Future of the Sector: Calvin Lee, RPF

Calvin Lee, RPF

This is Calvin Lee, Registered Professional Forester (RPF). Just 26, he’s an Operations Engineer at Teal Jones who plays a big role in forest management in their Fraser Valley operation. He is involved in everything from appraisal work and permits to harvesting and ensuring that future forest health is looked after. As part of this work, Calvin works with Indigenous groups, as well as local stakeholders, allowing for better decision-making relating to forest management in the area.

Calvin’s incorporated his love for technology into his day-to-day workflow with the use of drones. “The drones save time, so it makes the work go by fast and it’s fun,” says Calvin.

With a wide variety of work, there isn’t a typical day in the office for Calvin. Some days he’s in the office preparing operations, appraisals, and budgeting. Other days he’s out in the field walking cut-blocks, flying drones to gather information for projects and meeting with First Nation communities and stakeholders.

Calvin’s love for the outdoors led him to enroll at UBC in the Forest Resources Management program, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry (BSF), Forest Resources Management major where he earned several scholarships. Calvin earned his RFP designation from Association of BC Forest Professionals. He initially started his career in forestry in Grande Prairie, Alberta, then spent winters in Northern Alberta and Northern BC. Calvin was recently featured in CFI Magazine’s Top 10 Under 40.

The industry is far from staying stagnant. “Forestry might seem a bit old school from the outside, but times are changing and the industry is willing to change along with it. There are different standards for climate change, forest regeneration, and technology to streamline operations,” says Calvin. Modernization and new technology on the horizon all make for an exciting future in forestry.

Calvin’s advice for someone looking to start a career in forestry: “There’s a lot more to it than logging. Try all aspect of forestry before you decide and don’t limit yourself to one experience. Be willing to work outdoors and travel. It’s a fulfilling career with a lot to offer.”