2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

  • 92% of post-conference survey respondents rated the conference “great” or “excellent”
  • Four days; 16 sessions, workshops and presentations; and 15 networking events
  • People came from around the world representing 7 countries: United States, Canada, Brazil, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, and United Kingdom
  • SFI’s student mentorship program included 28 students from 13 universities.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

2018 SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018

We will be welcoming a wide range of attendees, including CEOs of multinational companies, conservationists, community representatives, Indigenous leaders, forest managers, university faculty and students, government officials, and many more. This year’s agenda has something for everyone.

Mike Lester
State Forester, Colorado State Forest Service
Mark Rodgers
President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada and SFI Board Chairman
Kathy Abusow
President and CEO, SFI Inc.

Meet SFI’s newest board members. Gain valuable perspective on the ongoing evolution of SFI as our new board members share insights on our strategic direction and future outlook. Pose questions and spark discussion on topics of interest to you, your organization and the SFI community.

James D. Irving
Co-CEO, JD Irving Ltd.
Lennard Joe
President, Nicola Tribal Association
Mike Parr
President, American Bird Conservancy
Jaime Yraguen
President, Associated Oregon Loggers

If ever there was a time to plant trees, now is that time. Dan Lambe will highlight the creative and thoughtful pathways the Arbor Day Foundation and SFI are pursuing. The two organizations are heightening awareness around the thoughtful use of trees and forests as a solution for new public and private partnerships. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) and SFI share common interests and goals connected to creating healthy thriving managed forests and building a deeper understanding of the value and importance of trees. Together, ADF and SFI are driving forward with efforts to advance tree planting and strategic management of forests as a means to address corporate sustainability objectives and new youth engagement opportunities. The two organizations celebrate their complementary strengths and unique leadership roles as they push forward with an ambitious collaboration elevating the power of trees and forests.

Dan Lambe
President, Arbor Day Foundation

New and innovative technology in the forest sector, from forests to manufacturing to purchasing, is key to transitioning towards a more sustainable society. This panel will explore how innovation in current and emerging markets is driving responsible forest supply chains and playing a strategic role in topics ranging from sustainable purchasing policies and land use to green building.

Philip Curtis, Co-founder, Juniata Analytics, will discuss how SFI has been working with a network of partners, including The Sustainability Consortium, to visualize and communicate about certified forests across Canada. Hear about the project, and what Philip envisions as the future role of technology in supply chain transparency.
Mark Rossolo, Public Affairs Director, Environment, UL LLC, will profile SFI and UL Environment’s partnership to make it easier for the design community, professional purchasers and others to identify wood and paper products certified to the SFI Standard. Hear from Mark on how UL Environment’s SPOT web-based sustainability information tool is connecting the supply chain to help purchasers identify products that meet their sustainable purchasing policies.

Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018

The SFI Conservation Impact Project is quantifying the conservation benefits of SFI’s work and the connection between sustainable supply chains and important conservation outcomes. The project has three key research focus areas: water, carbon storage and biodiversity. Hear from project leaders and members of the Sounding Board, describing some early results from projects across the focal areas of water, climate change and biodiversity.

Jad Daley
President and CEO, American Forests
Healy Hamilton
Chief Scientist, NatureServe
Puneet Dwivedi
Assistant Professor, Sustainability Sciences, University of Georgia

Sustainable forests render a multitude of outcomes that matter to a wide range of stakeholders, requiring long-term vision and thoughtful attention that span ecological, economic and social outcomes. This session will bring together leaders from the forestry and conservation sectors, whose work and collaborations help position forests as the answer to ensuring a sustainable future.

