Silver Ring Program


CIF-IFC Silver Rings are presented as a recognition and to welcome new graduates from a broad range of forestry-focused programs to a career in forestry. The Ring is a symbol associated with the successful completion of a CIF-IFC recognized forestry program. It is a sign that unites graduates in forestry at the national level in a bond that goes beyond differences in employment, responsibilities, province of residence and language.

The Silver Ring is a symbol of participation in a national community of like-minded practitioners. It charges the recipient with responsibility to practice within the Institute’s Code of Ethics.

The Silver Ring is usually worn on the little finger of the “working” hand (depending on whether the wearer is right-handed or left-handed). The engraving of the maple leaf points forward towards the tip of the finger, symbolizing growth in professional responsibilities.

The Ring is not a symbol of graduation nor is it symbol of membership in a provincially regulated profession. It does not grant status as a registered professional in your chosen profession. The recipient should contact the provincial regulator for further information. *

*The Silver Ring program, as noted, does NOT signify entrance into a regulated profession, and should not be confused with program accreditation into a variety of provincially regulated professions (e.g. Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board (CFAB website) programs, or with the specific regulation of forestry professionals in Canada (FPRCA website). A Silver Ring holder is still subject to eligibility policies in the province and profession in which they wish to practice as a professional.  You should follow up with the professional body you are seeking to enter for further information.


The very first Silver Ring ceremony took place in 1953 at the University of British Columbia (UBC), organized by forestry and forestry engineering graduates. This practice became a tradition at UBC and was adopted by 3 other forestry schools in 1961 (University of New Brunswick, Université Laval, and University of Toronto). The CIF-IFC was asked to assume responsibility for the program, and it became a centennial project in 1967. Since then, all graduates with a CIF-IFC recognized bachelor’s degree, have been eligible to receive a Silver Ring. In 2002, the Institute was proud to expand the Silver Ring Program to welcome graduating students from technical forestry schools to a career in forestry.

For a list of those recognized programs visit: Recognized University and Master Programs and Recognized College and Technical Programs.

Silver Ring Speech

The Silver Ring Speech serves as a guide to the significance, value and relevance of the Canadian Institute of Forestry/Institut forestier du Canada Silver Ring.

If you are interested in receiving a copy of the Silver Ring Ceremony speech, please email

CIF-IFC Code of Ethics

The Silver Ring has become a symbol of the Canadian Institute of Forestry and what it stands for as embodied in our Code of Ethics.

Click here to see the CIF-IFC Code of Ethics

Member Silver Ring

The Member Silver Ring recognizes the interdisciplinary nature of forestry and the need to be truly inclusive of all forest practitioners. It also symbolizes our members’ commitment to sound forest stewardship and sustainability through CIF-IFC activities. The ring is also engraved with a small maple leaf. See below for criteria for eligibility.


One of the Institute’s objectives is to welcome individuals to the profession of forestry. Since 1967 we have presented Silver Rings to graduating students from CIF-IFC recognized Canadian forestry program.

Member Silver Ring – Criteria for Eligibility

Eligible Members will be required to pay a standard $45.00 charge for their Ring.
Non-members will be required to pay a standard $65.00 charge for their Ring.


Member of the Institute in good standing for four continuous years.


A personal testimonial outlining why the member should receive a Silver Ring (one page).


A letter from the Member’s Section Council stating why the member should be considered for a Member Silver Ring.


Eligible recipients will be determined once a year in advance of the National Annual General Meeting and Conference by a committee appointed by the National Executive.


Member Silver Rings will be presented during the National Awards Banquet. If the member is not able to attend the National Awards Banquet the ring will be given to the Section Director to be presented to the member at a CIF-IFC event where other members are present.