Alexia Constantinou

Alexia is an instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and is the Project Coordinator of WildCAM, a camera trapping network in BC and AB. She was a MSc student in the Wildlife Coexistence and Belowground Ecology Labs in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. Her work focused on the relationship between forest harvesting and wildlife. For much of Alexia’s work, she collaborates with First Nations who are also interested in exploring camera traps and the effects of human disturbance on wildlife. Her interests include improving sustainable forest harvesting via holistic ecosystem management and consideration for wildlife, particularly with First Nations partnerships and perspectives. Alexia has worked in academia and non-profits, in research, as a forest tech and as a wilderness canoe tripping guide. When she is not working on her project, you can find her with skis on or a paddle in hand.

Amory Ngan

Amory is an Urban Forestry Coordinator at the City of Toronto where he manages the Business Planning and Coordination Unit and leads the urban forestry grants and incentives program which funds tree planting and stewardship on private land. He was previously an Area Forester with York Region and a Forester with the City of New York, where he’s been involved with development reviews, capital projects, street tree planting, tree maintenance, contract management, and policy development. Amory is a Registered Professional Forester, an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, and holds a Master of Forest Conservation and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto. He is a recipient of the Award of Achievement from the Society of Municipal Arborists and the Fernow Award from the Ontario Professional Foresters Association.

Arthur Tsai

Arthur Tsai is part of Canfor’s Corporate Communications Team advising on market trends and outlook of Forest products to key internal and external stakeholders. For over 20 years at Canfor, he worked in various departments including Corporate Finance, Human Resources, Communications, Lumber and Pulp Sales and Marketing. Currently, he also manages Canfor’s lumber and pulp Chain of Custody certification program in Canada to ensure our forest products are made from sustainable and well-managed fibre sources.

Arthur has over 30 years of experience in the BC Wood Products industry and graduated from UBC Faculty of Forestry, BSF’95 and MSc’12.

Ashish Mohan

Ashish graduated from UBC’s Faculty of Forestry in 2009 and currently works as an Environment Program Analyst at The City of Edmonton.

After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Forest Science, he travelled to Scotland and completed a Master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Management. He soon found a niche in creating compelling communications for sustainable initiatives.

A few highlights from his career include:

  1. Conducting forest pathology research funded by the BC Ministry of Forests
  2. Supporting environmental legislation with the David Suzuki Foundation
  3. Implementing the compost collection system with the City of Vancouver
  4. Developing and managing a $30 million research center at UBC
  5. Launching several rebate programs for homes, commercial buildings, and e-bikes


Ayla Markowski

Ayla is a recent UBC graduate from Forestry’s Natural Resources Conservation program and is now working two positions in adjacent fields. They like to separate the positions into their “boots on the ground” job and their “office” job. For Ayla’s time in the field, they spend their days working directly with birds of prey at multiple sites around the Lower Mainland by using falconry techniques to undertake and approach wildlife management. For Ayla’s time inside, they work as a Marine Education Coordinator in White Rock/Surrey primarily focused on community outreach, engagement, and overall ocean stewardship. They also spend some time in the field surveying sites with volunteers for the invasive European Green Crab. Ayla is still in the beginning of their post-grad journey and can give a window into what life is like just after graduating!  

Ben Romanchych

Ben is currently pursuing his MBA at the UBC Sauder School of Business. Ben has recently launched Ben Romanchych Consulting as a strategic partner to help businesses scale in the forest products, construction, and real estate sectors. In his former role as Manager of Advanced Wood Manufacturing with FPInnovations, he was responsible for leading the Western Canadian sawmill technology research and development. Before this, Ben held positions as a Senior Analyst and Business Analyst. During his time at FPInnovations, Ben consulted with some of North America’s largest forest products companies and industry associations. Before his positions at FPInnovations, Ben held positions at Interfor Corporation, Metrie (formerly Sauder Industries), and Forte Millwork Inc. Ben has a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia’s Wood Products Processing Program.


