The Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada 2013 National Awards Banquet took place on Monday September 16th 2013, in Corner Brook Newfoundland during the 105th annual general meeting and conference. President Michel Vallée was the moderator.
Canadian Forestry Achievement
The Canadian Forestry Achievement Award was established in 1967. The award recognizes unique and outstanding forestry achievement by individuals in Canada and encourages excellence in the profession. This year’s recipient was Mr. Dave Lemkay of Douglas, Ontario. Dave retired a few years ago, but if anything that milestone sped up the pace of his life. He was the communications manager at the Petawawa National Forestry Institute (PNFI) for some time; in this role he promoted the esteemed forest science that was undertaken there. Some highlights of Dave’s career include the sailing of a replica squared timber raft with the Tall Ships in Quebec City in 1984 and the delivering of maple trees to Juno Beach, Normandy, France in 1994 for the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Dave organized the National Forest Congresses from 1986 through 2006. He was also instrumental in the publication of the book “75 Years of Research in the Woods”, the history of the Petawawa Forest Experiment Station from 1918-1993, and “Alligators of the North” (2010), the story of the West & Peachey Company of Simcoe, Ontario and its invention and manufacture of the amphibious steam warping tug boats – one of the pioneers in the mechanization of the forest industry. Most recently, Dave contributed a chronology of the building of J.R. Booth’s Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway in the book “Destination Algonquin Park – tracks to Cache Lake and the Highland Inn”. Since 1999 Dave has served – and continues to serve as General Manager of the Canadian Forestry Association (CFA). He has led the CFA into its second century by delivering its core programs at the grass roots level, and effectively partnering with the CIF.
Canadian Forestry Scientific Achievement
The Canadian Forestry Scientific Achievement, created in 1980, recognizes unique and outstanding contributions to forest research in Canada. This year’s recipient was Dr. Doug Pitt of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Doug currently works for the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre. He has nearly 30 years of operational and research experience in silviculture and forest sampling. He earned his Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Lakehead University in 1984 and completed his Ph.D. in Forest Biometrics at Auburn University in 1994. Through partnerships with forest industry, provincial governments, and academia, Doug leads and contributes his unique talents to a variety of silviculture and forest inventory research projects across Canada. His efforts explore innovative approaches to growing and quantifying forests, with the goal of enhancing forest sector competitiveness through increased efficiency and value-creation while maintaining healthy ecosystems. This body of work has resulted in an astonishing output: more than 50 scientific articles and over 300 presentations at conferences and workshops in Canada, and internationally in the US, New Zealand, Australia, France, and Finland. Doug’s efforts provide Canadian forest managers with practical tools for establishing and managing white pine and several species of spruce under clearcut and shelterwood silvicultural systems. His research in Ontario and Alberta explores a range of mixedwood combinations aimed at providing practical solutions to maximize value and stand level diversity. His work includes long-term studies evaluating the economic advantages, product potential, and volume recovery following precommercial and commercial thinning of balsam fir and red spruce in New Brunswick, and on the long term health effects of pre-commercial thinning poplar in Ontario.
James M. Kitz Award
This award is in honour of James Kitz, a member of the Institute and the College of Alberta Professional Foresters, who passed away at the early age of 36. The award recognizes individuals who make significant, unique, and outstanding contributions in the field of forestry early in their career. It has the objective of encouraging excellence in the forestry profession. This year’s recipient is Mr. Jonathan Lok, of Port McNeil, British Columbia. Mr. Lok is a passionate and dedicated forest professional, a former President of the Association of BC Forest Professionals – their first ever forest technician President; and the Institute’s incoming second Vice President for 2013-14. Jon achieved top marks on his Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) exam. He has also been President of the Consulting Foresters of BC. Jon is well known throughout the sector for making great efforts to collaborate with other professions and expand the sphere of influence of all resource management professions. He currently runs Strategic Forest Management Inc., based on Vancouver Island – a company of close to 150 employees. Under Jon’s leadership, the Strategic team works with a variety of stakeholders, offering insightful solutions to a range of tactical challenges, accomplished with technical and professional excellence. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach and building a positive rapport with clients, Strategic continues to grow. Jon is truly dedicated to his company, his employees, his family, and his profession.
Canadian Forest Management Group Achievement
The Canadian Forest Management Group Achievement Award was established in 1998, and exists to recognize outstanding achievement by teams or groups of natural resource managers, researchers, or non-government-organizations in the field of forest resource related activity in Canada. This year’s recipient is Tree Canada, a national organization, based in Ottawa, Ontario. Tree Canada plays an integral role in public and professional advocacy of urban forestry as well as general forestry and tree awareness. There is no better way of spreading the important message of the importance of trees in both urban and rural environments than to interact with youth and get them excited about nature and planting trees. Tree Canada has mastered this art, working at both local and national scales with their schoolyard greening program, TD Green Streets, and other programs across the country. They also have a very active marketing program with products widely available to the public to generate program funds and raise awareness. Their brand is arguably one of the most recognisable forestry symbols in urban centres. Tree Canada has positioned itself as a reliable source of expertise, information, and support for urban forestry and its practitioners – from community groups and volunteers, to foresters, arborists, and politicians. The Canadian Urban Forest Network, developed in part by Tree Canada, is an excellent networking tool for sharing information about urban forestry policies, programs, and general questions among practitioners across Canada.
