It is our pleasure to profile Alumnus, Pat Guidera. Patrick's working career began in 1975 with the Alberta Forest Service as a Timber Management Technician cruising timber in Alberta's North. Working positions he has held include Junior Forest Ranger Supervisor, Tower Man, Forest Guardian, District Forest Officer, Silviculture Technician, Land-Use Officer, Forestry Consultant, Teaching Assistant at the University of Alberta, Forest Management Instructor at the Hinton Environmental Training Centre, Regional Executive Director in the Southern East Slopes Region , Executive Director with the Department of Agriculture managing the Rural Development Strategy, and leading the the bio-economy initiatives for the Department of Sustainable Resource Development. Patrick is currently the Director of Forest Technologies at Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.
Patrick recently retired from a position which focussed on applied research needs for the forest industry as the Director of Forest Technologies with Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. Patrick’s role was to seek out noval technologies that make sense for our forest sector to assist them in moving into the new bio-economy.
Patrick’s formal education includes a Forest Technologists Diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (1979), a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the University of Alberta (1992), a Diploma of Advanced Silviculture from the University of British Columbia (1997), and a graduate of the Senior & Executive Managers Development Program (2000). He has been a Registered Professional Forester since 1993.
Patrick is a past Director with the Resource Industry Suppliers Association, two times Director with the College of Alberta Professional Foresters, and is an active Director on the Board of the Canadian Bioenergy (Canbio) Association .
Patrick resides in Edmonton, Alberta with his wife Michelle. His main source of fun is as a member of the Cabin Fever Bluegrass Band, and music Entertainment Director with the annual Blueberry Bluegrass and Country Music Festival held in August each year at in Stony Plain.
This article originally appeared in the Spring 2009 Landmark newsletter. Updated 29 May 2012.