About Us


Beyond our 60 years of service history, our greatest distinction is that we are an employee-owned Canadian natural resource based consulting firm. Every one of our staff is invested in client-centric solutions, competitively priced services, and a commitment to uphold the highest standards of performance.

Stable relationships, bolstered by innovative solutions, have been the foundation of the company's longevity. We build upon trust and commitment, while always striving for new areas of growth. Our objective is to be as diverse as possible to best serve the interests of our clients.

Our main office is situated in Prince George, British Columbia. We also have branch offices in Dawson Creek and Vancouver.

Our clientele consists of industries involved in forestry, mining, oil and gas, bioenergy as well as federal, provincial, and municipal governments, First Nations and private landowners.

Ongoing high standards are something we internalize. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for all our employees.

Currently, we employ over 160 full-time and part-time professional, technical and support service staff.

Department Heads


Robert Schuetz

Rob is the President of IFS and is a past-president of the Society of Consulting Foresters of British Columbia. He specializes in the analysis of fibre supplies throughout BC and Alberta and has spent over 25 years consulting to the natural resource industries. In this regard he has undertaken due-diligence assessments of biomass fuel plans in support of over 50 proposed bioenergy projects; log supplies in support of sawmill acquisitions, economic assessments of the impact of a mountain pine beetle epidemic on timber supplies across Canada; delivered log cost optimization analysis to multiple delivery points and sawmill operating rate forecasts. Rob graduated with a B.Sc. in Forestry from the University of Toronto in 1987.

Barry Mills

Barry is Vice-President of Operations. His expertise is silviculture, operational planning and project management. Barry has spent over 30 years consulting to the forest industry. He manages several senior contract supervisors, each of whom have from five to 20 resource technicians available to undertake a wide range of forestry development projects. Barry graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. in Forestry in 1984.

Kelly Byfield

Kelly is the operations manager of IFS’s Ness Lake Forest Nursery. Employed at the nursery when it was started in 1980, Kelly has moved forward taking on increasingly greater management roles. With over 30 years of experience in forest seedling production Kelly is passionate about growing trees and completed a Diploma in Horticulture and Nursery Management through the University of Guelph in 2006.

Jarrat Kong

Jarrat supervises our Engineering department. Employed with us since early 2014, Jarrat has acquired local engineering experience in geometric road and bridge designs, site surveys, terrain stability assessments and engineering reports. Jarrat is mentored by Bob Parolin, one of our associates who has over 35 years of forest engineering experience in northern BC. Jarrat graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry (B.S.F.), Forest Operations major.

Don Masson

Don is our Geomatics department coordinator. Employed with us since 1989 Don has had a wide and varied career that includes photogrammetry, GPS data management, GIS mapping, CAD drawings of numerous engineering projects and has tied it all together with the occasional shift in the field as a timber cruiser and site plan surveyor. Don graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Photogrammetry in 1989.

Hans Mannhardt

Hans is our Computer Systems technician and stumpage expert. With us since 1984 Hans combined his forestry background with programming expertise to develop and maintain IFS’s stumpage appraisal program, a tool now used by most BC interior forest companies to assess their stumpage obligations. Hans graduated from the University of BC with a B.Sc. in Forestry in 1982 and Okanagan College with a Diploma in Computer Information Systems in 1984.

Jim Wilson

Jim is our Vancouver office manager and maintains our Cruise Compilation Program. With us since 2011, Jim has had a long and varied career managing the cruise compilation program as it evolved and ownership transitioned through five separate companies since 1993. Jim graduated from the BC Institute of Technology’s Renewable Resources Forestry option in 1991.

Serving The British Columbia Forestry Industry
Since 1952
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