2017/2018 Section Executive

Chair April Lesko
Vice Chair Shawn Delainey
Director Michael McLaughlan
Treasurer Vicki Gauthier
Secretary Nadine Penny
Councillors Amber Dereshkevich
Lorne Renouf
Dave Cobb
Sindy Nicholson
Philippe Labrosse



(NEWSEM November 2017 )


Communication from Western Economic Diversification Canada:

On October 31, 2017, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) launched the fourth call for proposals for the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative. The objective of WINN is to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in commercializing new technology-based products, processes and services. Investments must support one of these clusters: clean technology, clean resources, digital technologies, advanced manufacturing, value added agriculture, and health/bio sciences.

WINN is a five-year federal funding initiative that provides repayable contributions to SME’s located in Western Canada. WINN complements WD’s existing programs and supports an environment where local businesses can thrive and innovate. WD will be accepting online applications from October 31, 2017 to November 29, 2017 at 2:00

WD will deliver WINN information sessions in cities across Western Canada. Each session will include a presentation on the WINN initiative, followed by a question and answer period.

To register for the nearest information session, please visit the WD website:



Halloween is over but I would like to share my spooky experience at the ASFP office. Last week, on November 1st, I came in the office and I saw a note on the desk (see image). The note reads:

“ Oct 26th  11:25 am

For some reason your phone was buzzing in here, Like a busy signal. It lasted approx 5 min. It shut off on its own after I entered. It was loud like the speaker was on

Marilyn (Security)”


Moments later Security came to talk to me about it. She said the phone was making a loud noise almost like a busy tone. I checked the messages and it recorded an operator saying something along the lines that I did not dial properly, which indicated that the call was outgoing and not incoming. Here’s the thing. I work on Wednesdays, the Registrar on Tuesdays, which means that this office is empty the rest of the week. Based on the date, this happened on a Thursday. Halloween prank or inexplicable occurrence?


If you have any forestry story, pictures, articles, events or websites to share, please please forward them to



Below are pictures of an ATV in the mud, a loader loading a truck and boxes of trees for reforestation from last spring. These beautiful pictures were submitted by member, Volker Schmid. If you have any pictures you would like to be featured in this Newsletter or the association’s website, please forward them to



We have been receiving plenty of job postings recently. This month, job openings in the forestry or resource-based industry include:


Senior Park Landscape Ecologist

The Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport has an opportunity for a Senior Park Landscape Ecologist in Regina. Please see below for the detailed posting and note that applications will be accepted until November 14, 2017.



To view the complete job advertisement and to apply please visit, click on “Jobs Available” to the Public and then click on “Permanent Full Time”


Forest Ecosystem Protection Technician

The Ministry of Environment is looking for a Forest Ecosystem Protection Technician for Hudson Bay and Meadow Lake. For more details on this exciting career opportunity, please see the link below.


Please note that the closing date is Sunday, November 12th, 2017.




For more information on this and other opportunities in the public service, visit

To see more job postings, check regularly!


For a small charge, the ASFP distributes forestry or resource-based Job Opportunities via email to our members. In addition to this email, we are now posting job opportunities on our website. Check it out: If your company has a job opportunity and wants it viewed by our entire membership, contact the ASFP office at



The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) is organizing the

Professional Investigation and Discipline Procedures Workshop


This workshop is designed to provide a training opportunity for staff and volunteers who are part of a self- regulating profession investigation and/or discipline team. APEGS would like to invite your organization to send participants to the workshop.


Workshop Details:

  • November 20, 2017 to November 22, 2017
    • Nov 22nd will focus on Discipline Hearing Processes only and can be a stand-alone module
  • Hotel Saskatchewan – Regency Ballroom
  • 2125 Victoria Avenue, Regina
  • Costs per person are as follows:
    • Workshop & Hearing (Mon, Nov. 20th to Wed, Nov. 22nd) = $350 plus GST
    • Workshop Only (Mon. Nov. 20th to Tues. Nov. 21st) = $300 plus GST
    • Discipline Hearing Processes Only (Wed. Nov. 22nd) = $100 plus GST
  • Lunch included on Monday and Tuesday
  • Breakfast included on Tuesday and Wednesday


Topics to be addressed at the workshop include:

  • Background to Self-Regulated Professions and the role of Investigation and Discipline
  • Fiduciary Responsibility, Conflict of Interest, Principles of Natural Justice
  • Investigation Processes – roles & responsibilities, mediation, preparing for the hearing
  • Conducting the Hearing and Determining Disciplinary Actions
  • Writing Investigation Closing Reports and Discipline Decisions
  • Case Studies


Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Robert McDonald, P.Eng., MBA, LL.B. – Executive Director & Registrar, APEGS
  • Mike Griffin, LL.B. – Griffin Toews Maddigan, Regina
  • Darcia Schirr, QC – McKercher LLP, Regina
  • Gregory Sim – Partner, Practice Group Leader, Field Law Office, Edmonton


To register online, please click the following link: . Select “I&D Workshop – Invite Only” from the drop-down list.


Deadline to register is Thursday, November 16, 2017.

CIF E-Lectures – What’s scheduled in the next few weeks? Missed a Lecture? Just visit
Please note that previous CIF e-lectures are only available to CIF members.

Find the link below to the e-lecture recording from the CIF that includes both audio/visual of the October 25 presentation entitled Climate Change Mitigation Strategies in the Forest Sector, by Carolyn Smyth, PFC.


Here are some forestry articles that may interest you. Click on the title to access the full article.



You can also click below to access ADDITIONAL NEWSLETTERS


Northern Notes

Sustainable Forest Initiative

The Working Forest



If you have links to fascinating articles or videos or information about a job opportunity or continuing education seminar, please email NEWSEM and I will pass it on.

This monthly publication provides information of interest to our members from the CIF and ASFP about upcoming workshops, meetings, field tours, continuing education opportunities, and forestry news.