Darren Sleep, Senior Director, Conservation Strategies, SFI Inc. In addition to his role with SFI, Darren sits on Canada’s Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC), providing insight and advice to the federal government on managing species at risk across Canada. Darren will discuss his work in advancing creative solutions for species protection, including the assurances provided by forest certification standards, and other approaches to ensure efficiency and scale.
Dave Tenny, President & CEO, National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) will address priority topics facing forest owners across the United States including how they are collaborating with SFI Program Participants to work on important issues such as endangered species management, the role of healthy working forests in carbon sequestration, or the importance of managed forests to water quality.
Sean O’Brien, President and CEO, NatureServe, will share his perspective on the role of partnerships to achieve conservation outcomes, and his vision for the future of NatureServe. As NatureServe’s newest President and CEO, Sean oversees their respected database of information on rare species and natural communities, and provides critical analyses to guide conservation.
Rod Taylor, Global Forests Director, World Resources Institute, oversees the Global Forest Watch, the Forest Legality Initiative and the Global Restoration Initiative. Rod will share his thoughts on how we should work together to center forests as the answer to a low-carbon future.

Our forests are a vibrant source of reflection and a place for youth to grow. Hear how partner organizations are charting new paths forward to increase diversity and inspire future forest and conservation leaders.

David Bradley, Regional Manager, Indigenous Youth Employment Program, Outland, will discuss how Outland is providing hundreds of Indigenous youth with unique career-building experiences by immersing them in hands-on, experiential learning. Hear how Outland is working to provide opportunities for Indigenous youth, to build future forest and conservation leaders.
Guy Sabin, Vice President, Forestry Association of South Carolina and Coordinator, South Carolina SIC, will profile how the South Carolina SIC and their partners are connecting PLT-trained teachers and forest landowners, and ultimately giving kids real-world examples of forest sustainability.
Robyn Bailey, NestWatch Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, will present innovative opportunities to engage students with forests and biodiversity using the power of citizen science. Hear how the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s new NestWatch curriculum, supported through SFI’s Community Partnerships Grant Program, will enable youth to build a nest box for native birds from sustainable lumber, and then report their nesting activity for scientists.

Entekra™ is a design, engineering and manufacturing company providing a fully integrated off-site solution (FIOSS™) for both residential and commercial construction. Unique to the U.S. market, Entekra’s FIOSS streamlines the construction process by leveraging the integration and application of software, engineering, technology and modern methods of construction to consolidate a multitude of tasks. Learn about this new market opportunity and how responsible sourcing of wood products and reduced waste is part of the equation.

Gerard McCaughey
Chief Executive and Chairman, Entekra Inc.

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Communicating about the forest sector can be challenging. Long-held misperceptions, a diversity of stakeholders, and a lack of understanding about the dynamic benefits that forests provide complicate communications efforts. This communications session will share lessons about how effective communications can help increase the understanding of how forests are the answer to many global challenges.

Moderator: Daniel Pellegrom, Vice President, Communications, SFI Inc

Kai Lintunen, Head of International Communications, Finnish Forest Association, will discuss how using fresh approaches to images and language can meet the challenge of delivering an effective and impactful message.
Maria De Cristofaro, Outreach and Capacity Building, UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) Forestry Department, will explore opportunities for inspiring change and shifting mindsets by appealing to emotions to influence behaviour.

As an advocate for the design and utilization of wood products, Peter MacKeith is leading the way in fostering innovation in both the economic and environmental qualities of mass-timber construction and cross‑laminated timber. Learn how University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design is creating an awareness of new materials, modifying architecture and engineering curriculums to incorporate mass-timber knowledge and collaborating across the local timber supply chain.

Peter MacKeith
Dean and Professor of Architecture, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, University of Arkansas

Hear women leaders in government agencies discuss responsible forest management, forest health and the role women are playing on a range of sustainability issues. Speakers will also share their inspiring stories about encouraging women to take on leadership roles.

Bettina Ring
Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and SFI Board Member
Vicki Christiansen
Interim Chief, USDA Forest Service
Beth MacNeil
Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Forest Service
Lisa Allen
State Forester, Missouri Department of Conservation
Laura Schweitzer
Executive Director, Council of Western State Foresters/Western Forestry Leadership Coalition

For more information on the Conservation Impact Sounding Board meeting, contact Rocco Saracina.