Brita Pedersson

After graduating from the Natural Resources Conservation program in 2013, Brita worked as an initial attack firefighter with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) in Kamloops. She worked throughout the province and experience different natural disturbance regimes, both of which piqued her interest in fire ecology and fire management.

In 2017, Brita began working as an Authorizations Forester at the Thompson Rivers District, working with area-based tenures like woodlots, community forests and First Nations Woodland Licences, as well as minor forestry tenure applications. She was still able to support wildfire response on various incidents, including the Elephant Hill wildfire.

In January 2020, she began working as a Land and Resource Coordinator with BC Parks, supporting wildfire planning and prevention initiatives across the parks and protected areas system. Brita has recently received her Registered Professional Forester (RPF) designation, after having worked through the Applied Science Forester-in-Training (ASFIT) process

Christie Quon

After graduating from the Natural Resources Conservation program, I worked for both academic and governmental organizations across Asia conducting research in climate change, biodiversity, wildlife conservation, and landscape management. Now back in Canada, I work within the private sector helping organizations across various industries implement real and effective solutions in response to the challenges of climate change and environmental degradation. As an analyst, I help individuals and companies understand, quantify, reduce, report and manage their environmental impacts. I have worked on a variety of different sustainability and carbon-management solutions, including greenhouse gas measurement, CDP reporting, climate change science and policy, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Clara Fraese

Clara is a Territory Manager for Weyerhaeuser Trus Joist Engineered Wood Products in British Columbia. Prior to entering sales, she worked on the manufacturing side as a Training Coordinator and Assistant Production Scheduler at Weyerhaeuser. She is a graduate of the Wood Products Processing Program in Forestry at UBC and is passionate about encouraging more women to enter the wood and building materials industries. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, cooking, and seeing live music.

David Hamilton

In 2013, David transferred to the UBC Forest Resource Management program because he wanted to become a Registered Professional Forester. David made the most of his time at UBC by getting involved with the community and various programs (COOP, Tri-mentoring, FUS, etc.) and applied himself academically. He was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take a Master’s in Geomatics after completing his undergraduate degree. Concurrently to his masters and post-graduation, David worked as the Assistant Operations Supervisor for Alex Fraser Research Forest in Williams Lake and articled as a forester in training. Once he completed his articling and became a professional forester, David reflected on the next step in his career and decided to pursue a PhD in Sustainable Forest Management in Oregon. The Tri Mentoring program directly led to employment in one of David’s coop terms and he would not be where he is today without the connections he made with many members in the program.

David Jones

David J. Jones has a double honors BSc in Botany and Zoology with a geology (minor) followed by a Ph.D. supported by a Durham University Scholarship. He studied the effects of 300 years of industrial pollution on the subtidal ecology of kelp growing in the ocean along the east coast of County Durham and Northumberland, England’s North Eastern shores.

David completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Simon Fraser University followed by one year as a visiting Assistant Professor in the Biology Department. Upon completion he left the academic life to accept a position as an early entrant to a new field of enquiry as a Professional Environmental Consultant.

In 2021; David closed his environmental consulting company and retired after 50 years offering professional ecological and environmental science service to business companies.

Since retirement he revived scientific and literature studies first started at his birthplace in Wales. For example, one of his special interests is the Ecology of Religion.

Domenico Iannidinardo

Domenico Iannidinardo is a second generation forest worker and UBC graduate with degrees in forestry and business. He is also registered as a professional forester, biologist and engineer. As VP Forest & Logistics and Chief Forester for Mosaic Forest Management based on Vancouver Island, he regularly finds himself between competitions for not only various resources on a landscape, but perceptions about what is the best balance associated with those magnificent resources.

