James Youngren

James Youngren, president of KIP, was born in Seattle, Washington and has lived on nearby Orcas Island for 32 years. His diverse background includes real estate development at Whistler Mountain, Island Lake Lodge, in Fernie B.C. and Cumberland, B.C., as well as numerous other projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Youngren has been involved with many unique projects. He co-founded Cornerstone Development Co., which redeveloped a six-block mixed-use project in downtown Seattle, receiving national recognition for excellence in urban development. He also owned Decatur Northwest, a 600-acre second home project in the San Juan Islands that was praised by officials as an example of the type of sensitive development they want to encourage in San Juan County. And he was a major shareholder of Island Lake Holdings, Ltd. the company that built a world-class destination snow-cat skiing resort near Fernie, B.C. known as Island Lake Lodge.

Beginning in 1979, Youngren established Glenwood Springs Salmon Hatchery, a freshwater rearing, release and recapture facility on his Orcas Island property. Approximately 600,000 chinook and coho salmon are raised on site each year from a stream where no salmon had previously existed. This success led to the formation of Long Live the Kings (, a non-profit organization that is the leading non-governmental effort to restore wild salmon runs throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Brian McMahon

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, KIP vice-president Brian McMahon has resided in British Columbia for 38 years and made his home in the Comox Valley for the past 10. As project manager, he has an intimate knowledge of the KIP landscape and was instrumental in the revitalization of Hart/Washer Creek. He’s now a director of the Hart/Washer Creek Salmon Enhancement Society.

McMahon has an extensive background in residential and commercial construction throughout B.C. He’s also worked under contract to the provincial government as project manager administering federal and provincial tourism programs for the province. And, while vice-president of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, oversaw a significant expansion of the facility. During the mid 1990’s McMahon served as a negotiator during the controversial Commission on Resources and the Environment. Over the years he’s even found time to be involved in provincial politics.

McMahon has negotiated client real estate holdings with foreign governments and, for a while, was in the aircraft modification and agricultural/aviation business in California. He’s also owned two U.S. corporations, a trade show production company and a consulting firm specializing in corporate downsizing of real estate holdings.