Wood Business

Virtual Event
Women in Forestry
March 9, 2021 at 11:00am EST

11:35 - 12:15pm
Free to Grow Initiative: An update on Canada’s Gender Equity in Forestry National Action Plan

Speaker: Kelly Cooper, Founder & President, Centre for Social Intelligence

The Canadian Institute of Forestry-Institut du forestier, in partnership with the Centre for Social Intelligence, is leading a sector-wide initiative to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace culture in the forest sector. This presentation provides an update on what’s been accomplished since it started in the fall of 2018, reflects on where the forest sector can go from here, and will take audience questions.

About the speaker

Kelly Cooper is the founder and president of the Centre for Social Intelligence (CSI). Kelly helps leaders create a diverse and inclusive transformation within their organizations by conducting diversity and inclusion gap audit assessments, diversity and inclusion strategies, and national sector diversity and inclusion action plans. Currently, Kelly is co-chair of Canada’s Gender Equity in Forestry Action Plan’s National Steering Committee.

Kelly has been a guest speaker at various domestic and international conferences aimed at increasing women in senior executive roles and in technical positions in the natural resource sectors.

Over her 25-year career, she has worked in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe on various sustainable development projects. She holds an M.A. in International Environment, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex, U.K., an Honours BSc. from the University of Toronto, and certifications in GBA+, EQ-i 2.0 and ProSci change management (ADKAR model).