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Erin Gorby

Erin graduated from the UBC Faculty of Forestry in 2000 with a Forest Science specialty. Post-graduation, she realized that her interests and passions were centered on resource conservation and, to that end, she completed a Master of Forest Conservation at the University of Toronto. Once back in British Columbia, Erin discovered the relatively new and growing sector of Urban Forestry. She began as a consultant working with builders and developers to meet the requirements of municipal tree bylaws, and then transitioned into a municipal government role administering a tree bylaw and reviewing development plans. Erin has spent the majority of her career at the City of Coquitlam in various roles related to urban forestry and park operations. She is currently the Urban Forestry and Park Services Manager where she leads the team doing ecological site restoration, trail maintenance, tree bylaw administration, tree risk assessment and street tree management, as well as the municipal cemetery. Erin is passionate about urban forestry and parks and sharing knowledge about the social, economic and ecological benefits that trees, forests and parks provide to urban communities. Erin feels grateful to be a part of the tri-mentoring program; in her experience she has gained so much knowledge and perspective from the mentees and is thankful to play a role in helping them discover their own passions and drive.

Evan Henderson

I graduated from the Conservation program in 2009 and went on to obtain an M.Sc. in 2012 where I studied the ecological and socioeconomic implications of invasive lionfish on the Bahamian lobster fishery. I am currently a Senior Biologist Team Leader with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) where I conduct regulatory reviews of projects that may affect fish and fish habitat and work with proponents to identify avoidance and mitigation measures that reduce potential impacts. Prior to my current position, I worked with other scientists at DFO to set up a national long-term aquaculture monitoring program. I also spent four years at Stantec Consulting Ltd. where I was involved in the assessment of major projects throughout the BC coast. Additionally, I am a Diver’s Certification Board of Canada-certified occupational (commercial) diver and a Registered Professional Biologist.


Garry Merkel

I am primarily a builder. I help build relationships, organizations, and processes tailored to the unique characteristics and needs of the groups that I am working with. My objective is to help create something that helps those groups better shape their futures. Over the last 40 years some of the things that I have been involved in creating include businesses, schools, various land management arrangements, public policies, foundations, working relationships, and governments. I am often sought out to help groups work through difficult situations in unknown territory. I use a variety of tools including negotiating, brokering, planning, facilitating, chairing, mediating, strategizing, managing, teaching or any other professional skill required for the situation.


Graeme Dick

Graeme Dick graduated with an MSc from the Faculty of Forestry in 2009 after completing the UBC, Wood Products Processing Co-op program in 2007. His work experience has ranged from optimization of strand-based products, to overseeing the technical performance and capabilities of operations, and managing adhesive development efforts for the forest products industry. Graeme has routinely transformed technical departments and laboratories into results-oriented organizations with an emphasis on collaboration within and between operations.

Graeme is currently the Manager, EWP Development and Quality for Tolko Industries Ltd.  He is responsible for leading EWP product and process development and improvement efforts, while ensuring that quality management systems are effectively deployed across the veneer- and strand-based businesses. He has been trained in, and practices, Six Sigma and is an active member of the ASQ. He has experience effectively interacting with all levels of an organization, driving change through indirect leadership, and employing systematic techniques to problem solving.

Joe Nemeth

Joe has vast experience in the business, manufacturing, and pulp & paper industry. His previous roles include President and CEO of Catalyst Paper Ltd., Green Belt Renewable Energy, and Canfor, where he oversaw strategic visioning and the overall governance of some of the best-known companies in the business. He has additionally held sales, marketing and business, and production development roles with Canfor and Fletcher Challenge Canada Ltd. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Fortress Paper Ltd. in North Vancouver, where he makes significant contributions to strategic plan development. Joe has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from UBC and an MBA from Western University.


Josh Friedman

After earning my B.Sc. in Natural Resources Conservation (Science and Management Major, Co-op) from UBC Forestry in 2018, I worked as an environmental coordinator for a Vancouver-based renewable energy company. My primary duties related to the identification and satisfaction of regulatory requirements for environmental permits. In that role I led Indigenous and public consultation, as well as assisted with environmental assessments. Since beginning full-time J.D. studies at UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law in September 2019, I have continued to assist BC renewable energy developers as an independent environmental consultant. At law school, I assisted faculty research into environmental assessment law, directed my own research project focused on environmental, Indigenous, and Aboriginal law, and completed a certificate in Indigenous Cultural Competency. My extra-curricular pursuits have included Co-Presidency of the Allard Law and Business Society and External Relations Director of the UBC Environmental Law Group.

