotion of biodiversity. Trisha spends a great deal of time supporting land and ocean conservation, scientific research on nature and the environment, and public policy to preserve and protect our environment.