Linda Gilkeson

Linda earned a Ph.D. in Entomology from McGill University in 1986 then moved to British Columbia to work for Applied Bio-Nomics Ltd., a company that produces biological controls. From 1991 to 2002, she worked for the provincial government, promoting programs to reduce and eliminate pesticide use.

Wanting to change to a more rural lifestyle, Linda moved to Salt Spring in the summer of 2001 from the Victoria area. She was head of the provincial State of Environment Reporting Unit for the next six years, then Executive Director of the Salt Spring Island Conservancy until the end of 2011. She has served as President of the Entomological Society of Canada, the Professional Pest Management Association of BC, the Entomological Society of BC and the Salt Spring Island Garden Club. She was awarded a Queen’s Jubilee medal in 2003 and an outstanding achievement award from the Professional Pest Management Association of BC in 2005.

Linda now devotes her time to writing, teaching, and consulting. As a private consultant, she is a regular instructor in the Master Gardener programs in BC and is busy year around giving workshops on pest management and organic gardening.