Meet Our Staff

CIF-IFC National Office Staff

The CIF-IFC Staff is made up of full-time, part-time, and contract positions and works hard to implement the Institute’s operations and strategic plans through programming, initiatives/projects and communications. Staff members also provide ongoing support to the various CIF-IFC Committees and Task Forces.

 

 

MARK PEARSON
Executive Director

mpearson@cif-ifc.org

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’.   (https://eiti.org/blog/building-movement-for-gender-equality-in-extractives)  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

admin@cif-ifc.org

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
Director of Programs and Initiatives

nmachado@cif-ifc.org

About Natasha

Natasha has held various positions at the CIF-IFC since 2016. Prior to joining the CIF-IFC, she worked in the forestry and outreach/communications sectors in Ontario and British Columbia for various consulting firms and not-for-profit organizations. In her current role as the CIF-IFC Director of Programs and Initiatives, Natasha provides leadership and direction on the Institute’s flagship programs, knowledge exchange and competency training, and forest education initiatives at a national level. She is the primary point of contact for grant agreements and maintaining strategic partnerships to support the delivery of programs that promote knowledge transfer and applied learning. Natasha holds a Master of Forest Conservation from the University of Toronto and is a Registered Professional Forester.

RACHEL BROWN
Communications Manager

rbrown@cif-ifc.org

About Rachel

Rachel is a passionate marketing and communications professional with a robust background in integrated marketing communications, creative concept development, design, copywriting, and social media strategy. Rachel holds a diploma in Advertising and Marketing Communications from Sheridan College and has many years of communications and non-profit experience, where she has honed her skills and cultivated her dedication to fostering meaningful connections between brands and audiences. When she’s not busy with work, you can find her outside taking care of her garden, or going on hikes with her rescue dog. As proud Métis citizen, her commitment to both her craft and her natural surroundings shows how she takes a well-rounded approach to both her personal and professional life.

STEPHANIE ROBINSON
(on leave) Fundraising and Membership Coordinator

srobinson@cif-ifc.org

About Steph

Steph Robinson is currently on a leave of absence. Steph joined the CIF-IFC team in October 2019 as part of a 12-month internship before transitioning to the position of Projects and Programs Officer. In here current role, Steph assists the entire team with knowledge exchange and transfer projects and programs for the CIF-IFC, by helping to coordinate the delivery of events, workshops, and demonstrations that promote knowledge exchange, networking, outreach and applied learning within the context of forestry. As a CIF-IFC intern, she was involved in a variety of projects including coordinating the first ever Virtual 2020 CIF-IFC National 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 looking forward to continuing  her journey into forestry with such a significant and long-standing forestry institution.

SHARON (SIYAO) YANG
Forest Science Program Coordinator

syang@cif-ifc.org

About Sharon

Sharon received her Master of Science in Forestry and Honours Bachelor of Environmental Management from Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON. Her previous working experiences at Lakehead University include helping students with registration issues and preparing annual reports for research labs. During her free time, Sharon enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and crafting. Her role at CIF-IFC includes assisting the staff in the coordination and delivery of national forest science programs. She is excited to use her strengths and knowledge to build a bridge between forest professionals and practitioners across the forest sector to promote sustainable forest management practices and researches!

TANISHA RAJPUT
Forest Education Coordinator

trajput@cif-ifc.org

About Tanisha

Tanisha grew up in the suburbs of Toronto and always felt a deep appreciation for urban green spaces. The parks, creeks and forests were an oasis of peace in a chaotic world. It wasn’t until her third year of undergrad at the University of Waterloo at an Earth Science elective lecture that she felt that the environmental sciences could be her calling. Upon graduating, she explored this more by working in the environmental field and later getting a Master of Environmental Science from the University of Guelph. She has since worked with the Credit Valley Conservation, Toronto Botanical Garden, and the Humber Arboretum as an outdoor educator. She is now thrilled and humbled to join the CIF-IFC Team and looks forward to working with like-minded people with a passion for our splendid forests.

KATHY DONG
National Forest Week Engagement Coordinator

kdong@cif-ifc.org

About Kathy

Kathy Dong is a student from Toronto, Ontario. Since joining her school’s environmental council, she has been passionate about raising awareness of various environmental issues in her community. She is excited to join CIF-IFC’s mission and promote National Forest Week across Canada during her time at CIF-IFC. She also looks forward to learning from the team and strengthening her knowledge and skills. In her free time, she also enjoys watching TV and taking walks with her family, spending time with friends, and creating art. This is Kathy’s third summer on the CIF-IFC Team.