Meet the core MIF faculty involved in the MIF program.
Dr Janette Bulkan
Dr Janette Bulkan comes from a forestry family. As an undergraduate at the University of Manitoba she moved from linguistics to anthropology. She has conducted many social surveys and livelihood studies. She works in community and social forestry, forest certification, participatory resource management, monitoring and evaluation, cultural diversity awareness and protection, and teaching and mentoring. Janette also works on tenure systems, control of illegal logging, anti-corruption, and REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation). She works with Indigenous and traditional/local communities in the Amazon regions of Guyana, Suriname and Peru and is currently developing a collaborative research program with community forestry associations in British Columbia.
Janette is a member of the Governing Council of the Commonwealth Forestry Association and a member of the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) Policy and Standards Committee, which reviews drafts of all new and revised FSC Policies, Standards, Procedures and other normative FSC documents on behalf of the international FSC Board of Directors. Janette created and coordinated the Amerindian Research Unit at the University of Guyana during 1985-1999. She was Senior Social Scientist at the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development in Guyana from 2000 to 2003. Her most recent appointments were at Colby College in Maine, USA, and at the Field Museum in Chicago for its Andes/Amazon Program.
Janette Bulkan gained her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her doctoral degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is an Assistant Professor in the UBC Forest Resources Management department.
Dr Gary Bull
Dr Gary Bull spent most of his early career working in a consultative capacity with forest products companies, resource based communities, various government agencies and environmental non-governmental organizations. Internationally, he has worked with organizations such as the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna, the International Institute for Environment and Development in London, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome and the US Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. He has supervised research projects with CIFOR, World Bank, Shell Canada, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF, Iisaak Forest Resources Ltd., Forest Trends and FAO.
Gary has a background in commerce as well as 3 degrees in Forestry, specializing in economics and policy. He has an interest in global forestry policy issues and has, or is, currently studying forest and timber markets in Asia and ecosystem services markets in Afghanistan, Canada, China, India, Mozambique and Uganda. He is an advocate for interdisciplinary research. Gary is a Professor in the UBC Forest Resources Management department.
Dr M Hosny El-Lakany
Dr M Hosny El-Lakany holds a BSc in Agriculture and MSc in Forestry from Alexandria University, Egypt, a PhD in Forestry from the University of British Columbia, Canada and a DSc honoris causa from Laval University, Quebec, Canada. Hosny was Professor and Chairman of the Forestry Department at Alexandria University before joining the FAO as the Assistant Director-General/Head of the Forestry Department until his retirement. He was the inaugural chair of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests comprised of 14 international organizations in support of the United Nations Forum on Forests. Hosny is a member of several international scientific and professional organizations including the Boards of Trustees of CIFOR (Chairman, since Jan 2011) and ICRAF, the Canadian Institute of Forestry, the Executive Board of the Commonwealth Forestry Association, the External Advisory Group on the Forest Strategy of the World Bank (2003-2009), and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Food and Nutrition. He has published more than 110 scientific papers and co-edited one book. As an International forestry policy consultant, Hosny has worked with the World Bank, ITTO, UNDP, UNEP, FAO, IUCN, GIZ, RRI and other inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. Currently, he is Professor Emeritus at Alexandria University, Egypt and Adjunct Professor and Director of International Forestry at the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. He chairs the International Partnership on Forestry Education and lectures, supervises research and consults in international forest policies and natural resource management. He is the founder and president of the International Forest Policy Consulting based in Vancouver, Canada, and an Adjunct Professor in the Forest Resources Management department at UBC.
Doug Konkin is a forester, collaborator, husband and father, with 32 years of forest management and leadership learning’s. In his distinguished career in the public service, Doug led forest, land and environmental agencies as a Deputy Minister. He pursued the goal of improved resource management through policy innovation and building engagement, teamwork, efficiency and collaboration. He was awarded the Medal of Excellence in Public Service for designing and implementing an integrated approach to resource management. Doug is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, a community forester, and Chief Negotiator with indigenous peoples.