Workshops
and Side Events

SFI is pleased to collaborate with a number of organizations to create side meetings that enhance the SFI community. If you are interested in coordinating a side event at the 2018 SFI Annual Conference, please contact Amy Doty at 202-596-3458 or vial email: amy.doty@sfiprogram.org. Continue to check back later for events that you may be interested in participating in.

Making the Most of Large-Scale Regional Risk Assessments in the Forest Sector
October 16, 9:00-12:00 PM MT
Where: SFI Annual Conference
Hosted by: Sustainable Biomass Program
Location: The Westin Westminster (Room TBD)

Anyone interested in exploring risk assessments in North America, including auditors, public agency foresters, consulting foresters, sustainability experts, trade and export specialists, should attend.

The forest products industry is frequently required, on numerous levels, to prove that the wood companies source is “low-risk.” The EU Timber Regulation, the Lacey Act, green building requirements, and market-driven supply chain transparency all require supply chain assurances. But what does low-risk mean in practice and what are certification bodies, government officials, and forest products companies’ experiences of a risk-assessment approach? Ultimately, what scale of risk assessment works and how can risk assessments best deliver credible and efficient assurances? Hear from some of the foremost experts from various sectors, public and private, and join in on the conversation. This discussion will provide you with a better understanding of risk assessments, what has been done in the past, and how we might approach them in the future given new technologies and understanding at the forest level.

Confirmed speakers:

Simon Armstrong – Technical Director, SBP
Nicolas Blanchette – President, INCOS Stratégies
Ara Erickson – Director of Corporate Sustainability, Weyerhaeuser
Kathryn Fernholz – Executive Director, Dovetail Partners Inc.
Dr. Healy Hamilton – Chief Scientist & Vice President for Conservation Science, NatureServe
Dr. Laura Thompson – Sustainability Expert & Consultant, 4Minutes LLC

Growing Future Forest Leaders and Developing Green Career Pathways
October 16, 10:00-12:00 PM MT
Where: SFI Annual Conference
Hosted by: SFI Inc. and Forest Products Society Education Committee

Join the Forest Products Society (FPS) and SFI for a dialogue on building collaborative approaches to educating students about the benefits of renewable resources, and the advantages of pursuing careers in forest sustainability. This two-hour workshop will explore strategies to raise the visibility of renewable forest materials and the conservation benefits of well-managed forests; increase excitement about careers in natural resources; and consider what resources are needed to meet these goals. The session should help envision partnership opportunities and clarify alignment between organizational goals of FPS, SFI, and other organizations interested in promoting sustainable forestry education. This session is open to all conference attendees. To register or learn more, email Rocco Saracina at rocco.saracina@sfiprogram.org.

SFI Conservation Impact Sounding Board Workshop
October 18, 1:00-5:00 PM MT

SFI’s Conservation Impact Sounding Board is an informal group that helps SFI identify and review projects to clarify the contribution of forestlands certified to SFI. This workshop will review early results from selected projects and cover some creative methodologies to achieve scale. There will be an opportunity to identify potential projects across thematic areas. Communications opportunities to ensure the relevancy and utility of Conservation Impact outcomes will also be discussed.

To attend the workshop email Rocco Saracina, Manager, Conservation Partnerships, no later than September 14.

2018 SPONSORS

Platinum Sponsor

Resolute
Sponsor of Go Zero
Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint, specialty papers, tissue, market pulp and wood products. The company owns or operates over 40 pulp, paper, tissue and wood products facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea, as well as power generation assets in Canada. Resolute markets its products in close to 80 countries and employs over 7,700 people. At Resolute, we make decisions with tomorrow in mind, and are firmly committed to responsibly managing the resources in our care.
www.resolutefp.com

