Chris D. Smissaert
Chris Smissaert’s career began as a summer job in high school tree planting, supervising scarifying, and timber cruising with the Dept. of Natural Resources and NB International Paper in Dalhousie, New Brunswick. During this time, Chris also went to the 14th World Scout Jamboree in Lillehammer, Norway in 1975. He then went to UNB and graduated with a BSC.F in 1984 and has been self-employed in forestry ever since. Upon graduation, he worked as an employee with a classmate partner until he took over full control of the company in the summer of 1989. During this time, he worked mostly in hands on precommercial thinning and supervision, for licenses, governments, and small private woodlot owners, and was a chainsaw, brushsaw and skidder instructor. In these last 25 years, Chris has been active in many areas he has been interested in. Forestry highlights include silvicultural worker training, harvesting research, assistant and volunteer at the Association of Registered Professional Foresters of NB, many aspects of small woodlot management, urban arborist, and most recently timber cruising on both sides of the border, particularly stumpage appraisals. He was always a supporter of the Crown Lands and Forests Act until the corporate capture became too much to take and as a professional forester he is now totally against industrial management of our forests and will live to see it end.
Chris has always been Green but for many years there was no Green Party in New Brunswick, but in 2010 Jack MacDougall became the leader and he helped coordinate his Campaign. The solution we need is a political one and the Green Party is the only reasonable choice.
He has always been determined and persistent, he set goals for himself, he measures performance, and he strives to deliver his best. Should he win this nomination, he will build a great team, and he pledges to unite his efforts with the other nominees and help the Leader who will lead us to victory in 2018.