2022 Conference Program

2022 CIF-IFC National Conference and 114th AGM


The Conference theme, “The New Normal”, served as a testament to what we have been through in these past two years, and focused on the challenges and opportunities that are new realities within the forest sector. We drew 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.


Thank you for attending #2022CIF!

Conference Speaker Session Presentations

Keynote and Plenary Sessions:

  • Shane Berg – The New Normal for BC Forests
  • Linda Nagel – Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change
  • Isabelle AllenFor the People – Indigenous Participation in Forest Management
  • Richard Verbisky – Landscapes, Partnerships and Sustainability: 30 years of Local Leadership for Global Challenges through the International Model Forest Network
Session 1: Forest Seed – Growing the Forests of Tomorrow, Today

Session 2: Canada’s Diverse Forest Products Basket

Session 3: Forest History Society – The Past Informs the Future

  • Mark Kulhberg – “Saving the Appearance of the Property”: Launching Canada’s Aerial War Against Forest Pests in British Columbia, 1913-1929
  • Al Tithecott – Wildland Fire: Moving from Concepts of Normal to Embrace Risk and Resilience
  • Laird Van Damme – Forest Tenure Update

Session 4: Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change

Session 5: Forests and Carbon Markets

Session 6: Wildfire Risks and Emerging Science

Session 7: Silviculture for the 21st Century

Session 8: International Forest Resources Trade and Economics

  • Waqas Ghouri – Forest Products Market Outlook
  • Heather MacDonald – COVID-19 Impacts on the Biomass Supply Chain
  • Darren Sleep – ESG Metrics and the Role of Sustainable Forestry Certification

Session 9: The Forest Community

Student Quiz Bowl Competition
Lots of fun was had at the #2022CIF Student Quiz Bowl! Teams from Daniels Faculty’s Forestry at U of T, Faculty of Natural Resources Management – Lakehead University and Sault College went head-to-head in a forestry quiz battle.
Congratulations to Team Lakehead University for being crowned the 2022 CIF-IFC Quiz Bowl champs!
Poster Symposium:

Some amazing research was showcased at the #2022CIF Poster Symposium! An excellent opportunity to share and discuss findings with Conference delegates and fellow poster presenters!

Congratulations to the top 3 #2022CIF Poster Symposium presenters:
🥇 Storm RobinsonUniversity of New Brunswick
🥈 Susan Willis, RPFUniversity of New Brunswick
🥉 Claudie-Maude CanuelUniversité Laval

Social Events:

National Awards Ceremony:
September 12, 2022

Each year, the CIF-IFC presents a number of Awards in recognition of outstanding and unique accomplishment to forestry in Canada. The Institute was pleased to announce the 2022 National Award recipients at the Annual National Awards Ceremony, hosted on September 12, 2022 in Sault Ste. Marie, ON as part of #2022CIF.

Congratulations to all of the deserving CIF-IFC National Award recipients for 2022! 👏🎉

Read the media release and find the full list of recipients here: https://lnkd.in/gV4DcFCd

Social Events:

Evening Social:
September 13, 2022

The legend lives on … Tom Foolery

The Institute’s semi-official band “Tom Foolery” brought its musical mystique to #2022CIF’s Social Night hosted at Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. A great time was had by all 🎶🎤🎸🥁 Thanks to the band for performing once again!

In-Conference Tour:


What better way to wrap up #2022CIF than with a field day?!
This ‘Superior’ Forestry Tour allowed Conference delegates to spend the day exploring the Sault Ste. Marie area and learn about the forces of Lake Superior that shape the Algoma forest region.
Tour stops included the Ontario Forest Research Institute Arboretum, Chippewa Falls, Pancake Bay Provincial Park, a hardwood forest management site, and Batchawana Bay Provincial Park.
Forests without Borders Silent Auction:

Thank you for your support at the 2022 Forests without Borders Silent Auction! See again next year!

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