Dr Rob Kozak
Dr Rob Kozak is a Professor and Head of the UBC Wood Science department. His current research and teaching interests, as part of the Forests and Communities in Transition Lab, revolve around sustainable business management practices and issues and providing business-based solutions to complex problems related to sustainable development, forestry, wood products and the emerging conservation economy. Currently, his work focuses on the wellbeing of forest-dependent communities, international development and poverty alleviation strategies, forest certification, corporate social responsibility, and forest sector sustainability and competitiveness. In recognition of his work, he was recently awarded the International Union of Forest Research Organization’s Scientific Achievement Award and is a proud recipient of the Killam Teaching Prize in 2001 and 2014.
Dr Harry Nelson
Dr Harry Nelson is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC specializing in forest policy and economics. Harry’s long-standing research goal is to improve our economic understanding of the consequences of different forest management policies, and to develop new policy options that can help enhance the long run sustainability of forests and resources and the communities and businesses that rely upon them. In particular, Harry has been looking at two important forces that are influencing forest management and resource management in Canada and whose importance will grow in the future not only in Canada but globally: adapting to climate change and the role of Aboriginal communities. Examining these forces requires understanding the broader forest governance system within which these forests and forest management systems are embedded. The nature of Harry’s research leads him to investigate not only this complex governance system and how it is evolving, but also the process of policy-making and business decision-making, two important determinants of how resource management systems work and the kinds of environmental, economic and social outcomes these systems produce.
Harry has a PhD in Forest Economics (UBC 1999), MA in Economics (UBC 1990), and MPP (Harvard 1987).
Dr William Nikolakis
William Nikolakis, PhD, LLB, BBus is a qualified lawyer in both Australia and Canada. William is also Executive Director of the Gathering Voices Society, a Vancouver-based foundation focused on building land management partnerships between Indigenous communities and the natural resources sector. His work is focused on sustainability in the natural resources sector, with focus on approaches for achieving positive outcomes with local communities and Indigenous Peoples. William has published in important scholarly journals, and published an edited book, Globalization and Forests: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development, in 2014. At present he is completing an edited book entitled Reclaiming Self-Governance: International Indigenous Perspectives, to be published by the University of Arizona Press in 2017.
Dr Jeanine Rhemtulla
Dr Jeanine Rhemtulla is as an Assistant Professor in Landscape Ecology in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences. Jeanine comes to us from the Department of Geography and School of Environment at McGill University, where she has been a faculty member since 2009. Jeanine received her PhD in landscape ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Masters in forest ecology from the University of Alberta. Her interests focus on the long-term effects of human land-use on ecosystems, and on understanding how to manage landscapes to increase human well-being while maintaining ecosystem functioning, especially in tropical regions, where conservation and development goals frequently collide. Her work combines a broad range of methods, including ecological fieldwork, remote sensing, analysis of archival records and household surveys. She has field research sites in the lowland forests of the Peruvian Amazon, in the agroforested landscapes of Kerala, in southern India, and the mixed agricultural region of southern Quebec. Jeanine provides a valuable asset to our Faculty’s research and teaching expertise in international forestry.
Tom Urban began his professional career in investment banking with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1988. He subsequently spent 14 years in the agricultural seeds business with Pioneer Hi-Bred and E.I. DuPont de Nemours primarily in Eastern and Western Europe. In 2004, Tom left DuPont to join the early-stage forestry genetics company, CellFor, Inc. and served as CellFor’s CEO until 2012 when the Company was sold to ArborGen, the market leader in forestry genetics. Tom founded Agribusiness Advisors in 2013 and is currently working with early-stage companies as an investor and advisor to the CEO and Board of Directors. The Agribusiness Advisors portfolio includes companies in traditional forestry, precision farming, bio-pesticides, insect protein, teak plantations, cocoa nurseries and industrial enzymes. Tom also serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of British Columbia. Tom received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.