Meet the CIF/IFC Executive
The CIF/IFC Executive (President, Vice President, 2nd Vice President and Past President) sit on the CIF/IFC Board of Directors, which is composed of representatives from 19 regional sections, and one International section that provide guidance to the Executive committee.
Alex is a member of the academic staff within the Department of Renewable Resources, Faculty of Agricultural Life, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta. In his role at the University, he serves as a Sessional Instructor with courses in forest management, integrated resource management, forest resources, and wildlife ecology and biology. Alex is also the Field Schools Director, Internship Officer for Forestry and Conservation Biology programs, and the Special Project Coordinator. He further contributes time to Alberta Sustainable Resource Development as the Wildlife Information Officer.
Prior to holding a position on the Institute’s National Executive, Alex was the Director of the Rocky Mountain Section. Since 1994, he has served as Councillor for the Section in various capacities, including executive positions, and has contributed to a wealth of committees, the most recent being to the 2016 HAMPCO organizing committee. Alex has been active in engaging students in the CIF/IFC, organizing Quiz Bowls, student pub nights, and field trips, and was the Chair of Student Activities at the successful 2010 AGM and Conference. He has also contributed to various national committees for the CIF/IFC, including the Science-Extension-Education-Knowledge Management Advisory Committee, the Chair of the Silver Ring Policy task force and an ad-hoc task force to address post-secondary enrollment in forestry. Due to exceptional contributions early in his career, he was awarded the CIF/IFC’s James M. Kitz Award in 2005.
Luc M. Rainville
Second Vice President
Luc M. Rainville is passionate about the stewardship of Canada’s forests as is evident in both his education and professional life. In addition having earned a Forestry Technician designation (with distinction) from La Cite collegial and an Environment degree from the University of Ottawa, he holds certifications as an Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), and an Environmental Professional (EP) with the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada). He has been a member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF-IFC) since 2005.
As a senior Environmental Specialist with the National Energy Board (NEB), he is responsible for compliance and enforcement of the energy industry’s environmental management and conservation, as well as, reclamation of forests and other sensitive natural areas. His commitment to Canada’s natural areas and forests continues in off-hours voluntary board service, most recently as a past Director for the not-for-profit Alberta Invasive Species Council (AISC).
When not working or volunteering on behalf of Canada’s forests, Luc enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his family.
Colin Carroll is the Regional Ecosystem Director with the The Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agrifoods of the Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is currently one of two Provincial Government Appointed members of the Torngat Wildlife and Plants coManagement Board in Labrador, and is Chair of the Model Forest NL and Past Chair of Canadian Institute of Forestry NL Section. Colin was chair of the CIF NL Section from 2013-2016 but has been active in CIF NL since 2002.
As Chair Colin was part of an executive who strived toward giving back to members as well as engaging students as part of CIF events to spark their interest and potentially gain new membership. The CIF NL executive over the last 3 years have created two annual sporting fun events including a charity golf event during National Forestry Week and a spring curling bonspiel. Both raise money for FWB and other charities. Also the section has a great relationship with the Natural Resources students at the College of the North Atlantic, working on events together and being a huge part of the CIF ring ceremony. The CIF NL section have hosted many educational workshops on forestry related topics and have worked at getting out newsletters to their members throughout the year. The section continues to have a healthy budget and membership. Going forward, Colin hopes to bring a strong interest in striving towards increasing relationships with students as well as young people in the sector, and their long-term interest in CIF after graduation. Also it is his goal to see membership rise, budgets to be healthy, continue to grow the international section, and provide support and advice to sections that seek assistance. Finally, Colin hopes to increase the capacity and the voice of foresters through the CIF on global topics. “We have a strategic plan which is strong and needs to be continued to be supported.”
Megan Smith is currently the Program Specialist – Forest Bioeconomy with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF) in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where she provides the Forest Industry Division with research, program and policy support to identify new and emerging opportunities for the development of a new forest bioeconomy.
She has an HBSc degree in Forestry from Lakehead University (2001), and has previously held positions as Project Manager with Nipissing University’s Biomass Innovation Centre, Silvicultural Project Forester with the OMNRF’s Southern Science & Information Section, and Extension Forester with the Forestry Research Partnership (now CIF-SEEK). Megan has been active with the CIF/IFC since 2004 as a member of Algonquin Section’s Council. She served on the National Board of Directors from 2010-2013, until her recent move to the Central Ontario Section. During her tenure as Director, Algonquin Section shared the Section of the Year Award with Manitoba in 2013.
Megan has also been actively involved in awareness and education activities for the charity Forests without Borders, and has also helped with fund raising, since its establishment. She strongly believes in public education and engaging our youth, and has volunteered her time at the CIF/IFC’s annual Teachers’ Forestry Tours, as well as participating in various community events such as National Forest Week. In her spare time, Megan enjoys trail running, mountain biking, hiking and crosscountry skiing; pursuing her interest in photography; digging around in the garden; and travelling whenever possible.
Meet the CIF/IFC National Office Staff
Dana Collins has assumed the role as the Executive Director for the Canadian Institute of Forestry, following the successful 2014 Annual General Meeting and Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Within this role, Dana oversees the day-to-day operations of the Institute, including the vast array of knowledge exchange products and services offered to our members.
Prior to this, Dana had been working with the CIF for the last two years as the Bioeconomy Programs Specialist, tackling projects such as Canada’s participation in International Energy Agency’s Task 43, and the development/ adaptation of a national standard for solid biomass and heating equipment with Natural Resources Canada and the Ontario MNRF.
Prior to joining the CIF team, Dana obtained her a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree from the University of Toronto, with majors in Forest Conservation Science, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology – all while playing for the University of Toronto’s Varsity Blue’s Women’s volleyball team. She then went on to complete her Master of Forest Conservation degree, also from the University of Toronto, studying topics such as urban forestry, biomass and bioenergy development and community-based conservation. Dana spent the fall semester (2014) as a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto, and also oversees an Urban Forestry Management Plan for the Trinity Bellwoods Area (Toronto), as well as sitting on the OPFA conference committee.
Technical Extension Forester
Director of CIF-SEEK Finances
Forest Science Extension Coordinator
Communications and Conference Coordinator