2023 Program

Conference Presentations

We are pleased to share the presentations from speaker sessions that took place at the 2023 CIF-IFC National Conference and 115h AGM, hosted from September 24-27, 2023 in Nanamio, BC.

Please note: only the presentation files where speakers granted permission to share will be hyperlinked below. Links will continue to be added as permission is granted.

To learn more about the 2023 Program, click here.

Conference Speaker Session Presentations

Keynote Speakers
Plenary 1 - Panel Discussion: Forestry for All
  • Moderator Vaughn Palmer, Political Columnist, The Vancouver Sun
  • Tegan Hansen, Senior Forest Campaigner, Stand.earth
  • Domenico Iannidinardo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Engagement & Chief Development Officer, Mosaic Forest Management
  • Bob Brash, RPF, MBA, Executive Director, The Truck Loggers Association
  • Keith Atkinson, RPF, Board Chair, Forest Practices Board
Plenary 2 - Panel Discussion: Stress in the forest industry
  • Moderator John Betts, Executive Director, Western Forestry Contractors Association
  • STRESS? In the Forest SectorLacey Rose, RPF, County Forester, County of Renfrew
  • Forestry for the Future – Derek Nighbor, President & CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada
  • Doug Reid, President, Canadian Institute of Forestry; Co-Lead, Free to Grow in Forestry
  • An Industry in Transition, There is no Going Back! – David Elstone, RPF, GBDA, Managing Director, Spar Tree Group Inc.; Publisher, View From The Stump
Plenary 3: BC's old growth, into the future

Endangered Old-Growth Forests in British ColumbiaTJ Watt, Photographer & Campaigner, Ancient Forest Alliance

Plenary 4 - Panel Discussion: Forestry in the Media
  • Moderator Karin Doherty, Director, Government Relations and Communications, Mosaic Forest Management
  • The Important Role of Natural Resource Professionals in Media – Megan Hanacek, RPF, RPBio, CEO, Private Forest Landowners Association
  • Tamara Little, Owner and Chief Client Advisor, Coast Communications and Public Affairs
  • Mina Laudan, Board Chair, Resource Works
Plenary 5: Prescribed and cultural burning/2023 BC wildfires

Putting good fire out on the landDr. Sonja Leverkus, PhD, RPF, RPBio, PAg, EP, Founder and Ecosystem Scientist​, Shifting Mosaics; Founder and Sr. Fire Lead, Northern Fire WoRx

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Session 1

  • Challenges and Opportunities for Indigenous Engagement in Forestry-Related Decision-Making: Reflections from an Indigenous-Provincial Government Research Collaboration – Isabelle Allen, RPF, Project Forester, Wahkohtowin Development 
  • Migratory Birds Act – Tania Tripp, M.Sc. RP.Bio, General Manager & Senior Wildlife Biologist, Madrone Environmental Services Ltd.

Concurrent Session 2

  • Forest Carbon-Project Mechanics & Market Dynamics – Martin Baker, Senior Director of Natural Climate Solutions, Anew Climate
  • Establishing the First National View of Urban Forestry Geospatial Data in Canada – Dr. Andrew Almas, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Forestry in Urban Forestry, University of British Columbia and Natasha Machado, RPF, Director of Programs and Initiatives, CIF-IFC – Open Urban Forests


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