International Forestry Achievement Award
Established in 1988, the International Forestry Achievement Award is intended to recognize unique and outstanding contributions in international forestry. The award recognizes that Canada is a world leader in the practice of forestry and appreciates the actions of individuals who have shared this leadership with other nations. It can also recognize the actions of an individual to bring nations together to better forestry practices globally. This year’s recipient is Dr. Wang Xiaoping of Beijing, China. Dr. Wang’s influence is global and indeed he has visited most forested regions of the world, building bridges, pushing the latest frontiers and yet always respectful of the differences among us, whether cultural, political or economic. The activities in which he is involved range from global to local; such as directing major international projects, advocacy in China on ‘green carbon’, to his own special strain of Chrysanthemum tea grown in a Beijing community garden. He has been instrumental in landscape restoration in the Beijing area; planting new forests in the hills about the city and around the Great Wall, restoring the natural ecology of the Miyun watershed, the main source of drinking water for Beijing, and working against encroaching desertification. All the while he keeps an eye out for the less fortunate. In Miyun, amidst the massive restoration project he took time to work with the local subsistence farmers to introduce organic fruit crops that they could sell to the growing organic market in nearby Beijing. The success of this is evident when he visits the village now and is seen as their local hero. An amazingly hard worker, he has assembled in his office a devoted team where sharing a philosophy is as important as the work that is accomplished. On entering his office a large sign proclaims: “Respect; Cooperation; Creativity; Sharing” as a reminder of how an innovative team can work together. Most recently he has promoted the publication of Chinese forest science in The Forestry Chronicle, working with the Institute in a partnership that has already expanded in scope to include international exchange among professionals, and the development of demonstration forests in the Asia Pacific Region.
J. Michael Waldram Memorial Model Forest Fellowship
In 2006, the Canadian Model Forest Network announced the establishment of the J. Michael Waldram Memorial Model Forest Fellowship, to be offered as part of the suite of awards bestowed annually by the Canadian Institute of Forestry. The Fellowship is open to all Canadian Aboriginal youth enrolled in at least their second year in either a degree or diploma program in natural resource management at a Canadian University or College. This year’s recipients of J. Michael Waldram Memorial Model Forest Fellowships are Williams Stolz, Northwestern Ontario Section, Shayna Mason, Rocky Mountain Section, and Ashley Dobko, Vancouver Section.
Williams Stolz is a student of environmental management, fish and wildlife, at Lakehead University. He has worked with Parks Canada to educate the public about lake conservation, and more recently worked with the Métis Nation of Ontario as a youth leader, delivering cultural and environmental programming. Williams’ long term goal is to utilize Indigenous and Western science together to manage resources and ensure traditional land bases and waterways are preserved for Indigenous peoples and others.
Shayna Mason is a forestry student at the University of Alberta. She also earned a finance degree from the University of Northern British Columbia and has developed an intimate knowledge of the land from her upbringing in a First Nations community. Her goal is to be part of a natural resource team that manages the northern coast of BC, to both develop and protect the area while giving back to her traditional band that resides off the coast of Prince Rupert.
Ashley Dobko is student of Forestry: Natural Resource Conservation in Science and Management, at the University of British Columbia. Her goals are to increase environmental knowledge within the community and use resources in an efficient and sustainable manner, as well as reduce future problems and improve ecosystems in British Columbia. Ashley has developed two youth programs in Haida Gwaii and the Musqueam community which educated youth about tree rings, culturally modified trees, and the history that can be acquired through trees.
Our Presidential Award is presented to individuals who have provided outstanding service and commitment to the Canadian Institute of Forestry, and who exemplify a devotion to, and passion for the profession. This year’s recipient is Ms. Sarah Gooding of Edmonton, Alberta. Sarah has been an enthusiastic and engaged member of the Rocky Mountain Section since arriving in Alberta in 1996. She has been a regular participant in Council, serving as secretary, Chair and Director. She has helped to organize several of the section’s technical sessions, making them truly successful. Sarah was also directly involved in planning, organizing and delivering our highly successful 2010 conference in Jasper, including organizing the Forests without Borders silent auction. Sarah has strived to improve the section and the national CIF through constructive comments, enthusiasm in attracting and retaining members, and her diplomacy, networking and collaboration skills. Her involvement with forestry students at the University of Alberta and NAIT has introduced them to the importance of belonging to a national organization. She leads by example and has instilled in many CIF members the importance of fulfilling section and national goals.
