CNC-UNBC Natural Resources Management Program Tour

On Tuesday, December 16th and Wednesday, December 17th the COFI Forest Education Program hosted a 2 day tour of the Natural Resource Management Programs at CNC and UNBC in Prince George, BC.  Over 52 students from grades 11 and 12 in SD 57 (Prince George) signed up for and attended the event held at both CNC and UNBC.

The program was for grades 11 and 12 students that are interested in learning more about the Ecosystem Science and Management Program Degrees at UNBC and/or the Natural Resources Management and Environment Technology Diploma Program at CNC.

Both of these programs at CNC & UNBC offer a wide arrange of career options and would appeal to students interested in all aspects of resource and environmental management.  If students like the outdoors and enjoy the sciences this may have been just the opportunity for them.

High School Trades Program in Quesnel

On Tuesday, December 2nd, as part of COFI-North’s Forest Education Program the West Fraser Sawmill in Quesnel hosted 30 students and staff from Correlieu Secondary in a 1 day Trades Program.  Students were able to  tour the production side of the facility and meet and observe various tradespeople.  They were able to ask questions regarding the everyday tasks of the trade, career paths leading to the trade, educational / training requirements, why each trades person selected that career, and what they enjoy the most about their particular trade.

In addition to the production side of the West Fraser facility in Quesnel, the grade 10 to 12 students were able to visit the international sales division, the HR Department, Woodlands Division, and the Accounting Department.  Not only were the students able to learn more about the trades but they gained a greater appreciation as the depth/variety of opportunities that exist within the BC Forest Industry.

Next COFI Forest Ed opportunity for the students and staff from Correlieu Secondary will be a CNC/UNBC Natural Resource Management Program Tour in 2 weeks and a 2-day outdoor Natural Resource Management Camp that will be held in May.

Elementary Trades Program in Prince George

On Thursday, November 27th, Canfor in Prince George hosted an Elementary Trades Program at its Northwood Pulp and PG Sawmill facilities.  The 30 students from Heather Park Elementary, Prince George’s largest Elementary School with a student population of over 700 students, signed up for the 1-day program with an interest in learning more about the Trades and the BC Forest Industry.  The grade 7 students were able to get a first hand look at Canfor’s mill operations and visit various tradespeople in action.

The day consisted of a start at Northwood Pulp with a safety orientation and tour , a pizza lunch hosted by Northwood Pulp, and then a trip over to PG Sawmill where they examined that facility and trades people in detail.  Trades that were highlighted for the students  included Saw filing, Machine Fabricators, Saw Filers, Electricians, and Pipefitters.  Possibly a future trades person will come from this enthusiastic and interested group of students from Heather Park Elementary!

Applications Open for the Inagural Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award

Applications are open for the inaugural Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award.  Eligible university and college students across Canada are encouraged to apply for this exciting international forestry student exchange program.  For information regarding this opportunity please go to .  Application deadline is 11:59pm, November 30th, 2014.

Fort St. John NRM Camp & Trades Program 2014

COFI held it’s annual Fort St. John NRM Camp and Trades Program this past week on October 15th and 16th.

Over the course of the first day, grades 10 and 11 students and teachers from North Peace Secondary participated in a variety of hands-on, field oriented workshops hosted by resource management professionals drawn from Canfor Fort St. John. Each workshop allowed the students to gain insight into each career by ‘walking the walk’ and ‘talking the talk’ with each professional.

During day 2, students toured Canfor’s Sawmill in Fort St. John, enjoyed pizza for lunch as hosted by Canfor, and then toured Peace Valley OSB during the afternoon.  At each facility students received an overview of company operations and available trades as well as a safety orientation. Following this students spent time job shadowing various tradespeople. Here the students could see and learn what the trade was really like and had an opportunity to interview each tradesperson. Students learned about the many day-to-day functions, working conditions, wages, skills required and received personal career anecdotes and recommendations from the tradespeople.

PG Community Dinner

On Thursday, September 18th COFI hosted its annual Prince George Area Community Dinner at the Coast Inn of the North in Prince George.  The dinner brings industry CEOs and vice presidents together with senior representatives from Prince George and local governments, representatives from CNC and UNBC, First Nations, businesses, chambers of commerce, Provincial Ministers, MLAs, MPs, and senior government bureaucrats.  Over 250 people attended the dinner and heard COFI’ President James Gorman and Conifex’s Pat Bell discuss the transformative change the industry is undergoing.  In addition, ten winners of the 2014 COFI Scholarships were awarded/presented their $1,000 cheques to help them in their studies at CNC and UNBC this year.  A great evening was had by all!

Aleza Lake Research Forest construction’s of Field Education Centre progressing

UNBC’s construction of its Field Education Centre at Aleza Lake Research Forest (ALRF) is currently in progress.  Mike Jull, Manager of the Aleza Lake Research Forest, says that the “Centre is progressing steadily, with roof beams being installed this week and next. Our target date for completion of the roof, doors, and windows, to lock-up is September 30th, 2014.  This project is being jointly funded by Dunkley Lumber Ltd., the Aleza Lake Research Forest Society, and a donor who wishes to be anonymous”.  COFI’s Forest Education Program will run its Natural Resource Management Camps for High School and Elementary students in SD57 out of this facility in the spring of 2015. 


The Aleza Lake Research Forest is a 9,000 hectare outdoor research facility and working forest 60 kilometres east of Prince George. The Research Forest provides research and education facilities and opportunities to UNBC and other groups for ecosystem and resource management studies. The research and education programs emphasize harvest systems, biological diversity, climate change, and environmental monitoring. The Forest also provides a location for field research and education, and facilitates the development, implementation, and evaluation of research and education programs.  ALRF is a university-led teaching and research forest managed through the Aleza Lake Research Forest Society


2015 COFI Annual Convention Legacy Scholarships

scholarships_cover_2015Applications for the COFI 2015 Annual Convention Legacy Scholarships are available now. Grade 12 students in the interior of BC enrolling in one of the ten BC interior post-secondary institutions in the fields of trades training, business or forestry related science programs are eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 (No late applications will be reviewed).

Scholarship applications will be available at any interior high school or they can be downloaded from our website by going to Scholarships under Education/Careers.

Mitsui Homes Tour

On Thursday, June 12th, Mitsui Homes of Japan Sales Managers & Representatives and COFI Forest Education Manager Mark LaFleur toured Canfor facilities and operations in Prince George.  The purpose of the tour was to show the approximate 40 Mitsui Sales Managers & Representatives some of the diverse and sustainable activities of the BC Forest Industry.  The day began with a tour of PG Sawmill where the entire process of log delivery, process, through to the final manufactured product was followed and examined.  After the PG Sawmill Tour the Mitsui Group visited Canfor’s JD Little Nursery nearby where they once again saw the process of seed delivery, growth and care of, through to a seedling ready for planting.  The afternoon included a visit to a nearby Canfor block where the entire group was able to plant 1,000 seedlings that will be ready for harvest in approximately 70 years.   The day finished with a social in the evening where stories were shared, the day was reflected upon, and new relationships were formed.  A great day was had by all!!