Forest tech suspended for failing to disclose conviction

The Association of B.C. Forest Professionals has suspended one of its members for two months because he failed to disclose a criminal conviction.

The penalty against Brian Stamp, a registered forest technologist, was issued in December, the ABCFP said in a posting on its website.

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Members are supposed to disclose convictions as part of their annual membership renewal.

He was convicted of an indictable offence in January 2007, but Stamp did not note the conviction in his membership renewal for eight years.

"Instead, he filed a false declaration each year indicating that he had not been convicted of any indictable offence in Canada within the previous 10 years," the ABCFP says in the posting.

Stamp eventually admitted the transgression and the matter was taken before an ABCFP council.

What Stamp's conviction was for is not stated, only that he was convicted in January 2007 and that the ABCFP became aware in April 2015.

According to court records, Brian Paul Stamp was prohibited from driving for two years and sentenced to a nine month conditional sentence followed by nine months probation for driving while impaired from an April 2006 incident in Prince George.

Stamp's decision to withhold the information for eight years, "raised very serious concerns from the perspective of the public's trust in the profession of forestry and its members," the ABCFP said.

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