2017 Award Recipients

The Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada National Awards Banquet took place on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, in Ottawa, Ontario during our Annual General Meeting and Conference. Alex Drummond, President of CIF/IFC, was the moderator of this long-running annual tradition.



The FCC designation was established in 1979 and celebrates a community or a region for its connectivity to the forest. The FCC program focuses on the valuable role forests play in the socio-economic and environmental health of our communities – past, present and future, while also recognizing and celebrating the rich forest heritage and commitment to sustainable forest management practices across Canada. Originally delivered by the Canadian Forestry Association, the CIF-IFC now administers the legacy program.

  • The Petawawa Research Forest (PRF), located in Chalk River, Ontario received the Forest Capital of Canada (FCC) designation for 2017-2019.

The PRF was selected for this special designation due to its strong forest history and scientific legacy, and continued dedication to long-term studies in fire, genetics and silviculture research, undertaken by the Canadian Forest Service (CFS), in collaboration with various partners. As Canada’s oldest and continuously run research forest, this designation coincides with the PRF 100th anniversary in 2018.


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.

  • The 2017 recipient was Dr. Ronald D. Ayling of Almonte, Ontario.

Dr. Ayling holds a PhD in Forest Sciences from the Australian National University. Dr. Ayling spent most of his professional life in international forestry with over 30 years’ experience, working for CUSO International in Cuba, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in Brazil, and several years in East & Southern Africa as a forestry and agroforestry program officer for Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Dr. Ayling also consulted for the International Model Forest Network, the IUCN, and the Canadian International Development Agency in numerous countries around the world. As a longtime member of the CIF-IFC for over 40 years, Dr. Ayling has been both a council member and the Chair of the Southern Ontario Section, and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Forestry Chronicle, the Institute’s professional and scientific journal which has been published since 1925.


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.

  • The 2017 recipient was Anthony Robinson of North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Anthony Robinson’s career in forestry and natural resource management comprises of project management, consulting, operational planning, harvesting, mining and geographic information systems. Anthony received his undergraduate degree in 2008 at the University of Western Australia, and his MSc in Forestry degree in 2014 at the University of British Columbia. Anthony later joined the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest as the on-site coordinator for the Demo International 2016 trade show. A project that saw 7500 visitors attend the event, viewing over 20 active / in the woods operations over 3 days in September last year. Recently Anthony has joined the Logging and Sawmilling Journal. His experience in client relations, communications, consulting, forest operations and project management is an asset in his current role of strategic planning and business development.


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.

  • The 2017 recipient was Forest Watershed Research Center, University of New Brunswick.

The Forest Watershed Research Center at UNB has been in operation since 1993 conducting research related to sustainable forest management and producing leading-edge and practical management tools for use by forest managers and practitioners across Canada. The Center has worked in many areas related to forest watershed management and is best known for its development and advancement of wet areas mapping (WAM) technology which is used across Canada and in several other countries around the world, to promote sustainable and efficient forest management. The technology enables forest managers to avoid wet areas during harvesting and road access planning, thereby increasing cost efficiencies related to operational planning. On a day-to-day basis, the Research Center is also fully committed to undergraduate and graduate forestry education at the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Forestry and Environment Management.


The Institute recognizes individuals who have made innovative and outstanding achievements in forestry research in Canada. Recognition can be for developing new practices, processes, or techniques, or for demonstrating the practical applications of research in forestry. This award has the objective of encouraging innovation, exploration, application and excellence in forest research.

  • The 2017 recipient was Dr. Yousry A. El Kassaby of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Dr. El Kassaby is currently a Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the Faculty of Forestry of The University of British Columbia. He has a Ph.D. in population and quantitative genetics from The University of British Columbia (1980), a M.Sc. in quantitative genetics from the University of Tanta in Egypt (1977) and a B.Sc. in Genetics from the University of Alexandria in Egypt (1970). Dr. El Kassaby has received numerous research grants in the area of Forest Genetics and Tree Improvement and has authored and co-authored more than 300 refereed publications, book chapters and invited papers. Dr. El Kassaby is a member of the IUFRO Extended Board and is the Physiology and Genetics Division 2 Coordinator. He serves as an Associate Editor to the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. Dr. El Kassaby is also an Adjunct Professor at Fujian University and Nanjing University in China, an Honorary Professor at Beijing University in China, the recipient of the 2010 IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award, and Professor Honoris causa at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague in the Czech Republic.


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.

