Shukurah Dhupe Albia

Shukurah Dhupe Alabi

Originally from Nigeria, I graduated from the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), I studied Forestry and Wildlife Management, with a major in Wildlife Management. I aspire to be a professional forester and wildlife biologist. Having done series of internships at Forest research institutes, a National park and volunteering at Zoological Park, the desire for a master’s degree stemmed from the need to give back to my community. UBC is definitely the best place for me. When I am not volunteering, I can be seen with my camera, passionately taking photos of all that nature has to offer. My dream is to work for National Geographic Wild. Other times. I am interested in GIS and Remote sensing, R for data science, meeting new people, travelling and outdoor activities.


Fern Aube

Fern Aube

I am from beautiful Victoria, BC, where I have been living since 2015. Before moving to Victoria, I completed the Environmental Technology diploma program at Fanshawe College. After graduation, I worked in the Food Microbiology Laboratory at University of Guelph, Ontario. I moved back to London to attend University of Western Ontario majoring in Environmental Science. In 2015 I moved to Victoria and completed my degree in Forest Biology and Environmental Studies at UVic. I decided to take the MSFM program because I want to conserve forests and because forests fascinate me. FI love forest ecology and just being in forests, whether it is hiking, camping, or just sitting amongst the trees. I want a career working in forestry, helping with forest conservation, and am working towards becoming a RPF.


Luka Bevanda

Luka Bevanda

I am Luka Bevanda and I’m from Penticton, BC. I moved to Vancouver to attend UBC for my B.Sc. in Biology. During my undergrad I focused on conservation and ecology but I ended up taking many classes in the Forestry Department, which sparked my interest in pursuing forestry as a career. My past work history includes working in entomology research for Agriculture Canada and in Invasive species monitoring in the southern Okanagan and Similkameen. Also, as a lead research coordinator I managed a multi-site province-wide study in cardiovascular medical research. In my free time I enjoy camping, skiing, and playing disc golf. I am very excited to be a part of this year’s cohort of MSFM students and look forward to gaining the skills and knowledge I need to become a RPF!


Asad Choudhry

Asad Choudhry

Hey I’m Asad and I’m passionate about environment education, resource management and sentient focused conservation science. While at the University of Toronto studying ecology/forestry, I worked at the Royal Ontario Museum. I worked at the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity, where I shared my passion for forestry with various interactive displays I developed. After graduating I am working for the Canadian Institute of Forestry where I get to work on knowledge exchange and developing proposals to fill gaps in Forestry Science in Canada. I decided to join the MSFM at UBC after interacting with many inspiring forestry professionals and academics. I would like develop my skills in professional forest management and urban forestry. In my spare time I like to play squash and make/listen to podcasts.


Renee Filpot

Renee Filpot

I am from Gatineau, Québec. I completed a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in logistics and operations management. I moved to British Columbia for its amazing mountains. I spend all my spare time splitboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing and backpacking. I changed career path in order to spend more time outside and be part of the change that is currently happening in the forestry industry. I worked as a forest technician and completed a diploma in forestry at Selkirk college in Castlegar. I want to deepen my knowledge of the environmental, social and economic components of sustainable forestry through the MSFM program. I am hoping to become a RPF. I am interested in timber supply and the effects of climate change on our forests and how we manage them.


Barbara Happy-Narouz

Barbara Happy-Narouz

I am passionate about the natural world and understanding our relationship with it. I completed a BA in Environmental Studies and Geography at Bishop’s University. Over the last decade I have explored the various facets within foresty, including forest fire fighting, beetle surveys, forest health surveys, and coastal log scaling. I most recently oversaw and implemented a riparian zone restoration project in the Elephant Hill Fire zone. Forestry has given me an appreciation for the vastness, richness, and beauty of Canada. These experiences have also made me aware of the injustices and mismanagement that exist in the forest industry and the impacts on our communities. I hope to further my experience and knowledge in resource management, and more importantly I hope to focus on conservation, stewardship, and local communities.