My professional interests center around sustainable infrastructure development, natural resource management, and renewable energy. My professional experience includes a legal internship with a large utilities company and a summer work term with a leading Canadian business law firm. I enjoy hiking, cycling, climbing, camping, live music, and playing with my cat.

Kendall McLaughlin

During her undergrad, Kendall worked at the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s landfill and recycling facility as a summer student for 4 summers. This taught her the importance of resource sustainability. Kendall graduated from UBC and worked in outdoor retail for 2 years at Mountain Equipment Co-op running events. In the summer of 2019, she was hired with the District of North Vancouver as the Water Conservation Officer educating the public on the importance of saving water. Kendall was accepted into participating in the 9-month Canadian Conservation Corps program. Through her internship in this program, she was hired with the BC Wildlife Federation in their new Wetlands Workforce project. As one of the first employees on this project, Kendall helped with the hiring process. She is now working out in the field getting her boots muddy in the wetlands collecting data on wildlife and vegetation.  

Kristy McConnol

Kristy McConnel is a Climate Change and Sustainability Consultant at Mott MacDonald. She works to improve climate resilience of infrastructure by conducting vulnerability assessments and undertaking adaptation and sustainability planning. She is passionate about building sustainable communities through creativity and innovation and works on a diverse portfolio of international projects in transportation and sustainability. Kristy holds a Master of Community and Regional Planning degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of British Columbia, and a certified Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP). She is a volunteer member of the Association of Consulting Engineers of British Columbia’s Sustainability and Climate Change Committee. In her spare time, she loves to hike, bike, and harvest and prepare local food.  

Lia Colasacco

In December, Lia graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BSc in Natural Resources Conservation, major in Science and Management. She has been involved in the Forestry Tri-Mentoring program since fall 2016 as a student mentee.
During her studies, Lia spent her summers working field jobs: student intern at the Alex Fraser Research Forest (Williams Lake, 2017); woodlands development student for Tolko Industries (Williams Lake, 2018/2019); and forestry operations/administration student for Mistik Management (Meadow Lake, SK, 2020).
Lia came out of her degree with an interest in community-based sustainable forest management and a desire to work for First Nations communities.
She currently works for the Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government as Land Code Coordinator. She is assisting in the creation of a Land Code to transfer the land management jurisdiction of Xeni Gwet’in reserve lands from the federal government back to the XGFNG.

Lucas Hodgson

Lucas graduated with his BSc in Natural Resources Conversation in 2020 after a very fulfilling four years in the Faculty of Forestry. His favourite memories in Forestry include participating in a field school program at the Wildlife Institute of India and completing his Global Perspectives Capstone.

Lucas has now moved on to law school, where he is a second-year law student at UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law. At Allard, He is currently the treasurer for the UBC Environmental Law Group. Lucas plans to pursue a career practicing environmental law eventually. Allard has a unique specialization in Natural Resource and Environmental Law, and he is excited to take some interesting classes in the next couple of years, such as forest law! Lucas looks forward to putting the skills he obtained in his forestry degree to use during his career! This past summer, however, Lucas worked as a horticulturist at the UBC Botanical Garden, where he enjoyed brushing up on some of his plant ID skills.  

Melissa Fietz

Melissa Fietz is a Professional Engineer and Registered Professional Forester graduating with a degree in Forest Operations from UBC. Melissa’s knowledge base stems from over 10 years of experience working in BC. Through her varied employment, Melissa has gained experience in her speciality: bridge site survey, design, and construction supervision as well as design and repair strategies for road and bridges, retaining wall and foundation design, analysis of wood structures, recreational trail and footbridge design and hydrological calculations. Melissa formerly sat on the executive of the Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector Division of EGBC for the past five years. Melissa lives in Nanaimo with her husband and her four sons.

