ForestLeadership Awards 2007

 


Since 2005, the ForestLeadership Awards have recognized exceptional achievements by individuals and organizations in three areas: leadership, communication, and partnerships. The awards aim at highlighting role models for the forest and paper sector, which is always in need of better leaders and communicators and often relies on multi-stakeholder partnerships for its operations. This was the ForestLeadership Awards website for a number of years.
Content is from the site's 2007 archived pages.

 

How to ensure that the future of the North American forest and paper industry is green and competitive? This is the question that over 20 prominent speakers from the U.S. and Canada will address at the 2007 ForestLeadership Conference, to be held on May 9th at the Westin Bayshore hotel in Vancouver, BC.

The 8th in a series of highly successful strategic events held since 2001, the conference is geared towards decision makers and practitioners in the North American forest and paper sector. The conference is sponsored by Limited Brands, ForestEthics, Pro-Build, Weyerhaeuser, BC Market Outreach Network, Forest Products Association of Canada, the American Forest Foundation and the Ontario Government.

The conference will feature dynamic panels and some 20 prominent speakers, including: Carlton Owen, CEO of the US Endowment for Forestry & Communities; Tom Katzenmeyer, Senior VP of Limited Brands/Victoria’s Secret; Hamish Kimmins, Professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia and Bill Bourgeois from New Directions Resource Management. The event's keynote address will be presented by BC's Deputy Minister of Forests, Doug Konkin. A highlight of the conference will be the presentation of the 2007 ForestLeadership Awards to Tembec and WWF-Canada (Partnership Award), Laurie Wayburn from the Pacific Forest Trust (Leadership Award) and Mark Stormzand from Weyerhaeuser (Communication Award).

On May 8 and 10, workshops will be presented on critical topics such as ecosystem-based management, advanced forest certification topics, responsible paper and wood procurement, carbon management and innovation.

The event will offer outstanding networking opportunities during receptions and meals as well as at its exhibition area.

Accredited media are welcome to attend the plenary sessions and awards ceremony.

Complete agenda and registration details at www.ForestLeadership.com.

 



 

 

ForestLeadership offers you cutting-edge online training dealing with key strategic forest sector challenges and being presented by the most knowledgeable experts.

The training sessions are just a few mouse clicks away, and whether you are a forest sector professional, a stakeholder, an academic or a student, you will find these content-driven sessions to be not only highly valuable but also critical to your understanding of the future of the forest sector.

sharon_haines_introslideThe online training sessions are based on a series of teleseminars that began in April 2006.  The sessions are audio/visual screencasts that contain the complete audio presentation and PowerPoint slides, plus the recorded Q&A session with each speaker.  The screencasts are user-friendly and require only the free Macromedia Flash player to be installed on your computer.  You can conveniently pause and jump forward or backward within the session.

You can access our cutting edge online training for as little as $15 per session when you purchase the complete archives (all 20 sessions) for your individual use for a total of C$300.  Single sessions for individual use are affordably priced at C$25. As with our teleseminar series, pricing is available for corporation/organization level purchases, providing access to an unlimited number of employees within the same corporation/organization. See details about pricing on this page.

Click here to purchase your online training sessions securely by credit card through InternetSecure. Please also communicate us by email your choice of sessions. We will communicate you your access code at a very short notice, not exceeding one business day. Alternatively, download the form below and fax it to us at (514) 277-6663.

ForestLeadership offers you cutting-edge online training dealing with key strategic forest sector challenges and being presented by the most knowledgeable experts.

The training sessions are just a few mouse clicks away, and whether you are a forest sector professional, a stakeholder, an academic or a student, you will find these content-driven sessions to be not only highly valuable but also critical to your understanding of the future of the forest sector.

The online training sessions are based on a series of teleseminars that began in April 2006.  The sessions are audio/visual screencasts that contain the complete audio presentation and PowerPoint slides, plus the recorded Q&A session with each speaker.  The screencasts are user-friendly and require only the free Macromedia Flash player to be installed on your computer.  You can conveniently pause and jump forward or backward within the session. To explore what screencasts are, please see the "Free Demos" page.

You can access our cutting edge online training for as little as $15 per session when you purchase the complete archives (all 20 sessions) for your individual use for a total of C$300.  Single sessions for individual use are affordably priced at C$25. As with our teleseminar series, pricing is available for corporation/organization level purchases, providing access to an unlimited number of employees within the same corporation/organization. See details about pricing on this page.

Click here to purchase your online training sessions securely by credit card through InternetSecure. Please also communicate us by email your choice of sessions. We will communicate you your access code at a very short notice, not exceeding one business day. Alternatively, download the form below and fax it to us at (514) 277-6663.

