Wood Business

Virtual Event
Women in Forestry 2022
March 8, 2022 at 11:00am EST

Improving gender representation and diversity in the forest sector

  • Jean-Sébastien Chevrier
  • Pierre-Olivier Bonin, Ph.D.
The federal government’s Budget of 2019 directed Natural Resources Canada to address gender and other representation gaps within the forest sector workforce. In this presentation, Jean-Sébastien and Pierre-Olivier describe how the Canadian Forest Service took an evidence-based approach to the budget directive. Drawing on Statistics Canada’s census data, they look at the diversity gaps for woman, newcomers, indigenous people, and visible minorities, and explain the work that was done to understand some reasons behind those gaps. The two speakers then present four measures they have implemented to help address the diversity gap. Finally, they present preliminary results and discuss some of the challenges and lessons learned along the way.

For any question or comment, feel free to contact them at nrcan.ifit-itif.rncan@canada.ca.


Jean-Sébastien Chevrier
Jean-Sébastien Chevrier is a manager of strategic policy at Natural Resources Canada. An economist by training, he is specialized in regional economic development and forest sector economics. He has occupied various managerial positions at Natural Resources Canada, including in economic analysis and in scientific research, and lead multiple data, policy and research projects. Prior to joining Natural Resources Canada in 2010, he worked for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions.


Pierre-Olivier Bonin, Ph.D.
Pierre-Olivier Bonin, Ph.D., is a data scientist and policy analyst at Natural Resources Canada. Prior to joining the public service, he worked as a consultant in data science and data analysis in the health sector. Pierre-Olivier has a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Toronto and has about a decade of experience as a researcher, with several peer-reviewed scientific publications. Feel free to connect with him on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/pierreolivierbonin/.