Current Students

Current Students

Victor  Ademola Adebayo

Victor is a graduate of Forestry and Wildlife Management from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (FUNAAB) Ogun state, Nigeria, where he was awarded the Univeristy Senate Prize for best graduating student. His background in Forestry stimulated his passion for the conservation and sustainable utilization of forests and other natural resources. He is the Pioneer President of Tree Planting Ambassadors, Sokoto state Nigeria where he coordinated tree planting and sensitization programs to combat desertification and climate change effects. He has served as Graduate Assistant at Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic where he lectured for forestry related courses. He is delighted to be part of the MSFM program with full scholarship from MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Waurner Adema

I grew up on a dairy farm near Smithers BC and enjoy hiking, fishing, skiing and gardening in my spare time. I completed a BSc. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Biology at The King’s University in Edmonton AB. After graduating, I moved back to Smithers to work for Silvicon Services Inc. as a forest technician conducting road and cut-block layout, timber reconnaissance, riparian classification, gps data collection, site plan data collection, timber cruising and beetle probing. In 2017, I took four months off to work as a terrestrial plant technician for Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute. After returning to Silvicon, I have taken a more active role in training new staff and leading field crews. I see the MSFM program as an opportunity to build on my past experiences and provide a foundation for making sound decisions in the future as a professional forester. I look forward to meeting all of you and being part of a community that I can learn from and contribute to.

Marisa Ashley

Hello! My name is Marisa Ashley, I grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and did my undergrad at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.  I majored in Geography and Environmental Studies.  My love for the outdoors brought me to British Columbia, where I have been working, playing and learning.  I was most recently working in Port McNeill on Northern Vancouver Island for a licensee as an Assistant Planner, where I was involved in running various silviculture programs – mostly tree planting, and survey contracts.  I am looking forward to further developing my forestry knowledge, and competencies.

Micheal Birks

Hi, my name is Mike. I am currently living and working in Powell River as a Planning Summer Student with Western Forest Products. I am originally from Waterloo, Ontario but got out of there the moment high school was over and headed west to go tree planting. I continued planting while attending Trent University and getting a degree in International Development Studies. University ended but tree planting didn’t and after a few more seasons I moved to BC to work in forestry year round. Jobs in silviculture and engineering encouraged me to return to school and in spring 2018 I finished my Forest Technology Resources diploma from Vancouver Island University. I am excited to build on this experience and education with the MSFM, meeting new people and growing new ideas.

Kwynn Bodman

Hello, my name is Kwynn Bodman. I am a recent graduate from the Natural Resource Program at Thompson Rivers University. I have worked in forestry for the past 3 summers in my hometown of Quesnel B.C. I enjoy spending my time outdoors, primarily fishing, hiking, and exploring new places. I enjoy spending time with my friends, and am always happy to meet new people.

Kevin Brott

Hello everyone. My name is Kevin, and I was born and raised in Toronto, but gained an appreciation for forests at a young age through summer camp programs in Algonquin Park and canoe tripping in various locations around Quebec and Ontario. Throughout my undergraduate years and beyond, I worked as a tree planter all over Ontario and BC, and it was this introduction to the forestry sector that inspired me to pursue forestry as a career. In my spare time I like to get outdoors for any adventurous activity. I am humbled and excited to be studying forestry here at UBC, and look forward to getting to know the rest of my classmates and faculty in this years’ MSFM.

Hailin Cao

Hello, my name is Hailin Cao. I was born and raised in China. I recently graduated from Beijing Forestry University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and from UBC with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry Science. I learned about silviculture during my study at UBC and got several chances to experience outdoor work in forestry.  I become really interested in the field of forestry management and hope to do related work in the future. I am so glad to be a part of the MSFM Program and looking forward to meeting everyone.

Fapu Duan

Hey! My name is Fapu Duan and I am delighted to be a part of the 2018/19 MSFM cohort. From 2012 – 2018, I completed my Bachelor of Science at Northwest A&F University and Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation at UBC. As an amateur photographer and outdoors enthusiast, the attraction of nature deepens with time and the desire to work as a conservationist and forester come naturally. I am looking forward to gaining more both practical and academic knowledge and meeting like-minded individuals with the MSFM program. Cheers!

