Mentor Bios

Ashish Mohan

I graduated from UBC in Forest Sciences and had an incredibly positive undergrad experience due to the campus culture, the great people of the Forestry faculty, and the amazing friends I made. Despite this, I still came out of school confused as to what I wanted to do and what the possible career options were. Years later, I’ve now worked for startups, NGO’s, federal government, and municipalities. I also went onto complete an MSc and am pleased to say I am working in my field of study. I am still looking to gain new skills and expand my horizons, but I would love to provide advice and a sense of scope to the next generation of forward thinkers.

Ben Romanchych

Ben is a Business Analyst with FPInnovations’ Business Intelligence Group. In his current role at FPInnovations, Ben has consulted with some of North America’s largest forest products companies and industry associations. Prior to his position at FPInnovations, Ben has held positions at Interfor Corporation, Metrie (formerly Sauder Industries), and Forte Millwork Inc. Ben holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of British Columbia’s Wood Products Processing Program. Ben and his team at FPInnovations provide market intelligence for clients through the combination of data analytics and industry experience, creating actionable insights.

Bob Kennedy

Bob Kennedy completed his Bachelor of Science at the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University in 1953, and came to UBC to complete a Masters of Forestry in Wood Sciences, graduating in 1955. After teaching wood anatomy and properties, wood chemistry, and timber mechanics at UBC and completing a PhD at Yale in 1962, Bob went to the University of Toronto as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Forestry from 1962-66. In 1966, he returned to Vancouver to work at the Western Forest Products Laboratory (predecessor of FP Innovations) where he eventually became the Director in 1975.
In 1979, Bob returned to teaching in Forestry, as the professor for Wood Science, and became the Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, from 1983-1989. Before his retirement in 1991, he also served as Vice-Chair of the government-appointed BC Forest Resources Commission (1979-1991). Bob has done consulting in Australia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and South Africa, as well as in Canada. He is also an elected fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science and Society of Wood Science and Technology.

Bob Smith

Bob Smith is the General Manager – Kootenay Region and Specialty Product Development for CANFOR. His journey in the industry started in 1986 working as a sawmill and woodlands worker while he attended UBC’s Wood Products Processing program from which he graduated in 1992 with a BScF, followed by an MSc in 1994. Bob has diverse experience at all levels of business operations, from business analyst, sawmill supervisor & OSB production manager for Tolko Industries Ltd., to production manager and director of manufacturing for Sauder Mouldings. Outside of work, Bob is actively involved in coaching youth volleyball and serving on the UBC Varsity Mens Volleyball Alumni Council.

Brendan Guy

Brendan Guy holds a bachelor of science in natural resources conservation from the University of British Columbia and a master’s in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Brendan works for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an international environmental non-profit organization, based in Washington, D.C. Brendan manages NRDC’s engagement on international climate change policy, helping to orchestrate countries, states, cities, and businesses to take action to deliver on the Paris Climate Agreement.

Dallin Brooks

My greatest attribute is living through the entire forest lifecycle. I was raised on a hunting and fishing resort in northcentral BC, where we utilized the renewable forest for food, recreation and tourism. I have worked in the forest as a logger, moose guide and tree planter. I have processed wood in mills and for doors and moldings as a UBC Wood Products Processing Co-op student. I have worked for a sawmill equipment manufacturer in Finland and as a small business owner of a thermal modification kiln. I also have worked with Canada’s national wood products research organization, Forintek, analyzing markets for wood products before going on to do a Masters at UBC in Forests and Society. Now I am the Executive Director at the Western Wood Preservers Institute representing the wood preservative industry where we deal with marketing, regulatory and legislative issues, such as sustainable use, safe disposal and energy generation.

David Jones

David completed a Post Doc at SFU and one year as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Biology Dept at SFU. After which he left the academic life to accept a position as a charter entrant in a new field as a Professional Environmental Consultant. He believes that incremental change from within industrial and commercial practices of the day offer the best opportunity to halt the gradual degeneration of the environment after only 300 years or so of uncontrolled industrial and commercial growth. He set out on this career first at Sandwell Engineering Ltd a local forestry and mine engineering company and continuously from then to now in a variety of staff consulting and ownership roles in the lively activity of participating in changing the actions of business in a myriad of small ways that lead to bigger ways until today is a time when all business must consider the environment as an essential part of its business success and survival.
David is presently working on commercialization of natural oils from trees. Identifying and evaluating markets for second generation products made from recycled Styrofoam wastes. The development of an integrated urban farm located in Burnaby to be constructed around the provision of fresh organic vegetables from natural soils and hydroponics, with fresh fish supplied from onsite aquaculture, all intended for gourmet markets in Vancouver and beyond. The use of modified wood cellulose as a high energy green supplement for coal and oil fuels.