Conservation & Community Sponsors

American Bird Conservancy
Sponsor of Conservation and Community
American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere’s bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation. Our work with SFI is enabling us to expand efforts to better manage important bird habitats, with the potential to benefit birds across millions of acres of forestland.
www.abcbirds.org
The Conservation Fund
Sponsor of Conservation and Community
At The Conservation Fund, we believe that conservation should work for all Americans. We create conservation solutions that make economic sense. We are re-defining conservation to demonstrate its central role in America’s future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states since 1985 to protect more than 7.5 million acres of land.
www.conservationfund.org
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Sponsor of Conservation and Community
For over 80 years Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has worked with private landowners, governments and industry to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats across Canada to benefit both wildlife and people. With increasing development pressures in the boreal forest, this key habitat area for continental waterfowl is a conservation priority. The forest industry has been an important conservation partner, and DUC views the forest sector as a critical and leading industry to ensure wetlands remain a healthy component of Canada’s working boreal forest today and into the future.
www.ducks.ca
The Peregrine Fund
Sponsor of Conservation and Community
Since the 1980s, societies have worked to remove lead from paint, gasoline and plumbing, but it still can pose a threat to wildlife. When scavenging birds and mammals eat the remains of carcasses shot with lead ammunition, tiny fragments of the heavy metal can be ingested and then absorbed into their bloodstream, often causing long-term side effects and sometimes even death. Non-lead ammunition options, such as high performance solid copper bullets, help prevent lead poisoning in scavengers like bald eagles, golden eagles and other birds of prey. The North American Non-Lead Partnership — formed late last year by the Oregon Zoo, The Peregrine Fund and the Institute for Wildlife Studies — seeks to expand the coalition of hunters, anglers and other conservationists dedicated to improving ecosystem and wildlife health by voluntarily choosing non-lead options for shooting animals whose remains enter the food chain.
http://peregrinefund.org​

Gold Sponsors

Bureau Veritas
Sponsor of Student Participation
Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC). Created in 1828, the Group has over 75,000 employees in over 1,400 locations in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas Certification is one of the world’s leading certification bodies, managing thousands of chain of custody certificates in 47 countries, equaling over 21 million acres of land.
www.bureauveritas.com
International Paper
Sponsor of Awards Luncheon
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, India and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods, and enable world-wide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., and employ approximately 52,000 colleagues located in more than 24 countries. Net sales for 2017 were $22 billion.
www.internationalpaper.com
UL
Sponsor of Hotel Key Cards
Products certified to SFI are coming to UL’s SPOT™, a web-based product sustainability information tool that facilitates the selection of credible green products for professional purchasers. Recognized by the USGBC as an official product search engine for LEED projects, the addition of products certified to SFI to SPOT’s more than 55,000 products will enable users to find products that meet their sustainable purchasing criteria and contributions to green building programs such as LEED, BREEAM and Green Globes.
ul.com/spot
Veritiv
Sponsor of Program Materials
Veritiv, a leading North American business-to-business distributor of packaging, facility solutions, print and publishing products and services, supports responsible forest management, Chain of Custody certification and the value of certified products. Veritiv collaborates with customers, suppliers and brand owners to deliver sustainable products and develop innovative solutions to encourage environmental awareness and responsibility throughout our supply chain.
www.veritivcorp.com