Emma Ducharme

Hi! My name is Emma DuCharme and I’m from North Bay, Ontario. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Geography with a minor in French, as well as a certificate in Geomatics and a certificate in Environmental Management. I love to travel, meet new people, drink beer, and work in the great outdoors. I’ve spent the past 3 summers tree planting for Summit Reforestation in British Columbia, which have ignited my interest in becoming an RPF. In between school and tree planting I’ve spent time in Europe and Southeast Asia. I look forward to starting the MSFM program and meeting all of you.

Jessica Johnston

Hi, my name is Jessica. I am originally from Minnesota, where I completed an undergraduate degree in biology. For the past five years I’ve worked in conservation and recreation in Montana and Idaho. I spent three seasons working on and leading trail crews with the Montana Conservation Corps and the US Forest Service. Most recently, I worked as a botany technician with the Forest Service where I surveyed for rare plants, took forest inventory measurements, and did some environmental education. A desire to be in Canada and to work in forestry led me to the MSFM program. I’m happiest when I’m outside, and I enjoy moving through the woods in pretty much any capacity – running, hiking, biking, skiing, or scrambling through fallen trees in search of alpine lakes or rare plants. I’m looking forward to starting the MSFM program and learning how to responsibly manage forests for both human use and ecosystem health.

Andre Knight Lira

I am from Ontario and completed my undergraduate degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. After completing my undergrad I moved to northern Alberta and worked in the forestry industry there for a couple years before moving to work for Interfor on the west coast of BC as an assistant engineer. I am taking the MSFM program at UBC to become a Professional Forester.

Brook MacKenzie

Hey everyone! My name is Brooke MacKenzie and I grew up in Ontario, on the shores of Lake Huron. Ontario was my first introduction to forestry as my dad operates a small sawmill. I attended the University of Guelph to attain my B.Sc. in Environmental Biology and Plant Science. My third year I started working in Grande Prairie, Alberta as a Silviculture Intern, curious to experience industrialized forestry firsthand. After graduation I returned to Weyerhaeuser as an Operations Forester and I’ve been working with their harvest and haul operations for the past three years. Working in the boreal forest is amazing, so I can’t wait to see what the coastal forests of B.C. have to offer! I’m excited for the MSFM program to expand my forestry knowledge and create more opportunities in such a fun, active industry.

Mike Masserey

Hi, my names Mike Masserey. I’m originally from Ottawa, however I’ve been living in Nova Scotia for the last six years. I have two degrees one in Aquatic Resources and the other in Political Science. As a former tree planter as well as a former employee of a rafting company a love of the outdoors comes pretty naturally. Through both academic and work experience I’ve developed a strong appreciation for well managed natural resources as well as the knowledge of how difficult the management plans can be to construct. An avid skier, paddler, hiker and climber I’m excited to be out in BC. Stoked to get to meet everyone and be back in university.

Muniru Oloruntobi

Hi everyone, my name is Oloruntobi Muniru, and I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. I obtained my first degree in Forestry and Wood Technology from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria in 2017. I  My desire for MSFM was prompted after a tour to most of the forest reserves in Nigeria, and wish to contribute to improving and increasing forests in Nigeria. I love travelling, meeting indigenous people and listening to their songs. I am excited to be part of this program as it is a launching pad into my dreams!

Benjamin Ozols-Mongeau

Hello! My name is Ben Ozols-Mongeau and I’m from Montréal, Quebec. I have always had a passion and curiosity for nature and the outdoors. I completed my Bachelors of Civil Engineering at McGill University several years ago, with a focus on environmental engineering and geotechnics. I have been working in landscaping for the last 5 years, as I love working outdoors and on projects that positively impact the physical environment.  Given the current state of our environment, I would like to contribute to conserving and managing the natural resources that we have, in a sustainable manner.  I am very interested in pursuing a career in forestry and the MSFM program is the ideal beginning. I am looking forward to getting started, meeting everyone and continuing my education in this field.

