Meet our Staff

Mark Pearson

Executive Director

About Mark

Mark Pearson brings a strategic and integrated approach to policy development and planning.  With over 20 years of executive-level experience in Canada’s Public Service, Mark has built consensus with domestic and international stakeholders on sustainable development, resource transparency, intergovernmental affairs, international strategies and agreements, and regulatory governance, including, the creation of Canada's Major Projects Management Office.

Working as a senior executive in strategic policy at Natural Resources Canada has provided Mark with the opportunity to shape Canada’s natural resources story of which forestry is a major contributor. Mark has led the development of market diversification strategies and supported the Minister of Natural Resources during missions to Asia that promoted the use of Canadian wood in construction.  As the Head of Performance Measurement for Natural Resources Canada Mark led the development of the Departmental Results Framework, which utilizes key indicators to track forest sector innovation and competitiveness.

Mark has publicly made commitments to gender equity and is proud to note that in June of 2019 he addressed a global audience in Paris, France on the subject, ‘Gender Equality Matters: Canada’s Best Practice Experience in the Natural Resources Sector’.   (  In his presentation Mark highlighted the importance of Canada’s first public-private funded gender-equity project led by the Canadian Institute of Forestry – Institut Forestier du Canada in partnership with the Centre for Social Intelligence.

Mark led a small team in the development of Canada’s Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act – a new law and a key commitment of the Prime Minister of Canada at the 2013 G8 Leaders’ Summit.  Mark collaborated with resource companies and associations, provinces and territories, Indigenous leaders and civil society to develop policy, legislation and reporting tools to support the coming into force of the legislation in June 2015.  In addition, from 2009-2019, Mark was Canada's representative on the International Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and Chair of the Validation Committee – helping to advance resource governance and transparency in over 50 implementing countries world-wide.

Kerry Spencer

Office and Finance Manager

About Kerry

Kerry joined CIF in February of 2014.  Becoming the Office and Finance Manager for CIF was a second career for Kerry as she rejoined the workforce after her son started school.  Kerry and her family live in Mattawa and she splits her time between work and chauffeuring her busy son to all his various activities.  Over her time at CIF Kerry has met many great people from across the country who have a passion for Forestry.

Natasha Machado

Projects and Programs Manager

About Natasha

Prior to joining the CIF-IFC in the fall of 2016, Natasha worked in the forestry and outreach/communications sectors in British Columbia, Southern and Eastern Ontario for various consulting firms and not-for profit organizations. In her current role as Projects and Programs Manager, Natasha works closely with the entire team providing leadership on knowledge exchange and transfer programs and projects for the CIF/CIF-SEEK at a National level, maintaining strategic partnerships and leading in the delivery of workshops, demonstrations, and tours that promote knowledge exchange, innovations and applied learning. Natasha holds a Master of Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto.

Jen Dickman

Projects and Communications Coordinator

About Jen

After graduating from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences, majoring in Natural Resources Management, Jen worked in the environmental sciences/agricultural field for the government as well as an applied research association in northern Alberta. Upon moving back to Ontario in 2017, Jen joined the CIF-IFC Team as the Conference and Communications Coordinator, returning as the Projects and Communications Coordinator in 2019. Jen will lead CIF-IFC communications strategies and provide program and project support.

Stephanie Robinson

Forest Science Extension Coordinator

About Steph

Steph Robinson joined the CIF-IFC team in October 2019 as part of a 12-month internship. She is involved in a variety of projects including assisting HAMPCO with preparations for the 2020 CIF-IFC Conference & AGM. Steph is a graduate of Lakehead University with a degree in Forestry and a graduate of Sault College with a Natural Environment Technologist diploma. Her experiences vary from administration to timber cruising to aerial photo interpretation. Steph is excited to be starting her journey into forestry with such a significant and long-standing forestry institution. She has discovered that CIF-IFC members are a passionate and knowledgeable bunch and she looks forward to meeting as many as she can!

Asad Choudhry

Forest Science Outreach Coordinator 

About Asad

Asad Choudhry started in January 2020 with CIF-IFC as part of a year long internship. Asad is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Forest Conservation and Biodiversity Sciences. Asad is passionate about sustainable forestry and environmental education. Asad has experience facilitating the Schad Biodiversity Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum and delivering community programming with the Clarington Public Library. Asad will be involved in preparing for the CIF-IFC 2020 Annual General Meeting and Conference and helping deliver CIF-IFC E-Lectures. Asad is excited to meet forestry professionals from across Canada and looking forward to working with passionate staff at the CIF-IFC in beautiful Mattawa.