Owner of Torrent Silviculture
I have been involved in the silviculture industry for the past 31 years. I started my career as a rookie in the summer of grade 11 and have planted in all corners of the province. I moved on to foremaning in 1993 with Blue Collar silviculture where I ran large crews for many years. Following foremaning I stepped up to Supervising and continued to run big planting camps in the Cariboo. I started Torrent Silviculture in 2007.
Planting has been my life. It has given me the freedom to pursue all my other interests for the last 30 some years including skiing, school and enjoying a lot of time in the mountains of BC where I still get my enjoyment and happiness today
I hold high expectations for myself as well as my employees and try to provide the best working environment possible in the industry. I strive to be an industry leader in the field of silviculture with the goal of being able to pass on my career to future generations.
Silviculture Operations Manager
My name is Laurie and I am the Supervisor for Torrent Silviculture. I have been working in various aspects of the forestry industry for the past 16 years and have been working with Torrent for the past 11. I have worked all over BC and spent a couple summers in Alberta. I am a hardworking person dedicated to making life as a planter as straightforward as possible.
I now spend most of my time off in Salmo, BC with my two children (6 and 8) biking, skiing, snowboarding, playing in the woods with our dogs and going on adventures.
Camp and Quad Guy
Hi, my name is Kevin and I have been working with Davin since the beginning of Torrent off and on as the primary camp and quad guy. Wherever there is a problem or maintenance required that’s where I’ll be. I now work year round for Torrent between the planting program, maintenance guy and Torrent’s logging operations throughout the winter. Born and raised in Horsefly BC, I now live in Quesnel BC with my lovely wife. During my time off I enjoy spending quality time with my wife, fly fishing, sledding and motorbiking.
My name is Greg and I’ve been working in the forestry industry for coming on ten years, four of which will be with Torrent. This will be my second season as a foreman.
I’ve planted mostly B.C.(including the island) but have also planted Alberta, Ontario and the U.K. Oh and one bag-up in Quebec but we dont have to talk about that!
It wasn’t until last year that I felt I had seen enough of the industry to be ready to be a foreman. Having spent all those years refining my skills as a planter I feel that I have a lot to offer in terms of helping planters meet their personal goals.
Torrent and myself strive to provide a SAFE and open environment with equal opportunity for everyone involved.
I will gladly share with you my love of music and drumming. I love terrible jokes and a good board game.
Feel free to email me with any questions or comments.
GO RAPS GO!
Nick Van Ryn
My name is Nick, I have spent 10 years of my life planting trees. If you were to line up all my trees in a row with an average of 3 meters spacing between trees, it would stretch from Vancouver Island to Prince Edward Island. I first started when I was 23 in Ontraio, went to BC the next year and have been doing my main seasons here ever since. I have planted some fall trees in Quebec and spent two winters planting in Scotland plus I do coastal in the early spring and fall. Enjoy my winters in Portugal and in PEI. I have worked with Torrent as a planter, sprayer and brusher but this will be my first year as a foreman with them. I enjoy long walks on the block and drinking soda water by the gallon.
My name is Cam Horack, this will be my 9th season in the bush and 6th season running a crew. I’ve worked in BC for most of my career but I’ve also planted in Ontario and Nova Scotia. I enjoy running an efficient, fun, and profitable crew, but most importantly I promise to run a safe show as the prior three are otherwise worthless. This will be my second season working with Torrent. Last season was a personal best for myself in many ways, and helped justify why I continue to work in Silviculture. It’s my hope if you come to work here, you’ll come to the same conclusion. See you on the block!
Hi current and future slashwalkers!
My name’s Misha and I’ve been involved in Silviculture for the past 14 years. 7 years happily with Torrent including all kinds of post-season work. I started planting in Saskatchewan and Alberta, the following year B.C. and the coast. Nowadays I’m involved with planting for about 7 months of the year. I’ve also planted in Ontario, the U.K., and Australia.
This 2020 season I will be a foreman. I bring a strong work ethic, experience, and always strive for success in myself and others. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, hiking, sports, the outdoors, and skiing which I really appreciate in the town that I reside in of Revelstoke.
I’m looking forward to what this season has to bring.
Happy planting folks!
My name is Claudio Espinoza and I have been tree planting for over 20 years and have 15 years foreman experience all over BC and Alberta. I spend my planting seasons coastal planting in the early spring/fall and being a foreman for Torrent in the BC interior. Working outdoors, building comradery and sharing good times are what I find are the best parts of tree planting. In the off-season I work with native groups around the Kamloops area and enjoys spending time with my dog Lola.
Hi, my name is Colin. I’ve been planting trees for the past six seasons. In 2014 I did my rookie season in northern Ontario and since then I have planted all over the BC interior over the last five seasons. This will be my second season as a crew boss and my first season with Torrent.
Originally from Stratford Ontario I now live in Montreal during the off-season where I like to go on adventures with friends and the in the music scene.
My name is Adrienne (but you can call me Ade) and I am excited to be joining Torrent as a foreman. I’ve spent the last six planting seasons working in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta, and am looking forward to finally making the switch to BC. This will be my second year leading a crew, and I look forward to ensuring my planters have a safe and successful season.
In the off-season you can find me somewhere in the woods around Kamloops, BC where I run an off-leash group dog hiking business called Furry Trails. I live with my partner and our two dogs, all who will be joining me in Laurie’s camp. I also enjoy skiing, crafting, and watching my houseplants grow.
I’ve been able to achieve so many goals through tree planting and as a foreman I strive to help my planters do the same.
Hello, my name is Gabe. This will be my second year crew-bossing, first year with Torrent. I started planting in 2011- Back then I managed to stumble upon an ad on Kijiji looking for planters to work out west in BC. I was living in Halifax at the time; and had never heard of tree planting as a job. And so, with no idea what I was getting myself into; I applied and got accepted for a job with Apex. Ever since that fateful summer I kept coming back for each season with as much excitement and anticipation as the year before.
Aside from tree planting, I worked as a certified timber scaler for Québec, where I completed a forestry program. I have a bit of a background in computer electronics. Passionate about sciences and philosophy- I spend my free time learning about that stuff. I also like playing violin, and doing some intense cross-country skiing during the winter.
- The Warriors
- Spiderman 2002
- Office Space
- Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift
I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to Torrent.
See y'all in the bush!
I have been the organizer of all thngs paper, numbers and finances for Torrent since 2019. My other talents include deciphering chicken scratch, tracking down lost items and trying to keep everyone happy. I take pride in knowing whatever the challenge, I will find a solution.
I live in rural Quesnel with my 2 children, dog and barn yard critters. My summer love is exploring, road trips and camping. My winter hobbies include snowshoeing and watching the sunrise and set from the hot tub. My life is shadowed by music or podcasts everywhere I go. I am game to dress up, dance or karaoke at any opportunity!