Side Events


SFI is pleased to collaborate with a number of organizations to create side meetings that enhance the SFI community. If you are interested in coordinating a side event at the 2018 SFI Annual Conference, please contact Amy Doty at 202-596-3458 or vial email:

Continue to check back later for events that you may be interested in participating in.


Making the Most of Large-Scale Regional Risk Assessments in the Forest Sector 

October 16, 9:00-12:00 pm MT
Where: SFI Annual Conference
Hosted by: Sustainable Biomass Program
Location: The Westin Westminster (Room TBD)

Anyone interested in exploring risk assessments in North America, including auditors, public agency foresters, consulting foresters, sustainability experts, trade and export specialists, should attend.

The forest products industry is frequently required, on numerous levels, to prove that the wood companies source is “low-risk.” The EU Timber Regulation, the Lacey Act, green building requirements, and market-driven supply chain transparency all require supply chain assurances. But what does low-risk mean in practice and what are certification bodies, government officials, and forest products companies’ experiences of a risk-assessment approach? Ultimately, what scale of risk assessment works and how can risk assessments best deliver credible and efficient assurances? Hear from some of the foremost experts from various sectors, public and private, and join in on the conversation. This discussion will provide you with a better understanding of risk assessments, what has been done in the past, and how we might approach them in the future given new technologies and understanding at the forest level.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Simon Armstrong – Technical Director, SBP
  • Nicolas Blanchette – President, INCOS Stratégies
  • Ara Erickson – Director of Corporate Sustainability, Weyerhaeuser
  • Kathryn Fernholz – Executive Director, Dovetail Partners Inc.
  • Dr. Healy Hamilton – Chief Scientist & Vice President for Conservation Science, NatureServe
  • Dr. Laura Thompson – Sustainability Expert & Consultant, 4Minutes LLC

To RSVP, e-mail


Growing Future Forest Leaders and Developing Green Career Pathways 

October 16, 10:00-12:00 pm MT
Where: SFI Annual Conference
Hosted by: SFI Inc. and Forest Products Society Education Committee

Join the Forest Products Society (FPS) and SFI for a dialogue on building collaborative approaches to educating students about the benefits of renewable resources, and the advantages of pursuing careers in forest sustainability. This two-hour workshop will explore strategies to raise the visibility of renewable forest materials and the conservation benefits of well-managed forests; increase excitement about careers in natural resources; and consider what resources are needed to meet these goals. The session should help envision partnership opportunities and clarify alignment between organizational goals of FPS, SFI, and other organizations interested in promoting sustainable forestry education. This session is open to all conference attendees. To register or learn more, email Rocco Saracina at


SFI Conservation Impact Sounding Board Workshop 

October 18,1:00-5:00 pm MT

SFI's Conservation Impact Sounding Board is an informal group that helps SFI identify and review projects to clarify the contribution of forestlands certified to SFI. This workshop will review early results from selected projects and cover some creative methodologies to achieve scale. There will be an opportunity to identify potential projects across thematic areas. Communications opportunities to ensure the relevancy and utility of Conservation Impact outcomes will also be discussed. Review the draft agenda here.

To attend the workshop email Rocco Saracina, Manager, Conservation Partnerships, no later than September 14.