Thomas Rogers

Hi everyone!  I was born and raised in Vancouver, did my undergrad in Psychology at UVic, and since then I have been working as a forest firefighter out of beautiful Cultus Lake.  Working in the forests during the summers has made me realize:  I never want to leave them, they are endlessly complex, they are crucial to all forms of life, and we need to grow our understanding of them.  This is why I am pursuing the MSFM.  I believe this program will help me reach my career goals which are either entering the research world, or increasing my forestry knowledge and qualifications so that I can work towards a long, and influential career as a part of the B.C. Wildfire Service. I’ve always been a sports fan, and was a member of the rowing team at my high school and university. I’m an avid skier (the whistler student pass is the real reason I’m going to UBC), hiker (trying to get more in to climbing and mountaineering), football, hockey, and music fan (favourites are Packers, Canucks, and Broken Social Scene).  If I’m doing none of the above in my free time I’m travelling, reading, hanging out with friends (usually playing board games), or watching T.V.. I’m looking forward to these 10 months getting to know all of you and learning all about the world of forestry!

Hailey Sigalet
Hi everyone, my name is Hailey! I’m from Kamloops where I grew up backcountry skiing, hiking, camping, and mountain biking. I currently work for a consulting company in the interior as a Forest Technician. I graduated in 2015 with a BSc in Physical Geography from UVic. Before working in forestry, I worked at a proposed mine as an Environmental Technician and in the Environmental Assessment and Permitting department. I find that I really enjoy fieldwork, and I am looking forward to participating in BC’s resource economy in a sustainable manner

Catherine Singh

Hello! My name is Catherine Grace A.S, and I am very pleased to be apart of the MSFM class of 2018!  In terms of my educational background, I received my Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, whereby I double majored in Forest Conservation science and Anthropology. I am really excited to embark on this new chapter of my life and pursue the job of my dreams – that is, to become a professional Forester. I will also be moving to Vancouver, BC to attend UBC from my hometown, Mississauga Ontario, which will be the first time I ever lived in another province! Or another major city, for that matter! I can’t wait to meet all the interesting people who will be joining me in this program.

Conor Sproull

Hello Everyone! My name is Conor Sproull and I currently live and work in Prince George, BC. When I’m not working I enjoy skiing, mountain biking, hiking and camping. My passion for the outdoors is ultimately what has led me to pursue a career in forestry. In 2016 I completed my undergrad in Human Resource management and General business at UNBC. Since then my interest in forestry has grown and the more I learn and work in the forest industry the more interested and excited I become. The MSFM program will ultimately lead me to my RPF designation and a career in forestry that will allow me to contribute to the future of forest management in BC.

Nicole Stamer

Hi there! My name is Nicole Stamer and I am from the small town of Barriere in British Columbia, Canada. I’ve always enjoyed being outside; growing up in a logging family with a passion for outdoor recreation it was really no surprise when I enrolled in the Natural Resource Science program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. I’ve worked for two different consulting companies throughout my undergraduate degree, gaining experience in Silviculture and Timber development. Once graduated I chose to work for Forsite Consulting full time in the Southern Interior, where I was exposed to rigorous field days, numerous animal sightings, and a few dozen mosquito bites. I’m super stoked to start this program and further my career towards that RPF designation!

Ryan Tuters

Hi everyone, my name is Ryan Tuters and I grew up in Port Hope, Ontario. My interest in forestry began when I started tree planting in BC seven years ago while completing my BA at Brock University with a major in Economics. I soon realized that I had an aptitude for the quality and environmental side of the industry just as much as the business side. As I thrived in my company, my confusion of what to do after graduation became clearer. Since then, I have moved to Penticton to gain more silviculture related experiences such as slash pile burning, brushing and viewing. While doing this I gained interest in pursuing a career as an RPF. I am looking forward to the adventures of learning more about the industry in the MSFM program.

Debrah Zemanek

Hi, my name is Debrah Zemanek and I’m originally from 100 Mile House, BC. I studied Environmental Science at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and have recently completed a Masters in Civil Engineering. I grew up working at my parents’ tree seedling nursery and woodlot and have spent four summers fighting wildfires in B.C. The pressing challenge of sustainable resource development is what draws me most to the forestry profession. My interests include climbing, mountain biking, and ultimate frisbee.