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Past Webinars & Events

SFI Annual Conference: Better Choices for the Planet logo

May 12–14, 2021, 11:00 am— 4:00 pm EDT

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s (SFI) annual conference is a chance to listen to forest sector experts about topics ranging from urban forestry, to building diverse and resilient workforces, to conservation and climate change. PLT Canada offered free registration (a $150 value!) to young people aged 15–30!

The three-day conference hosted sessions focused on forest solutions to many of the most important sustainability challenges we face in the sector and in our communities.

Sessions


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EDT: Opening session: Better choices for the planet

Speakers:

Kathy Abusow
President and CEO
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

 

Elder Claudette Commanda
Algonquin Elder
Kitigan Zibi

 

Karla Guyn (SFI Board Chair)
CEO
Ducks Unlimited Canada

 

The Honorable Thomas J Vilsack
Secretary
U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan
Minister
Natural Resources Canada

 

1–2:30 p.m. EDT: Meeting the climate challenge through managed forests and forest products

Moderator:

Jason Metnick
Senior VP, Customer Affairs
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

 

Speakers:

Diane Nicholls
Assistant Deputy Minister, Chief Forester
Province of British Columbia

 

Chris French
Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and the Environment
U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Hardy Wentzel
CEO
Structurlam

 

Tonette Lim
Responsible Sourcing Manager, Global Sustainability and Compliance
Costco Wholesale Corporation

 

2:45–4 p.m. EDT: ESG and the role of SFI in advancing supply chains in the forest sector

Moderator:

Kirsten Vice
VP, Sustainable Manufacturing & Canadian Operations
NCASI

 

Speakers:

Mike Doss (SFI Board Vice-Chair)
President and CEO
Graphic Packaging International

 

Ara Erickson
Director, Corporate Sustainability
Weyerhaeuser

 

Brian Kernohan
Chief Sustainability Officer, Senior Managing Director, Environment & Policy
Manulife Investment Management, Private Markets | Hancock Natural Resource Group

 


Thursday, May 13, 2021

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EDT: Collaboration for conservation impact and species recovery

Moderator:

Paul Trianosky
Chief Conservation Officer
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

 

Speakers:

Molly Hudson
Director, Sustainability
Mosaic Forest Management

 

Lisa McGlaughlin
Vice-president, Conservation Planning and Policy
Nature Conservancy Canada

 

Dave Tenny
President and CEO
National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO)

 

1–2:30 p.m. EDT: Building a diverse and resilient workforce

Moderator:

Terry Baker
CEO
Society of American Foresters

 

Speakers:

Vicki Christiansen
Chief
USDA Forest Service

 

Dr. Antomia “Mia” Farrell
National MANRRS President and Assistant Dean & Director for Diversity
University of Kentucky

 

Shuya Huang
Youth Network Intern
PLT Canada

 

Amy Rose
Manager for Indigenous Relations
Canfor

 

2:45–3:50 p.m. EDT: Why urban and community forests matter

Moderator: 

Paul Johnson
Director, Urban and Community Forestry
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

 

Speakers:

Dan Lambe (SFI Board Member)
President
Arbor Day Foundation

 

Caitlyn Pollihan
CEO and Executive Director
International Society of Arboriculture

 

Danielle St-Aubin
CEO
Tree Canada

 

Jad Daley (SFI Board Member)
President and CEO
American Forests

 


Friday, May 14, 2021

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EDT: SFI Implementation Committee session

Moderator:

Nadine Block
Senior VP, Community and Government Relations
Sustainable Forestry Initiative 

 

Speakers:

Dennis Becker
Dean, College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho

 

Norie Dimeo-Ediger
Director of K-12 Education Programs
Oregon Forest Resources Institute

 

1–4 p.m. EDT: Conservation Impact Sounding Board e-workshop

Moderator:

Paul Trianosky
Chief Conservation Officer
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

 

Speakers:

Dr. Werner Kurz
Senior Research Scientist
Canadian Forest Service (Natural Resources Canada)

 

Dr. Erik Schilling
Director of Forestry Research, Southeastern U.S.
NCASI

 

Emily Jo
Vice President, Southeast Region
American Bird Conservancy

 


 

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