Laboratory Research Assistant at Canfor in Burnaby, BC
For my second co-op work term, I got to work as a Laboratory Research Assistant at Canfor Pulp Innovation in Burnaby, BC. I was introduced to various procedures and experiments involved in pulp refining, some of which consist of making circular handsheets from refined pulp of different energy levels, testing handsheet properties in a controlled temperature and humidity environment, and checking for specific properties of refined pulp through additional experiments. As I got to learn more of these procedures and experiments, I was able to have a greater understanding of how Canfor Pulp Innovation conducts mill trials and their involvement in working with customers and mills that use their products. Forestry Co-op has given me the opportunity to use my laboratory and scientific skills from previous courses, and I am glad to see the relevance of my studies in real-life jobs including my current work position.