Young Professionals

Hello Everyone, I am pleased to introduce myself as the new CFA youth officer for the next two years.  My names are Tolulope Mayowa Daramola. I am a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia, Canada with research interests around land use, carbon forestry and climate change. I received my Bachelor's degree in Forestry at the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria and Master's degree in Global Change Management at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany.

One of my main responsibilities as the CFA youth officer is to foster close links within the CFA with members below 35 years of age. During my tenure, I intend to invest a significant level of energy towards engagement of young people across the Commonwealth in more active roles in forest management and to attract more young folks to the association. Furthermore, I encourage you to explore the CFA website for opportunities made available for young professionals and please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information about my position.

Thank you.

Tolulope M. DARAMOLA


Click here to read the Colombo Declaration on Youth referred to in the September 2014 issue of the CFA Newsletter.


My name is Xavier Noël-Monastesse, I am the 2016-2017 CFA-IFSA Liaison Officer, representing the International Forestry Student’s Association within the CFA. This year, I will be focusing on providing a bridge between our two organizations so they can thrive in this partnership.

The International Forestry Student’s Association is a student-run, non-profit organization that connects students willing to broaden their forestry knowledge and understanding through informal experiences and cultural exchanges. As a Youth NGO, IFSA aims to provide valuable input from young foresters on global forestry-related issues. In this regard, IFSA wishes to contribute their perspective to the CFA’s different activities and projects.

I am a student in Forest Management and Environment at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada. My main interests are remote sensing applications and the use of new technologies in land management. This is now my third year with IFSA after having taken on the role of Vice President of my local committee and as the Regional Representative of Northern America in 2015-2016.

I look forward to applying my knowledge and hard work to the benefit of both our organizations.

Xavier Noël-Monastesse

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What's on offer

Young Forester Award The Young Forester Award is designed to provide an overseas work placement for a forester below the age of 35. Recent winners have worked in Sri Lanka, Guyana and Uganda. Interested? Then visit the Young Forester Award page.

Young Scientist Publication Award Are you a young scientist trying to get your first paper published in a peer-reviewed journal? If so, you might be eligible for International Forestry Review Young Scientist Publication Award. Visit the Young Scientist Publication Award page for more details.

Young Scientist Research Award This award is designed to provide financial support to Commonwealth students undertaking forest-related research in pursuit of an academic qualification. Visit the Young Scientist Research Award page for more information.

Article in CFA Newsletter Our Youth Officer writes a regular article in our newsletter, the CFA Newsletter.

Student membership rates Students get a massive reduction on membership fees of between 60% to 80% depending on the category chosen. Click here for more details.

Can you help? If you want to help us in our mission to support the professional development of young foresters then please get in touch by email at

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