Danielle Piezas

Hailing from the Philippine tropics, Dannie brings the experience of birds and geckos in the house and camping in the rainforest. Her love for living things flourished in the move to Canada through UBC’s Natural Resource Conservation B.Sc. program, bird surveys in Ladner, fending off polar bears in the high Arctic, and all manner of invasive species wrangling in between. The Forestry department’s Cooperative Placement Program allowed her to consider several career possibilities in environmental work. Dannie found a calling to nature interpretation through summer work with A Rocha Canada, and the tireless work of connecting people with nature stuck with her since. She joined Stanley Park Ecology Society mid-2016 and is thankful for the grandest workplace in the world–right in the heart of Vancouver.

Emily Sunter

I graduated from UBC Forestry with a degree in Forest Sciences in 2015. During my undergraduate degree, I was a part of many groups/programs on campus including the Forestry Undergraduate Society, the Woman’s Resource Centre, Rotaract, sports teams, and undergraduate research. I also received an NSERC USRA, completed field research seasons with two different labs in Forestry, and wrote an undergraduate thesis using novel data on the relationship between woodpeckers and mountain pine beetles. Now as a graduate student at UBC Okanagan, I am studying human-large carnivore interactions in western Canada and investigating management practices to mitigate conflict funded through the Canada Graduate – Master’s NSERC. Apart from school, I have also traveled extensively in South America, worked for many years in animal welfare, volunteered with many different animal related organizations, and like to bake a lot of cakes.

Ernie Hamm

With a major in wood science and wood products manufacturing, I obtained employment with Forintek Canada Corp., now Forest Innovations, as a laboratory technician in timber engineering, lumber drying and resource evaluation. I eventually obtained the position of wood physics scientist and worked on lumber drying and non-destruction evaluation projects. After 22 years with Forest Innovations I obtained a position as an instructor at BCIT in their wood products manufacturing department where I taught courses in wood science properties as well as an introductory course in properties of metals and plastics. The program was designed for students planning a career in the wood products manufacturing industry as mill operators and sales and distribution of wood construction materials. After 9 years at BCIT I retired.

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.

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. Graeme has routinely transformed technical departments and laboratories into results oriented organizations. He is currently a Senior Technical Director for Weyerhaeuser’s Engineered Lumber business with oversight for the Canadian and Western US operations. He has been trained in and practices Six Sigma and is a 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.

Grant McKinnon

After graduation, I worked for Interfor for four years as a logging engineer on the coast. Came back to the family business on Vancouver Island I have worked in sales and designs of trusses and prefab homes. I run the business with my brother now. We have approximately 75 employees with truss plants on the island and Creston. Our homes plant builds prefabricated wood houses selling primarily in North America with some export to Asia. We had 4 Rona Stores, which we sold to Rona in 2011 so I am familiar with retail sale as well.

Greg Goldstone

I started my Forestry career firefighting for the Ministry of Forests during the summer while attending UBC. After graduation I started a consulting company doing broadcast burning, juvenile spacing, surveys, block and road engineering, and timber harvesting. I joined the Ministry of Forests in Port McNeil where I worked in Silviculture, Engineering, and Harvesting. After receiving my professional designation as an RPF I moved to Castlegar to work as Silviculture Planner, Regional Silviculture Specialist, Small Business Planner, and Practices Forester. I returned to the coast as Area Forester for BC Timber Sales in Campbell River. I am presently employed as Resource Operations Manager for the Campbell River Natural Resource District. I have 25 years of experience as an RFP. I have been involved in mentoring for 20 years. I am interested in coaching, especially career coaching and interview preparation.

Henning Larsen

I am not published and likely will not make it to a list of “rocket scientist” Foresters one-day; but whatever I have done, I’ve always lead with my heart and have put everything that I am into it! Hence, 3rd attempts at my ABCFP registration (… and at least 2 runs at my Applied Science course at university). There are 2 main personal categories, relative to my forestry experience: 1st) starting out as a BCIT technologist and then feeling the need for more and returning to university, to get 2nd) my UBC Forestry Degree. My experience in forestry spans the province: Mahatta River, Chetwynd, Harrison Mills, Woss / Englewood, Burns Lake, Houston, Quesnel, Decker Lake where I have been intimate with woodlands and sawmill operations staff and people and the folks that worked, lived and laughed together in all of those wonderful places. To have worked with, participated and lead in my endeavors for many good and meaningful years with those many folks was my blessing and an honour. I felt clear in my dual focus: attain the UBC forestry degree and to be a member of the association (i.e. ABCFP) like my marvelous mentors that I worked with in the CFP (i.e. Canadian Forest Products) in Chetwynd.

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.