Christopher Howard

Christopher Howard

Chris has 12+ years of experience in production and operations management in a variety of technical fields including food manufacturing, finance, and construction. Chris completed his undergraduate studies at California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and a minor in economics. After graduation from the Master’s in Sustainable Forest Management program at The University of British Columbia Chris will be pursuing his RPF designation and transitioning into a career in forest operations management. When not working Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and family in and around the ocean including surfing, hiking, sailing, fishing and paddleboarding.


Aaron Hung

Aaron Hung

I my B.Sc in Ecology & Biodiversity from the University of Hong Kong. “Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature” is a stance I have embraced since my university years. As a nature lover, it is my firm belief that conserving our nature is an important key to a better future in both ecological and economic aspects. For 1,5 years I worked as an Assistant Ecologist in an ecological consulting firm and wanted to expand my horizons with MSFM. I love outdoor activities, especially soccer and wildlife photography. I am particularly interested in butterflies, and I can identify almost all butterfly species in Hong Kong. I am very excited for this new adventure and am looking forward to acquiring the professional skills and knowledge necessary for forest conservation and protection in Canada.


Harshavardhini Karthikeyan

Harshavardhini Karthikeyan

I am Harshavardhini Karthikeyan from India. I’m an active outdoor enthusiast and I graduated with BSc in Agriculture from Annamalai University, India. During my undergraduate study, I was exposed to multiple forestry subjects and gained field experience in forest resource management planning, agroforestry and silviculture practices etc. which inspired me to continue studying forestry. I worked on a case study focusing on tropical mangrove ecosystem that gave me insights on restoration mechanism and conservation of rhizophora species. I then worked as a Junior Research Assistant where I acquired hands-on experience in soil mapping and water quality analysis. I’m very excited to be a part of this year’s MSFM cohort and look forward to learning more about forest management and developing my skills!


Jashanpreet Kaur

Jashanpreet Kaur

My name is Jashanpreet kaur and I grew up in Kotkapura, Punjab (India). I completed my undergraduate as well as master’s degree from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana with major botany.

I have done my master’s research in garlic storage and germination for two years.I have always been more inclined towards forest sciences and UBC has been my dream university to pursue it. Through MSFM, I’ll be able to get my RPF designation and contribute to environmental wellness simultaneously!


Kuljit Kaur

Kuljit Kaur

I am Kuljit Kaur from Punjab (India) and graduated in Agronomy from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (India). I also worked at there as a research fellow under the TIGR2ESS (Transforming India’s Green Revolution by Research and Innovation for Sustainable Food Supply) Flagship Project 5 sponsored by University of Cambridge (UK). Being an agronomist, I have been consistently doing outdoor visits professionally and personally in order to focus on sustainable agriculture through integration of farm forestry via small scale commercial tree plantation in my own farm fields. MSFM will prove to be a great opportunity to enhance my knowledge and working skills in various aspects of forestry by coming out of my comfort zone and adapt to new


Julieta Lavin Samper

Julieta Lavin Samper

I was born and raised in Mexico and ever since I was a kid, I have been in contact with nature. This led me to study Biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Before coming to BC I worked as an Environmental Specialist in a law firm in Mexico City that focused on environmental law and consulting. I worked in a variety of projects, such as wind farms, photovoltaic plants, gas stations, and construction projects. I also worked as an environmental supervisor and provided environmental monitoring and by planning and implementing restoration and reforestation programs. Back in Mexico, I had the opportunity to travel around the country to collect field data and analyse impacts in so many different ecosystems. Thus, I discovered that it is the forest what I feel truly passionate about. I am really excited to learn more about forestry and to become a RPF. I am also passionate about rock climbing, hiking, cycling, camping and learning new languages


Minnie Leung

Minnie Leung

Growing up in Hong Kong, a crowded metropolitan packed with high-rise buildings, I treasure the limited natural lands as well as wildlife around the city and therefore studied ecology for my bachelor degree at the University of Hong Kong. I believe human can live comfortably without exhausting natural resources. After university, I worked for NGOs as an environmental educator. Now, I would like to put my belief into practice by pursuing a master degree in sustainable forestry and become a Registered Professional Forester. Like many other classmates (probably), I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. When staying indoor, I love spending hours on acrylic/oil paintings. It’s my pleasure to be part of the MSFM program, learning from great teachers and fellow students. Can’t wait to explore the beautiful landscape in BC with all of you!


