The Canadian Institute of Forestry – Institut forestier du Canada 2011 National Awards Banquet took place on Monday, September 19th in Huntsville at a gala banquet at Deerhurst Resort. Mr. Wayne Kelly, President of the Institute was the moderator of this long-running annual tradition.
Canadian Forestry Achievement Award
The Canadian Forestry Achievement Award was established in 1967. The intent of the award is to recognize unique and outstanding forestry achievement by individuals in Canada. It is the Institute’s objective that it encourages excellence in the forestry profession. This year’s recipient was Ms. Dianne Beaven of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Dianne started her career in forestry in 1964 as an employee of the Manitoba Forestry Association and worked there until her retirement a few years ago. She has been instrumental in advancing forestry education for the people of Manitoba, Canada and abroad. Initially Dianne worked supporting the Association’s tree planting car, which travelled along the rail routes across the prairies for many decades, and brought forest education to small rural communities, which would not have received that kind of information otherwise, at the time.
In Manitoba, Dianne has led in the establishment of special forestry centres in the Interlake region, the Duck Mountains and The Pas. These centres are frequently used by many diverse organizations and school groups for forest educational purposes. During the summer months the centres are frequented by tourists from across Canada, from Manitoba, and also from international locations.
During her 27 years as Executive Director with the Manitoba Forestry Association, Dianne was also on the Board of the Canadian Forestry Association. Through partnerships with provincial and national forestry organizations, programs such as Smokey Bear, Logging for Wildlife, and Envirothon were built at a national scale and successfully delivered at the provincial level. Forest Ed Teacher workshops were developed in Manitoba through Dianne’s hard work.
The tremendous success of the Envirothon program in Manitoba was achieved under Dianne’s direction, and continues to grow to this day. It is recognized as one of the strongest Envirothon programs in the country, and teams from the province always place well in international competitions. In fact, a team from Manitoba won this year’s competition in New Brunswick.
Since retiring, Dianne has become an author, writing a book on the history of forest education in Manitoba – “A Prairie Odyssey: Allan Beaven and the Tree Planting Car”. This excellent book is already being read by many, and will play an important role in preserving forest history in Canada. Dianne’s leadership and strong contribution to forest education throughout her career is exemplary and well recognized by her colleagues across the country, many of whom joined together to successfully nominate her for our Canadian Forestry Achievement Award.
Canadian Forestry Scientific Achievement Award
Created in 1980, the Canadian Forestry Scientific Achievement Award recognizes unique and outstanding achievement in forestry research in Canada. This year’s recipient was Dr. Margaret Penner of Huntsville, Ontario, and a member in our Algonquin Section.
Dr. Penner completed her undergrad degree in forestry at Lakehead University in 1984, and her Ph.D. in Forest Biometrics at the University of British Columbia in 1988. She worked for the Canadian Forest Service as a research scientist at the Petawawa Research Forest from 1988 to 1996, establishing herself as a nationally recognized biometrician, through involvement in projects across Canada, involving both the federal and provincial governments.
Since 1996, as a consultant, Margaret has been involved in 61 science projects across Canada and her clients have included a broad spectrum of industry and governments. The bulk of her work has been in the area of inventory and growth and yield, which has had a huge influence on sustainability from both environmental and economic perspectives. Her work has ranged from the development of silvicultural tools such as density management diagrams to empirical yield curves. The results of her work have often been directly adopted into policy and practice. The common thread in this work is that it is leading edge, and its application has had immediate and positive influence in forest management.
Margaret is recognized nationally and internationally for her skills as a biometrician, but she also has a reputation for integrity and honesty, and her willingness to take the time to do direct technology transfer. She is uncompromising when it comes to ensuring that scientific rigor is applied to her work, as well as being a champion for sustainability and good silviculture.
James M. Kitz Award
The Institute recognizes that there are many individuals involved in forestry across Canada who are making outstanding contributions early in their careers. 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 was Mr. Matthew Meade of Port Elgin, Ontario.