 

The following topics were covered in a total of 20 sessions:

Identifying & Protecting High Conservation Value, Exceptional Conservation Value, and Endangered Forests

“Identifying & Protecting Endangered Forests” -- “Landscape Analysis for Forest Conservation Planning” -- “Conservation Values across Forest Landscapes” --“Identifying & Protecting Forests of Special Conservation Interests—A Landowner’s Perspective”

A Strategic Update on the Leading North American Forest Certification Programs

“A Strategic Update on the Forest Stewardship Council” -- “Canada’s National Standard for Sustainable Forest Management” -- “The SFI Standard: A Strategic Update” -- "A Strategic Update on the American Tree Farm System"

Green Building and Lumber

“The Green Building Initiative” -- “The Canada Green Building Council and LEED—Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design” --“Green Building and Sustainable Development"

Bringing Environmentally-Preferable Paper to the Market

“Focus on FSC Paper” -- “Focus on the paper/catalogue campaigns in North America” -- "Bringing Environmentally-Preferable Paper to the Market: Some History, Some Outlook”

Innovative Approaches to Sustainable Forest Management

“Meeting the Challenges of Sustainability” -- “Innovation & Sustainable Forest Management” -- “Engaging Business in Landscape-Scale Conservation”

Challenges & Opportunities with Managing Carbon in Forestry

“International Policy Developments for Forest-Based Greenhouse Gas Projects with a Focus on North America” -- “Carbon as an Asset: Risks and Opportunity in a Carbon-Constrained Economy” -- ”Sustaining Forests for Carbon Benefits”

 



 

 

The 2007 ForestLeadership Awards

ForestLeadership is pleased to announce the official nomination period for the Annual Awards Program to be presented on 9 May 2007 at the ForestLeadership Conference in Vancouver.

With the forest and paper sector always in need of new leaders, highlighting role models is a key to fostering leadership development. Since 2005, the annual ForestLeadership Awards recognize achievements in exceptional leadership, communication, and partnerships.

While the 2007 ForestLeadership Awards will be presented on the occasion of an awards ceremony on May 9th in Vancouver, BC, at the 2007 ForestLeadership Conference in Vancouver, BC, the nomination deadline is set to Friday March 30 2007

 

The 2007 ForestLeadership Awards will be decided upon by a prominent independent jury comprising:


- John Hagan, Senior Scientist at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences in Maine. John Hagan serves on the Forest Research Advisory Council of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He received an award from the Wildlife Society in the “Best Edited” book category for his work on the Ecology & Conservation of Neotropical Migrant Landbirds. He concentrates his research interests on the effects of timber harvesting on biodiversity. He has conducted research in tropical forests in Belize and temperate forests in Maine.  

- Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of Canada. Elizabeth May was the Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada from 1989 to 2006, leaving the post to enter the leadership race for the Green Party where she was elected leader by a landslide. Shortly before beginning her leadership campaign, she participated in a panel of experts who determined Brian Mulroney to be Canada’s “greenest” Prime Minister in history. In November 2006, she ran in the London North Centre by-election and came in second, an unprecedented victory for the Green Party. Elizabeth May is the author of several books, including "At the Cutting Edge: The Crisis in Canada’s Forests" (1998; revised second edition 2004).

- Keith Moore, a prominent expert in sustainable forestry. He is a former Chair of the BC Forest Practices Board and currently acts as a consultant and a FSC auditor in a number of countries such as Canada, the U.S. and Russia. Keith Moore coordinated the field testing of three sets of FSC standards: the National Boreal standard for Canada, the Ontario Boreal standard, and the BC standard. His overseas work, in addition to Russia, has included projects in Kenya, Tanzania, and Bangladesh. In 2000, he received the Bill Young Award for contributions to integrated forest management in BC.

- Chuck Leavell, Tree Farmer at Charlane Plantation, Musician, 2006 Winner of the Communication Award. Chuck Leavell is an active board member for the American Forest Foundation and the newly-created U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, Inc. He has played the keys with the best and is often called “the sixth Rolling Stone” for his 20-plus years recording and touring with the band, but he also spends much energy advocating sustainable forestry with the most influential in the world, including U.S. President George W. Bush at the 2003 signing of the Healthy Forest Restoration Act. In 1999, he and his wife, Rose Lane, won the National Outstanding Tree Farmer Award from the AFF.

