Amory Ngan

Amory is a Project Manager in Urban Forestry at the City of Toronto where he leads the development and implementation of the Tree Planting Strategy and manages the urban forestry grants and incentives program, which has invested and leveraged in matching dollars a total of over $13 million since 2017 resulting in over 50,000 trees and shrubs being planted on private land. He was previously an Area Forester with the Regional Municipality of York and a Forester with the City of New York. In these roles he’s been involved in tree protection, permits, development reviews, street tree planting, contract administration, tree maintenance, capital projects, planning and policy. Amory graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Forest Conservation and an Honours Bachelor of Arts. He is a Registered Professional Forester, ISA Certified Arborist, holds the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. He is a graduate of the Municipal Forestry Institute and a recipient of the Fernow Award from the Ontario Professional Foresters Association.

Ashish Mohan

“What can I do with my degree?”

This question remained in the back of my mind throughout my time in Forestry and it’s the first question mentees ask me every year.  The short answer – you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to, but also understand that degrees do not entitle you to a job. If you work hard, have a positive attitude, and reflect on what you enjoy, you will set yourself up for success. I studied forestry and environmental systems on a technical level but found a niche in creating compelling communication for sustainable organizations. I’ve just started a new position as a Communication Advisor in the Sustainable Development Department at the City of Edmonton and am excited to learn new skills and work on new challenges.

A few highlights in my career so far:

  • Conducting forest pathology research funded by the BC Ministry of Forests
  • Traveling to Scotland to pursue a Masters in Energy and Environmental Science
  • Promoting environmental conservation and legislation with the David Suzuki Foundation
  • Implementing a city-wide compost collection system with the City of Vancouver
  • Helping develop and manage a $30 million research center at UBC


Atiya Livingston

A graduate from the UBC Urban Forestry program, Atiya began her career working with Robin B. Clark Inc. consulting on forest and wildfire management with First Nations communities in Northern British Columbia. There, she handled community wildfire protection plans and fuel management prescriptions, and worked firsthand with Kaska Nation members. After a valuable year of experience, she started work with VDZ+A as a Consulting Arborist for development sites in the Lower Mainland. In parallel with this work, she continues to develop her knowledge-base and connections in green infrastructure for stormwater mitigation, a passion developed during her capstone. 

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.


Bev Ramey

Bev Ramey enjoyed a career as a park planner for the Greater Vancouver Regional District (now Metro Vancouver) for 15 years where she oversaw the creation of such regional parks as Minnekhada and Pacific Spirit. In the past 20 years of her life she has volunteered (as Board member and/or president) with nature education and conservation non-profit organizations: Nature Vancouver, BC Nature (Federation of British Columbia Naturalists), BC Naturalists’ Foundation, and Pacific Spirit Park Society. Her focus activities include wetlands, Fraser lowlands, and grasslands. She has contributed to park creation, local community awareness, support for natural areas, and citizen science projects such as the Breeding Bird Atlas. She volunteers as park host in a northern BC Provincial Park, Ecological Reserve Warden, and undertakes invasive species removal in Southern Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. During the past two years, with permit, she has collected alpine plants, pressed and mounted for Beaty Biodiversity Museum’s Herbarium.


Brita Pedersson

After graduating from UBC in 2013, I worked as an initial attack firefighter with BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) in Kamloops. I was able to work across the province and experience different natural disturbance regimes which piqued my interest in fire ecology. In 2017, I began work at the Thompson Rivers District as an Authorizations Forester, working with area-based tenures like woodlots and community forests. Since the beginning of 2020, I have been with BC Parks, working on wildfire prevention as a Land and Resource Coordinator. I am currently in the process of becoming an RPF, going 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 Fraese is a graduate of UBC Forestry and currently works as the Training Coordinator at Weyerhaeuser’s Parallam Plant in Delta, BC. After being inspired by the concept of engineered wood products, she pivoted from a visual arts degree in Chicago to pursue a BSc in Wood Products Processing at UBC. During her studies she completed a directed studies with the Advanced Renewable Materials Lab researching the application of nanocrystalline cellulose on wood surfaces and worked for a secondary wood manufacturer on Vancouver Island. She is passionate about encouraging more women to pursue careers in the wood industry.


