The future of forestry: Meet Chanda Hunnie

Canadian Forest Industries Staff
November 07, 2018
By Canadian Forest Industries Staff
Nov. 7, 2018 - For six years now, Canadian Forest Industries has showcased the achievements and potential of young forestry leaders in our Top 10 Under 40. In order to individually acknowledge and highlight the contributions of each winner, CFI will feature one of 2018's winners every week for the next 10 weeks.

This week, we introduce our readers to Chanda Hunnie, co-ordinator/facilitator, Pacific Resolutions, B.C., Alberta, Ontario.

Chanda Hunnie has 10 years of project leadership experience in natural resource management involving multidisciplinary collaboration.

As co-ordinator, then director of operations for the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Chanda guided the organization’s activities in province-wide boreal conservation campaigns emphasizing stakeholder consensus. Conducting community outreach, fiscal management and communications, the 38-year-old’s work was instrumental to the successful creation of both Fisher Bay and Little Limestone Lake Provincial Parks.

Under the auspices of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (a national scale project guided and sponsored by the Forest Products Association of Canada), Chanda was responsible for guiding the direction of consensus-based actions for caribou recovery and protected areas planning that balanced a sustainable fibre supply among forest companies and environmental non-governmental groups in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

She currently facilitates First Nations and a forest company in Northwestern Alberta in the exploration and pursuit of a new relationship including the development of a stewardship plan in collaboration with environmental organizations. Chanda also assists regional collaborations in the B.C. northeast and central interior between the province and First Nations intended to address First Nations’ long-standing concerns with cumulative impacts in their traditional territories.

“Chanda’s work also has been instrumental in securing benefit agreements in pursuit of oil and gas pipelines,” says Bob Fleet, vice-president of forestry and environment for Tolko. “This innovative approach to natural resource development and management has resulted in individual energies that used to be spent competing or obstructing, now being spent on collaborating, listening, and moving forward on resource management and development projects together.”

Chanda lives in the beautiful Canadian Shield in the Treaty No. 3 lands of northwestern Ontario.

Up next: we showcase the achievements of winner Kris Hayman.

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