Mentor Bios

2019-2020

Arthur Tsai

Arthur Tsai leads Canfor’s lumber marketing analytics and intelligence for both domestic and international markets. He analyses market dynamics and emerging global trends to facilitate the organization’s long-term sales growth strategies. Key areas of focus include global competitive analysis, commodity price forecast, Lumber Futures hedging and forest products chain of custody certifications.
Arthur has over 25 years of experience in the BC wood products industry and graduated from UBC Faculty of Forestry with BSF’95 and MSc’12.

Arthur Tsai

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

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Ashish Mohan

Ben Romanchych

Ben is currently pursuing his MBA at UBC Sauder School of Business.  In his most recent 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 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. Prior to his positions at FPInnvovations, Ben held positions at Interfor Corporation, Metrie (formerly Sauder Industries), and Forte Millwork Inc. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree from University of British Columbia’s Wood Products Processing Program.

Ben Romanchych

Bev Ramey

Bev Ramey enjoyed a career as park planner with Greater Vancouver Regional District (now Metro Vancouver) for 15 years where she oversaw the creation of such regional parks as Minnekhada and Pacific Spirit. The past 20 years of her life she has volunteered (as Board member and/or president) with the 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 to 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.

Bev Ramey

Carrie Kwok

I’ve had the privilege of working in a diverse range of private and public sectors during my undergrad (in co-op) and beyond. Placements included Dillon Consulting, City of Surrey, UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, and Canadian Wildlife Service. I graduated from the NRC program in 2015 and eventually made my way back to the consulting industry with Dillon where I currently work as an Aquatic Biologist. Current projects include: water quality baseline studies, environmental permitting, and oversight of construction monitoring.
I was previously part of the Tri-Mentoring Program as a student and valued the opportunity to connect with a working professional. I hope it will do the same for you!

Carrie Kwok

Clara Fraese

Upon graduating from the Wood Products Processing Program in May 2017, I accepted a 12-month Documentation Specialist/Admin Support role with the Weyerhaeuser Parallam plant in Delta, BC. In November of that year, I began a permanent position as the site Training Coordinator. Since then, my scope has expanded to include Production Scheduling, Environmental, Raw Material Receiving, and Payroll Support. Additionally, I am an active member of the site’s Health and Safety Committee, Social Committee, and Energy Management Team.

Clara Fraese

David Hamilton

I began working in the forest industry because I wanted a summer job working outdoors. After realizing that I loved forestry I transferred to UBC and began pursing my degree with the intention of becoming a registered professional forester. I graduated, completed a Masters in Geomatics and Environmental Management (MGEM), and formally registered as a forester in training. I also worked for a summer at UBC’s Malcolm Knapp research forest. Work went well and I was fortunate enough to get hired full time for Alex Fraser Research Forest. Currently I am working full time for the research forest and my day to day duties include meeting with loggers, overseeing roadbuilding, maintaining our GIS database, laying out harvesting blocks and assisting researchers visiting the forest. In my spare time I enjoy camping, D&D and playing various musical instruments.

David Hamilton

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. He worked closely with his supervisor Dr David Bellamy then a senior lecturer in the Botany Department. 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.

David concluded that incremental change from within the business of industrial and commercial practices of the day offer the best opportunity to halt the gradual degeneration of the environment he saw in many busies practices at the time. He first set out on this career  at Sandwell Engineering Ltd, a local forestry and mine engineering company, and continuously from then to now practiced his knowledge in a variety of  consulting and ownership roles. He practiced a new form of Applied Ecology directly on day to day business activity as they were conducted then. He, and increasingly others, began the lively activity of beginning environmental change by the management of business practices in a myriad of small ways into the routines of business life. That was then. Today the public expect all business to accommodate environmental activity in their activities under the penalty of losing profit (and shareholders) if they refuse.
In his company Jones Environmental Sciences Inc. David is presently studying what the natural world and our use of it offers for the commercialization of oils from wild plants. Identifying and evaluating technology and markets for second generation products made from industrial waste. New commercial uses for natural fibers presently a cost burden in agriculture. Green Asphalt: composition, manufacture and application. 

Déa B. M. Cameron

Déa Cameron is from Brazil. She holds an undergraduate degree in Forest Engineering from Federal University of Viçosa (2009), an MSc (2013) and a Doctorate (2017) in Forestry from University of São Paulo. In 2015-16, during her doctoral program, she was at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as a Visiting Assistant Researcher, studying with Prof. Timothy G. Gregoire. During all her graduate studies, she was a teaching assistant for courses such as Forest Inventory, Forest Economics and Biostatistics, and for Forest Inventory Bootcamps. In the spring of 2017, she was a visiting lecturer at Yale University, teaching a graduate-level course in “Sampling Methodology & Practice”. She subsequently worked as a private forestry consultant. Déa’s research interests encompass several aspects of Forest Biometrics and emphasizes practical and advanced methods of forest inventory. She has experience with methods of sampling, statistical analyses, modelling the growth and yield of forest stands, and analysis of other natural resources and ecosystem services.  Currently she is an MSc student at UBC working with Prof. Bianca Eskelson.

