Trevor Cootes was born and raised in Port Alberni. His traditional Huu-ay-aht name is Hii y’ak suth (meaning Man with many roots). He belongs to the ʔApwinisatḥʔ house, and is a descendant of the Dennis family and the Williams family.
Trevor is serving his first term as an elected member of Executive Councillor for the Huu-ay-aht First Nation. He holds the Economic Development portfolio and is also co-chair on the Cooperative Management Board for Pacific Rim National Park.
With 18 years of experience in the tourism industry these portfolios are a good fit with the skills Trevor brings to the table. He has worked in various areas of tourism, including accommodations, food and beverage, adventure guiding, culture, retail and campground work, as well as being an events coordinator and educator.
Trevor attended Malaspina University/College (now Vancouver Island University) and took Business Management and Hospitality Management. Trevor had an opportunity to further his skills in tourism by taking a pilot project created jointly with Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and North Island College. The Coast Adventure Tourism certificate trained Nuu-chah-nulth members who are already interested in tourism to be outdoor guides, in fishing, kayaking, sailing and boating.