Forest Education - Classroom Presentations

COFI’s Forest Education Manger visits local schools and provides brief one-hour “overview” presentations on various aspects of BC’s forests and our world class forest industry. Presentations are available to all schools within COFI’s northern region of operations and can be tailored to a single class or an entire school. To book a presentation contact COFI’s Forest Education Manager: or call 250-612-2919

classroom-presentations-01Elementary School Presentations

Careers in the Forest Industry

Did you know that in 2013, the industry employed approximately 145,800 full-time equivalent jobs in the province, which translated into approximately one out of every sixteen jobs. British Columbians are employed directly in BC’s forest industry, from foresters to research scientists to market specialists, making it one of the leading industries in the province? This presentation will provide students an opportunity to learn about the many highly-skilled careers available in today’s forest industry.

Suitability: Social Studies 5-7, Career Planning 5-7
Recommended Time: 60 min.

Secondary School Presentations

1. Career Opportunities in the Forest Industry Today and into the Future

This presentation outlines the ‘drivers’ of BC’s forest industry and current career opportunities, and then examines the types of jobs and skills that will be required in tomorrow’s forest industry.

Suitability: Social Studies 10, Planning 10, Forestry 11/12.
Recommended Time: 60 min.

2. State of BC’s Forest Industry

This presentation outlines the importance of the BC forest industry to the overall health of the BC economy; environmental and economic challenges the industry faces, emerging trading partners, current developments, and future opportunities in the BC forest industry.

Suitability: Social Studies 10, Sustainable Resources 11, Forestry 11/12
Recommended Time: 60 min.

3. The Business Side & Career Opportunities within BC’s Forest Industry

This presentation outlines the importance of forestry to the BC economy, challenges of running the industry, and business opportunities in the industry. In addition, the presentation outlines the career opportunities for students interested in the “business management” aspect of the industry: i.e. sales, marketing, product diversification, accounting, human resources, etc.

Suitability: Entrepreneurship 12
Recommended Time: 60 min

4. Sustainable Forestry in BC

This presentation outlines how BC’s world leading sustainable forest management practices are developed and regulated to deliver a careful balance of economic and environmental benefits across the province.

Suitability: Socials 10/11, Sustainable Resources 11/12, Biology 11, Geography 12
Recommended Time: 60 min.

5. Climate Change and Our Forests

Climate change is considered by many to be the number one environmental threat facing our world today. This presentation will look at the issues surrounding climate change and the roll our forests and forest products play to sequester and store carbon. The presentation also looks at wood as a green building material and how building and using wood can help fight climate change.

Suitability: Science 10, Biology 11
Recommended Time: 60 min.

For more information, contact: , COFI Forest Education Manager or call 250-612-2919

From the Newsroom

COFI Welcomes Measures Addressing Competitiveness in 2017 B.C. Budget

For Immediate Release

Vancouver, BC – The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) today welcomed the Government of B.C.’s s fifth consecutive balanced budget which provides some tax relief to encourage competitiveness and a continued commitment to expand our…

COFI Announces Winners of Forestry Photo Contest

Vancouver, B.C. – The Council of Forest Industries (COFI), with media partner Canadian Forest Industries (CFI) Magazine and prize sponsor London Drugs, today announced the winners of the Forestry Photo Contest.

“The photos we received truly captured the story…

BC’s Forest Sector Welcomes Tax Competitiveness Commission Report

Vancouver, BC – The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) welcomed today’s release of the report by the Commission on Tax Competitiveness, an independent panel established earlier this year to consult and review B.C.’s corporate tax structure and develop…