Valentine Lynch

Valentine Lynch

Growing up on farms in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Southern Ontario, I loved to watch the forests and field change with the seasons. During my undergraduate degree at University of Toronto, I decided to pursue Environmental Geography in order to further understand and appreciate human relationships with the landscape. My minor in Forest Conservation introduced me to forest management and conservation as a career path, which marries my passions for the natural world and the sustainable use of our resources. I look forward to continuing that journey at UBC and starting my career as a forester!


Georgina Magnus

Georgina (Georgie) Magnus

I am from Richmond, B.C., and previously completed my B.S.C in Natural Resources Conservation here at UBC! I have various work experiences, ranging from work in forest policy, multi-phase timber development, GIS, and remote sensing! I spent my most recent summer based out of Prince George working in the bush and getting familiar with the forests of Northern BC. When not working or in school, I enjoy hiking, yoga, reading, and spending time with my dogs or other people’s dogs. I decided to apply for MSFM as it presented a great opportunity to work towards gaining my professional forester designation while meeting, learning and collaborating with knowledgeable teachers and like-minded peers. I would like to pursue meaningful work in silviculture and planning, and hopefully one day work my way up to influencing forest policy and practices in B.C.


Shaowen Mei

Shaowen Mei

Hi, I’m Shaowen, you can simply call me Mei. I was born and raised in China for the past 20 years, and then studied in Canada for about 2 years. I graduated from Lakehead University in Thunderbay and Anhui Agricultural University in Anhui, China, with a double degree in forestry. I have always believed that “WOOD IS GOOD”, and my love for forests prompts me to be here, an excellent cohort, to continue to study forestry with you guys!


Steven (Nev) Neville

Steven (Nev) Neville

After 25 years’ service in the British Armed Forces I decided it is time for a change of scenery before I get too long in the tooth! Originally from Portsmouth, England I have lived and worked world-wide, including extended periods in Afghanistan, Australia and more recently in Mali. I am hugely excited at the prospect of studying the MSFM at UBC and transitioning to a career in Forestry and relish the opportunity to meet like-minded people and experience all that Vancouver and BC has to offer. With a background in leadership and management and military engineering and a passion for travel and the great outdoors. My ultimate goal is to qualify as a Professional Forest Land Manager and to serve with the British Columbia Wildfire Service. I love to climb, ski, sail, run, bike and hike and look forward to maximising time in the hills and on the water while at UBC.


Nicole Smith

Nicole Smith

Hi everyone, my name is Nicole Smith and I grew up in southern Ontario. I earned my undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies, and a diploma in Environmental Assessment from the University of Waterloo in 2016, and a graduate certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College in 2018. The beginning of this year I become a Managed Forest Plan Approver with the Ministry of Natural Resources. I have worked for three years in Forest Management Conservation in southern Ontario. I enjoy traveling, hiking, gardening, camping and brewing craft beer! After working in forestry in Ontario, I am intrigued to learn more about how BC and international forestry industries operate. On completion of this degree, I hope to obtain my RPF designation and continue to pursue a career in forest conservation and restoration!


Samuel Zhang

Samuel Zhang

I was born in Beijing, China and moved to Vancouver in 2011. I successfully pursued my undergraduate degree in Urban Forestry at UBC. During my co-op terms, I was exposed to a wide range of forest and urban forest related works such as urban agriculture, ecotherapy, and even as a shepherd! I am currently a science conservation intern at Rocha Canada located in Surrey, BC. We monitor and collect data on species in the Little Campbell River Watershed. We also conduct hydrometric surveys, and collect water samples for the municipality. Our restoration works include invasive species removal and planting native tree species. I truly believe my passion lies in studying and caring for our forest both as an irreplaceable resource and as a place of cultural spiritual significance. I look forward to the MSFM program, and working towards the RPF designation. My hobbies include building model kits, reading, gardening, and birdwatching.