Jordan Van Spronsen
About Me: I've just restarted school at UFV in Abbotsford, BC for Engineering. The last six years have been mostly devoted to work in the forestry industry, but before that I was a framer, a graphic designer, and sometimes nothing at all. It's been quite an adventure; however, to plant for Summit, forest fire fight in the Rockies, and plant or brush all over Quebec. This time has sent me back in forth across Canada innumerable times, and I love this country. Making new friends and relationships have been the most enjoyable part of this, and I look forward to continuing that with my own crew.
I'm presently a full time first year student at the University of the Fraser Valley for Engineering.
My favorite novels are The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky and Henderson The Rain King by Saul Bellow. My favorite books, if I had to pick, would be Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton and Fear and Trembling by Soren Kierkegaard.
Without a doubt, Cool Hand Luke, and it's planter appropriate.
Sports and Hobbies:
I'm hoping to join up with the university rowing team this semester, scrounge some games with my old hockey team, and score a couple a days boarding at Whistler. School and the bush have kept me out of sports the last couple years (I miss soccer a lot) but my other hobbies of reading, beer drinking, and epic transit journeys are as alive as ever.
I think that honesty, hard work, and stick-to-itiveness are admirable values. Very few people are amazing at something the first time they try it, but if you stick to something and put in persistent, earnest effort you will find success eventually
Summit History and Industry History:
This is my 5th year as a Summit foreman, and before this I planted for four years on Pat Bryson's crew. Summit has always been my bread and butter in this industry, and I'm happy to be a foreman for the most professional company I've ever worked for in the industry.
In addition to Summit I've done some forest fire fighting work for Nakimu Ventures, and brush cutting for Swende, La Foret de Demain, and Reboitech. I also spent one disastrous August planting for La Nord Coitiere up around Baie-Comeau.
My 2017 Goals and expectations:
It's my philosophy that my expectations and my crew's expectations should be complimentary:
1. Planting is a tough and dirty job. Planters should never have to wait for trees, and foremen shouldn't have to bully crews into planting them.
2. Planting is a tough and dirty job, but it's still a work place where respect, politeness, and professionalism is expected between each other and to our clients.
3. Planting is a tough and shitty job. Everyone should have opportunity to have some fun.
The three 'P's: pounding, professionalism, and 'partying' are expectations I have of myself and my crew. I believe that with these things in mind we will have a successful, safe, and awesome planting season in 2016.