Executive and Members

Chair Person Rebecca Parsons
1st Vice-Chairperson Joseph Bowden
2nd Vice-Chairperson Andrew Penney
RPFNL Councilor Jeff Motty
Councilor  Tawny Isaacs
RPFNL Councilor  Chris Griffin
Secretary/Treasurer Sean Greene
Past Chairperson Vacant

The Newfoundland & Labrador Section has 109 valued members.

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2019 Newfoundland & Labrador Section Executive Biographies

Rebecca Parsons, RPF – Chair


Joseph Bowden – 1st Vice Chair

Joe received his PhD from the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at McGill University. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher in San Diego, California and Aarhus, Denmark before starting as a research scientist at Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service in Corner Brook. His expertise are in entomology and climate change impact and adaptation research.


Andrew Penney, RPF – 2nd Vice Chair
Andrew graduated from the Forest Resource Technician program at the College of the North Atlantic in 2003 and earned his degree in Forest Management from the University of New Brunswick in 2006. For the next 5 years Andrew worked with Timberline Forest Inventory Consultants based in northern British Columbia where primary duties entailed softcopy forest interpretation, large scale silviculture program implementation, multi-phase timber development and various environmental assessments. Since 2011, Andrew has been an employee of Resource Innovations Inc. in Corner Brook, NL, where he manages the Forest Inventory division of the company. Andrew is an RPF in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario, and currently resides in Meadows, NL, with his wife and two children.

Chris Griffin, RPF – Councilor


Jeff Motty, RPF – Councilor

Jeff graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2000 with a BSc. Forestry and a minor in Wildlife. He moved to Ontario in 2001 where he worked as a Crew Boss with Kakina Forestry Services and as a Forestry Technician with the County of Renfrew before moving back to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2002. Since his return, Jeff has held various positions within the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources including: Land Use Technician; Silviculture and Research Forester; Regional Ecosystem Forester; and is currently working as a Forest Protection Forester. He has been a Registered Professional Forester since 2005 and a member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry since 1996. He served on the CIF-NL Executive for 9 years and the RPFNL Executive for 2 years.


Tawny Isaacs, RPF – Councilor

Tawny graduated from the University of New Brunswick’s Bachelor of Science in Forestry program in 1997 with a Minor in Parks and Wilderness. Upon graduation she accepted a position with the Government of New Brunswick as a Forest Technician. Soon after, she started her own consulting company, NewFor Mgmt Consulting, which employed 12 individuals and provided expertise in woodlot management as well as conducting contractual silviculture work for the Provincial Government. In 2002, Tawny yearned to go home, thus she returned to the Island to have two “Newfie Babies” with her husband Derek. In 2008, once both kids were in school, she started as a Conservation Officer l in Clarenville with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Forest Fire Suppression Branch. From there she quickly moved into the role of Conservation Officer ll Silviculture. From 2011-2014 Tawny spent three summers with the Parks and Natural Areas Division as a Park Ranger at Frenchman’s Cove Provincial Park before returning to work as a Conservation Officer llD with the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources in Winterland. Tawny actively promotes the forestry profession and other forest values through presentations, workshops, e-lectures. She is an avid outdoors woman who loves all outdoor activities and spends much of her spare time at the family cottage in Terra Nova, NL.


Sean Greene, RPF, PEng – Secretary-Treasurer

Sean graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a degree in Forest Engineering in 2003 and attained an Advanced Diploma in GIS from the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in 2007. His work experience includes JD Irving in NB, Western Forest Products on Vancouver Island, GPS/GIS trainer and consultant in Atlantic Canada, GIS Specialist with Parks and Natural Areas in NL. Since 2010, he has worked as a Forest Engineer with the NL Forest Service. Sean holds RPF and PEng designations in NL and has been a member of CIF since 2010. Sean hails from Stephenville, NL, and now resides in Corner Brook with his wife and four daughters.


Cory Porter

Cory is currently studying the Forest Resources Technician program at CNA in Corner Brook, with ambitions of pursuing a degree. Cory has worked as a vegetation control technician in Labrador, on resource road construction and deconstruction in Swift Current NL, and utility arborist work in Deer Lake. Cory hails from Conception Bay South NL, but currently lives in Corner Brook where he is attending school and volunteers much of his time to the Bay of Islands Search and Rescue Team.


Chris Griffin, RPF – Councilor 

Chris graduated from University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management and a minor in economics in 2005. He moved to Alberta in 2006 to work with Westsky Forestry Consultants overseeing their Permanent Sample Plot program. He also worked with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development as a Forest Health Technician (with focus on the Mountain Pine Beetle) and as a Lands Officer. Chris attained his Registered Professional Forester (RPF) designation while working Alberta. He returned to Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) in 2010 and is currently a Conservation Officer IV with the NL Forest Service (Department of Fisheries and Land Resources) in North West River, Labrador. Chris attained his RPF designation in NL in 2011

 chris griffin