Section of the Year Award
The Canadian Institute of Forestry is very a much a grass-roots level organization; but with a national network and focus. There 19 sections across the country, including the new Thompson-Okanogan Section in BC, and they are truly the foundation and strength of the Institute. The Section of the Year award recognizes outstanding activity, and involvement and support of the Institute as a whole. The decision was incredibily difficult this year because so many Sections have been active and engaged. The National Executive make a very special exception to our general policy and presented two Section of the Year awards. This year’s recipients have both hosted and partnered in their regions on numerous events, relevant to students, forest professionals and practitioners and to the general public. These Sections have submitted articles and write-ups to The Chronicle, and they have both been very active and engaged in all things CIF. Algonquin Section and Manitoba Section were awarded with Section of the Year in 2013.
Sir William Schlich, born in 1840, was a German forester who became Inspector General of Forests to the Government of India. He also founded the School of Forestry at Oxford in 1905, and was knighted in 1909 for his many achievements. He passed-away in 1925 and the Oxford Forestry School sponsored a campaign to create a fitting memorial – the Schlich Memorial Fund. The trust itself was established in 1929 by the Commonwealth Forestry Association, initiating the recognition of outstanding contributions to forestry in a number of countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada. One of the first recipients was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who went on to become the 32nd President of the U.S. Another was Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the US Forest Service. The Institute recognizes an outstanding forestry student annually, with this award. This year’s recipient is Jeffrey Sansome, attending the College of the North Atlantic (CAN) in Cornerbrook. Jeff is currently in the process of completing the forest resource technician program at CNA. He is also supporting a new family, and despite the many demands on his time, is near the top of his class. He chose to do the forest resource technician program primarily as a result of his love of the outdoors and everything to do with nature. Jeff hopes to use the knowledge gained from the program to continue his education in natural resource management and conservation.
Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has recently sanctioned that the Institute will annually present The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry. The purpose of this new award is to recognize the achievements of an outstanding young forest professional in Canada, and to encourage involvement in and dedication to the principles of sustainable forest management, sound forest science, and effective public outreach. To be eligible for the award, candidates must either be a student or recent graduate (within five years) from a Canadian forestry, natural resources or environmental science university or college program, and must have made outstanding contributions to the their school and program, and to forest professionalism in general, within their community. Eligible recipients must also be members in good standing of the Institute, thus demonstrating their personal commitment to lifelong continuing education and professional development, and their support of forest professionalism.
Jocelin Teron is an assistant forester working for Strategic Forest Management Inc. based out of Campbell River, British Columbia – where her reputation as a competent and engaged professional has been quickly and firmly established. She is also a Council member for the Vancouver Island Section of the CIF. Jocelin graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Lakehead University in 2011, and was the recipient of the Institute’s gold medal for Lakehead, which recognized her high academic achievements and extensive volunteer activity there… She is currently working toward her registered professional forester designation with the Association of BC Forest professionals, and hopes to achieve this status in spring 2014. As a young professional, Jocelin continues to develop the foundation of her career and has focused on silvicultural practices. Her work includes planning, implementation audit, and supervision of post harvest programs. Since moving to Vancouver Island, Jocelin has been an engaged and active volunteer – facilitating a healthy forests – healthy communities workshop through the Section, and she has also made educational presentations to local Scout troops to help them earn their forestry badges. Jocelin fully intends to continue to volunteer in her local community and with the CIF as her career progresses. Mr. Geraint Richards, Chief Forester of the Duchy of Cornwall in the United Kingdom presented the Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry to Jocelin Teron.
Tree of Life Recipients
The Tree of Life Awards are nationally recognized, but are selected by the Sections of the Institute. They are awarded to individuals who have made superior, dedicated or particularly effective contributions to sustainable forest resource management, forest renewal or sustained yield, and integrated management of the forest and its intrinsic resources. The following four members received Tree of Life Awards this year.
- François-Hugues Bernier, Orléans Section
- Rick Bonar, Rocky Mountain Section
- Steve Price, Rocky Mountain Section
- Bruce Pendrel, Maritime Section.
Golden Year Club
The Golden Year Club recognizes individuals who achieve the impressive milestone of 50 years membership with the Institute. President Michel Vallée inducted seven members into the Golden Year Club in 2013, acknowledging their engagement with and dedication to the Institute:
- Harvey William Anderson, Southern Ontario Section
- Brian J. Clark, Vancouver Section
- John Munro, Newfoundland and Labrador Section
- Malcolm F. Squires, Northwestern Ontario Section
- Gerrit D. Van Raalte, Maritimes Section
- Herbert Winer, International Member
- Antal (Tony) Kozak, Vancouver Section
Member Volunteer Recognition
Since 1908, volunteers have played a special and significant role in the success growth of our Institute, by sharing their time, energy and expertise. Volunteers are absolutely vital in fulfilling our mission. The following special members have providing significant volunteer service and received a volunteer recognition plaque.
- Rebecca Launchbury
- Stephanie Parzei
- Peter Marshall
- Candace Parsons
- Janet Mitchell