Side Events

PEFC COC Requirements Workshop for Certification and Accreditation Bodies

Hosted by:  PEFC International

Tuesday, September 26, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

PEFC International will update certification bodies and accreditation bodies on the PEFC Standards Revision process.  Certification bodies will also receive PEFC training on requirements for auditing to PEFC Chain of Custody requirements.

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Science-Policy Workshop

Hosted by: Canadian Forest Service

Tuesday, September 26, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Provinces Ballroom, Westin Ottawa

The CFS is convening its science partners, stakeholders and clients to a conversation on forest research priorities in Canada. Participants will have a chance to hear about the new CFS portfolio of science activities and engage in discussions about future research needs across government, academia, research institutes and industry. The day will start with a brief overview of CFS’ science priorities followed by opportunities for participants to identify and scope out research collaboration on issues related to forest health, productivity, competitiveness and cumulative effects of integrated land management. 

Open to all.
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SFI and Women in Wood Reception 

Hosted by:  SFI Inc. and Women in Wood
Sponsored by:  EACOM Timber Corporation

Tuesday, September 26, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location:  SFI Hospitality Suite, Colonel By Suite, Westin Ottawa

The networking event aims to bring together women who work for, with and in the woods and the forest sector supply chain as well as their supporters, like the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. Participants will have a chance to exchange experiences, meet potential mentors and help shape the future of Women in Wood. After a brief overview and welcome, attendees will be encouraged to meet new faces and catch up with familiar ones. Ideas will be solicited for what participants would like to see in the future to help with the advancement and success of their careers.

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Certification in the biomass market. Opportunities and Complexities in promoting sustainable forest management.


Hosted by: Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP)
Wednesday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: British Columbia Room, Westin Ottawa

An informative and thoughtful dialogue on woody biomass, the implications around its use for large-scale energy generation, landscape-level certification as a complement to forest-level certification, market sustainability requirements, sourcing challenges, and more.

Discussion Agenda and Speakers:

  • Welcome, Simon Armstrong, Technical Director, Sustainable Biomass Program
  • Topic: Background to SBP
    Carsten Huljus, CEO, Sustainable Biomass Program.
  • Topic: The outlook for the large-scale biomass market and sustainability requirements.
    Simon Armstrong, Technical Director, Sustainable Biomass Program.
  • Topic: Implications of landscape-level certification as a complement to forest-level certification. What are the benefits? Challenges? Consequences?
    Tom Martin, President & CEO, American Forest Foundation.
  • Topic: How can the forest industry demonstrate that forests can be sustainably managed to maximize carbon storage and sequestration?
    Dylan Jenkins, ACF CF, Vice President of Portfolio Development, Finite Carbon.
  • Topic: Is it possible to harvest from forests with high conservation or biodiversity values, and if so how? How can those values be agreed upon?
    Rickie White, Senior Ecologist - Southeast North America, NatureServe.
  • Topic: What is the path forward for SBP, and how one can get involved?
    Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Chair, Advisory Board, SBP and Distinguished Environmental Scholar, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

SBP is a unique certification system designed specifically for woody biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets and woodchips, used in industrial, large-scale energy production. SBP's vision is an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable woody biomass supply chain that contributes to a low carbon economy.

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Longleaf Partnership Council Engagement Workshop

Hosted by:  SFI Inc. and Longleaf Partnership Council

Thursday, September 28, 7:00 am – 8:30 am

America’s Longleaf Partnership Council, in partnership with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. will host a dialogue with large forestland owners to solicit feedback and input about the potential for longleaf pine restoration and management on these ownerships, and practical ways to advance longleaf management.

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Global Forest Watch Workshop

Hosted by:  SFI Inc. and World Resources Institute

Thursday, September 28, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Building on previous discussions, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) will host a workshop discussion intended to generate a pathway toward increasingly accurate portrayal of sustainably managed forests in the Global Forest Watch (GFW) tool, with a specific focus on certified forests within the United States and Canada.

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How Do We Lead Forestry Out of the Woods?

Hosted by: The Global Group for the Regional Forest Communicators Networks, supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Thursday, 28 September, 3:30 pm - 5.30 pm

Find out how to get your message heard and understood in this groundbreaking forest communication session led by five international professionals with many yeas of experience in communicating about forests. 

The session will cover how to define a powerful, relevant message for our forests, how to create effective forest communication strategies for the general public, and how to build relationships with journalists. It will also discuss why considering gender is vital for your forest communication campaign, how to communicate in times of crisis, and how to harness the power of social media for forests.

Among those running the session are the heads of two Regional Forest Communicators Networks (FAO-UNECE Forest Communicators Network for Europe and Central Asia, and the Regional Forest Communicators Network for Africa), and international advertising expert Faheem Chaudhry (Senior Strategist, M&C Saatchi London), who will explain what the forest sector can learn from the world of advertising.

See the full programme of the event here.

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BirdLife International and Large North American Landowner & Land Manager Meeting

Hosted by:  BirdLife International and Hancock Natural Resource Group

Friday, September 29, 7:30 am – 8:45 am

BirdLife International will introduce their organization’s mission, structure and programs, including engagement with the private sector. Participants will discuss land management practices and explore the growing understanding of the value to society of healthy landscapes – and a shared interest in seeing those values not only maintained, but financially valued – and monetized.  Participants will also exchange information about the SFI Program and BirdLife International program and potential opportunities for collaboration.

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Birds and Forest Management Meet & Greet with the Boreal Avian Modelling (BAM) Project

Hosted by: Boreal Avian Modelling (BAM) Project and SFI Inc.

Friday, September 29, 7:45 am-8:45 am

The Boreal Avian Modelling Project (BAM) will host a meet and greet with anyone interested in data-driven approaches to addressing bird conservation in forest management planning.  We will present a brief overview of the BAM Project, including SFI-sponsored work examining the conservation value of SFI certified lands for boreal songbirds and waterfowl.  We are interested in feedback on current and planned work, as well as learning about the needs and efforts of others, and further developing collaborations.

Pick up your "truly Canadian" pancake breakfast and then come to our meeting room. We'll start our presentation at 8:00am sharp.

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The Consumer Goods Forum's Sustainable Retail Summit

October 2 - 3, 2017

SFI is a Premium Sponsor at The Consumer Goods Forum’s Sustainable Retail Summit on October 2-3 in Montreal. Our special session, How the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Helps Organizations Meet Sustainability Targets, will feature Kathy Abusow and be held at 8am on Tuesday, October 3rd. So please consider heading to Montreal after SFI’s Annual Conference to join us and many others that are committed to advancing sustainable business and healthy communities.

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