Matt earned a B.A. (Honours) in Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Post Graduate Certificate in G.I.S. from Niagara College, and in 2007 he graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Forest Conservation. Prior to his current position, Matt worked as the Species at Risk Coordinator for the Institute, in partnership with the Canadian Ecology Centre (CEC) and the Nipissing Naturalists. He has also worked as a research assistant on several projects for the Sustainable Forest Management Network, and completed his graduate research in the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii, with the B.C. Ministry of Forests and Range.
As the current Extension Manager for both the Forestry Research Partnership and the Canadian Institute of Forestry, Matt is responsible for many programs and projects, including coordinating the Institute’s national e-lecture series – The Forest on Your Desktop, with over 25 lecture series completed to date, and now in its 5th year of operation as a program. The e-lecture series have been well subscribed by forest practitioners and forestry organizations across Canada, and have done much to give the Institute a very positive reputation with respect to continuing education and professional development services. The relevance of these lectures is readily apparent to forest practitioners, particularly those that work and live in remote areas of Canada who do not normally have access to workshops and conferences. Matt has worked to maintain a stream of lecture topics that are relevant to all forest practitioners and sponsors of the e-lectures.
He has also planned, organized and delivered numerous workshops, science seminars and field tours for the Partnership and the Institute, focusing on everything from enhanced forest inventory to vegetation management to spatial modeling. These events are always well attended and highly lauded as providing excellent forest science and research information that can be applied in policy, planning and practice. As a member of our 2011 conference organizing committee, Matt has helped with many programs and components including the Quiz Bowl and the conference website.
For several years now, Matt has led these many projects for the Institute and the Forestry Research Partnership. In all cases he works with enthusiasm and competence. He has been key to much of the success of the organizations he represents, and has made a great contribution to very successful forestry extension and knowledge exchange activity in Ontario and across Canada.
Canadian Forest Management Group Achievement Award
The Institute recognizes unique and outstanding achievement in forest management by a group or organization through the Canadian Forest Management Group Achievement Award, which was established in 1998. This year’s recipient was The Canadian Wood Fibre Centre.
Since its formation in 2006, the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre has pursued its mission to create innovative knowledge that helps the forest sector develop greater economic opportunities from the use of Canadian wood fibre. The Centre functions as a cohesive collective that serves as a partner and a leader in forestry innovation in Canada. It was formed through restructuring within the Canadian Forest Service, and is part of an integrated public-private sector partnership operating under the guidance of FPInnovations and the CFS; but delivers its research program through CFS employees at research centres across Canada. The ability of this federal organization to bring together individuals and groups from government, academia, industry, and other agencies, is in and of itself a significant, unique, and outstanding contribution to research in the forest sector.
Relevant initiatives of the Centre include: a Short-Rotation Woody Crop Project, enhanced forest inventory research that is already moving into the operational realm, demonstrating that LiDAR can contribute significantly to producing remarkably accurate natural resource inventory data and digital elevation models, and a Lodgepole Pine Partnership that is also demonstrating positive outcomes from the use of LiDAR. The Centre’s Eastern Hardwood Initiative is considered among the most important initiatives ever devoted to the hardwood forest, and its direct support for forestry knowledge exchange and extension programs in different regions of the country has greatly helped with the transfer of information and technology.
The Canadian Wood Fibre Centre continues to strive for excellence, innovation, creativity, inclusiveness, and impact through its research programs and its relationships, in order to increase economic benefit for the forest sector, within the context of forest sustainability.
International Forestry Achievement Award
Established in 1988, the Institute’s International Forestry Achievement Award is intended to recognize unique and outstanding contributions or achievements 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 was Dr. Damase Khasa of Québec City, Québec.
