Our People

One of our best assets at VIU is our teaching staff. The Forestry Department is made up of professional foresters with a wide variety of backgrounds and expertise in forest land management that includes silviculture, engineering, wildfire, ecology, forest health, research, and GIS—as well as international and First Nations forestry. Our varied perspectives and expertise provide students with an excellent introduction to the original green science – forestry!

Allow us to introduce ourselves to you!

Andres Enrich Andres Enrich, MF, RPF

Department Co-Chair and Professor

"Part of learning is changing your perspective about something. This change or transformation is a journey that can be empowering, frustrating or even amusing. As an educator, my greatest satisfaction is observing and guiding this transformation in our students over the brief time we get to share. Understanding how we learn can help us move past obstacles and get us closer to our goals."

Andres is a Registered Professional Forester with a Master’s degree in Forest Management from the University of Georgia. With over 20 year’s experience in operational and strategic planning supporting industry and government he has practiced forestry in Coastal and Interior BC, the US South and Uruguay.  His area’s of interest are inventory, mensuration, timber supply analysis and forest finance.  

Contact info

Building: 470  Room: 224
Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext: 2232
email: Andres.Enrich@viu.ca 

Bill BeeseBill Beese, MF, RPF - Retired Professor

Honorary Research Associate

"I believe that the foundation of effective teaching is a passion for the subject matter. Education should foster critical thinking, problem solving and a desire for continual learning. I'm excited to be at VIU to help support students in their pursuit of a rewarding career."

Bill has over 30 years of experience on the BC coast in research, environmental consulting and policy development for several forest companies—most recently as Forest Ecologist for Western Forest Products in Campbell River. He is a Registered Professional Forester with a Master’s degree in Forest Ecology from the University of British Columbia.

His research has focused on silvicultural systems, prescribed burning, forest regeneration and biodiversity. He has served on numerous research advisory and review committees, and working groups on old growth forests and ecosystem-based management. He was recently a member of an international science panel advising Forestry Tasmania on implementation of variable retention in old-growth eucalyptus forests. Bill also co-authored two chapters in the book Forestry and Biodiversity (UBC Press 2009).


  • Coastal Silviculturist of the Year in 2000
  • Ecological Society of America’s Corporate Award in 2001
  • BC Forest Professional magazine Best Article in 2008

Email: Bill.Beese@viu.ca

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Chris ColeChris Cole BSF, RPF, PEng


“I believe in promoting the values of Honesty, Respect, Trust, Kindness, and Hard Work when working and learning as a team in the multi-disciplinary field of forestry.  Post-secondary education in forestry is the foundation of a life-long learning process where classroom/office and field work experiences blend to provide a window into the natural world.  Through this portal your trained eye may never view a repeated episode, as you learn how natural systems change over time and keep you learning until the end... go for a walk in the woods as often as you can and challenge yourself to learn something new every day.”

Chris is a Professional Forester and Professional Engineer with over 24 years of experience working in the forest industry as a consult and as staff for a major licensee. Part of this time was spent owning and operating his own business with heavy equipment and engineering staff to design and build bridges, roads, retaining walls, harvest trees, and complete all associated forestry and engineering work required to support these operations.  Chris’s work experience covers both public and private land forestry at various locations across BC and has been primarily in the engineering and operation’s side of forestry.

Contact info

Building: 460  Room: 327
Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext: 2031
email: Chris.Cole@viu.ca 

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Stacy CuzzocreaStacy Cuzzocrea BSF, RPF

 Department Co-Chair and Professor

“A Forestry Education doesn’t stop when you receive your diploma or degree.  It is a lifelong endeavour and what I strive to provide at VIU are the building blocks of knowledge and skills that will carry students throughout their forestry careers.  I believe students learn best in an environment that promotes creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.” 

Stacy is a Registered Professional Forester and holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and is completing her Masters in Educational Leadership.  Stacy has over 25 years forestry experience on the coast of British Columbia and has worked for large forest companies, government and has also been a forestry business owner.  She has a strong background in operational forestry including road design, helicopter logging, silviculture and planning.   As well she has worked collaboratively with various stakeholder groups, community advisory committees, First Nations and the Coast Forest Conservation Initiative.  Her areas of interest include Silviculture, Forest Policy and Administration and Soil Science.

Contact info

Building: 460 Room: 328
Phone: 250.753.3245 Ext: 2340
Email: Stacy.Cuzzocrea@viu.ca

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