  • The 2017 recipient was Jorma Neuvonen of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Jorma has more than 30 years of extensive international experience in the private and public forestry sector. Jorma has led numerous initiatives that promote British Columbia and Canadian forestry and forestry education around the world. He has developed numerous course programs and projects that facilitate the knowledge exchange of forestry for students across the world by fostering collaborative relationships with institutions such as the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Wildlife Institute of India, the European Commission, and the Asia Pacific Forestry Net. He has developed a mid-career training program for top-level leaders from the Indian Forestry Service where groups learn about British Columbia and Canadian expertise on sustainable forest management, conservation, operations, business and other forestry practices. Through Jormas’s collaborative efforts between many academic institutions, students from all over the world have been able to benefit from exchange programs, internships, research visits, and scholarships such as the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee scholarship.


The Canadian Institute of Forestry is very much a grass-roots organization; but with a national network and focus. We currently have 19 sections that span the country, and an active International Section.   Our Sections are truly the foundation and strength of our organization. The Section of the Year Award recognizes outstanding activity, involvement and support of the Institute as a whole.

  • The 2017 recipient was the Ottawa Valley Section.


Now in its fourth year, the Award program is fully endorsed by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales – a UK-Canada partnership between The Prince of Wales’ Duchy of Cornwall, the Institute of Chartered Foresters in the UK, and CIF-IFC in Canada, sponsored by The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation. The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award helps foster future forest leaders by recognizing young professionals with a passion for forestry and natural resources management.

In 2017, four top students – two from Canada and two from the United Kingdom – were selected as the recipients of this award.

  • Theresa Reichlin from the University of Toronto and Reginald Eddy from Fleming College were selected among talented competition as the Canadian recipients
  • Daniel Haslam and James Broom from the University of Cumbria, were selected among top United Kingdom applicants


Established in 2014, this award recognizes the achievements of an outstanding young forest professional in Canada, and encourages involvement in and dedication to the principles of sustainable forest management, science-based land stewardship, and public outreach focusing on the wise use and conservation of forests and the ecosystems that they encompass.

  • The 2017 recipient was Dana Collins of Toronto, Ontario.

Dana obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree (Forest Conservation Science and Ecology) and a Master of Forest Conservation degree from the University of Toronto, and has been the Executive Director of the CIF-IFC since 2014, responsible for managing the day to day activities of the Institute. During her relatively short career to date, Dana has worked tirelessly to advance the cause of sustainable forest management and to foster the best in international relationships between Canada and other forest nations, notably China and the United Kingdom, and as well in Africa and South America. Most recently she has been involved in the partnership that the Institute has established in China with the Beijing Forestry Society, Beijing Forestry University, and other key groups. In addition to her role at the CIF-IFC, Dana also is a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto.


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.

  • The 2017 recipient was John Pineau of Mattawa, Ontario.

John Pineau is currently the Provincial Leader Ontario for FPInnovations. Prior to this he served as the Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Forestry from 2006 to 2014. John worked for Tembec and the Forestry Research Partnership as Forest Science Extension Manager from 2000 to 2006. Early in his career, he also worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (1979-1994) in a variety of capacities including as a Technician, Planner, G.I.S. Specialist and Communications Officer. He was employed by Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. in Alberta as G.I.S. Manager and Company Biologist from 1994-2000. John has a BSc. Degree in Biology from Trent University (1983) and a Diploma in GIS Application Development from Fleming College (1991). He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Institute of Forestry, the Canadian Ecology Centre and the Canadian Ecology Centre Foundation, the Friends of the Petawawa Research Forest, and the Algonquin Forestry Authority.


Award that honours a long time member for their contributions and accomplishments in the Canada’s forest Sector.

  • The 2017 recipient was Ken (Kenneth) Armson.


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.

2017 Recipients:

  • William J. Carroll of the Newfoundland and Labrador Section
  • Derek Morton Sidders of the Rocky Mountain Section
  • John Richard Spence of the Rocky Mountain Section


During every annual Awards Banquet, the Institute recognizes those individuals who are celebrating 50 years of membership in the Institute!

2017 Recipients:

  • Andre Theriault of the Orleans Section
  • Brian Stocks of the Central Ontario Section
  • Frederick J. Hutcheson of the Southern Ontario Section
  • John D. Henson of the Algonquin Section
  • J. (Greg) M. Taylor of the Vancouver Island Section
  • L. Gary Kenwood of the Vancouver Section
  • Lorne F. Riley of the Ottawa Valley Section
  • Raymond Ranger of the Saskatchewan Section


Since 1908, volunteers have played a special role in the growth of the Institute, sharing their time, energy and expertise through activities such as office work, field work, fundraising, knowledge exchange and resource sharing. This award recognizes outstanding volunteers for their efforts and dedication.

2017 Recipients:

  • Stan Kavalinas of the Rocky Mountain Section
  • Mark Kube of the Rocky Mountain Section
  • Roxanne Comeau of the Ottawa Valley Section
  • George Bruemmer of the Ottawa Valley Section
  • Jim Farrell of the Ottawa Valley Section
  • Don Willis of the Algonquin Section