Mikayla Roberts

Mikayla graduated from the UBC Faculty of Forestry in 2015 and subsequently moved to Chetwynd in northern BC to work for DWB Consulting Services, primarily performing pre-harvest field work. She then attended SFU’s Resource and Environmental Management program and worked on several projects with Metlakatla First Nation related to cumulative effects, port development, and treaty negotiations. Mikayla also took part in the BC Legislative Internship Program in 2016 and worked as a Community Planner for the Township of Langley. Recently, she worked for FLNRORD in the Crown Land Authorizations Branch as a member of the BC-shíshálh Nation Shared Decision Making Working Group. Currently, Mikayla is the Regional Agrologist for the Metro Vancouver Region with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries. Over the last six years, Mikayla has had a very diverse and fulfilling career drawing on many of the skills and knowledge that she learned at UBC.

Montana Goddard

I graduated from UBC in 2014 with a degree in Forest Resources Management, specialization in Community and Aboriginal Forestry. I had previously done a study abroad while at University of Calgary in a similar field but in Latin America. I spent a semester studying the effects that natural resource extraction had on the indigenous population while in Peru. When I transferred to UBC I wanted to work in forestry so the FRM program spoke to me as I would come out of it eligible to get my RPF. My first summer I worked with Steve Mitchell and the team at the UBC Farm and focused on forestry-farm activities and agroforestry. My second summer I spent working in silviculture in Port Alberni with WFP. Once I graduated I migrated over to Campbell River and had spent a few years working there, this time, in forest engineering with Strategic Natural Resource Consultants. My main client there was a First Nation band in which we managed their full-phase forest license. Since then, I started working for government in 2016. First at the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation as a Senior Policy Advisor for treaty and nontreaty agreements. In 2018 I moved into my current role with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development as a Senior First Nation Policy Forester.

Nancy Moloney

Nancy is a sustainability and management consultant with 18 years of international leadership and operational experience. Her most recent role was as CEO and Executive Director at the Jane Goodall Institute Australia. She has also served as Non-Executive Director on several boards including Greenpeace Australia Pacific and worked as a management consultant at two of the “Big Four” professional services firms: Deloitte and EY.

Nancy is a graduate of the Natural Resources Conservation program in UBC’s Faculty of Forestry and also holds an MBA and MSc (Ecology). She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and trained as a Climate Reality Leader under Al Gore.

Nancy has recently happily relocated back to Vancouver from Sydney with her family.

Neal Aven

When I graduated from the Cons program at UBC, my first job was with the Business Operations section of Surrey’s Parks Division. While I had always envisioned working in the field and getting my hands dirty, this role was almost entirely an office-based database and work management system administration role. It turns out I really enjoyed the work! The job provided me with valuable experience to build upon my formal education and also allowed me to stay connected with the ever-evolving realm of urban forestry in Surrey. I served as Surrey’s urban forestry manager for more than 4 years and now I am Surrey’s manager of parks. In this role, I oversee long-range planning and parkland acquisition; park design and construction; athletic field, structure, and landscape maintenance and operations; community enhancement and park partnerships; and urban forestry within Surrey’s parks division.


Nick Reinhardt

Nick is a Registered Professional Forester and Partner at Chartwell Resource Group Ltd. Since graduating from UBC, he has always had a keen interest in Ecosystems Based Management (EBM) in Coastal BC. Over his career he has gained an in-depth understanding of Ecosystems Based Management on Haida Gwaii and its application in operational forestry. Beyond EBM, Nick is passionate about emerging technologies and remote sensing. Part of his role at Chartwell, is researching the ways new technologies and devices can be used to improve productivity and deliver great services to his clients. Nick is also committed to mentoring the next generation of forest professionals and believes that the UBC Tri-Mentoring Program is a great program for students looking to navigate the next steps of their careers.

Patrick Duffy

Patrick Duffy is a 1955 UBC Forestry alumnus and a Varsity Outdoors Club and Thunderbird Ski Team alum, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry, a Masters from Yale and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. He is the founder of Vancouver-based international environmental consultancy, PJB Duffy and Associates.

