A unique armchair discussion exploring the future of Canada’s forests
Streamed live • Friday, March 27, 2015 • 08:45–14:00 EST
Keynote by Anne Giardini • Chancellor of Simon Fraser University + former Canadian President of Weyerhaeuser
Presented by The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) + Canada’s Public Policy Forum
The #FutureofForestry workshop and discussion will engage leaders from different sectors on the issues of accountability and transparency and highlight how the Canadian forest products industry is a world leader in environmental credentials.
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From 2008 to June 2014 Anne was the Canadian President of Weyerhaeuser, an international forest products company. Previously, she served for many years as Weyerhaeuser’s Canadian General Counsel. She is currently serving as the 11th Chancellor of Simon Fraser University.
Anne is a current or past member of several boards including Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc., WWF-Canada, Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., the Forest Products Association of Canada, Council of Forest Industries, the Alberta Forest Products Association, PEN Canada, the Vancouver Writers Festival, the Writers Trust of Canada, and the Board of Governors of Simon Fraser University.
In 2014, Anne was recognized by WXN as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women, and by Vancouver Magazine as one of its Vancouver Power 50. In 2013–14, she served on the Government of Canada’s Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards. In 2013, she received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Lexpert Zenith Award. In 2011, Anne received the Robert V. A. Jones Award recognizing leadership in corporate counsel practice and exceptional contributions to the Corporate Counsel bar or community and was named one of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers.
A former columnist for the National Post, Anne is also the author of two novels, both published by HarperCollins. She is completing a third novel and editing a book of writing advice. She has been married for 27 years to Tony Giardini and they are the parents of three young adults. She holds a BA from SFU (Economics), LLB from UBC, and LLM from Cambridge University (Trinity Hall).
Joining us for our armchair discussions are, among others:
08:30 • Arrival and networking (coffee and tea will be provided)
08:45 • Opening remarks
09:00 • Accountability and transparency in the forestry sector
Technology creates endless possibilities for measuring and assessing the performance of Canada’s forests, but it can also complicate the communication and dissemination of important information. This panel explores changes in performance management and public reporting. The speakers will discuss motives and strategies to encourage innovative partnerships and ensure the highest environmental standards amongst forestry stakeholders.
10:30 • Break
10:45 • The global context
As Canada operates in a global marketplace, we need to remain lean and competitive while developing authentic partnerships at home. This discussion compares Canadian best practices with international trends. Topics include governance, collaboration, inclusivity, and comparative operating standards.
12:15 • Lunch
12:40 • Keynote address “Building and Sustaining Trust”
13:10 • Discussion moderated by David Mitchell
13:45 • Closing remarks
The forest industry has long been an important part of the fabric of Canada, and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has been there to actively advocate on the sector’s behalf in areas such as transportation, trade and taxes. FPAC is also working to realize the ambitious goals of Vision2020 to help the industry transform with innovative new products, diversified markets, enhanced environmental credentials and a skilled workforce. FPAC is proud to represent Canada’s largest producers of forest products.
All FPAC members are signatories of the historic Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA). Our members are responsible for 66% of certified forest lands in Canada. Third-party certification of member companies’ forest practices is a condition of membership in the Association — a world first.
Visit FPAC.ca to learn more.
The Public Policy Forum is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of government in Canada through enhanced dialogue among the public, private and voluntary sectors. Established in 1987, the Forum has earned a reputation as a trusted, nonpartisan facilitator capable of bringing together a wide range of stakeholders in productive dialogue. Its research program provides a neutral base to inform collective decision-making.
Visit ppforum.ca to learn more.