- David Refkin, Director of Sustainable Development, Time Inc., 2005 Winner of the Leadership Award. David Refkin oversees the environmental and sustainable development activities of Time Inc., the world’s largest paper consumer. He represents the company as its liaison delegate on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and is part of the Paper Working Group, which is dedicated to promoting the availability of environmentally-preferable paper. In the past, he was Time Inc.’s representative on the Paper Task Force, organized by the Environmental Defense Fund.

AWARDS

The Leadership Award recognizes an individual for his/her superlative efforts and actions demonstrating leadership, innovation and initiative that further sustainability in the forest and paper sector. The Communication Award recognizes an individual who displays exceptional abilities in articulating and communicating, in writing or verbally, ideas and concepts benefiting sustainability. The Partnership Award recognizes laudable collaboration between two or more organizations such as conservation groups and forestry corporations. These organizations exemplify the critical importance of effective partnerships for broadening the sustainability in the forest and paper sector.

LEADERSHIP AWARD

Description: Superlative efforts and actions demonstrating leadership, innovation and initiative that further sustainability and cooperation between stakeholders in the forest and paper sector.

Recipient: One individual every year.

Criteria:

- Must have produced substantial developments or gains in sustainability or a related field on a local, national, or international level.
- Must prove dynamic and devoted leadership in areas such as management, research, affairs or professional and scientific societies, education, etc.
- Must possess a thoroughly professional attitude and positive character that lends to cooperation between stakeholders in the forest and paper sector.
- Distinguished as an individual that has made an exceptional contribution in his/her field.

Award: CDN$1000, plus free registration to the ForestLeadership Conference.

COMMUNICATION AWARD

Description: Display of exceptional ability in communicating matters of sustainability in the forest and paper sector, and thereby improving their understanding, at the local, national or international level.

Recipient: One individual every year.

Criteria:

- Must demonstrate exceptional skills in communicating matters of sustainability in the forest and paper sector.
- Must demonstrate skills in articulating both problems and solutions.
- Has the ability to understand and incorporates in his/her communications the various perspectives that often prevail in sustainability.
- Demonstrates exposure, e.g. in the media, in conferences, or in university classes. Note that both oral and written communication is eligible for this award.
Note also that nominees can include, but are not restricted to, those working in the field of education.

Award: CDN$1000, plus free registration to the ForestLeadership Conference.

PARTNERSHIP AWARD

Description: Commendable teamwork between different organizations (e.g. conservation organizations and corporations) to further sustainability in the forest and paper sector.

Recipients: Two or more organizations every year.

Criteria:

- Partnership must be in existence for at least 12 months prior to the submission of the award nomination.
- Partnership must include a specific program aimed at promoting sustainability in the forest and paper sector.
- Must demonstrate how concrete goals set between the partners were achieved for the benefit of sustainability.
- Must exemplify the spirit of teamwork and partnership, characterized by mutual cooperation and responsibility, and a cooperative effort by the members of the partnership to achieve a common goal.
Award: CDN$1000, plus two free registrations to the ForestLeadership Conference.

 

 

 



 

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2007 ForestLeadership Award Winners Announced - To be Presented in Front of 250 Conference Delegates

Three 2007 ForestLeadership awards will be presented on May 9th in front of 250 delegates at the 2007 Forest Leadership Conference—“Sustainability for Success”—in Vancouver, BC.

The winners of the 2007 ForestLeadership Awards are:

- Leadership: Laurie Wayburn, President and Co-Founder, the Pacific Forest Trust, for her commitment to collaborative partnerships as a means to conserve private forests in the U.S. and for her dedication to forest conservation as a tool to address global warming.

- Communication: Mark Stormzand, Senior Forestry Services Specialist, Weyerhaeuser, in Michigan, for his exceptional commitment to educate others in sustainable forestry.

- Partnership: Tembec Inc. and WWF-Canada, for their forest stewardship partnership. Announced in January 2001, the partnership was critical in bringing millions of hectares under independent certification throughout Canada.

The awards were decided upon by a prominent and diverse independent jury comprising: Chuck Leavell, tree farmer and keyboardist for the Rolling Stones; Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada; David Refkin, Director, Sustainable Development, Time Inc.; John Hagan, Senior Scientist at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences in Maine; and Keith Moore, forestry expert and former Chair of the BC Forest Practices Board.

The 2007 ForestLeadership Conference, to be held in Vancouver, BC on May 9th will feature over 20 prominent speakers and will take the pulse of critical sustainability trends, challenges and opportunities in North America. The event is held in conjunction with the 20th PricewaterhouseCoopers annual conference.