Patrick’s first professional job involved solving local frost occurrence problems in Ontario, after which he moved to Alberta to research on lodgepole pine and white spruce productivity while managing a forest research team on land classification. Following his doctorate, Patrick spent a year in Australia and Papua-New Guinea on land classification, then moved to Ottawa to coordinate land classification across Canada and to manage the Canada Land Inventory, which involved teams from the provinces. Patrick has over 55 years of experience working in Canada and overseas in over 40 countries on projects which were for the United Nations, including the FAO and the World Bank, industrial and non-government organizations. He has served as a mentor at UBC Forestry since the program’s inception about 20 years ago. In his spare time, he has enjoyed trekking in the Canadian Rockies, ski racing, classical music, and is interested in international affairs, governance of Canada, and climate change.


Peter Ackhurst

Peter Ackhurst worked as a field forester for MacMillan Bloedel, Crown Zellerbach, Crestbrook Forest Industries, and Peace Wood Products. Since that time he has gone on to top managerial positions with the BC Ministry of Forests where he played an active part in forestry activities at regional and provincial levels. He has served as President of the Association of BC Professional Foresters and National President of the Canadian Institute of Forestry. He has also chaired the Tree Improvement Council and Forest Productivity Council. He possesses strong management and leadership capabilities, broad-based knowledge of British Columbia and Canadian forestry, and extensive international experience. Peter worked as a forest consultant with a large consulting firm and is presently an independent consultant to the forestry sector. He has been the forest manager of the Cheakamus Community Forest at Whistler for the past 5 years. He has additionally worked for 2 years in Tanzania with CUSO International, in Chile with the United Nations/FAO, and Malaysia for 3 years with CIDA. Peter is now happily retired and living in West Vancouver.

Peter Ackhurst

Rob Landucci

Rob has over 10 years’ experience overseeing the management of parks and urban forestry in Surrey and Port Coquitlam. A Natural Resource Professional with the Association of BC Forest Professionals, his work Experience includes habitat restoration, forest health management, tree risk assessments and wildlife research. Rob has a Bachelor of Science (Natural Resource Conservation) from the University of British Columbia, is an ISA Certified Arborist and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor.


Sam Coggins

Sam has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources Management and a PhD in Forestry from UBC. He has been a Registered Professional Forester since 2012. Sam has a diverse range of experience in natural resources management including forestry, fisheries, environmental science, oil and gas development, environmental assessments, land management, and geomatics. Sam’s career began in 1993 in the UK in operational forestry. After completing his education in 2011, he moved to Terrace, BC. Northwest BC offered opportunity to work for First Nations governments in technical and administrative roles, and also in consulting on major project developments in the Northwest. From 2017 until 2020 Sam was the Director of Investigations for the Forest Practices Board and became an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. He is now self-employed and based in Smithers BC. Sam works mostly with First Nations in natural resources management and workforce planning and development.  

Sophia Yang

Sophia is the Founder & Executive Director of Threading Change, a youth-led ethical fashion organization working at the intersections of climate, gender, and racial justice in alignment with the necessary transition to a circular economy. Sophia is also the Urban Greening Project Manager at Prince’s Trust Canada, where she leads environmental partnership development for the charity in Vancouver, whilst developing urban greening programming.

Originally born in China but raised in Calgary, Alberta, Sophia draws on her multitude of diverse work and volunteer experiences as the drivers for her holistic approach and perspective on the protection of our environment. As a dedicated climate justice changemaker, Sophia has worked for over a dozen environmental organizations ranging from federal government agencies (Parks Canada, Natural Resources Canada), NGOs (Nature Conservancy of Canada, SPEC, Parkbus, CityHive), industry (CNRL), and academia (UBC, SFU).

Sophia is the recipient of the Starfish Canada’s Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalists award in 2017 and 2018, has attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 24 & 25) twice as a British Columbian Youth Delegate, and DJs as ‘KALEIDO’ in her spare time.

