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Brinkman Congratulates West Fraser for Two Billion Trees Planted


In recognition of the West Fraser’s two billionth tree planted.


Matt Robertson and Dirk Brinkman present two dioramic photos of planters in action by war photographer and reforestation documentarist Rita Leistner from her collection Forest for the Trees to West Fraser’s D’Arcy Henderson, VP, and Jeff Mycock, Chief Forester, in recognition of the company’s two billionth tree planted and long relationship with a handful of contractors.

Cheakamus Community Forest Featured in the Narwhal


Title Image Leigh Joseph, a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) ethnobotanist, harvests devil's club in the Cheakamus River watershed near Whistler, B.C. Photo by Alana Peterson

Stephanie Wood’s recent Narwhal feature Meet the Cheakamus, the only community forest to develop carbon offsets in B.C. offers readers a lovely, storied journey through the challenges and successes of the Cheakamus Community Forest. Brinkman Earth Systems was intimately involved in developing the Cheakamus Community Forest project, and we still support and work with the community today.  

Stephanie Kwetásel'wet Wood is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh journalist and natural storyteller. Stephanie’s calm comprehensive approach brings the elements of what is possible for the Narwhal’s Carbon Cache series of in-depth features on natural climate solutions. Stephanie also captures the legacy of pre-contact Indigenous Stewardship in her sharing of the rich qualities of living biomes and connectivity, making this a beautiful article. We are proud to be part of creating Cheakamus forest’s unique climate project, and pleased to have a great picture of Robert Seaton, our Chief Science Officer featured.


CONGRATULATIONS! Erik Brinkman Executive MBA Valedictorian


CONGRATULATIONS to Erik Brinkman, our Chief Administrative Officer, who completed his SFU Beedie School of Business, Executive MBA! And double congratulations on being nominated Valedictorian of the 2021 SFU Business Faculty Graduates for his academic achievements. The Brinkman Group supports and celebrates personal and professional growth. Erik’s growth from planter, to Project Manager, to Business Development Manager to CAO reflects many achievements. This excerpt from Erik's SFU Convocation Speaker profile reflects his long commitment:             

“Erik Brinkman is a tree planter turned business executive in the resource management sector. He has planted more than 1.5 million trees by hand and continues to work with his family firm on mission-critical sustainability projects and initiatives.”

You can watch his valedictorian speech, from min 47:52-50:18 of SFU’s June 2021 Virtual Convocation Ceremony D. There you will find him reflecting both on his personal and professional journey, which can be summarized as, “Life is a gift.” 

This achievement is a significant professional milestone that will continue the Brinkman Group’s 50-year core business mission of healing and affirming life.


Other recent news articles related to Erik's unique EMBA journey:

Forest Foods Featured in The Narwhal


A B.C. Indigenous group has been working to bring its territory back to life and create a replicable model for restoration following the devastating 2017 Elephant Hill fire. But it can take a century for forests to recover and climate change adds to the timeline.

Read the story here.

Brinkman featured on CBC News


"It’s a great time to be a tree planter, as there is a huge need to reforest areas harvested and burned down by wildfires"

It takes the stamina of an athlete to run up the side of a steep mountain the way Lann Dickson does.

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Brinkman Featured in The Guardian Article: Reviving Land Makes Businesses Grow


"Five years ago, Jurriann Ruys, a successful partner at management firm McKinsey in Amsterdam, did something his former colleagues could never have predicted. He quit, to help solve the problem of land degradation.

Nearly half of Earth’s forests have been cleared or degraded. This presents many global challenges, including collapsing biodiversity and loss of ecological function."

Read entire article here