Silver Sponsors

The American Tree Farm System
Sponsor of Free Wifi
The American Tree Farm System® (ATFS) is an internationally-endorsed recognition and certification program that provides family and private forest owners with support and tools to ensure their forests deliver the clean water, wildlife habitat and sustainable wood supplies all Americans count on. Wood harvested from ATFS-certified lands are recognized as certified content in PEFC and SFI chains of custody. The American Tree Farm System® is a program of the American Forest Foundation. www.treefarmsystem.org
EACOM Timber Corporation
Sponsor of 5K Fun Run/Walk
EACOM Timber Corporation is a major Canadian wood products company. Our talented team of 1,100+ employees is committed making timber better at our seven sawmills, remanufacturing facility and engineered I-joists plant. We sustainably manage and transform forest resources into high quality wood products, creating exceptional value for our customers, shareholders, suppliers, employees and communities. From the woodlands to the North American home building market, we strive for sustainability, collaboration, safety and continuous improvement.
www.eacom.ca
Georgia-Pacific
Sponsor of General Session
Georgia-Pacific is committed to good forest management and works with SFI® and others in the forestry and environmental community to support the practice of sustainable forestry on all lands. Our fiber sourcing practices are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Fiber Sourcing Standard, providing assurance that our wood sourcing practices are legal and sustainable.
www.gp.com
Hancock Timber Resource Group
Sponsor of Student Participation
Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG) is the world’s largest timberland investment manager for institutional investors. Based in Boston, it manages approximately 6.1 million acres of timberland in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.  HTRG is firmly committed to leading-edge forest management and environmental stewardship. Our goal is to improve overall returns, reduce risk, and improve alignment of interests while protecting and enhancing environmental and social aspects of the lands we manage. Toward that end, all of HTRG’s forests in North America are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® program. Our Stewardship Program encompasses our philosophy that: “Good stewardship is good business.
www.hrtg.com
J.D. Irving Ltd.
Sponsor of Conference Mobile App
www.jdirving.com
Michigan SFI Implementation Committee
Sponsor of Student Participation
The Michigan SFI Implementation Committee has been working to make a positive difference in Michigan’s 20.3 million acres of forests since 1995. The SFI program in Michigan works to support responsible forest practices, wood procurement and harvesting throughout Michigan, in addition to logger training and family forest landowner outreach. The committee also supports local urban youth outreach projects, like Wheels to Woods, created by the Michigan Tree Farm Committee and Project Learning Tree.
www.sfimi.org
Millar Western Forest Products Ltd.
Sponsor of Thursday Luncheon
Millar Western is a privately held Alberta-based forest products company that has been in business for more than a century. We apply that experience in developing renewable resources safely and responsibly, while holding to our core values of safety, integrity, honesty, trust and respect. Millar Western operates sawmills in Whitecourt and Fox Creek, a bleached chemi-thermo-mechanical pulp (BCTMP) mill in Whitecourt and, through the Spruceland Millworks operating division, a value-added specialty wood products facility in Acheson. Based in Whitecourt, our woodlands team is responsible for supplying our mills with fibre that is sourced from sustainably managed forests located close to our mill operations. Our head office is in Edmonton.
www.millarwestern.com
Neiman Enterprises, Inc.
Sponsor of Wednesday Continental Breakfast
Neiman Enterprises, Inc. is a third-generation, family owned, forest products company with a commitment to sustainable forestry practices and fiber sourcing.  As an active member of SFI, Neiman Enterprises, Inc. is dedicated to maintaining & preserving healthy forests and being an environmental steward on both public and private lands.  Our commitment to sustainable forestry not only ensures our own long term stability, but also guarantees future generations access to future forests & timber resources.  We continue to strive toward advances in renewable energy and value-added products in order to maximize the utilization of the resource while meeting the demands of our markets.
www.neimanenterprises.com
Resource Management Service, LLC
Sponsort of Badge Lanyards
Resource Management Service, LLC (RMS) is a private timberland investment firm serving pension funds, endowments, foundations and family offices. For over 60 years, RMS has been creating value for timberland owners and investors through the disciplined integration of forestry and finance. The success of RMS is tied to the success of their clients, ensuring alignment of interest and accountability at every stage of the investment process.
www.resourcemgt.com
Sierra Pacific Industries
Sponsor of Thursday Networking Breakfast
Sierra Pacific Industries is a third-generation family-owned forest products company based in Anderson, California. The firm owns nearly 2 million acres of timberland in California and Washington certified under the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative. With over 5,000 crew members across 30 states, SPI is also one of the largest U.S. lumber producers, along with production of millwork, wood windows, and renewable energy.
www.sp-ind.com
Trinchera Blanca Foundation
Sponsor of Student Participation
www.moorecharitable.org
Trinchera Ranch
Sponsor of Student Participation
www.trincheraranch.com
Weyerhaeuser Company
Sponsor of Hospitality Suite
Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest forest products companies, began operations in 1900. It manages its timberland on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards, including SFI forest  management standard. In February 2016, we merged with Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. In 2015, Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek, on a combined basis, generated approximately $8.5 billion in net sales and employed nearly 14 thousand people who serve customers worldwide.
www.weyerhaeuser.com

