Katrine Conroy has represented the West Kootenays as MLA since 2005. From 2017 to 2020 she was British Columbia’s Minister of Children and Family Development. In November 2020 she became the province’s first female Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. She has also been Minister Responsible for the Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Power Corporation and the Columbia River Treaty since 2017.
While in opposition Katrine was the caucus whip in addition to being spokesperson for Seniors, Interior Economic Development, Labour, Freedom of Information (FOI), Columbia Power Corporation, Columbia Basin Trust and the Columbia River Treaty.
Katrine had a varied career before becoming a MLA and was one of B.C.’s first female power engineers, an early childhood educator, Executive Director of a multi service non-profit agency, a college instructor, and a small business person.
Katrine lives in Pass Creek with her husband Ed, where they run a successful ranch breeding prize-winning Polled Hereford cattle. Together they have raised four children and have nine grandchildren.