Wood Business

Virtual Event
Women in Forestry 2023
March 7, 2023 at 11:00am EST

An Indigenous view on inclusion in forestry

Speaker: Shyla O’Donnell, Operations Lead, SOAR Professional Services

Registered professional forester Shyla O’Donnell is a strong advocate for forest stewardship and Indigenous rights. Now working with an Indigenous owned and led consulting company dedicated to supporting First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, O’Donnell will answer questions about what Indigenous inclusion in forestry looks like to her, and what that means for forest management across the country.

Shyla O’Donnell
Shyla O’Donnell has a bachelor of science in forestry degree. Shyla is an experienced leader
who has many years’ experience reporting to a board, managing teams/budgets. She has
experience working for industry and government in British Columbia, New
Brunswick and Newfoundland, an NGO in New Brunswick, and for her First Nation in New
Brunswick. Shyla has worked on many large-scale environmental assessment projects,
worked as a traditional land use co-researcher, and as a negotiator for accommodation
agreements. She is an expert in the field of the duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous
people and is passionate about intensive community engagement and linking all interactions
with community members to help solve social issues that they are concerned with.