Co-op Nights, assignments, stories and recruitment!
Faculty of Forestr Co-op Newsletter

Co-op Nights X 2

Two is better than one!
After consulting with students, employers and faculty members we learned that it is preferred to have a separate event for students in the Wood Products Processing program. As a result we are offering two Co-op Nights this fall. All are welcome to attend both events and these are great networking opportunities to meet our students, industry guests, and faculty members.

Co-op Night
  • Forest Sciences Centre - Room 1005
  • Tuesday, September 27 – 5:30-8:00 PM
  • RSVP
Wood Co-op Night
  • Forest Sciences Centre - Room 1005
  • Thursday, September 29 – 6:00-9:30 PM
  • RSVP

Co-op Updates

Fall 2016 numbers (to date) 
  • Scheduled for a work term: 52
  • Hired: 35 (67% employment rate)
    • Conservation: 12
    • Forestry: 9
    • Forest Sciences: 2
    • Wood: 12
  • Seeking: 17
  • International work terms: 7
    • Bolivia: 1
    • Germany: 1
    • Japan: 2
    • Nepal: 1
    • South Africa: 1
    • UK: 1
Assignments
Final Co-op Assignments for the summer work term will be due August 15 at 9:00 AM, and are mandatory for students to receive a co-op grade. Final projects must be accompanied by assignment release forms for both students and employers, and may be assigned a failing grade if handed in late. To submit your assignment, email your Co-op Coordinator a digital copy of your poster or written report. Presentation slides should also be submitted electronically, and will be accompanied by a dry run scheduled by your Co-op Coordinator in September.
 
Final Evaluations
Both students and employers must complete a Final Evaluation form that will assess the progress of the summer work term. These forms are mandatory for students to receive a co-op grade. In addition to providing valuable feedback about our students’ performance, these forms offer employers a chance to provide feedback about the Co-op Program. Students and employers are asked to forward their final evaluations to the co-op office before August 15 at 9:00 AM.
 
Debriefings
All students returning to school in September will be asked to book a time for a debriefing of their recent work term with their Co-op Coordinator. Debriefings not only allow students to reflect on their work term but will provide an opportunity for students to give feedback to the co-op office. Debriefings will be conducted in small groups and require no prior preparation. Keep an eye out for a debriefing booking email from your Co-op Coordinator in the fall.
 

Student Stories

Jennifer Norihiro - Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Since January, I have been working as a researcher at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. During my term, I have learned about the South African forest industry from common practices of plantation forestry and site classification diagnostics to forestry supply chains. In addition, I have learned how time studies are utilized within their industry to improve efficiency and reduce cost. Fortunately, as I am based at the university, I have had the opportunity to sit-in on masters and PhD defenses, which has given me perspective of the country’s common practices and policies surrounding forest management. My role includes a wide range of computer-based tasks such as editing and submitting scientific papers to journals, creating budget spreadsheets for upcoming projects and designing transport cost models to determine profitability of harvesting. Recently, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with a South African forestry company on a research project to better understand mechanized harvesting operations. My placement has not only widened my perspective of natural resource management but also has exposed me to a variety of cultures and experiences. 
 
Emily Janzen - Suncor, Calgary, AB
I have been working with Suncor Energy Inc. for 6 months now. I started my term in January in Fort McMurray, however the Alberta wildfires in May have relocated me to Suncor’s offices in Calgary until the end of my term in December.  Though I am in a different place, I am able to continue my work within Environmental Affairs, which provides support to various Oil Sands operation areas in order to meet environmental regulatory requirements. I work closely with a team of environmental advisors and wildlife specialists to support Suncor’s Wildlife Mitigation Program, Environmental Stewardship and liaison with the Alberta Energy Regulator. Undoubtedly, this year has been a roller-coaster for the oil and gas industry, myself included, but this fast-paced, dynamic environment has been a fantastic learning opportunity and unforgettable experience. I’m looking forward to what the rest of the year will bring. 
 
John Vieira - Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Prince George, BC
My current co-op term working for Pinnacle Renewable Energy has broadened my perspective of the forestry industry. In the short span of working at the Prince George office, I have been working on a variety of projects that improve the production of wood pellets at Pinnacle’s different operations. These can range from using my CAD skills to draft conceptual schematics for new conveyors, contacting different contractors to quote on installation projects, to learning how to collect and test wood fibre samples. It is a refreshing experience working in a company that encourages me to explore into different areas and challenges me to take on large projects on my own. I have both the Co-op program and Pinnacle to thank for providing me a stepping stone into a job like no other. 

Employer Testimonial

Louise de Montigny - Research Leader, Silviculture
Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, Victoria, BC

I am a huge supporter of hiring co-op students here in the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations because I see both short- and long-term advantages. We recently hired a UBC Forestry co-op student to assist with a research project established 15 years ago to examine the effects of juvenile spacing on growth, yield and economics of young stands of mixed western hemlock and amabilis fir. The results of her work has already been very useful for our operational programs and will soon be published as a journal manuscript. In addition to helping us with our immediate needs, hiring co-op students provides an opportunity for us to introduce young people to the important work that we do and hopefully pique their interest in pursuing academic learning that leads to a career in our research programs.  Our recent co-op student experience has been so positive that my colleagues are considering hiring their own co-op students!
 

Recruitment

Join Co-op!
The Co-op recruitment process has begun for this September! If you are a second year student with a minimum academic average of 64%, you can apply online to be part of the Co-op Program this fall. Admission into the Co-op Program is competitive and applicants must be willing to relocate across Canada in order to complete their co-op work terms. To apply, submit the online application form before the deadline of September 30 at 4:00 PM.

Get Hired

“Get Hired” is back!
Every Tuesday from 12:30-1:30 PM beginning on September 13, the Faculty of Forestry will host a different employer that is actively recruiting students for summer positions. Join us for weekly employer information sessions (pizza lunch included) to learn more about potential job opportunities. 

If you are an employer and would like to book an employer information session to kick-off your summer 2017 recruitment, please choose your preferred time slot via this Doodle Poll.

*Please note that Wood students will not be attending this event due to a timetabling conflict  - to recruit students from that program speak with Sanya Sivic

Tri-Mentoring

“To be a mentor, you don’t need superhuman qualities. Just human ones.”

Tri-Mentoring is a program that allows students to connect with peers and industry representatives while gaining professional networking skills. Our mentors support and coach students for successful and meaningful careers upon graduation and to contribute to the success of future professionals in the field. Learn more about UBC Faculty of Forestry's Tri-Mentoring program and how to apply . Thank you and hope you will join us for the 2016-17 academic year. 

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Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

Tony Loring
Co-op Coordinator - Faculty of Forestry
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
Tel: 604-827-5196
Email: tony.loring@ubc.ca