MAY 12: WEDNESDAY

OPENING SESSION: BETTER CHOICES FOR THE PLANET

It is critical that we work together to ensure the sustainability of our planet. People and organizations are seeking solutions that not only reduce negative impacts but ensure positive contributions to the long-term health of people and the planet. The opening session of the 2021 SFI annual conference set the stage by highlighting the power of practical, scalable solutions including standards, conservation tools and policy initiatives that address sustainability challenges.

Kathy Abusow

President and CEO
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Elder Claudette Commanda

Algonquin Elder
Kitigan Zibi

Karla Guyn

CEO
Ducks Unlimited Canada, and
SFI Board Chair

The Honorable Thomas J Vilsack

Secretary
U.S. Department of Agriculture

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan

Minister
Natural Resources Canada

MEETING THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE THROUGH MANAGED FORESTS AND FOREST PRODUCTS

Climate change is one of our most pressing global challenges and it is necessary for everyone to play a role in addressing it. Hear how governments, architects, mass timber producers, and global retailers are prioritizing this important theme and the policies, planning and practices that are being put in place to address this important issue. This session will also help you understand the important work of SFI in this space including a new Climate Smart Forestry Objective, and progress being made in our conservation impact work which contributes to quantifying and raising awareness on how sustainable forest management and responsibly sourced forest products are a solution to the climate challenge. 

Moderator:
Jason Metnick

Senior VP, Customer Affairs
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

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

ESG AND THE ROLE OF SFI IN ADVANCING SUPPLY CHAINS IN THE FOREST SECTOR

Land managers, forest product companies and others in the forest sector supply chain are increasingly asked to conduct and/or respond to materiality assessments as it relates to its environmental, social and governance (ESG) attributes and performance. Listen to what CEOs and CSOs have to say about customer, regulatory and investment trends in this space. Learn how the sector is responding and how the four pillars of SFI (standards, conservation, community, education and career pathways) can significantly contribute to a company’s ESG reporting and performance.

Moderator:
Kirsten Vice

VP, Sustainable Manufacturing & Canadian Operations
NCASI

Mike Doss

President and CEO
Graphic Packaging International
and SFI Board Vice-Chair

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

MAY 13: THURSDAY

COLLABORATION FOR CONSERVATION IMPACT AND SPECIES RECOVERY

SFI-certified forests and fiber sourcing generate multiple conservation-related outcomes, including habitat for multiple species and recovery of species at risk, water quality, and meeting the challenges of climate change. Learn about how powerful partnerships of SFI-certified organizations, non-profit organizations, agencies, and Certified Organizations are advancing solutions, and generating outcomes that really make a difference.

Moderator:
Paul Trianosky

Chief Conservation Officer
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Molly Hudson

Director, Sustainability
Mosaic Forest Management

Lisa McLaughlin

Vice-president, Conservation Policy & Planning
Nature Conservancy of Canada

Dave Tenny

President and CEO
National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO)

BUILDING A DIVERSE AND RESILIENT WORKFORCE

The forestry sector has the opportunity to be a leader by recruiting, retaining and advancing a diverse and resilient workforce. The speakers in this session will share research and personal stories to provide tools and ideas about diversity & inclusion in the workplace and to support change in our organizations and society. 

Moderator:
Terry Baker

CEO, Society of American Foresters

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
Project Learning Tree Canada

Amy Rose

Manager for Indigenous Relations
Canfor

WHY URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTS MATTER

Hear from key partners in the launch of the SFI Urban & Community Forest Sustainability Standard and why this important initiative is poised to make a meaningful contribution to this space. Trees are vital to the health, wealth, and climate resiliency of all people who live in cities. Urban and community forests provide myriad benefits to local communities and connect urban society with sustainability – by mitigating climate change, cooling urban heat islands, reducing air pollution, improving mental and physical health, increasing accessibility to nature, and much more. Learn about SFI’s new area of work in urban and community forestry, launched in collaboration with key partners in the US and Canada.

Moderator:
Paul Johnson

Director, Urban and Community Forestry
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Dan Lambe

President
Arbor Day Foundation, and
SFI Board Member

Caitlyn Pollihan

CEO and Executive Director
International Society of Arboriculture

Danielle St-Aubin

CEO
Tree Canada

Jad Daley

President and CEO
American Forests, and
SFI Board Member

MAY 14: FRIDAY

SFI IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE SESSION

SFI Implementation Committees (SICs) are a grassroots network that provides community leadership through logger training, youth education, conservation research and community engagement activities. This session will showcase specific efforts at the local level that can be scaled up and utilized with other SICs and offer ideas for SIC collaboration and engagement. Participants are invited to join breakout sessions to discuss specific topics in more detail.

Moderator:
Nadine Block

Senior VP, Community and Government Relations
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

Dennis Becker

Dean, College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho

Norie Dimeo-Ediger

Director of K-12 Education Programs
Oregon Forest Resources Institute

CONSERVATION IMPACT SOUNDING BOARD E-WORKSHOP

The Conservation Impact Sounding Board ensures that SFI’s Conservation Impact work is grounded in credible science and resonates with key audiences. This Sounding Board e-workshop marks five years since the commencement of SFI’s Conservation Impact project. Announced at the World Conservation Congress in 2016, Conservation Impact is SFI’s effort to measure and describe conservation outcomes resulting from SFI’s Forest Management and Fiber Sourcing programs. This session, open to all, will focus on a review of principal outcomes from this work, the messages we can derive from it, and the analysis of gaps to guide the future direction of Conservation Impact efforts. The meeting will feature an interactive format, to enable participants to discuss current results and desired program direction.

Moderator:
Paul Trianosky

Chief Conservation Officer
Sustainable Forestry Initiative

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 Williams

Vice President, Southeast Region
American Bird Conservancy

Nadine Block
Senior VP, Community and Government Relations
Tel: 202-596-3456