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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Emily Sunter

I graduated from UBC Forestry with a degree in Forest Sciences specializing in Wildlife Ecology in 2015. I loved my time in the Faculty of Forestry, including participating in the Tri-Mentoring program for multiple years. I recently completed my MSc in Biology from UBC Okanagan where I studied human-bear interactions in Alberta’s Bow Valley and investigated management practices to mitigate conflict. Working on how we can share the landscape with wildlife is where I my passion lies. I am now a GIS analyst with the Canadian Wildlife Service and work on critters protected under the Species at Risk Act. I also love to travel, get outside to bike and hike, and eat homemade bread.

Erin Gorby

I graduated from the UBC Faculty of Forestry in 2000 with the intention to continue on to a master’s degree in tree physiology. As it so often does, life happened and plans changed. As my perspective grew, so did my passion for resource conservation. I completed a Master of Forest Conservation at the University of Toronto and spent time working for the Forest Stewardship Council and the Wildlands League in Ontario. Soon after, British Columbia called me back and I discovered the relatively new and growing world of urban forestry. I started in the private sector as a consulting arborist and then moved into municipal government, working as a City arborist in Coquitlam and a Park Operations Manager in Maple Ridge. My current role within the City of Coquitlam is Urban Forestry and Park Services Manager where I lead a team of dedicated professionals doing ecological site restoration, trail maintenance, tree bylaw administration, tree risk assessment and street tree management. I am passionate about urban forestry and sharing knowledge about the social, economic and ecological benefits that trees and forests provide to urban communities.

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.


Grace Zheng

Grace has been working as a Resource Analyst at Ecora Engineering and Resource Group for more than 2 years, with a total of 4 years of industry experience. Her previous work experiences include multiphase cutblock development, urban forestry, and Vegetation Resource Inventory (VRI). Her current job responsibilities include timber supply analysis, growth and yield modeling, forest estate modeling, data analysis, and various resource analysis tasks. Previously she lived in Kamloops, One-hundred mile house, and Prince George, recently moved back to Vancouver. Grace has experience using ArcGIS, Patchworks, TIPSY, VDYP, and Summit. She is proficient in SQL and Python programming languages. Grace is currently working towards her Registered Professional Forester designation. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening and camping. Although Grace mostly sits for her job now, but she still knows how to use power saws to hand fell trees.

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 the optimization of strand-based products to overseeing the technical capabilities of operations and managing adhesive development efforts. Graeme has routinely transformed technical departments and laboratories into results-oriented organizations.

Graeme is currently the Quality Systems Manager for Weyerhaeuser’s Engineered Lumber business, where he ensures quality management systems are effective and deployed across the business.  These systems are focused on maintaining Weyerhaeuser’s reputation as a high-quality supplier. 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, positioning oneself for advancement, 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 completing my B.Sc. in Natural Resources Conservation (Science and Management Major) 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 authorizations. In that role I led Indigenous and public consultation efforts, as well as assisted clients achieve progress in statutory 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 prospective developers of renewable energy projects in BC as an independent environmental consultant. My professional interests center around Indigenous economic development, sustainable natural resource management, and renewable energy. My extra-curricular pursuits have included completion of the eight-month Allard School of Law Indigenous Cultural Competency Certificate Program, co-presidency of the Allard Law and Business Society, and multiple years of volunteering with West Coast Environmental Law.

Leah Zia

Leah Zia graduated from the Natural Resources Conservation program in 2005. Having a passion for environmental education, she sought out opportunities/work experience to complement her degree. After delivering school programs with the Vancouver Aquarium’s AquaVan, she joined the City of Surrey’s Urban Forestry section and has been there for 13 years.

