Dean’s Message

UBC Forestry Dean John Innes

Forestry Dean John Innes

Welcome to the Faculty of Forestry. We’re in the University of British Columbia, which is one of Canada’s top universities and in fact one of the top universities in the world. The university is located in Vancouver, which is considered to be one of the most desirable places in the world to live in. We’re a safe city and we’re a beautiful city that provides an incredible background for your studies here at the university.

Forests go far beyond British Columbia, they cover 1/3 of the Earth’s land surface. Without forests, we wouldn’t have the biodiversity that we rely on so much and they need to be looked after.

You have the opportunity to contribute to the management of those forests. Students coming to our faculty have a wide range of different topics they can study. Students take advantage of our large co-op program that enables them to go get work experience during the course of their degree.

Our faculty is really quite special, we’re one of the smaller faculties in the university, but that confers us with many advantages. We have a very favourable student to faculty member ratio. What that translates to is individual attention for our students. We also have a very strong student support group and they are able to ensure that the students here have a wonderful experience and that they are able to complete their degrees in a timely fashion. Our faculty is growing.

We have a brand new undergraduate degree in urban forestry. We also have a vibrant graduate program. Those graduate students form the core of our research enterprise and they include both Masters and PhD students. Employers are coming and looking for our students from as far away as Australia and South Africa.

Our students are achieving almost 100% employment. It’s a great place to come and study if you want a career in the environment, in Wood Products Processing or Forestry. Forestry is much more than you realize.

John Innes
Dean of the Faculty of Forestry