Women in Forestry – 2021
March 9, 2021 at
Know Your Value
Speaker: Janis Simpkins, Senior Vice-President, Alberta Forest Products Association
About the speaker
Janis Simpkins is the Senior Vice-President for the Alberta Forest Products Association. Janis chairs the association’s environment committee and leads the organization’s sustainable growth initiatives, including the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) portfolio.
Simpkins comes to the AFPA from her role in Strategic Initiatives at Alberta Energy, where she has served as Executive Director. Her work with Alberta Energy has centered on providing leadership to the development of a unified and actionable strategy for Alberta’s energy policy that aligns with environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria and a long-term vision for Alberta’s energy resources. Prior to moving to Alberta Energy, she held posts in both Indigenous Relations, where she spearheaded the development of the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation, and Economic Development, Trade and Tourism where she held key files such as U.S. Relations Coordination, Investor Confidence and Northern Development.
Before joining the Government of Alberta, Simpkins worked in the energy industry and served as Reeve of the Municipal District of Greenview. She is a recipient of the Governor General of Canada’s Queens Diamond Jubilee medal, honouring significant contributions and achievements of Canadians, for her work with communities and commitment to public service.