About The Section

Algonquin Section

The Algonquin Section was founded in 1964 and sits in in the heart of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest in Central Ontario. We are a welcoming bunch of people and our professional backgrounds are diverse, just like the Great Lakes-St Lawrence Forests.

Our Objectives

  1. To improve all aspects of forestry in the Section.
  2. To foster public understanding of forestry, forests and forest industry including their importance to the economy and their role in the maintenance and improvements of environmental quality.
  3. To advance members in their knowledge of forestry.
  4. To cultivate an esprit de corps among members.
  5. To cooperate with other organizations having similar objectives.

What We Do

Our core annual activities include several social events, supporting the Algonquin College Forestry Program, supporting the National CIF office deliver programs, and providing a network for our members. We often collaborate with other organizations such as post-secondary schools, local Sustainable Forest Licence Holders, the Ontario Woodlot Association, the Friends of the Petawawa Research Forest, and others. Anyone with questions or interest in the Section would be welcome to contact one of our council members.

Council Members

The Section, listed below, is headed by an annually elected council that plans meetings, field trips, and social affairs for the members and answers inquiries from the public. Our current council is comprised of practitioners at all stages of their professional careers and covers academia, private consulting, private industry, and not-for-profit organizations.

We welcome your comments, suggestions, and help. If you would like to see changes or want to volunteer for an activity, please contact one of the executive members.

Director Brittany MacKenzie (
Chair Sionaid Eggett (
Council/Treasurer Murray Woods (
Council/Secretary Margaret Penner (
Council/Events and Communications Coordinator John Pineau (
Frank Knaapen (
Al Stinson (
Glen Prevost
Peter Arbour
Allison Winmill
Tyler Lucas (


Get Involved

CIF Algonquin Section’s 67th Annual International Night

CIF Algonquin Section‘s 67th Annual International Night will focus on the forests and food of Hungary… When: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 Where: Canadian Ecology Centre, Mattawa, ON Cost for dinner (excluding drinks): $25 for CIF members $30 for non-members $5 for students To register, email Hope to see you there!


Mattawa Teachers’ Forestry Tour

Calling all educators and teachers! Interested in learning more about forestry and the forest sector? Join us for the 20th Annual Teachers’ Forestry Tour hosted by the Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada (CIF-IFC), the CIF-IFC Algonquin Section and the Canadian Ecology Centre. When: August 10-12, 2022 Where: Canadian Ecology Centre, Mattawa, ON What: […]


Section News

For current section news

  • See our social media pages
  • Read the latest issue of The Howler (Issue #8 – March 24, 2024)
  • Contact one of our council members
  • Attend one of our events or meetings

Annual Section Events

  • International Night – Social networking event with a presentation about an international forest
  • Golf Tournament – Fun and casual golf tournament for members
  • Tree Planting – Annual collaborative tree planting with like-minded organizations
  • Forestry Tours – Forestry Teachers Tour, Post Secondary School Forestry Tours
  • Technical presentations – one or two locally organized presentations by our members as well as support for delivery of National presentations to our members

Section Contact

Connect With Us

Follow us on social media to stay up to date with everything forestry related in this Section. If you have any questions or inquires, please feel free to contact our Section Director or Chair directly.

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