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 – 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 Vice President of RPFNL 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 – 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 – Eric Young, RPF
Eric is an active member of the forest community, and has been a member of the RPF Association since 1996. He is also a long time member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry NL chapter, where he served on the CIF Executive for six years. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1987 with a Degree in Forest Engineering and joined the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Forestry Services Branch shortly thereafter.
He is currently Director of Forest Engineering and Industry Services for the Province, and is primarily responsible for Fire Management, Forest Engineering, Insect Control, Wood Measurement and Industry Development. He is married to his university sweetheart, has two beautiful children, and resides in sunny Pasadena, NL (not California).
Executive Director – Glen Knee, RPF
Glen Knee was born and raised in Corner Brook and graduated in 1982 from the College of Trades and Technology in St. Johns, NL with a diploma in Forest Resources Technology. He started his career as a forest technician with Bowater NFLD Ltd. and the Newfoundland and Labrador Forest Service in forest inventory and silviculture. He enrolled at University of Alberta in 1984 and graduated in 1987 with a BSc in Forestry. While in Alberta Glen worked with the Alberta Forest Service in the Lac La Biche District primarily in forest inventory, prescribed burning and planting projects.
Glen returned to NL in 1987 and was employed with the Newfoundland and Labrador Forest Service at the western regional office assessing silviculture projects.
Glen began his teaching career in the fall of 1987 as an instructor within the Forest Technician program. He taught at the Corner Brook campus of the College of the North Atlantic for 31 years until his retirement in 2019. During his tenure Glen was responsible for the development and delivery of curriculum, primarily in the areas of Forest Protection (Insects and Disease), Forest Ecology, Silviculture and Forest Hydrology. He was also the Lead Instructor with the program, coordinated Fall and Spring Camps and was responsible for program accreditation submissions.
Glen has been an active RPFNL member since 2012 and has served on the Admissions Committee. He has been an active member of the Canadian Institute of Forestry since 1990, and served on the Executive a Secretary Treasurer. He was also Chair of the CIF Silver Ring Ceremony from 2002-2018.
Glen is also an active member of the community. He has coached minor hockey for 15 years and served on the Corner Brook Minor Hockey Executive. He presently volunteers with the West Side Sports Club which sponsors several sports teams within the city.
An avid outdoors person, he thoroughly enjoys hunting and fishing and spending as much time as he can at the cottage.
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 – Chris Griffin, RPF
Chris graduated from University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management and a minor in economics in 2005. He moved to Alberta in 2006 to work with Westsky Forestry Consultants overseeing their Permanent Sample Plot program. He also worked with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development as a Forest Health Technician, with a focus on the Mountain Pine Beetle and as a Lands Officer.
Chris attained his Registered Professional Forester (RPF) designation while working Alberta. He returned to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2010 and is currently a Conservation Officer IV with the NL Forest Service (Department of Fisheries and Land Resources) in North West River, Labrador. Chris attained his RPF designation in NL in 2012.
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.