Déa Cameron

Estefanía Milla-Moreno

Estefania Milla-Moreno is a PhD candidate in Dr. Rob Guy’s Tree Physiology lab at the Faculty of Forestry (UBC). She did her BSc in Forest Sciences at the University of Chile and her MSc in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. Estefania’s main interests are plant microanatomy and plant physiology, as well as restoration of ecosystems. During her BSc, she conducted an experiment on water stress in three species of Eucalyptus: E. camaldulensis, E. cladocalix and E. globulus. For her MSc, she studied microanatomy of Populus balsamifera leaves and currently she is studying tree physiology and anatomy of nine native species growing on a tailing in a copper mine in Chile.
Estefania is co-founder and active member of the Diversity crew and Executive Director of the Network of Chilean Researchers in Canada (Redicec). She is also an active member of the UBC Rueda Club (Salsa dancing).

Estefania Moreno

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 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.

Evan Henderson

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 types of things that I have been involved in creating include businesses, schools, various land management arrangements, public policy, 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.

Garry Merkel

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 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.

Graeme Dick

Jeffrey Liu

I graduated from UBC Wood Products Processing and currently work at Taiga Building Products in their Burnaby head office. I have been with them since my second year in UBC, working full time during the co-op terms and part time during the school year. I have been involved with multiple projects throughout the year and in a variety of positions ranging from logistics, analytics, procurement, and inventory management. The wide breadth of experiences Taiga has provided me, has served me well, and as a mentor I strive to share these experiences and lessons learnt from transitioning from the classroom into the workplace.

Jeffrey Liu

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 Chariman 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 a MBA from Western University.

Jovan Larre

Jovan Larre

Since graduating from Wood Product Processing with honours in 2003, I have been employed at Superior Cabinets in Saskatoon, Sk. where I have had the opportunity to apply my knowledge and skills developed at UBC to a 50,000 square feet manufacturing facility. Initial work involved taking production from a large batch processing to a lean, small batch production process. This involved purchasing new machinery, redesigning the entire cutting department and implementing the new process flow. Further projects involved updating and expanding the finishing department including spray booths and a new flatline finishing line. The next major project I led was the implementation of a new software system throughout manufacturing including an interface to sales order system, complete configuration of all products, machine interfaces, and implementation of bar code scanning on shop floor. Currently I am working on new product development and prototyping.

Jovan Larre

Kelly Koome

Kelly is an ISA Certified Arborist and Tree Risk assessment Qualified Professional. He is regularly contracted by private and institutional clients to assess the health, condition, and risk potential of trees throughout the Greater Vancouver Region. Over the past ten years, he has assessed thousands of trees in his work with Land Use Professionals to mitigate developmental impact.

Kelly has successfully advocated for improvements in Tree Protection Management in several jurisdictions (including City of Maple Ridge, Village of Anmore, City of Abbotsford, University of British Columbia) across the Lower Mainland.

Our company mission is to promote the importance of urban forestry through our work, education and passion. For our Clients, we want to be their ‘one-stop-shop’ for all of their tree related needs.

Kelly Koome

Leah Zia

Leah Zia graduated from the Natural Resources Conservation program in 2005 and 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 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.

Leah Zia

Leilane Ronqui

Leilane Ronqui is an EIA Technician at the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (BC, Canada), where she helps the environment get better for the next generations!
Leilane holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology (2004), and also a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Biotechnology with an emphasis in Environmental Science. It was during this time that she started to work at the Brazilian Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN – Brazil), remaining there from 2004 to 2013. Her research focused on the environmental impacts of uranium mining effluents, and acid mine drainage (AMD) released on watershed and reservoirs and included elements of limnology, microbiology, bio-indicators organisms, and water management. From 2014 until 2016 Leilane worked as a Professor and Laboratory Instructor at Octávio Bastos University.
Since she moved to Canada in 2017, she has worked at UBC as a Researcher Fellow, where she acquired more experience in the Canadian natural environment at John Richardson’s Stream and Riparian Areas Research Lab (Forest and Conservation Sciences Department – UBC). Currently, she has an amazing job at the Mining Operations at the Environmental Protection Division in British Columbia. Leilane is a dog-lover and a Korean barbecue eater.

 

Maria Continentino

I graduated from the Natural Resources Conservation program (major 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.

Maria Continentino

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.

Matthew Burke

Meredith Mitchell

Meredith Mitchell became a Registered Landscape Architect after many years of working for her father’s landscape architectural firm. Her many projects at DMG started an interest in sustainability and existing landscape retention and how important it is for communities.
She has a strong belief that strategic coordination of landscape architecture and arboriculture is fundamental for the successful completion of a project. Her undergrad in Archaeology fostered her interest in the preservation of historic landscapes and the importance of wholistic design of creating successful communities. At M2 she continues working with multiple clients, agencies, municipalities and stakeholders to provide sustainable, socially conscious landscape design for both small and large projects. She is also involved with British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects in several committees and is a past Advisory Design Panel Member for New Westminster and currently is a standing member of the Maple Ridge Advisory Design Panel.

