Women in Forestry 2022
March 8, 2022 at
Women represented just 17 per cent of the forestry labour force in 2016 – but representation is gradually increasing as key industry players lead the change on gender equity. Inspired by their ongoing efforts to dismantle the barriers that prevent or discourage women and under-represented people from entering and advancing in the industry, Canadian Forest Industries, Pulp & Paper Canada, Canadian Biomass and Opérations Forestières et de Scierie are once again hosting a digital day of discussion around gender and diversity in the forest sector.
Join us March 8, 2022, as we expect to welcome back hundreds of forestry changemakers who are looking for inspiration and advice on fostering inclusion in our industry and reaping all the innovation that comes from it.
Featuring some of the biggest influencers in the Canadian forest products sector as well as women who have trailblazed in their careers, the Women in Forestry Virtual Summit offers a live panel discussion, presentations and on-demand sessions where speakers will explore the importance of fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, share career advice and real-life experiences, recommend actions companies can take to recruit female employees and advance them to leadership positions, and much more.
This year’s summit with be truly national, with speakers from across Canada and French-English simultaneous interpretation available for all presentations.
11:00am - 11:10amSpeakers:
Welcome & Opening Remarks
- Ellen Cools, editor of Canadian Forest Industries and Canadian Biomass
- Maria Church, managing editor, Forestry Group
- Sukanya Ray Gosh, editor of Pulp & Paper Canada
- Josée Crevier, National Account Manager
On DEMANDSpeaker: Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO, BC Council of Forest Industries, and President, BC Lumber Trade Council
Charting a career path in forestry
Susan Yurkovich is a well-known leader in the forest industry. She will be discussing her experience in the sector, including how she got to her current position, advice for other women looking to reach executive positions in forestry and what companies need to implement to encourage more women to advance into and within the executive team. She will also take the time to answer audience’s questions and share advice during her presentation.
On DEMANDSpeaker: Mélanie Paul, Co-President, Akua Nature and President, Inukshuk Synergie
Indigenous inclusion in forestry
Mélanie Paul is a frequent speaker and educator on entrepreneurial development of Indigenous women, Indigenous workforce inclusion in Quebec, and on the creation of partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous. Her presentation will explore the unique perspective First Nations employees and companies bring to the forest industry, and what Indigenous inclusion means for everyone.
12:00pm - 12:15pm
Growing a culture change – interactive workshop
- Cynthia Lu, MA, RPF, P.Ag, Forestry Consultant, Perpetual Resource Management
- Dana Collins, MFC, FIT, Forestry Consultant and Managing Director, Juniper Collective
Free to Grow in Forestry – From Action to Traction
- Kelly Cooper, Founder and President, Centre for Social Intelligence
- Doug Reid, Vice President of the Canadian Institute of Forestry
1:30pm - 1:45pm
On DEMANDModerator: Haleigh Callison, Lumber Trader – Cedar Specialist, Olympic Industries
Panel discussion: Women excelling in non-traditional roles
- Sara Davies, Ticketed Circular Sawfiler, Spray Lake Sawmills
- Geneviève Labrecque, Chief Forester – Quebec, GreenFirst Forest Products
- Ashley Sidhu, Log Truck Driver, Malla Trucking
- Marie Cyr, General Manager, Domtar Dryden
Inclusivity through language – starting off right
- Caity Klaudt, RFT, Occupational Safety Officer, WorkSafeBC
- Carole Savage, RPF, Occupational Safety Officer, WorkSafeBC
- Cindy Fife, RPF, Occupational Safety Officer, WorkSafeBC
On DEMAND VIDEOSpeakers:
Improving gender representation and diversity in the forest sector
- Jean-Sébastien Chevrier
- Pierre-Olivier Bonin, Ph.D.
On DEMAND VIDEOSpeaker: Bettina Ring, chief sustainability and diversity officer, SFI
How gender diversity and inclusivity can support sustainability
Bettina Ring, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)’s new chief sustainability and diversity officer, discusses the importance of diversity and inclusion in forest management and conservation. Diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives will help build upon the work that has already been done and make sure all voices are heard, and International Women’s Day is an opportunity to highlight the work that women have done and will continue to do in this area, Ring says. She also discusses the work that SFI is doing to help fight climate change and ensure forests are managed sustainably.
Frequently Asked Questions About Women in Forestry 2022
When & Where?Women in Forestry 2022 will take place virtually via GoToWebinar on March 8, 2022 at 11:00am EST.
There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.
Why Virtual?The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.
What’s Included?Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.
How do I access?We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of March 8, 2022.
If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.