Dr. Khasa has taught at both the University of Alberta and at Université de Laval, and has made his mark as a Canadian scientist in the field of Genetics, and as an International scientist in the field of Agroforestry. Dr. Khasa is well known for his ability to cooperate with colleagues in universities and governments, with students, and with villagers in African countries and in other parts of the world. This ability to cooperate effectively supports and makes successful everything that he attempts. He is tenacious, capable and hard working in bringing colleagues together to successfully reach a goal; then he is well-known to share the spotlight unselfishly. This is evident in every workshop or project that he has coordinated. His roots in West Africa have led him to work with academic and natural resources managerial groups under very different conditions. He has left his mark in Africa, and there is much promise for the future improvement of quality of life in forestry communities in several African countries. His international understanding and perspectives are much admired, and his international field trips have been successes, with positive and effective interaction with graduate students from many countries.
Dr. Khasa has a solid record of research in Canada. He excels as a cooperative researcher, and has always worked on topics of current academic and societal interest. In the last five years he has averaged five refereed journal papers per year, along with many other written and oral contributions. In the past few years, he has embarked on even more, well-funded, international forestry projects.
The 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 was Ms. Andrée Morneault of Callander, Ontario.
Section of the Year Award
The Canadian Institute of Forestry is very a much a grass-roots organization; but with a national network and focus. There are currently 18 sections that span the country, and they are truly the foundation and strength of our organization. Our Section of the Year award recognizes outstanding involvement of a specific Section in the affairs of the Institute. It was a very difficult decision as to which Section was most deserving of this award in 2011. This year’s recipient has been very active with events, initiatives, activities and in providing member value that addresses our strategic directions. The Rocky Mountain Section was this years Section of the Year!
The presentation of the Schlich Medal reintroduces something that the Institute has not done for almost two decades. Sir William Schlich, who was 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, initiating the recognition of outstanding contributions to forestry in a number of countries including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the U.S. 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 recipient of the 2011 Schlich Medal is Ms. Nicole Bergevin of Algonquin College, and a member of our Algonquin Section. Since returning to school this past September as a mature student, Nicole has demonstrated leadership and has been a role model in the college and in local communities. She helped to keep up class moral by planning many group activities outside of the regular curriculum, including heading the organization of the annual Canadian Institute of Forestry – Algonquin Section, Forestry Technician Awards Dinner. Nicole was also a member of the planning team, making arrangements for our Silver Ring Ceremony celebrations for the college. She was an active member of the school’s varsity Logger-sports Team, and as a team member attended and participated in various public displays and public relations events. She was also a member of the newly formed Algonquin College Circle K Club (an affiliate of the Kiwanis Club). Nicole was one of the student youth liaisons to both the Canadian Institute of Forestry, as well as the Petawawa Research Forest. She was involved in carrying out volunteer brush-saw tending and clearing of recreational paths at the local Kiwanis tree farm and nature reserve, hazardous tree removal from a local blueberry farm, as well as hazardous tree removal and expansion of the Petawawa Civic Center Park.
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. This year’s recipients were:
Mike Clarke, Southern Ontario Section
Brian Batchelor, Algonquin Section
Al Stinson, Algonquin Section
Margaret Penner, Algonquin Section
Rich Greenwood, Central Ontario Section
Monty Locke, Vancouver Island Section
Dave Carson, Vancouver Island Section
John Harris, Vancouver Island Section
Uldis Silins, Rocky Mountain Section
Pat Wearmouth, Rocky Mountain Section
Golden Year Club
During every annual Awards Banquet, the Institute recognizes those individuals who are celebrating 50 years of membership in the Institute, and induct these members into the Golden Year Club. There were six members who proudly reached this impressive milestone in 2011:
Don Fregren, Rocky Mountain Section
Gerald Lapointe, Ottawa Valley Section
Graham Powell, Maritime Section
David Rannard, Manitoba Section
Jack Toovey, Vancouver Section
John Wright, Rocky Mountain 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. These special members have provided significant volunteer service and contributed to the Institute by providing countless hours of service. Outstanding volunteer plaque recipients for 2010 were:
Dan Marina, Algonquin Section
Members of 2011 conference organizing committee
Andrea Ellis Nsiah