Why You Should Join Us

The 2021 SFI Annual Conference provides opportunities for…

thought leaders and influencers including conservation and community partners, corporate sustainability executives, Indigenous leaders, environmental educators, and engaged forest product customers to come together to share ideas about how sustainable forests help address us address important sustainability challenges.


Be part of a leading conference that links standards, conservation, community and education by connecting and engaging diverse networks to achieve solutions to global, local and community challenges.


Better understand how sustainable forests, now more than ever, are at the forefront of innovations related to mass timber, reduction in ocean plastics, and conservation research.


Attend informative sessions where you can learn about on-the-ground issues like the SFI standard revisions, and global trends like the importance of forest certification to ESG commitments, how forest products support a circular economy and the role of sustainable forests in addressing climate change and species recovery.


Connect with old friends and build your professional circle. From CEOs and corporate sustainability executives, to conservation leaders and educators, they’re all at the SFI Annual Conference.

Voices from previous Conference Speakers and Participants
“It would be hard to overstate the importance of the forest sector in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that there can be no global solution to climate change without the forest sector. It’s that important. Why? Because as you know, forestry is unique among resource sectors in that it actually takes carbon out of the air.”
The Honourable Jim Carr
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources
“We are just thrilled to be here in this milieu of people who are all committed to sustainable management of our forests.”
Healy Hamilton
Vice President for Conservation Science, NatureServe
“Forests have never been under the stress that they are today, which is why we embrace the story around sustainability that SFI is working on…Healthy forests are really key, not just for productivity and growth but for the very sustainability of the planet which we share.”
Inger Andersen
Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature
“I’m incredibly proud of the relationship that we have [with SFI] and the dream that we have of having a dual [PAR-SFI] logo on a Canadian Forest product here in Canada at some point in the near future.”
JP Gladu
President and CEO Canadian Council for Aboriginal Busines

Student Scholarships

SFI is once again providing opportunities for undergraduate or graduate environmental science, natural resources, and sustainability students to attend our conference.

Thanks to financial support from several SFI Program Participants and partners, SFI will provide funding for 20-25 students to attend. The scholarship will cover registration, 2-night hotel stay, meals, and up to a $300 travel stipend. In return for the scholarship, we ask students to bring some aspect of the SFI conference back to their school – e.g., an article for a school newsletter, a presentation to a class or student forum, blog post, etc.

The SFI Annual Conference brings together 300 thought leaders and influencers from the forest sector, conservation and community partners, tribal and indigenous representatives, universities, as well as some of the most engaged brandowners in North America.

This year’s conference, themed, Growing Solutions, will engage participants in a dialogue focused on how by working together we can create opportunities that benefit forests and the people that depend on them.

The 2021 Annual Conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada, May 12-14, 2021. Learn more about the speakers and activities.

Any students interested in a scholarship to the 2021 SFI Conference should email, Zac Wagman. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to students who submit by August 1st. Each student should provide the following information:

  1. Student name
  2. School name
  3. Degree being pursued (Bachelors, Masters) and any specialization (forestry, wildlife management, etc.)
  4. What aspect of the SFI annual conference is of particular interest (e.g., certain subject areas, sessions, speakers, or past examples of topics covered)?
  5. How do you plan to share your experience back at your school and with other interested colleagues?
Student Sponsorship and Mentorship Opportunities

If you would like to learn more about student sponsorship opportunities, or becoming a student mentor, please contact Zac Wagman, Manager of Green Jobs by email or by phone at 613-745-3706.

Read previous blog about the 2014 participants: As Diverse as the World’s Forests

Read previous blog about the 2015 participants: Celebrating the Past, Looking Towards the Future

Past Experiences
“Thank you for arranging such an amazing experience for us students at the SFI conference. I learned more than I could have imaged and made some great new contacts during the event. I am sure the experience will prove to be valuable as I continue my research and education at UGA!”
Chantal Tumpach
University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

2016 Student Scholar
“I really appreciate how much my understanding of SFI has increased through attending the conference. The organization really is much more than just a certification program and is doing really incredible things all across our continent…I especially appreciated being exposed to so many people of very diverse educational backgrounds and expertise.”
Sylvia Ann Weir
North Carolina State University

2016 Student Scholar
“Thanks again for all the effort you put into the SFI conference and the student program. I was very impressed by how well the students were integrated into the community, and how welcoming everyone was. I think you’ll appreciate knowing the networking didn’t stop when the conference ended. I sat next to Doug Onley from Yakama Forest Products on my flight to Seattle, and we spent the flight talking about forestry in Washington and Idaho.”
Rebecca Sheridan
University of Idaho

2015 Student Scholar
“I can’t emphasize enough how important this program is; we do need the next generation of foresters to be leaders with the right mind set on issues like conservation and sustainability. I think this program offers the right opportunity to work on that.”
Daniel G. Scognamillo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Wildlife Ecology and Conservation/GIS,
Stephen F. Austin State University

2015 Student Mentor
“It was a great experience. I was able to further understand how forest certification works, while making good contacts in the process. It was extremely helpful to have assigned mentors.”
Jasmine Slater
University of Toronto, Masters in Forestry

2014 Student Scholar
“Thank you for everything at the conference from the networking opportunities to the hospitality. We had a great time.”
Hina Alam
University of Toronto

2014 Student Scholar
“SFI Conference was an excellent place to network with various forest stakeholders. Forests should remain healthy and productive to maintain the resilience of the social-ecological system — forest certification plays a significant role here. It is also important to gap the divide between people and nature. I had only learned about forest certification and sustainablity in my Ecosystem Stewardship class Through this conference, I understood how these concepts were being applied in the real world by various organizations.”
Texas A&M University Student

2013 Student Scholar