The Association of Registered Professional Foresters of NL is registered not for profit corporation, administered by an association council consisting of a President, Vice President, Past President, Executive Director, two councilor members appointed from the Canadian Institute of Forestry NL chapter and a Public Appointee.
The council is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the association and providing oversight on business and financial matters.
Council members normally serve a term as outlined in the current bylaws.
President – Tom Harty, RPF
Tom graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1994 with a BSc. in Forestry. In addition, Tom has completed several continuing education courses at the University of Northern British Columbia, and also is accredited as a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma (Statistical analysis and Process Improvement).
Upon graduation, Tom worked for a consulting firm in the province of BC preparing forest management plans, harvest supervision, forest inventory, post-harvest surveys and other monitoring activities. Tom also worked on terrain mapping projects and terrestrial ecosystem modeling projects funded by Forest Renewal BC.
In 2000, Tom moved back east taking a position in New England with JD Irving Ltd., as a Silviculture Supervisor, then Area Forester and Roads and Mobile Equipment Superintendent. During this time in the U.S., Tom was a member of COFE (Council on Forest Engineering), New England section.
In 2004 Tom accepted a position with Kruger Inc., Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited as Roads Supervisor, and later as Operations Superintendent. Upon moving back to NL, Tom became an active member of both CIF-NL and RPFNL.
In 2013 Tom left Kruger Inc. to pursue opportunities on the Lower Churchill Project and the Maritime Link Project with Emera. Tom is currently the President of T. Harty Construction Services Limited and provides contract supervision services to all aspects of the Maritime Link Project (row clearing, access development, transmission line construction and all other infrastructure projects).
Vice President – Wes Morgan, RPF
Originally from Seal Cove, Conception Bay South, Wes came to the West Coast to pursue an education in natural resource management in 1992. He graduated from West Viking Colleges Forest Ranger Program in 1993 and went on to complete the Forestry Technician Program in 1996. After graduation, Wes began his career with the Woodlands Division, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd. the same year. He worked with the Woodlands Division for 11 years taking on a variety of roles including Planning Technician, PCT and Logging Foreman, Reforestation Technician, Utilization Technician, and Road Ballast Supervisor among others. Over the years, Wes also worked for a number of harvesting contractors in central and western Newfoundland as foreman on various logging operations.
After leaving Corner Brook Pulp and Paper in 2007, Wes went to work for the provincial government as a Conservation Officer I (Fire Protection) and eventually as a Conservation Officer III (Silviculture Program). Wes accepted the position of Senior Research and Policy Analyst/Environmental Management System Coordinator with the Forestry and Wildlife Branch in 2012 and was instrumental in the Province receiving it first ISO14001 Certification in 2015, a certification that remains in place today.
While working full time with the provincial government, Wes went back to school to pursue a degree in Engineering Technology (Environmental Studies) through Cape Breton University, graduating in 2013. His combined professional and personal experiences and education provide him with a well-rounded appreciation of the forest industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.
A CIF Member since 1996 and RPFNL Member since 2014, Wes became RPFNL’s Vice President in 2018. He is looking forward to working as part of the Executive team and contributing to the organization.
As an avid outdoorsman, in his spare time, you’ll find Wes in the woods, or on the water where he feels most at home.
Wes also holds 3rd Year Scaffolder certification from the Carpenters Millwrights College and is a 9-year member of the Pasadena Fire Rescue Volunteer Fire Department.
Past President – Jeremy Short, RPF
Jeremy Short is the current President of the Association of Registered Professional Foresters of Newfoundland & Labrador. He is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick with a BSc. Forestry, supplemented with a Forest Resources Technician diploma from the College of the of the North Atlantic. He has formerly worked in Western Canada with Spectrum Resource Group Inc. where he was directly involved in vegetation control, reforestation efforts, and Mountain Pine Beetle management. Jeremy moved back to his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador where he attained employment with the Forestry and Agrifood Agency, Forestry Branch in 2011. He has worked in many capacities with Forestry including Forest Operations, Insect & Disease Control, Silviculture, and Forest Engineering and Industry Services Divisions. In 2014 he also filled the role as District Ecosystem Manager in Forest Management District 10, Bishops Falls. He is continually building proficiency and actively involved in the Forestry Innovation Committee and the Provincial Incident Management Team to name a few initiatives. Jeremy is currently working as a Conservation Officer in Bishops Falls, where he supervises commercial forestry operations.