John Kuch

I am 60 years old and have been in the forest industry for the last 42 years. I started as a logger in 1972 eventually progressed through various logging jobs until I was badly injured in a logging accident in 1984. After that I returned to school and graduated from BCIT in 1989 from Wood Products Manufacturing. I moved to Merritt upon graduation and became shipper, planer supervisor, sawmill foreman and finally plant superintendent at the Tolko Nicola Sawmill. In 1993 I went to Field sawmills in Courtenay as plant superintendent. I left there in 1995 to become General Manager of Coulsons Manufacturing. I worked there from 1995 until 2012 doing everything from sales to personnel. Today I work for Trans Pacific Trading looking after the Western Red Cedar programs. I have various mills and remanufacturing facility working for my program. I am willing to share what knowledge I have with the students in the UBC program. I am passionate about this industry and believe these young people are the future.

I am married and have 3 children and just got 2 grandchildren. My 18-year-old daughter is enrolled in the Forestry Program at VIU.

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 lead 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.

Judith Cowan

Judith is an arborist, Landscape Architect and recent Masters of Sustainable Forest Management Graduate with over 15 years of combined urban forestry and urban landscape planning experience. Judith provides expertise in project management for landscape, trail and civil infrastructure construction projects, coordination of complex public and multi stakeholder consultation processes, park planning, design and recreation management for urban and natural areas as well as knowledge of botany, tree physiology and plant identification. Currently, Judith is involved in urban forestry work within the wildland – urban interface. She is working for BA Blackwell and Associates conducting field assessments and preparing Arboriculture and Wildfire Hazard DPA reports for clients in the District of North Vancouver and Maple Ridge.

Kathy Martin

Kathy Martin is a professor in the department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at UBC, as well as a site host for the Centre for Alpine Studies, an online research forum. Her areas of research include:

  • Ecology, life history variation, behaviour and conservation of birds in high elevation habitats
  • Metapopulation and connectivity processes for alpine bird populations
  • Avian use of mountain habitats during migration
  • Nest Webs – cavity nesting bird community dynamics in natural and managed forests in relation to forest cutting regimes and natural disturbance events
  • Effectiveness of avian monitoring programs to reflect population trends

Ken Byrne

Ken is a RPF and has worked as a Senior Research Scientist at FPInnovations since 2012. He has more than 12 years of modelling and research experience in harvesting cost analyses, natural disturbance processes and the integration of factors affecting the forest products value and supply chains. Originally from North Vancouver, Ken received a Forestry Diploma from BCIT in 1998 and proceeded through a forestry education which formally ended with a PhD from UBC in 2011. His recent work includes the assessment of new techniques and equipment designed to address challenges to harvesting operations such as the mid-term timber supply, ground disturbance and log quality.

Kori Vernier

I attended Selkirk College from 1993 to 1995 in Castlegar, BC in Forest Management. I spent my summers employed as a forestry summer student with industry. Immediately after college, I secured a full time job in silviculture. From 1998 to 2007, I completed courses through various institutions including UBC, CNC and TRU as part of the pupil program. I was first an RFT and in 2008 became an RPF.

My experience is heavily weighted to silviculture but I have spent many years working with layout, block design, road maintenance, timber supply and harvesting. I started as a silviculture technician and progressed to a Silviculture Forester and am now a SIlviculture Coordinator. I currently work with the MFLNRO districts across southern BC. I am a member of the Forest Genetic Council Interior Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) and Decision Support (DSTAC) Advisory Committee. I also work with local First Nations Group on a Joint Advisory Committee.

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 am currently in charge of YC sales and marketing in North America as well as all Douglas fir sales to Japan.

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 licence. Since then, I have moved to Victoria and now working as a policy analyst in the Strategic Policy Branch for the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. Here, most of my work deals with governance in treaty and non-treaty agreements as well as higher level policy work such as the treaty multilateral engagement process (which includes the FN Summit, BC, Canada and the BCTC) and UNDRIP.

Monty Wookey

After Graduation in 2004 I went to work for Westridge Cabinets in Red Deer, AB, working as a process engineer/quality control in the cabinet industry. After this opportunity I worked out on the West Coast of Northern BC in a fly-in coastal First Nations school for a 6 month term as a Industrial Art/Wood Working teacher. When the term was over I applied to various positions within the BC sawmill industry, and while waiting I spent a few month logging for my families logging operations. With the difficulty of the job market at the time, I headed out to Alberta for the winter season to try my hand out in the Oil & Gas industry in a field position. I spent a year working as a Well Tester in Grande Prairie, AB, and then went back into the Forest Industry in Vancouver, BC, for Power Wood working in the Cedar Market. With the high cost of living in Vancouver, I chose to go back to the Oil & Gas industry after 4 months. Upon re-entry in the Oil & Gas industry I went to work in Well Isolation for Isolation Equipment Services, where I have been for the past 9 years. I spent 5 years in the field and then went into management as a Dispatcher (1 year), Field Supervisor (1 Year), and am now working as the Rental/Quality Control Coordinator.