Venue: Stanley Park ballroom of the Vancouver Westin Bayshore. Conference from 8:00 am till 5:30 pm. Awards ceremony at around 12:00 pm. Welcome reception on May 8th at 6:00 pm. Workshops on May 8th and 10th.

Accredited media are welcome to attend. Further information on the conference and awards program at www.ForestLeadership.com

 

 



 

ForestLeadership Conference Addresses Challenges and Solutions to Sustainability

The 2007 ForestLeadership Conference, “Sustainability for Success,” was held in Vancouver, BC, on May 9th and attracted over 250 delegates.

Image The event started off with BC’s Deputy Minister of Forests Doug Konkin who pointed out that BC is headed towards a slide in timber supply in the near future. Though he emphasized the loss of staff as a serious problem in the past, Konkin noted seeing the replacement of staff in the BC Ministry of Forests and Range by “a younger, more open-minded set of people.”

Sustainable Forestry Initiative President William Banzhaf reminded delegates of global responsibilities related to population growth and pressures on natural resources and discussed the question of whether or not current consumption levels are indeed sustainable. He went on to underline the role of independent forest certification as a tool for the forest and paper industry to keep its social license to operate. Dr. Hamish Kimmins, a Professor at the University of British Columbia, argued that over-regulation does not work and pointed to a lack of stewardship by corporations, leaving delegates with the question of how to get corporations to act in a more sustainable manner without imposing regulations. Kimmins also noted that some of today’s forestry techniques date back to 19th century Germany—it is “time to move on,” he stressed.

Carlton Owen, CEO of the new U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, spoke about how his organization is going to use the income from the $200-million from the softwood lumber agreement for systemic, transformative, and sustainable change to promote sustainable forests and forestland communities. FPInnovations CEO Dr. Ian de la Roche spoke about the new bio-economy and how his new organization—the reorganization of Forintek, FERIC, and Paprican—is going to work in this new economic model and how sustainability has become a priority for the general public. Dr. Robert Hrubes of Scientific Certification Systems ventured that “we don’t have the slightest idea as to what we are doing is sustainable,” echoing Banzhaf, while emphasizing that certification is not about sustainability but about responsible forest management practices.

ImageIn a panel focusing on marketplace solutions, moderated by former International Paper senior executive and now consultant Carl Gagliardi, Limited Brands’ Senior VP Tom Katzenmeyer noted that as procurement practices change, consumers cannot turn back. Referring to the recent campaign against Victoria’s Secret, before the company changed its catalog procurement policies, Katzenmeyer spoke about the critical need to maintain corporate reputations and how Limited Brands could drive more companies towards corporate social responsibility and responsible procurement. Nicole Rycroft of the Markets Initiative supported his view, emphasizing how the markets have changed since 2000 and emphasizing that many companies still need to embark on the “green train.” Over the luncheon, Katzenmeyer and ForestEthics’ Strategic Director Tzeporah Berman underlined the strength of their partnership and their willingness to work together over the long haul, with a budget of $1 million financial commitment from Limited Brands.

At the panel focusing on sustainability challenges and solutions for British Columbia, Bruce Fraser, Chair of the Forest Practices Board, spoke about the need for ecologically-defined units and argued for integrated resource management as the direction in which BC should head. ForestEthics’ Tzeporah Berman highlighted how the well-being of a community is directly linked to the well-being of its resources; she spoke about the 2006 announcement of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement and how, while its announcement was itself a huge success, the success of the Agreement can only be measured by what has been laid out on the ground come the March 2009 deadline. Dallas Smith of the Nanwakolas Council spoke about the “third-world conditions” in some parts of Canada and how First Nations are now speaking out and getting involved with environmental issues to ensure their continued presence and that their voices will be heard. Dr. Bill Bourgeois spoke about the need for area-based management as a pre-condition for ecosystem based management and emphasized that for true collaboration to take place, communities need to have clearly defined common visions and goals.

ImageAt the panel focusing on the boreal forest, Dr. Jim Fyles of the Sustainable Forest Management Network echoed Bourgeois, emphasizing the great need for effective partnerships and leadership to address sustainability challenges. Trevor Wakelin from Millar Western spoke about integrated land management, the importance of research and development and his company’s commitment to CSA certification. For his part, Keith Moore, forest management consultant and FSC auditor, presented various conditions and improvements to forest management resulting from certification in the Boreal.

The conference ended with concluding comments by Jean-Pierre Kiekens, Conference Chair, Professor John Innes from the University of British Columbia and Michael Chenard’s from Lowe’s Corporation. The event also featured two receptions and a series of workshops on topics such as ecosystem based management, forest certification, responsible procurement, carbon management and innovation development.

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