Meet our Executive & National Office Staff

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.

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Colin Carroll


About Colin

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.”

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Richard Dominy

Second Vice President

About Richard

Richard Dominy moved to central Alberta from the United Kingdom at 5 years of age. He studied Forestry at the University of Alberta and returned to complete his MBA / MF degrees in Edmonton in 1999.

He relocated to British Columbia in 1981, commencing his career with the BC Forest Service in Cranbrook. He has worked in most operational forestry disciplines spanning a 36 year career - from Invermere to Prince George and finally to Victoria in 2008.

He is passionate about community service having spent time with the Royal Canadian Legion, the Kinsmen Club of Canada, and President of the Strawberry-Vale Community Association in Saanich (a municipality of Greater Victoria). Currently Richard is President of the BC Forest History Association. Richard has also been a longstanding CIF-IFC member; his passion for the CIF-IFC started during his undergraduate at the University of Alberta with the Rocky Mountain Section, and continued as an active member while working in British Columbia, before becoming Director and Chair of the Vancouver Island Section.

In his free time Richard loves and is passionate for the outdoors and the environment.  He enjoys hiking, kayaking, and has a great affinity for horses and dogs. He loves to travel, has large circle of friends worldwide, and is currently transitioning to a new phase in life of retirement.

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Luc M. Rainville

Vice President

About Luc

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.


Alex Drummond

Past President

About Alex

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.

Meet the CIF/IFC National Office Staff


Dana Collins

Executive Director

About Dana

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.

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Kerry Spencer

Admin Co-ordinator


Natasha Machado

Extension Forester


Jordan MacMillan

Technical Extension Forester

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Brian Batchelor

Director of CIF-SEEK Finances