Vice-President

Kelly Kitsch,

RFT #0367

Executive Summary

Kelly Kitsch, RFT, is vice-president of the 76th ABCFP Council, winning by acclamation. 

Kelly, a councillor-at-large since 2019, has 31 years of experience in the coastal forestry sector and is currently employed by the City of Mission as senior technologist with Tree Farm Licence 26.

In that role, Kelly is involved in harvesting and reforestation planning, forestry education and programming, and First Nations consultation.

Kelly has also been part of provincial working groups, including those for Intensive Silviculture Strategies. The latter collaborated on optimizing species and density management to maximize volume and value in the future stands in the Fraser Timber Supply Area.

Kelly obtained key skills in applied leadership through courses at the Justice Institute of BC, and organizes the annual Fraser Valley 'Women in Forestry' meet-up to connect and collaborate with new and senior female foresters and technologists.  

Kelly welcomes the opportunity to contribute to council further, setting organizational direction and governance, as well as upholding the public interest and trust in the forestry profession. She hopes to provide a positive example and encourage current and upcoming registrants to consider volunteer opportunities with the ABCFP.

Professional Experience

  • Senior Forest Technologist, District of Mission, Tree Farm Licence No. 26, October 1996-present
  • Scientific Technical Officer 3, Chilliwack Forest District, February 1992-October 1996

Related Experience

  • Forest Resource Evaluation Program, Cultural Heritage Resource Accommodation (2018)
  • Local Forest Smart Representative, FireSmart Training, Union of BC Municipalities (2017)
  • Coastal Silviculture Committee (2016-2017)
  • ABCFP forestry conference presenter, 2016
  • Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples for Forest Professionals, Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. (2009)
  • Visual Landscape Design, FREP Update (2019, 2008)
  • Windthrow Management (2000)
  • City of Mission, Tourism Committee
  • National Forest Week
  • Field site visits, TFL26

Education

  • Diploma of Technology, Renewable Resources-Forestry, BCIT, September 1989–May 1991
  • Occupational First Aid Level I, expires February 2024
  • Certificate in Applied Leadership, Justice Institute of BC, October 2016–2018

Memberships/Registration

  • ABCFP, 2005