Nadia Chan

Nadia has a B.S.F., Forest Operations from the University of British Columbia, is a Forester- in – training, an ISA Certified Arborist and an ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor. After graduating, Nadia took a position with a consulting firm doing silviculture field work in Northern BC. She then moved back to Vancouver to work for a local non-profit environmental organization. Since then, Nadia has worked for the City of Surrey in various positions, and is currently the Manager, Trees and Landscaping with the City’s Planning and Development Department. In addition to over 15 years of experience in urban forestry, Nadia is the Director of Public Outreach for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, a Director with the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia and sits on BCIT’s Forest and Natural Areas Management Program Advisory Committee

Nadia Chan

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.

Neal Aven

Nick Reinhardt

I was first hired by Chartwell Consultants in the summer of 2008 as an entry-level forest engineer to aid in basic cutblock 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. My main role is to develop harvest operations in Interior BC, with a large focus on recovering Mountain Pine Beetle damaged timber and replicating Natural Disturbance regimes.

Noah Steinberg

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 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 do research on lodgepole pine and white spruce productivity while managing a forest research team on land classification. Following his doctorate degree, 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.

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Patrick Duffy

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, a 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 in 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 and on the Urban Forestry Committee with the Association of BC Forest Professionals.

Rob Landucci

Ross Hyam

Ross is dual registered as a Registered Professional Forester and Professional Engineer, and has over 20 years of experience in various roles in the forest industry, most recently as Resource Manager for the Quesnel Natural Resource District. Ross has also held the roles of Area Engineer for the Engineering Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and as a Forestry Supervisor for Canadian Forest Products. Ross’ experience is enhanced by a degree in Forest Operations from the University of British Columbia with a specialization in Forest Operations and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Northern British Columbia. Ross is an active member of both the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals and Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Rob Landucci

Robin Clark

In 2019, Robin is celebrating 50 years in the BC forest industry. Working for a large integrated forest company for 25 years followed with his own natural resources consulting business. Working across a broad spectrum of activity, the focus in the last decade has been with forest and wildfire management in First Nation communities. The most recent activity has been with urban forestry including the hiring of a UBC urban forestry graduate to increase the companies activity in that sector. Robin is an active volunteer leading forest walks in urban settings. Robin also enjoys sharing his knowledge at conferences; this year he presented at the Washington State Landscape Architects annual meeting and the Making Cities Livable Conference in Portland Oregon.

Robin Clark

Sam Coggins

I have a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources Management and a PhD in Forestry from UBC. I am also a Registered Professional Forester and have held a professional designation in geomatics. I have a diverse range of experience in natural resources management including forestry, fisheries, environmental science, oil and gas development, environmental assessments, land management, and geomatics. My career began in 1993 in the UK where I attained 8 years’ experience in operational forestry. I moved to British Columbia in 2002 to pursue an education in forestry. In 2011 I moved to Terrace, BC, to work in forestry and as a GIS technician for Nisga’a Lisims Government where I was responsible to complete a forest inventory of Nisga’a Lands, finalized FLNRO obligations on silviculture and roads, finished community wildfire protection plans, and completed day-to-day mapping for government. I was then employed by two environmental consultants and worked directly on several major development projects in the Northwest to ensure compliance with environmental standards. After that, I was the Director of

Lands and Resources for Kitselas First Nation where I reviewed over 20 major resource development projects in Northwestern BC. I am now the Director of

Investigations with the Forest Practices Board and an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC.

Sam Coggins

Scott Shaw-MacLaren

Throughout my high school and university career I worked for a number of 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.

Scott Shaw-MacLaren

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.

Sharon Johal

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 on a deer habitat study. 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 also had opportunity to work with an environmental consulting company primarily in their partnerships with aboriginal business. Presently I am retired from full time work. I enjoy brief stints helping out on 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.

Sonny Jay

 

Tom Lundgren

Graduate Britannia 1971, BCIT Forestry 1973, UBC BSc Forestry 1977, RPF 1214 1979. Summer work timber cruising Kitimat and Vavenby, road and block layout Mackenzie. Engineering MacDonald Cedar Products 1977 – 1980, Administrative Forester (appraisals, tenure management) Whonnock Industries 1980 – 1986, Silviculture Superintendent (reforestation program) Interfor 1986 -1990, Assistant Chief Forester (reforestation program, negotiations with First Nations and ENGO’s, company environmental standards) Interfor 1990 – 1992, Chief Forester Interfor 1992 – 1995, General Manager (responsible for business unit of 1.5 million m3/yr) Interfor 1995 – 1998, Manager Forestry (electronic mapping, reforestation, negotiations with First Nations, ENGO’s, government agencies) Interfor 1995 – 2012, Senior Forestry Manager 2012 – 2013, retired 2013.

Tom Lundgren