Conference Program


We have a jam-packed schedule, with an amazing speaker line up, exhibitor hall, and social events planned!

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Developed in collaboration with CIF-IFC Cariboo Section in northern British Columbia, this year’s conference theme, “Rooted in Resilience,” will explore the challenges faced in a changing forest sector and how innovation, reconciliation and diverse perspectives can offer a path forward in this uncertain reality.

The Conference program will explore the changing approaches to forest management in British Columbia, across Canada and abroad. Guest speakers will address wildfire management, dwindling old-growth forests, innovation during a global pandemic, and the benefits of diversifying the sector in more ways than one. Participants can also expect to learn about novel approaches that have allowed the forest sector to rebound from massive forest disturbances, how the industry is trying to adapt to a reduced timber supply, and the different harvesting techniques used to maintain critical wildlife habitat and corridors. 

The Conference will bring together forest practitioners with various specialties and backgrounds from across Canada and beyond to collaborate and share emerging ideas with the primary goal of sparking innovation and promoting adaptation in a new and uncertain reality.

Socials, Networking & PD Opportunities


Don't miss out on this long-standing tradition of the CIF-IFC National Conference! The Student Quiz Bowl is a fun and friendly academic competition, challenging the participants’ (and audience’s!) forestry knowledge.

For more information or to register a team, click here!

Due to the minimum of registered teams not being met, the 2021 CIF-IFC Student Quiz Bowl was unfortunately cancelled. We hope to see your team in 2022!


Young Shoots in an Old Forest – New Professionals in the Field of Forestry. A session specifically designed for students and new and aspiring professionals to learn how to successfully start and advance a career in the field of forestry and natural resources. Everyone is welcome to attend! Learn more here.

  • Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
  • Time: 11:15 am - 12:45 pm PT / 2:15 - 3:45 pm ET



Join us in recognizing the unique and outstanding contributions made by forest practitioners and professionals to forestry in Canada! Tune in through the Conference virtual event portal to celebrate and congratulate this year's National Award winners.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
  • Time: 2:30 - 3:30 pm PT / 5:30 - 6:30 pm ET

To learn more about the networking capabilities of the Conference virtual event portal click here!

We invite you to turn on your webcam, mic, grab a beverage of choice and mingle with fellow Conference delegates! Through the Conference virtual event portal, you'll be able to engage in some fun and merriment with friends - old and new!

  • Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
  • Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm PT / 6:30 - 7:30 pm ET

To learn more about the networking capabilities of the Conference virtual event portal click here!

Sense of Place

Continuing Education Credits

New this year - A Sense of Place. As a nod to the greatly missed field tours portion of the Conference, the organizing committee has arranged to showcase a variety of local research, recreation, and snapshots of life in northern BC for Conference delegates to explore. The hope is that this compilation will create a sense of place and provide context on this year’s Conference hosts, the CIF-IFC Cariboo Section of northern British Columbia.

The compilation consists of work from such organizations as the Willow River Demonstration Forest, the John Prince Research Forest, and the Association of BC Forest Professionals- just to name a few!

  • Date: October 4 - 7
  • Time: 24 hour/day access via the virtual event portal

Interested in the CIF-IFC’s Continuing Forestry Education Program? Earn credits by attending certain sessions at the virtual Conference! You will be able to print a Continuing Education Credit Certificate from your personal account in the virtual event portal at the end of the Conference.

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FwB-FsF Virtual Silent Auction

September 28 - October 7, 2021

As part of #2021CIF, Forests without Borders/Forêts sans Frontières (FwB-FsF) will be hosting an online virtual Silent Auction to support its various projects!

As this will be a virtual event, the silent auction will be hosted online and accessible by the public through the CIF-IFC National Conference webpage. Click here to learn more about the 2021 Virtual Silent Auction.

Register today to take advantage of any of these events and benefits!