Executive Director and Registrar – Jason T. Pond, RPF
Jason joined RPFNL as Executive Director and Registrar in January 2008. He is responsible for working with the Council and membership to manage the day to day affairs of RPFNL.
Jason completed a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick in 1997 and has completed several courses towards an MBA at Royal Roads University. He is a Registered Professional Forester in British Columbia (on leave) and in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Following university graduation, Jason worked in various capacities (silviculture forester, GIS Analyst, timber supply analyst) in British Columbia and Ontario before joining the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1999. Since moving back to the province, he has held various positions including decision support specialist, wood supply analyst, and regional ecosystem forester. He is currently the District Manager at the Bishop’s Falls’ district office, a position he has held since 2009.
Jason has been actively promoting the forestry profession in the province and devoted an extensive amount of time working on the professional forester legislation. In 2008, Jason was the Chair of the Canadian Federation of Professional Forester Associations (CFPFA) and continues to represent RPFNL’s interests at the national level as a member of the CFPFA. The passing of the provincial Foresters Act formerly recognizing RPFNL in 2011 has been a highlight of his professional career.
CIF Councilor – Jeff Motty, RPF
Jeff graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2000 with a BSc. Forestry and a minor in wildlife. He moved to Ontario in 2001 where he worked as a Crew Boss with Kakina Forestry Services, and as a Forestry Technician with the County of Renfrew before moving back to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2002. Since his return, he has held various positions within the Department of Natural Resources including; Land Use Technician, Silviculture and Research Forester and his current position as Regional Ecosystem Forester. He has been a Registered Professional Forester since 2005 and a member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry – NL Section since 1996. He served on the CIF-NL executive for 7 years.
CIF Councilor – Paul Whalen, RPF
Paul graduated from the College of the North Atlantic in 2002 with a Forest Technician Diploma. He continued the pursuit of higher learning and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Environmental Management from the University of New Brunswick.
Paul has a diverse forestry background, prior to working with NL Forest Service; he was employed in New Brunswick with J.D. Irving Ltd. as both a tree planter and tree planting auditor. He was also employed with the Government of New Brunswick in the Kingsclear tree nursery. Paul accepted a position with the Dept. of Natural Resources in 2008, and moved to Goose Bay to begin his tenure with the NL Forest Service and has since worked in many capacities. He was employed initially as a Forest Ranger with the Insect and Disease Division, then as a Conservation Officer under the fire suppression program, he supervised the Tree Nursery for a short time and worked as a Conservation Officer in silviculture. Finally, in 2012 Paul became the Regional Forester responsible for Labrador. Paul has been an RPF since May 2012 and a member of CIF since 2010.
Paul is originally from Corner Brook, NL. He is an avid outdoorsman and when not working, enjoys snowmobiling, riding ATV, camping, fishing, hunting and any other activity that time will allow.
Public Appointee – Hubert Crummey
Hubert, having always been fascinated and curious about science, graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1969 and a Bachelor of Education degree in 1970. In 1976 he obtained a Master of Science degree from Memorial University with research work in Forest Entomology, i.e. The Spruce Budworm in Newfoundland. His career started with the Department of Forestry & Agriculture, Forest Protection Division, Insect & Disease Control Section in St. John’s, in May of 1977. In January 1978, with new classifications being approved, he was classified as a “Forester”. With the relocation of Forestry Headquarters from St. John’s to Corner Brook, Hubert moved to Corner Brook in May 1984. In 1986, Hubert became Supervisor of Insect & Disease Control Section and after 31 years 8 months of service, retired on August 31, 2009. He still has a special interest in nature photography; particularly insects.