Skicy Liu

Skicy started her university journey at the Faculty of Forestry, UBC in 2014, majoring in Natural Resources Conservation. She joined and completed the Co-op program with three internships: 1) Field Administrative Assistant at Shenyang Ministry of Forestry in 2016 summer; 2) Field Support Technician at Forsite, Prince George in 2017; and 3) Guest Service Representative at Grouse Mountain in 2018 summer. In 2019 Skicy continued her studies with a Master of International Forestry, UBC and graduated in 2020. She was the sole award recipient of the highly competitive and esteemed Binkley Family Graduate Scholarship from Class 2020. Right after graduation, Skicy joined a start-up indoor farming company as a field grower. Through a year of hard work, she was promoted to the Field/ Retail Brand Specialist position responsible for 23 retails stores in the Greater Vancouver area.

Scott Shaw-MacLaren

Throughout my high school and university career I worked for many forest companies as a field engineer in the summer seasons. After completing a degree in natural resource management from the University of Northern BC and a GIS Advanced Technical Diploma from the College of New Caledonia in 2004, I landed a final co-op placement with the now-defunct Land and Water British Columbia Inc. in Fort St. John. My eligibility for registration with the ABCFP allowed me to move into an officer position disposing of Crown land for various industrial, commercial, and residential purposes. I then moved to the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Arts responsible for land management of Adventure Tourism projects in the Peace region. In 2007, I was transferred to the South Coast region and based in Squamish to manage the adventure tourism industry here. With the restructuring of the natural resource ministries, I became a Natural Resource District Operations Manager and expanded the portfolio beyond tourism to include traditional forestry, land development, planning, and biology.


Sharon Johal

Sharon graduated with a B.Sc. in Natural Resource Conservation from UBC in 2012 and has a Post Degree Diploma in Applied Planning from Langara College. She is currently a Planning Technician with the City of Surrey’s Area Planning Division. Sharon’s career objectives have always been to engage the community and create real environmental change in urban areas. She started her career in the non-profit sector, working for Evergreen, a national organization that builds greener and better engaged cities. She has also worked for Parks Canada contributing to national conservation strategies. She started her career with the City of Surrey in Urban Forestry on the Stewardship Team before recently joining the world of Urban Planning. Currently her work heavily involves protecting sensitive ecosystems from development in Surrey, as well as working on other urban planning projects across the City.

Sonny Jay

With family working in the forest industry and a keen interest in the outdoors, enrolling in forestry at UBC was an easy decision. I graduated in 1985 under the Forest Resources Management Option – with a year as a visiting student at the University of New Brunswick.

Following the subject area of my bachelor thesis, my first job after graduating was assisting in research on deer habitat – forestry interaction. In the next few years I was employed with consultants, contractors, the provincial government and a community college. I had opportunity to be located across many regions in the province involved in diverse work areas including forest mensuration, silviculture prescription, stand tending operations, forest fire-fighting, forestry worker training and range inventory.    

In 1990 I started a long career with forest products company at their Terrace location, as well as a stint in Fraser Lake. I worked in silviculture operations, timber development, resource planning, and overall divisional woodlands management.  More recently I had opportunity to work with an environmental consulting company primarily in their partnerships with aboriginal business.

In my work throughout I had much opportunity to apply knowledge from my education in many technical areas and above all, in working with people and organizations with diverse backgrounds, interests and perspectives. After a transition period helping on a few forestry projects, I am now pretty committed to retirement; but ski full time in the winter along with training in the off season


Theraesa Coyle

I am an Aquatic Biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), currently acting as the Pacific region program lead for the Aquaculture Monitoring Program. Though I am mainly marine science focused now, my career has involved multiple transitions between forest and ocean ecosystems, and between government, private sector and academia. I have a BSc in Environmental Science from UBC, and an MSc in Geography from McGill University. My Masters work was focused on biodiversity in agroforestry systems of southern India, and I was briefly situated as a visiting student in UBC Forestry. After completing my degree, I worked both in government and in environmental consulting before accepting a permanent position with DFO. Throughout my academic and professional career, I chose to specialize in GIS and spatial analyses, which has enabled me to more easily move between sectors and study areas. I hope to continue to gain experience in a variety of different work environments, particularly in program