Coleen MacLean-Marlow is not just a registered professional forester — she's also helping to train the next generation of professionals in the industry.
Working with School District 72, industry partners and Indigenous advisors, Coleen co-developed and delivered NIC's Coastal Forest Worker certificate pilot program in Port Alberni and is slated to launch the program in Campbell River in September. She has also been instrumental in developing NIC's new Coastal Forest Technology diploma, also set to start in Campbell River this September.
Coleen has worked in the industry for decades. She started as a consulting forester in 1992, later moving to Western Forest Products Inc. in 2011 as an inventory forester/data manager.
In 1998, Coleen and her husband founded their own consulting business, Rockview Resources Ltd., offering a range of services, including engineering, timber supply analysis and operational planning. The couple also manages a Woodlot Licence on Quadra Island, where they live.
Coleen earned her master's degree in environment and management from Royal Roads University in 2018.
She enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors with her students and helping them prepare to work in an industry that has a growing need for qualified forest technologists in many areas of practice.
“I was initially a bit nervous about teaching in a post-secondary environment,” Coleen says. “The pilot delivery of the CFW certificate in Port Alberni changed that.
“I enjoy interacting with the students, the moments when you capture their interest and finding ways to accommodate different ways of learning. Like most of our students, I favour hands-on, practical learning.”