2022 Conference Program

Conference Program & Events

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

This year’s Conference theme, “The New Normal”, will serve as a testament to what we have been through in these past two years, and focus on the challenges and opportunities that are new realities within the forest sector. We will draw on tremendous local expertise and know-how from across Canada to give Conference attendees a chance to explore topics such as meeting the demands of a global forest products market, sustainably managing forests in the 21st century, and innovative silviculture for growing the forests of tomorrow, today.

Opportunities for Students and Young Professionals:

In addition to a full conference program, there will be a Mentorship Program specifically designed for current students, recent graduates to connect with professionals in the forest industry, and build their network. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting opportunity! 

The CIF-IFC is pleased to announce that, once again, the Student Quiz Bowl Competition will be a feature event of the Conference. The Quiz Bowl is a fun and friendly academic competition, challenging the participants’ (and audience’s) forestry knowledge! To find out more, please visit the Quiz Bowl webpage here.

Poster Symposium:

The CIF-IFC is inviting students, recent graduates, new professionals, and researchers to participate in the Poster Symposium taking place as part of the Conference proper. The Poster Symposium offers an opportunity for students, recent graduates, new professionals and/or researchers to showcase their research to Conference delegates and fellow poster presenters, as well as discuss findings with Conference delegates who have similar interests. 

Abstract Submission is now closed. Thank you to all of the participants who submitted abstracts! Be sure to stop by the Poster Symposium at the Conference on September 12th from 5-6pm in the Main Ballroom.

Note: in order to participate in the Poster Symposium, Conference registration is required.

Social Events:

National Awards Ceremony:
September 12, 2022

Each year, the CIF-IFC presents a number of awards in recognition of outstanding and unique accomplishments to forestry in Canada at the National Awards Ceremony. This year, Award recipients will be presented their awards in-person at a celebratory dinner, and we invite all Conference attendees to join us! 

Evening Social:
September 13, 2022

Additionally, an evening social event will be held at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, where Conference attendees will be able to network with others in the forest industry, while enjoying some delicious food and drinks.

Band Night:
September 13, 2022

The legend lives on … Tom Foolery

The Institute’s semi-official band brings its musical mystique to the 2022 National Conference and 114th AGM Social Night. Why not lend some notes, strum a few chords, lay down a bass line? Got a song or two to share? Join the magic and the myth, the frivolity and the fun. Join the Foolery.

The band is looking for members, more the merrier. If you’d like to make simple music to accompany the social night on September 13th, contact Guy Smith in advance, guy@guysmith.ca

Tom Foolery – 2019, Pembroke, ON

Conference Tours:

In-Conference Tour:

A guided field tour of the landscape and region surrounding the Lake Superior Coast is planned to complement the Conference theme and to observe the beauty and possibilities in the surrounding areas. Tour will take place on September 14th.

The itenerary will include a visit to Chippewa Falls, and Pancake Bay, as well as a Clergue Forest Management Inc. hardwood site walk, and a windfarm sightseeing tour. More details to come!

Pre- and Post- Conference Tours*:
*not included with Conference registration

Looking to take advantage of all that Sault Ste. Marie has to offer? Blaq Bear Tours is offering discounted prices for Conference delegates for two of their most popular tours in Sault Ste. Marie.

For the outdoor enthusiast: Looking for something to occupy your time on Saturday September 10th before the Conference takes place? How about a guided hike up Robertson Cliffs overlooking the Goulais Valley. This day trip will take place from 11am-3pm. Click here to register. (Transportation not included)

For the food lover: I bet you’ll be hungry after a full day on the In-Conference Tour. Why not register for the Taste of Sault Ste. Marie Culinary Walking Tour on the evening of September 14th? This walking tour will start at 6pm and will take around 3 hours. Enjoy some delicious culinary experiences, and learn about the history and culture of the area! Contact Liz Elliott at eelliott@cif-ifc.org for a tour discount code.

For more information on both of these tours, please visit the Blaq Bear Tours website, or contact carole@blaqbear.ca


Additional adventures*:
*not included with Conference registration

While you are in town for the CIF-IFC National Conference and 114th AGM, why not take advantage of the fun things that Sault Ste. Marie and the Lake Superior Coast have to offer!

The Agawa Canyon Train Tour is a unique and memorable experience for everyone to enjoy. Book your ticket for before or after the Conference proper in order to see the stunning fall colours, and many hidden gems in the area. Feel free to give this article a read for more information on the train tour.

For more ideas regarding things to do in the area, please check out Jeff Feras Local Adventures to do in the Soo. As a local himself, as well as the Chair of the Conference Planning Committee, Jeff is your go to guy when it comes to fun events and outings in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Forests without Borders Silent Auction:

In conjunction with the 2022 CIF-IFC National Conference and 114th AGM, Forests without Borders/Forêts sans Frontières (FwB-FsF) will be hosting a Silent Auction to support its various projects!

We are now accepting donations for the Silent Auction, and are asking CIF-IFC members for your support and participation in this worthwhile cause. If you would like to donate an item for the FwB-FsF Silent Auction, please follow the guidelines listed below.

Donation Guidelines / Directives pour les donations

If you are interested in donating auction items we ask that you kindly inform the 2022 FwB-FsF Silent Auction representative, Candace Parsons (fwbsilentauction@cif-ifc.org), of the following information so we may properly catalogue the item(s):

  1. photo and description of the item
  2. estimated value (needed to determine starting bid price) donor name, email, and phone number
  3. where the item is located/made (city, province)
  4. other information about the item such as history, source, why the donor chose this item, and other interesting information

All auction items must be confirmed with Candace Parsons (fwbsilentauction@cif-ifc.org) by August 26th, 2022.

Once the item has been confirmed, you may either send/mail your item to the address below, or bring the item directly to the Conference in Sault Ste Marie in September.

Address for sending/mailing item(s):
Jeff Fera (jeff.fera@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca)
Great Lakes Forestry Centre
1219 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 2E5


Si vous souhaitez faire don d’articles pour la vente aux enchères, nous vous demandons de bien vouloir communiquer à la représentante de la vente aux enchères silencieuse de FsF-FwB, Candace Parsons (fwbsilentauction@cif-ifc.org), les informations suivantes afin que nous puissions cataloguer correctement le ou les articles :

  1. photo et description de l’article
  2. valeur estimée (nécessaire pour déterminer le prix de départ de l’enchère), le nom, l’adresse courriel et le numéro de téléphone de la personne faisant le don
  3. lieu où l’article est situé/fabriqué (ville, province)
  4. d’autres informations sur l’objet telles que l’histoire, la source, la raison pour laquelle vous avez choisi cet objet, et d’autres informations intéressantes

Les articles de vente aux enchères doivent être confirmés auprès de Candace Parsons (fwbsilentauction@cif-ifc.org) avant le 26 août 2022.

Une fois l’article confirmé, vous pouvez soit livrer/poster votre article à l’adresse ci-dessous, soit l’apporter directement à la Conférence à Sault Ste Marie en septembre.

Adresse pour la livraison/l’envoi par la poste du ou des articles :
Jeff Fera (jeff.fera@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca)
Centre forestier des Grands Lacs
1219, rue Queen Est
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 2E5



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