Our experienced Community Advisors and Associates provide advice and coordinate Tree Canada`s projects.
Since 1976, Bruce Smith has worked in the PEI government in numerous departments, in roles such as Manager of Resources for Provincial Parks, Manager for Island Conservation Assistance Program and Department of Fisheries and Environment. For the past six years, Bruce has been the Executive Director of Island Nature Trust, an organization dedicated to the protection of environmentally important habitats on private and public lands. He has sat on numerous environmental committees including the Institute of Island Studies, TD Bank: Friends of the Environment Foundation and the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation.
Nairn Hay is a Bachelor of Science graduate from Simon Fraser University in B.C. and has completed his Science in Forestry degree from the University of New Brunswick.
He currently acts as General Manger to the Fundy Model Forest in Sussex, NB, liaising with all forms of government and First Nations to ensure the support of the Model Forest program.
Between 1998-2002, he worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in the Northeast Science and Information Department and the Forest Services Branch.
Nairn serves on several committees and boards including the Board of Directors of the Nova Forest Alliance and Board of Directors of Fundy Biosphere.
Ecologist and Registered Professional Forester ( R. P. F.), Bruce A Roberts is a former Sr. Research Scientist with the Canadian Forest Service for over 35 years and brings considerable academic, mapping and field experience to the Tree Canada team since 2009. In 1994 he was awarded the Forestry Canada Scientific Achievement Award for Newfoundland & Labrador Region. He is the author & co- author of more than 200 publications in more than 20 different scientific journals and has presented ecological work at over 30 International Conferences. He has served on numerous Ecosystem Management Planning Teams in NL in most Management Districts including Labrador contributing his research knowledge related to forest ecology and the effects of forest harvesting but his work as Field Ecologist and Soil Scientist in leading field trips and with timely presentations has been one of his best contributions to operational forestry and sustainable forest and resource management. Bruce was also awarded the CIF Tree of Life award in 2007. Bruce is a native of Gros Morne Park, Western Newfoundland and has spent over 35 field seasons assessing the bio-physical and ecological relationships of the Newfoundland & Labrador area.
Ed is a Registered Professional Forester with a B.Sc.F degree from the University of Toronto. He has extensive resource management experience in environmental forestry and has worked with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. He is currently a forestry consultant and educator.
Ed is an active member with the Ontario Forestry Association (OFA). Since 1977, Ed has been associated with the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto as an instructor in managing forests ecologically.
Ken Fosty is a Certified Manitoba Arborist with over 30 years of professional experience in the forestry field. He has extensive experience in residential tree care, urban forestry and woodlot management. He comes from a farming background and manages his own woodlot in southeast Manitoba. He uses his woodlot as his hands-on laboratory to grow Christmas trees, produce firewood, cultivate trees and shrubs, produce Manitoba maple syrup and grow nutritious organic mushrooms. Ken has been working with Tree Canada since its inception and has been involved in many tree planting initiatives.
Bruce has recently retired after 35 years working with the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources.
He has worked extensiviely in operational forestry in the Province, both on crown lands and in private woodlot management.
In the past several years, he coordinated education activities in the Western region of Nova Scotia working with various groups and organizations in many projects, employing many tools, including a weekly radio program.
As well, Bruce has led special initiatives,including the St. Marys River Forestry Wildlife Project which was the precursor to the Model Forest Program across Canada.
He has extensive experience volunteering with many organizations in his community.
A Registered Professional Forester, Bruce is a past Chair of the N.S. Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry and is a past winner of the Section member of the year and the John Currie Education award. He resides in Kingston, in the beautiful Annapolis Valley.
Keith is a Registered Professional Forest Technologist. He retired after 35 years of instruction and administration in the Natural Resource Technology program at Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. He has spent many years supervising field teams in the collection of forestry, soils and plant taxonomy data throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. Keith continues to work with Tree Canada as the Community Advisor for Saskatchewan and volunteers with Saskatchewan Forestry Association and Nature Prince Albert.
Gerard comes to Tree Canada with a great deal of technical, business and professional expertise. He has been in the tree care business for many years and is the owner of the For Trees Co. a Didsbury, Alta. located arboricultural company and 30 acre tree farm. A longtime certified tree worker and arborist, and part time lecturer at numerous colleges, Gerard is one of the few Board Certified Master Arborists with the International Society of Arboriculture (and probably the only one with a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Calgary).
Christian Walli earned a B.Sc.F from the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia. He works with Brinkman & Associates, an international silvicultural company and has also served as the British Columbia Tree Canada Community Advisor since 1993 which provides professional support from large reforestation projects to community and school re-greening projects.
With Brinkman and other major forest companies he was involved with field siliviculture, developing and managing forest nurseries, tree improvement centers and a forest research facility.
Christian is involved with organizations that promote urban forestry and support the enhancement of the environment.
Jean-Jacques is a 1978 graduate of the Institut agricole de Saint-Hyacinthe, with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. He started his career by working for a season at the Jardins de Métis, improving the current horticultural practices. In 1979, he returned to Montreal to work on Floralies Internationales 1980, and led a team of gardeners to lay out several gardens. He later improved the technical expertise of the team by doing inventories, planning planting activities and protecting plant health. After working in 1989-1990 on plant management planning at the Biodôme, he took over his old position of Manager of Horticulture at the Parc des Îles (Parc Jean-Drapeau) until 1994. During that time, he led important redevelopment projects in the park, including the beach of Île Notre-Dame and the western end of Île Ste-Hélène.
In 1994, Jean-Jacques became the Chief Superintendent, Horticulture and Park Maintenance Division, of the newly-created Department of Parks, Gardens and Green Spaces for the City of Montreal. He engaged in several operational and administrative changes, and introduced, in particular, the green spaces targeted management approach, which promoted high horticultural quality in parks.
