Alumni Profiles

One of the common questions asked by our alumni is “What happened to my classmates after graduation?” Our students wonder “What can I do with my degree?” Explore the options below.

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Bronwen Beedle’s first words of advice to alumni and grads are “Everyone should be fired once in their life to learn how to pick yourself up and move forward”. She found herself in just that situation and moved from being fired to an impressive career with some of the proudest moments of her life. Read More...

What year did you graduate and from which program? 2003 - Natural Resources Conservation Where did you grow up? Stittsville, Ontario Why did you choose UBC Forestry? And why the study of forestry? I like the sound of the multi-disciplinary programme; the idea of studying biology, economics, sociology and policy all once really appealed to me as I thought it would be more useful/interesting than focussing on a single discipline. I was also keen to move to Vancouver. Read More...

Today, I work as Senior Product Development Engineer for IKEA, a large international home furnishing company. IKEA is frequently ranked as one of the most attractive employers in Sweden and internationally. The company offers a wide variety of fields to work in and strongly supports their employees’ personal growth through internal training programs, the possibility to try different jobs and opportunities to work abroad. Read More...

What is your role at the City of Surrey? Owen Croy, BSF’87: I’m the Manager of Parks and my responsibilities include special events, the film office, long range planning for acquisition of new parks, overseeing the design of new parks, construction and the civic beautification office. I joined the City of Surrey in 1992 and very shortly after I became responsible for the city’s street tree program and management of its natural forests. Read More...

Why did you choose UBC Forestry? I started at UBC intending to go into commerce in my second year. Growing up on the prairies I didn’t really know that forestry could be a career option – I had spent four summers prior to starting at UBC tree planting and doing other silviculture work, but didn’t really understand the planning and research that guided these sorts of activities. Read More...

“Love what you do” – these words are Hanmin Dong’s advice for UBC Forestry students and alumni. With three degrees and a career focused on forestry, Hanmin has followed this advice. He believes that forestry isn’t necessarily a career you follow for money, so it is important that you have a passion for it. Read More...

Why did you choose UBC Forestry? I am originally from Egypt, near Alexandria, and attended the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Alexandria. I earned my master’s degree in 1966, studying under the first Egyptian forester. I was a teaching instructor at the same school and for three years listened to his fascinating stories of the west coast of North America and was inspired to learn more. Read More...

I am currently Senior Vice President – Forestry, Environment and Energy with Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor). I have spent the past twenty-seven years with Canfor, starting out in Chetwynd and with time in Prince George and Fort St James over the years. Looking back, the roles have been varied; Forestry Technician, Forestry Supervisor, Divisional Forester, Assistant General Manager, Woodlands Manager, General Manager, Regional Manager, and Vice President-Manufacturing. Read More...

Rob Friberg, a UBC Forestry alum from the class of 1990, knew that he wanted to make an impact supporting sustainable forest services from a young age. Looking at what he has accomplished so far, he is most proud of the forest plans and projects he has been a part of, from here in British Columbia, to Chile and the Congo. Read More...

Tell us a bit about yourself. What have you been up to since graduation? Following graduation from UBC in 1984 with a BSF in Forest Management I worked as a contractor primarily in silviculture and protection but also dabbled in logging and road building. I joined the Forest Service and worked in protection, silviculture, engineering, the Small Business Program, and now BC Timber Sales. For the past year I have been the Acting Woodlands Manager for the BCTS Strait of Georgia Business Area. Read More...