Karla Guyn, PhD (Chair)
Ducks Unlimited Canada
During her 20-year career, Karla has established herself as a respected international conservation leader. Karla’s love for wetlands and waterfowl first brought her to Ducks Unlimited in 1994 as a summer student. Over the years, she advanced through the organization, working on a variety of national and regional conservation programs. Prior to becoming CEO, she served as the organization’s National Director of Conservation To this day, nothing motivates her more than conserving the natural world.
Dawn Carr (Vice Chair)
Canadian Parks Council
As Executive Director of the Canadian Parks Council (CPC), Dawn oversees projects that have been identified to promote excellence and advance the powerful benefits of parks for our environment, society and economy. While Dawn’s role has her working closely with parks, she greatly appreciates the role of managed forests in providing a range of environmental, social, and economic benefits. She has served in a variety of leadership roles, including as Board Member/Secretary of the Canadian National Committee of IUCN, Member of the Commission for Education and Communication of IUCN, and past Chair of the Board of the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada. Dawn has also partnered with PLT Canada over the last three years to advance the work experiences of over 700 youth in parks across Canada in 11 provinces and territories.
Kevin Edgson (Treasurer)
President and CEO
EACOM Timber Corp.
Kevin started his career more than 30 years ago, initially in the plywood and veneer business, then in the pulp and paper sector, before focusing on solid and engineered wood products. He has worked in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec, holding roles in all facets of the business, from finance and accounting to operations management, sales, and marketing. Kevin also serves on the board of directors of the Forest Products Association of Canada and FPInnovations. Additionally, Kevin is the Eastern Co-Chair of the Canadian Lumber Trade Council and is active with the Softwood Lumber Board.
Wood Council Chairperson
In his role as the United Steelworkers Wood Council Chair, Jeff represents sawmill workers, timber transportation workers and others working in the forestry sector. He became a rank and file member of the International Woodworkers of America in 1994 when he was hired as an operator at the Elko Sawmill in British Columbia. Jeff has served the United Steelworkers union in a full-time staff role since 2012.
President and CEO
Nature Conservancy Canada
As head of Canada’s leading national land conservation organization, Catherine oversees partnerships with individuals, corporations, foundations, Indigenous communities, non-profit organizations, and governments at all levels to protect the country’s most important natural treasures. An award-winning leader, Catherine has held executive positions with some of Canada’s foremost nature conservation organizations.
Prior to joining NCC, Grenier served as Vice President for national park operations with Sépaq, the Quebec government agency that manages parks and wildlife reserves. Catherine mobilized the Sépaq team to generate an increase of more than 40% in visits to the province’s parks network. She has also held senior roles with Parks Canada. Among her achievements there, she led the process to create Canada’s first national urban park, in Toronto’s Rouge Valley.
Her passion for community building and conservation was recognized in 2016 with an Award of Excellence from the Canadian Parks Council and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Scw’exmx Tribal Council
Lennard is president of the Nicola Tribal Association, the advisory body for seven First Nation’s Indian Bands in British Columbia. He is a Registered Professional Forester, a member of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation, and represents the Shackan Band as a Director. He also serves on the Board of the National Aboriginal Forestry Association and sits as an advisor and committee member with the University of British Columbia Faculty of Forestry. In 2011, Lennard became the General Manager of Stuwix Resources Joint Venture, a First Nations owned and operated forestry company.
Canfor Corporation and Canfor Pulp
Don’s work growing markets for Canfor’s products around the world has provided him with deep connections to markets and customers in every region the company serves. Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Canfor has operations in Canada and the U.S. and produces dimension lumber, value-added finishing products, pulp and paper, wood pellets, and green energy.
Don was appointed President and CEO of Canfor Corporation in 2011 and the CEO of Canfor Pulp in 2012. He is a Director and past Chair of the Forest Products Association of Canada, current Chair of the Council of Forest Industries, and a Director of the Alberta Forest Products Association and the BC Lumber Trade Council. In 2014, he was appointed to the bi-national Softwood Lumber Board.
He is a past Chair of the charitable organization, Educating Girls of Rural China Foundation, which works to transform the lives of women and communities in rural areas of western China by providing access to education.
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