Bronze Sponsors

Colorado State Forest Service
Sponsor of Registration Literature
Established in 1955, The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is the lead state agency providing forest stewardship, professional forestry assistance, fuels reduction, wildfire mitigation expertise, outreach and education to help Colorado landowners and communities achieve their forest management goals. Each year, the CSFS helps treat more than 20,000 acres of forestland, and assists thousands of landowners and hundreds of communities to improve forest health.  The CSFS is a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and provides staffing for the Division of Forestry within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.
csfs.colostate.edu
Forest Products Association of Canada
Sponsor of Student Participation
FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. Canada’s forest products industry is a $67 billion dollar a year industry that represents 2% of Canada’s GDP. The industry is one of Canada’s largest employers, operating in over 600 communities from coast to coast, and directly employing 230,000 Canadians across the country.
www.fpac.ca
Graphic Packaging International
Sponsor of Student Participation
FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. Canada’s forest products industry is a $67 billion dollar a year industry that represents 2% of Canada’s GDP. The industry is one of Canada’s largest employers, operating in over 600 communities from coast to coast, and directly employing 230,000 Canadians across the country.
www.fpac.ca
Michigan State University
Sponsor of Student Participation
msu.edu
NSF International Strategic Registrations
Sponsor of Networking Break
NSF International is a leading registrar for SFI for pulp, paper and wood products industries, partnering with organizations ranging from small lumber mills to larger wood-products facilities across North America. NSF-ISR, a division of NSF International, is a top registrar for ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. NSF International offers certification to the SBP (Sustainable Biomass Program) Framework for wood pellet manufacturers. Other services include SFI, PEFC, ATFS, and joint FSC certifications, as well as OHSAS 18001, landfill-free, GHG climate services and environmental claim verifications.
www.nsfsustainability.org
Quebec SFI Implementation Committee
Sponsor of Student Participation
www.sfi-quebec.org
Remsoft
Sponsor of Networking Break & Exhibition
www.remsoft.com
SAPPI Fine Paper North America
Sponsor of Networking Break & Student Participation
At Sappi, we take a holistic view of our environmental responsibilities—from harvest through manufacturing, distribution, end use, recycling and disposal.  Headquartered in Boston, Sappi North America is a market leader in converting wood fiber into superior products that customers demand worldwide. Our coated fine papers, with highly recognized brand names such as McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are used in premium magazines, catalogs and high-end print advertising. We are a leading manufacturer of Specialised Cellulose used in a wide range of products, including textile fibers and household goods, as well as one of the world’s leading suppliers of Release Papers for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries. Our Specialty Packaging products represent an important asset in the food packaging and labeling industries. And thanks to our recent capital investment at our Somerset mill, we’ll be introducing new innovative packaging solutions using state-of-the-art technology.
Sappi North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 12,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 150 countries around the world.
www.sappi.com/na 
Sustainable Biomass Program
Sponsor of Student Participation
The Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) is a unique certification system designed for woody biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets and woodchips, used in industrial, large-scale energy production. SBP’s vision is an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable woody biomass supply chain that contributes to a low carbon economy. SBP enables energy producers to demonstrate that woody biomass they use is sourced from legal and sustainable sources.
www.sbp-cert.org 
Western Canada SFI Implementation Committee
Sponsor of Student Participation
The Western Canada SFI Implementation Committee (WCSIC) is sponsoring two university students to attend the SFI annual conference, to increase their awareness and understanding of the values that sustainably managed forests deliver to our landscapes, communities and marketplaces. The 37 WCSIC participants manage over 47 million hectares, or 116 million acres of forests certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard, throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. SICs help bring this North American standard down to a regional level by providing support for research and education and through forums that provide information about on-the-ground practice of sustainable forest management. Committees are made up of SFI Program Participant forest managers and forest product manufacturers, conservation and community organizations, universities, government agencies, Indigenous peoples, and many others.
www.wcsic.ca