2018/2019 Section Executive

Chair Shawn Delainey
Vice Chair Volker Schmid
Director April Lesko
Treasurer Vicki Gauthier
Secretary Nadine Penney
Councillors Amber Dereshkevich
Lorne Renouf
Dave Cobb
Sindy Nicholson


To contact the Saskatchewan Section, email:



National Forest Week Brochure

National Forest Week Colouring Contest

National Forest Week “Log a Load” BBQ




 (September NEWSEM)


The British Columbia government is currently preparing to introduce legislation that could fundamentally reshape how forest professionals are governed in that province. The two primary recommendations are:

  • A call for the government to establish an Office of Professional Regulation and Oversight independent of the natural resource sector ministries that currently oversee the five professional associations that are the focus of the review (Association of BC Forest Professionals, BC Institute of Agrologists, College of Applied Biology, Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, and Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC; and
  • A recommendation for government to legislate critical elements of professional governance through umbrella legislation.


The recommended new legislation would:

  1. Give government powers to regulate industry firms;
  2. Bypass member approval to pass new or change bylaws;
  3. Provide government authority to give directives to professional associations;
  4. Provide government authority to remove and replace their councils with government appointees if directives are not followed;
  5. Hold professionals personally liable for contraventions or offences;
  6. Require professionals to have professional liability insurance;
  7. Provide directives to professional organizations following an investigation, audit or inquiry;
  8. Amalgamate professional organizations where desirable to avoid duplication or achieve economies of scale;
  9. Standardize the requirements for council and committees necessary for regulation of the professions;
  10. Specifying that no less than 50% of council and committee members must be appointed following a merits- based process from the professional organization’s register; and
  11. Ensuring that professional organization duties and objectives do not include advocacy or representation of member


These developments will be of interest to ASFP members and should remind us that forest professionals should not take their social mandate to manage public lands for granted.

Bryan Fraser, President ASFP



The pictures are available on the PDF Version (link to PDF is above), and they were submitted by one of our members, Volker Schmid, from Carrier Forest Products. Carrier Forest Products and Smith Creek Consulting conducted regeneration surveys north of Beauval in cut blocks which had been burned over three growing seasons ago in 2015.




What’s National Forest Week?

Each year National Forest Week (NFW) is celebrated across Canada by many individuals and diverse governmental and non-governmental organizations. During NFW, Canadians are invited to learn more about Canada’s forest heritage and to raise awareness about this valuable and renewable resource. Forests are fundamental to our economy, culture, traditions and history – and to our future. Communities, families and individuals depend on forests for their livelihood and way of life.

The Canadian Institute of Forestry – Saskatchewan Section and its partners will participate in National Forest week to increase public awareness and celebrate our forests. National Forest week runs from September 23 to 29.  A number of activities are scheduled throughout the week, including an open house, guest speakers & movie presentations, a career fair, colouring contest, tour of forestry mills, etc. Events will take place in Big River, Hudson, Bay, Meadow Lake and Prince Albert. There is something for everyone! Click the links below for more information:

With the sponsorship of Tolko – MLOSB Division, we will also be hosting our second fundraiser BBQ in support of the Log A Load for Kids Canada where all the proceeds will go to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. Last year we raised a total of $1,473.80. Together we can surpass last year’s donations!


Bring your family & friends and come celebrate our forests with us!

*Submitted by CIF SASK




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


Explore your future with Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Wildfire Management Branch

 Looking for a career with purpose and passion? Explore your future with the Ministry of Environment!

Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Wildfire Management Branch, is seeking an experienced, highly professional individual for the position of Director of Wildfire Management Support at the Provincial Wildfire Center in Prince Albert. Your role will include the management, development, supervision and coordination of support functions for the provincial wildfire program.

For more information click the following link: Ministry_of_Environment_-_Director_Wildfire_Management_Support.pdf Toll free 1-866-319-5999

 Closing Date: September 25, 2018


ANC Timber needs a Forestry Planner

Do you want to enjoy a balanced lifestyle and join a fun group of Woodlands professionals, while working for an industry leader? Here is a great opportunity for you.

 Alberta Newsprint Company is recruiting for a Forestry Planner

 This position will be performed in Whitecourt, located less than 2 hours from Edmonton, a thriving community of 10,000. The extensive recreation opportunities, including the Allan & Jean Millar Centre, Rotary Park and Eastlink Ski and Tube Park, make it a great place to call home.

ANC offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and competency, an annual bonus plan and excellent group benefits. Professional development is encouraged, and we encourage work life balance including flexible work hours.

Click the following link for more details: ANC_-_Forestry_Planner.pdf

Apply or learn more about these exciting opportunities at:



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.

Remote Sensing for Forest Practitioners Conference

The Forest Growth Organization of Western Canada, in cooperation with fRI Research and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, is hosting a Remote Sensing for Forest Practitioners Conference in Edmonton on October 24 and 25, 2018. Information on the invent and some of the invited speakers can be found on their website:

Remote Sensing for Forest Practitioners Conference | October 24–25

2018 SFI Photo Contest

Got a knack for photography? Why not join the SFI Photo Contest and win!

There’s 6 Categories and there’s 1 Winner in EACH Category. Each winner receives a $100 Amazon Gift Card.


Submit your photos to SFI’s 2018 Photo Contest today! Enter by October 23.

For more information, check out


Forest History Society initial meetings

The Forest History Society in Saskatchewan has recently held their first two initial meetings to kick off their association. There is one final meeting setup for the Forest History Society in Saskatchewan. If you’re interested in joining this group, the final meeting will be held at the Parish Hall in Hudson Bay, on October 1st at 7:30 PM


For more information, contact John Daisley at


Forest Western Canada Growth Strategy engagement launches across the western provinces

The Government of Canada launched an engagement plan to help strengthen the western Canadian economy and lay the foundation for long-term growth and prosperity across the four western provinces. The federal government is initiating a conversation with business, industry, academia,

Indigenous Peoples, and different levels of government, to help develop a truly “Made-in-Western-Canada” growth strategy. This strategy not only reflects the unique regional advantages of each province, but also helps to stimulate economic growth.


Your input will help shape the Western Canada Growth Strategy, a roadmap to build an innovative and inclusive Western Canada — one that stimulates the economy, strengthens the middle class and increases job opportunities for all Canadians, including Indigenous Peoples, women, youth, and new immigrants.


Share your ideas by visiting the Western Canada Growth Strategy website by November 16, 2018.




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.