Forrest at 17 joined the Canadian Army as an Officer Cadet and went to Queens, a beginning that sparked a 34½ year adventure as a military engineer, then as a civil servant working in Environmental Management for National Defence and the Canadian Forces.
In 1998, he took early retirement and then with his partner in life Diana Smith they co-created EcoSol (Ecological Solutions) Consulting Inc. His practice with EcoSol focused on Sustainability, the Environment and Climate Change including the facilitation of Energy Performance Contracts at large institutions. He is currently in the process of transitioning to retirement.
A member of First Victoria Unitarian Congregation, he has participated in their Social Responsibility Council, their most recent Ministerial Search Committee and is currently a Board Member.
His commitment to the “earth/world” extends beyond his professional efforts and has included participation in Municipal Round Tables on the Environment (Ottawa and the Capital Regional District in Victoria), and on the City of Victoria’s Infrastructure and Environmental Advisory Committee. He has been active in the Canadian Men’s Movement having participated in men’s groups activities like the White Ribbon Campaign for several decades. Currently, he chairs the CUC Environmental Monitoring Group.