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

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. Fast forward a decade and a half and, as Surrey’s Urban Forestry and Environmental Programs Manager, I can now state that I am working in the profession for which I went to school!

Nick Reinhardt

I was first hired by Chartwell Consultants in the summer of 2008 as an entry-level field engineer to aid in basic cutblock layout and design. After graduating from UBC in 2009, I was hired on as a full-time employee and have been based out of North Vancouver ever since. In my time at Chartwell I’ve been able to take advantage of participating in their Haida Gwaii operations and work closely with BC Timber sales, Major Licensees and the Haida Nation. In 2013, I became an RPF and am now the Project Manager of Chartwell’s Haida Gwaii operations. The thing I enjoy most about my job is the ability to travel all over the province for work and live in Vancouver.

Owen Croy

Owen Croy has a BSF from UBC and completed additional studies in landscape architecture and plant science. He is an ISA Certified Arborist/ Municipal Specialist. Owen worked in the forest industry and for the federal Plant Protection Service, carrying out forest pest detection and eradication.

In 1992 Owen became the City Arborist and Superintendent of City-wide Park Services for the City of Surrey, and later became the Manager of Parks. He is currently responsible park and urban forest planning, civic beautification, development services and park operations. He teaches Surrey’s Management 101 and Emerging Leaders Program, and is a lecturer in UBC’s summer program for Urban Forestry.

Owen volunteer’s on committees of arboriculture, municipal forestry, and parks organizations. He is an industry advisor for KPU, serves on the Test Committee for the ISA Board Certified Arborist, and is an instructor for the Municipal Forestry Institute.

Patrick Duffy

Patrick Duffy is a 1955 UBC Forestry alumni, 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 a Vancouver-based international environmental consultancy, PJB Duffy and Associates. Mr. Duffy has over thirty-five years of experience working in Canada and around the world on multilateral, bilateral, industrial and non-governmental sponsored projects. He has worked all over the world on projects ranging from resource management and environmental impact assessment to policy drafting and sustainable development. In his free time he enjoys trekking in the Canadian Rockies, ski racing, music, and is interested in international affairs, governance of Canada and climate change.

Paul Rosher

I went to BCIT for the Renewable Resources Diploma from 1992 – 1994 and then on to UBC from 1994 – 1997 in the BSF Forest Operations program and has been an RPF for 15 years. I have worked all over the coast for 14 years and have been in the interior for the last 8 years. I have worked for the Ministry of Forests, Mac Millian Bloedel, Western Forest Products, Weyerhaeuser, JS Jones, and most recently Tolko in the Okanagan valley.

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.

Peter Butzelaar

My background in the forest industry encompasses manufacturing, marketing, as well as strategic consulting. I have a Wood Science forestry degree from UBC and an MBA from SFU. As a forest products marketing consultant I have had the opportunity to travel to numerous markets and supply regions around the world. Through this work experience I have witnessed firsthand how globally interconnected and dynamic our industry has become. Today, our industry is going through a changing of the guard where new graduates with new ideas are in high demand. My role as a mentor is to help you identify what are your unique talents and interests and how they can best be utilized and rewarded by industry. When I graduated I was fortunate to have a select few mentors help me get my career started. The UBC Forestry Tri-Mentoring program is my way of simply returning the favour.

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. He is a Vice Chair of the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver and on the Urban Forestry Committee with the Association of BC Forest Professionals.

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 wide 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 2012 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 environemntal 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 am responsible to answer complaints.

Scott Shaw-McLaren

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.

Sydney McHugh

Sydney is a former Forestry student and is currently finishing her third and final year of law school at UBC. Since graduating from the conservation program she has spent a number of years working for Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Aboriginal programming. Her employment exposed her to public service and policy work. As a law student, Sydney has focused primarily on environmental and Indigenous law. Following the completion of her law degree, Sydney will work for the federal Department of Justice.

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.

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 Canda 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.

Ye Huang

After completing a bachelor degree and a master’s degree from UBC Forestry in 2013, Ye worked as a field silviculture technician and crew leader in the Peace Region of both British Columbia and Alberta for both consultants and timber licensees. Now Ye is working for a major timber licensee in Campbell River on Vancouver Island as Planning Forester and GIS Analyst. He is responsible for strategic planning, spatial analysis, and database management. He is using the latest available technology to support forest management practices in BC Coast. Other than his main job duties, he is the chair representing his department in divisional Occupational Health & Safety Committee and is committed to providing a safe work environment for all employees. Ye is a Registered Professional Forester in both British Columbia and Alberta.