Executive and Members

Chair Person Kirby Tulk
1st Vice-Chairperson Brad White
2nd Vice-Chairperson Rebecca Parsons
Councilor Alex Carr
Councilor (RPF) Paul Whelan
Councilor (RPF) Faron Knott
Secretary/Treasurer Sean Greene
Past Chairperson Colin Carroll

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Executive Biographies

Kirby Tulk – Chair


Kirby graduated from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in 1997 with a BSc. in Forestry with a minor in Wildlife Management and again in 2004 with a MSc. in Forestry. His research focused on introduced species and the implications on forest renewal in and around Terra Nova National Park of Canada (TNNP). Other areas of forest research that Kirby has been involved

in with Parks Canada include: white pine recruitment, prescribed burning, boreal seedfall/seedbeds/recruitment, moose reduction, and forest regeneration. Kirby is an active member of several professional organizations including the Registered Professional Foresters of

Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Atlantic Society of fish and Wildlife Biologists. Kirby has worked for Parks Canada for 12 years, including as park ecologist in Prince Edward Island and Terra Nova. Kirby is currently Manager of Resource Conservation in Terra Nova and project manager for “Restoring Forest Health in TNNP”. Kirby has two kids and spends most of his spare time at the arena.


Brad White – 1st Vice Chair


Brad graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a degree in Forest Engineering in 2006. Brad has worked as a tree planter in BC, a forestry tech in Northern Alberta and spent time working for a local sawmill mill in New Brunswick before moving back to Newfoundland in 2008.  He now works as a Forester with the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources. Brad has been a RPF and Professional Engineer in the province since 2014 and is originally from Point au Mal, NL. He currently lives in Grand Falls – Windsor with his wife and three kids. During his free time Brad enjoys salmon fishing and duck hunting.


Colin Carroll – Past Chair


Born in St. Anthony on the Northern Peninsula, Colin was raised in Labrador City and grew a passion for the great outdoors in the Big Land.  His passion for forestry and wildlife drew him West, where he graduated from the University of British Columbia’s Forestry Program in 1996. From there Colin worked in both the Forest Industry in Northern BC and wildlife research for a few years.   In 2000 Colin moved back to Newfoundland Labrador where he continued working in wildlife research and teaching in the Natural Resources Programs at the College of the North Atlantic in Corner Brook and a little later in Bonavista. In 2006 Colin began work as a District Ecosystem Manager with the Provinces Forestry Services Branch on the coast of Labrador in Cartwright.  From there he moved to central Labrador where he eventually became a Regional Ecosystem Director with the Forest Service’s Branch for the Labrador Region in Happy Valley – Goose Bay.  Today Colin remains the Director for the Labrador Region, but also is acting as the Regional Ecosystem Directorfor the Western Region of the Branch in Corner Brook.  Colin is also a proud  Registered Professional Forester in the Province.  Along with Forestry and wildlife, Colin enjoys coaching hockey and playing guitar.


Paul Whalen – Councilor


Paul graduated from the College of the North Atlantic in 2002 with a Forest Technician Diploma.  He continued the pursuit of higher learning graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor degree of Science in Forestry and Environmental Management from the University of New Brunswick.

Paul has a diverse forestry background, prior to working with the NL Forest Service, he was employedin New Brunswick with J.D. Irving ltd. as both a tree planter, and tree planting auditor.  He was also employed with the Government of New Brunswick in the Kingsclear tree nursery.  Paul accepted a position with the Dept. of Natural Resources in 2008 and moved to Goose Bay to begin his tenure with the NL Forest Service and has since worked in many capacities.  He was employed initially as a Forest Ranger with the Insect and Disease Division, then as a Conservation Officer under the fire suppression program.  He supervised the Tree Nursery for a short time and worked as a Conservation Officer in Silviculture.  Finally in 2012 Paul became the Regional Forester responsible for the Labrador region.   Paul has been an RPF since May 2012, and a member of CIF since 2010. Paul is originally from Corner Brook, NL.  He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys snowmobiling, ATVing, camping, fishing, hunting and any other activity that time will allow.  He is an aboriginal Canadian and proudly supports the preservation and conservation of the land and its resources.


Alex Carr – Councilor


Alex completed his forest resource technician diploma from the College of the North Atlantic, Corner Brook Campus, in 2012 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management at the University ofNew Brunswick in 2014.  Alex recently attained his professional status with the Registered Professional Foresters of Newfoundland and Labrador (RPFNL).  Alex currently works for NalCor (since 2014) as part of the transmission ROW clearing and access team.  Alex plans to attain a GIS Diploma in the future.


Faron Knott – Councilor


Faron is the Environmental Management Representative with Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Woodlands. He has a Forest Technician’s Diploma from the Maritime Forest Ranger School in Fredericton, NB and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. Faron is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) in Newfoundland and Labrador and an ECO Canada Environmental Professional (EP). He worked with Bowater NL Ltd. in the Silviculture Department from 1981 to 1983 and with the NL Provincial Department of Forestry as a project manager from 1983 to 1985. Since 1985 he has worked with Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd. Woodlands in various roles including Road Construction, Operations, and Planning.


Sean Greene – 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.  Sean has worked as a tree planter for Irving in NB, an engineer for Western Forest Products on Vancouver Island, a GPS/GIS trainer and consultant in Atlantic Canada, a GIS Specialist with Parks and Natural Areas in NL and, now, as a Forest Engineer with the NL Forest Service.  Sean is an RPF and PEng in NL.  He has been a member of CIF since 2010.  Sean hails from Stephenville, NL, and now resides in Corner Brook with his wife, four daughters and two dogs.