Student Stories


Jill Meng (Wood Products Processing)
Working as an Export Product Coordination Co-op student at Tolko, I explored the lumber and panel sales side of the forest industry for more than four months. At the very beginning, I felt a bit overwhelmed, as all the tasks were brand new to me. But by the end I became quite confident and enjoyed what I was doing. I acquired experience in coordinating shipments from the mill to the reload and through to the end customer. Read more...


Emily Janzen (Natural Resources Conservation)
Working for Syncrude as an Aquatic Technologist was a great experience. I spent every day outside, usually waist deep in lakes, rivers and wetlands. My main responsibility was to assist a Senior Research Scientist with aquatic fieldwork including ecological monitoring of several water bodies on Syncrude sites to examine the effects of mining development. Read more...


Richard Schwendener (Natural Resources Conservation)
During my last co-op work term I was at the Forest Insect Disturbance Ecology Lab run by Dr Allan Carroll here in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. I was in Lac La Biche and Edson, Alberta, for 3 weeks helping a graduate student survey Lodgepole and Jack Pine stands. We were surveying stand characteristics such as average tree height, phloem thickness, and secondary bark beetle activity, in order to gauge the potential for Mountain Pine Beetle attack in the future. Read more...


Hao Zheng (Wood Products Processing)
My eight-month co-op work term at Canfor Prince George Sawmill has come to an end. During this period, I have gained various skills and experiences in a real business world. I worked in both sawmill and planer with the help from my Quality Control supervisors and many others. Read more...


Miaorong Zhu (Natural Resources Conservation)
Ever since my first day working at Canfor, I knew it was going to be a rewarding experience. Canfor provided me with orientation and training before I started my job. I enjoyed working in the bush with people who have the same passion for forestry. This picture was taken in a helicopter on a day my crew flew into a cutblock to do some layout. Read more...