Leah is the Park Operations Coordinator for the Surrey Nature Centre and oversees the staff, facility, site, and program operations. Her best days include coaching the staff, interacting with program participants, and introducing new residents to the Surrey Nature Centre and Green Timbers Park. She delights in connecting people with nature and sometimes, her job is literally a walk in the park.


Maria Continentino

I graduated from the Natural Resources Conservation program (Major in Science & Management) in 2018. I currently work as an invasive species specialist at Diamond Head Consulting to assess, treat, and monitor noxious Japanese Knotweed across the Lower Mainland. I am grateful to the program and the opportunities provided by the faculty (such as Co-op, Tri-mentoring, Jump Start Orientation) as they opened my eyes to the possible careers in the environmental field and helped me decide which was the one for me.


Matthew Burke

After graduating from UBC from the WPP co-op program, I left on a 3-month backpacking tour of Europe. Upon returning I immediately got a job with Weyerhaeuser at their Custom Cut division as a sales assistant. After a year, I moved up to a Cut Coordinator role in the YC department, servicing mainly Japan. Since that time I have sales experience in Europe for Whitewood Shop and YC sales and marketing in North America as well as all Douglas fir sales to Japan. I recently made the leap from Log & Lumber to the Pulp & Paper sector as Director of Sales for North Rim/Heinzel based in Vancouver.


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.

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

I was first hired by Chartwell Consultants in the summer of 2008 as an entry-level forest engineer to aid in basic cut block layout and design. After graduating from UBC in 2009, I took a full-time position with Chartwell and have been based out of North Vancouver ever since. My job has given me the opportunity to work in a variety of places across the province and work in a variety of roles. One of my many roles these days is looking into new technologies and how we can start using them in the field, this includes drones and remote sensing data.

Nick Reinhardt

Noah Steinberg

I started my career in forestry as a summer student at Chartwell Consultants Ltd. After working for the company over two field seasons, I continued my employment after graduating from the UBC FRM program in 2015. Over the past four years, I have gained valuable experience, obtained my RPF and become an important part of the Chartwell Consultants team as a Project Manager and Forester. After working for multiple years developing harvest operations in Interior BC, with a large focus on recovering Mountain Pine Beetle damaged timber, I have continued to develop my career by taking a position as the Lead for Forestry and Access with the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. My role in this position is to plan, coordinate, inspect and advise the TMEP Project Management Team on harvesting, wastewood management and access management from the BC border to Burnaby.


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 for 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.


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.


Sonny Jay

Growing up in Vancouver I had a keen interest in the outdoors. With both my father and older brother working in the forest industry at the time, enrolling in forestry at UBC was an easy decision. I graduated in 1985 under the Forest Management Option.

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 4 years I was employed in diverse areas with consultants, contractors, the provincial government and a community college.   

In 1990 I started a long career with West Fraser Mills Ltd. in Terrace with a stint in Fraser Lake. I worked in a variety of areas including 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.

The last few years I have been enjoying retirement from full time work. I have been out helping on a few  forestry projects, but ski full time in the winter along with training in the off season. 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.


Theraesa Cole

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

Tonya Smith

Tonya graduated from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems with a BSc in Global Resource Systems in 2008. Following a couple years of volunteering on small organic farms through BC and in Ecuador, she returned to school with a renewed interest in forest resources management. She participated in the Transatlantic Forestry Masters (TRANSFOR-M) program, which brought her to the University of Eastern Finland for one year. During this year, Tonya interned with the European Forest Institute performing sustainability impact modelling, and learning about international forest policy. Upon her return to BC, Tonya interned with FP Innovations and Ecotrust Canada modelling biomass supply chains. Through Ecotrust, Tonya was connected with the Lil’wat First Nation, with whom she completed a strategic forestry plan to mitigate the impacts of forest harvest on cultural sites and resources. Tonya is currently doing community-based research with elders and experts in the Lil’wat Nation that explores innovative modes to strengthen Indigenous food security and sovereignty.