We are in the process of creating dynamic sessions for the 2018 SFI Annual Conference. Check back here for updates.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

1:30 - 5:00 PM
Session: Welcome and Opening Remarks

We will be welcoming a wide range of attendees, including CEOs of multinational companies, conservationists, community representatives, Indigenous leaders, forest managers, university faculty and students, government officials, and many more. This year's agenda has something for everyone.


Mike Lester, State Forester, Colorodo State Forest Service


Mark Rodgers, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada and SFI Board Chairman


Kathy Abusow, President and CEO, SFI Inc.

Session: SFI's Future - A Board of Directors' Perspective

Meet SFI's newest board members. Gain valuable perspective on the ongoing evolution of the SFI Program as our new board members focus on our strategic direction and future outlook. Pose questions and spark discussion on topics of interest to you, your organization and the SFI community.


James D. Irving, Co-CEO, JD Irving Ltd.



Lennard Joe, President, Nicola Tribal Association


Mike Parr, President, American Bird Conservancy


Jaime Yraguen, President, Associated Oregon Loggers

Session: Innovation and Technology in the Forest Sector

New and innovative technology in the forest sector, from forests to manufacturing to purchasing, is key to transitioning towards a more sustainable society.  This panel will explore how innovation in current and emerging markets is driving responsible forest supply chains and playing a strategic role in topics ranging from the fashion industry to green buildings to sustainable purchasing policies.


Paola Deda, Section Chief, UN Economic Commission for Europe/FAO Forestry and Timber Section

5:00 - 7:00 PM
President's Reception


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

7:00 - 8:30 AM
5K Run and Yoga
7:30 - 9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00 PM
Session: The Conservation Impact of Sustainable Supply Chains

The SFI Conservation Impact Project is quantifying the conservation benefits of SFI's work and the connection between sustainable supply chains and important conservation outcomes. The project has three key research focus areas: water, carbon storage and biodiversity. Hear from members of the SFI Conservation Impact Sounding Board.


Jad Daley, President and CEO, American Forests


Healy Hamilton, Chief Scientist, NatureServe


Puneet Dwivedi, Assistant Professor, Sustainability Sciences, University of Georgia

12:00 - 1:30 PM
Awards Luncheon
1:45 - 3:30 PM
General Sessions
3:30 - 5:30 PM
SFI Implementation Committee Plenary
6:00 - 10:00 PM
SFI Reception and Dinner


Thursday October 18, 2018

7:30 - 9:00 AM
Networking Breakfast
9:00 - 12:00 PM
Session: Inspiring Women Leaders in Sustainability

Hear women leaders in government agencies discuss responsible forest management, forest health and the leadership role women are playing on a range of sustainability issues. Our moderator and speakers will also share their inspiring stories about encouraging women to take on leadership roles.


Bettina Ring, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and SFI Board Member


Vicki Christiansen, Interim Chief, USDA Forest Service


Lisa Allen, State Forester, Missouri Department of Conservation


Laura Schweitzer, Executive Director, Council of Western State Foresters/Western Forestry Leadership Coalition

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Closing Luncheon
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Conservation Impact Sounding Board Meeting

(For more information on the Conservation Impact Sounding Board meeting, contact Rocco Saracina.)