Wood Business

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

Diversifying forestry’s workforce is a pressing business issue for companies of all sizes across Canada. Encouraging women and people of all backgrounds to consider a career in the forest industry will mean big changes to how companies recruit, train, and retain their employees.

Canadian Forest IndustriesPulp & Paper CanadaCanadian 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 7 as we welcome back hundreds of forestry changemakers – women and men who are looking for inspiration and advice on fostering inclusion in our industry and reaping all the innovation that comes from it.

This year’s summit will again be truly national, with speakers from across Canada and French-English simultaneous interpretation available for all presentations.

Sign up for free today!

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact Josée Crevier at jcrevier@annexbusinessmedia.com

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11:00am - 11:10am
Welcome and opening remarks

  • Maria Church, managing editor, Forestry Group
  • Jennifer Ellson, editor of Canadian Forest Industries
  • Sukanya Ray Gosh, editor of Pulp & Paper Canada

Women in Energy Transformation: Key learnings and opportunities

  • Linda Coady, President and CEO, BC Council of Forest Industries
  • Elizabeth Shirt, President, Globe Series
The Women in Energy Transformation Dialogue Series was a year-long initiative delivered in partnership by the Pembina Institute and GLOBE Series between September 2021 and October 2022. Comprising four virtual and in-person dialogues and supported by research and analysis, the goal of the series was to cast light on how women can participate in and benefit from the move to an inclusive, net-zero energy economy. Linda Coady and Elizabeth Shirt will cover key takeaways from the real stories and experiences that were showcased through the series, and learnings that can help advance the role of women in natural resource sectors.

Panel discussion: The secret weapon to success on DEI

Speakers: Kelly Cooper, Founder and President, Centre for Social Intelligence 
  • Tina Rasmussen, Chief Business Officer, Meadow Lake Tribal Council Industrial Investments
  • Kyle Broome, Partner, Cabin Resource Management
  • Adrienne Maskalyk, Vice-President Forestry, GeoVerra
It's time to get your ninja on! Come learn how to quickly shift the workplace culture to be more welcoming to all people. This session will explain what allyship means, provide tips on how to be an effective ally and let you hear directly from executives on what they are doing to make their companies, and the forest sector, a magnet for top talent.

Strategies for recruiting a more diverse workforce

Speakers: Heather Boyd, Executive Director, Forestry Sector Council

Employers need every advantage they can get to support recruitment efforts in this highly competitive labour market. This session will touch on what diversity is and why it is vital in the workplace. Forestry Sector Council’s Heather Boyd will cut to the chase, sharing today's current strategies and best practices to help you recruit and retain a more diverse workforce.

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.

Panel discussion: From the floor

Moderator:Haleigh Callison, Lumber Trader – Cedar Specialist, Olympic Industries
  • Lana Love, Field Operator, Arbios Biotech
  • Cynthia Larose, Regional Operations Manager, Cascades Récupération
  • Ann-Marie Baron, OH&S Manager, Lemare Group
  • Hanen Abd, Plant Manager, Stella-Jones

Q&A session: Ask the boss

Moderator: Maria Church, Managing Editor, Annex Forestry Group
  • Molly Hudson, Director of Sustainability, Mosaic Forest Management
  • Jimmie Hodgson, Senior Manager, Forestry Operations, Mosaic Forest Management
Our audience spoke and we are listening. Last year’s summit survey results show many of you want to know how to speak to your bosses about sensitive topics. We’ve assembled two bosses from Mosaic Forest Management to tackle your burning questions. Send in your questions ahead of time by emailing them to mchurch@annexbusinessmedia.com, or fill out the question box on our event registration page.

Closing Remarks

Free to Lead: Empowering the Forest Sector to Take Action on DEI

Speaker: Doug Reid, President of the Canadian Institute of Forestry

What is Free to Grow in Forestry, how did we get started, and what's next? Listen to Doug Reid, President of the Canadian Institute of Forestry and Free to Grow in Forestry Co-Lead give a brief overview presentation: "Free to Lead – Empowering the Forest Sector to Take Action on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion."

Towards a More Inclusive Forestry Future

  • Kathy Abusow, President and CEO, SFI Inc.
  • Lorraine Cobiness, President, Miisun Integrated Resource Management
Chief Lorraine Cobiness, President of Miisun Integrated Resource Management, talks with Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, about women in forestry and Indigenous inclusion and leadership in the forest and conservation sector.

Product Demos

Frequently Asked Questions About Women in Forestry 2023

When & Where?

Women in Forestry 2023 will take place virtually via GoToWebinar on March 7, 2023 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 7, 2023.

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.