At the end of the 1990s and up to his departure in 2009, Jean-Jacques was assigned to the Montreal Botanical Garden as Head Horticulturist and Director of the facility.
Now retired, Jean-Jacques devotes his time to the development of his neighbourhood school ground, volunteering for various environmental awareness actions with the local Éco-quartier group, spending time with his 8-year-old daughter and teaching his friends about plants.
Marc is a horticulturist and a 1986 graduate of the Quebec School of Horticulture Le Fierbourg. He has worked for the National Battlefields Commission (NBC) from 2002 to 2011, where he held the position of Green Environment Officer. He was responsible for the horticultural landscaping as well as the management of the urban forest in the Plains of Abraham. In the heart of Quebec City, the management of this urban forest requires very careful follow-ups. It contains almost 5000 trees, including more than 700 adult American Elms.
During the 12th World Forestry Congress in Quebec City in 2003, he developed the design of the Canadian Emblem Trees Garden for the Plains of Abraham.
In 2006, he was part of the 7th Canadian Urban Forest Conference organizing committee. In 2007, the NBC was awarded a special five-bloom mention during the Communities in Bloom National Contest for its management of the urban forest. In cooperation with Communities in Bloom, Marc organized the 17th National Symposium on Parks & Grounds in Quebec City in October 2011.
In March 2012, Marc established his own horticultural consulting firm.
John Helder is a horticulturist and graduate of the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture. He is recently retired after working 36 years for the City of Edmonton.
The last 18 years with the City, he held the position of Principal of Horticulture. In this position he led Edmonton's naturalization program by which over one million native trees and shrubs were planted by volunteers. Many of these volunteers and planting projects were associated with and supported by Tree Canada.
In addition, he was the City representative on the Edmonton Naturescape Partnership Committee, a committee with representation with three school boards and the City, to encourage, facilitate and support the establishment of outdoor classroom planting projects. Through this committee about ten projects are implemented a year.
John has worked to develop and support a wide diversity of environmental partnership projects in partnership with environmental organizations and community groups. Many of these projects are for the ongoing stewardship of designated natural areas within the City of Edmonton.
Edmonton's Master Naturalist Program, John's brainchild, was established to train community volunteers to act in an advisory capacity for these numerous greening projects.
Kelvin is a certified arborist and registered professional forest technologist. He has recently retired from the public service after serving 17 years with the forest service and 19 years with the provincial park service in Saskatchewan.
He has extensive experience working with the public developing and implementing forest management plans, land use plans and landscape designs.
Kelvin has an arborist consulting service and continues to promote afforestation and urban forestry within his home province of Saskatchewan. He enjoys the “hands on” approach working with community tree planting projects.
Don White began his career with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs in Inuvik, North West Territories but has worked out of Whitehorse, Yukon since 1978. As a silviculturalist for the Forest Management Branch, Don has taken part in the evolution of a responsible forest industry in the Yukon. He is a graduate forest technician.
Jeremy earned a B.Sc.F and a Ph.D. (Forest Economics) from the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto. After several years teaching at University of Toronto and working with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Dr. Williams became a full-time consultant in 1990. He has worked across Canada, and internationally for organizations such as the FAO and World Bank. His primary expertise is in sustainable forest management, socio-economic assessment and analysis, auditing, and program review; he recently developed expertise in forest carbon management and protocol design. Jeremy is a Registered Professional Forester in Ontario. He is working with Tree Canada to develop its Forest & Urban Tree Carbon Protocol.
After graduating with a B.Sc. (Forestry) from University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Murray was hired by the Saskatchewan Government's Forestry Branch in 1965. During his 31 years with the provincial government he held a wide variety of responsibilities. In 1996 he started Murray Little Consulting, working out of Prince Albert for 10 years. He received the Canadian Institute of Forestry's Tree of Life Award in 1997 and Saskatchewan Forestry Association's Friend of the Trees Award in 2007. In 1997 he became Tree Canada's Community Advisor for Saskatchewan, during which his largest program lasted for three years and worked with 63 southern communities, to offset the risk and effect of the Dutch Elm Disease. In 2006 he moved to Courtenay, Vancouver Island and immediately become involved with several community organizations. He continues to work with Tree Canada on projects for Vancouver Island.
Adrina is an urban forestry researcher, writer and educator She works for a number of stakeholders on a diversity of projects and initiatives. A large component of her applied work focuses on school ground greening, resource development and urban forest management planning.
As an Associate of Tree Canada, Adrina has worked on a number of projects. She is the Author of the Compendium of Best Management Practices for Canadian Urban Forests (http://www.tcf-fca.ca/programs/urbanforestry/cufn/resources/pages/resources_bmp.html) and she is the Project Manager for Building International Bridges for Forest Futures (http://www.adrina.ca/Adrina_Bardekjian/Armenia,_Building_Bridges.html).
In addition to her work experiences, Adrina writes for a number of publications and remains an active member of the Canadian Urban Forest Network Steering Committee (elected Ontario Representative), the Ontario Urban Forest Council (Advisory Board), and the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition Shade Policy Steering Committee. She is also the Past-President and current Advisor to the Faculty of Forestry Alumni Association at the University of Toronto.
Adrina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Anthropology from Concordia University and a Master of Forest Conservation (spec. Urban Forestry) from the University of Toronto where she was awarded the Fred G. Jackson Award for Best Research Paper in Forest Conservation for her work in developing a Tree Inventory Management and Assessment Plan for the Toronto District School Board. She is currently a PhD candidate (ABD) at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University developing her research on political ecology and urban forests (http://www.yorku.ca/fes/about/students/phd/bardekjian-adrina.htm). In 2012, Adrina was awarded York University’s Graduate in Environmental Studies Student Association Community Excellence Prize.