Forest Leadership Conference – Toronto

With only three weeks to go, the conference is shaping up to be the most influential North American sustainable forestry event of the year.

Conveniently taking place near Toronto’s international airport, it is expected to draw over 250 delegates. Register Now to ensure your attendance!

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Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Forestry

Do not miss this special workshop to be held on March 3, along with a range of parallel meetings.

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Forest Leadership is pleased to announce the final program for its conference to be held in Toronto on March 1-3, 2005. The conference will attract over 250 delegates from countries such as Canada, the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom. Focusing on how to best engage in partnerships towards sustainability, the conference is shaping up as the most prominent and influential North American sustainable forestry event of the year.

Conference keynote speakers are David Ramsay, Minister, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; Pekka Patosaari, Director, United Nations Forum on Forests; Monte Hummel, President Emeritus, WWF-Canada; and Sally Collins, Associate Chief, USDA Forest Service. Conference special guest speaker is Dr. Patrick Moore, Co-Founder of Greenpeace, consultant, author and public speaker.

Conference speakers who have not been previously announced include: Michelle Beeman, Director, The Nature Conservancy; William George, Vice-President, Domtar; Denny Grossman, Vice-President, NatureServe; Sharon Haines, Director, International Paper; Stefan Janhager, Senior Program Officer, Standards Council of Canada; Mike Martel, Senior Vice President, Tembec; Maharaj Muthoo, President, The Roman Forum; Andy Neigel, General Manager, Alberta Pacific Industries; Glenn Nolan, Chief, Missanabie Cree First Nation; Chris Lee, Manager, Canada’s Model Forest Program; Peter Roussopoulos, Director, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station; Aaron Sanger, Director, ForestEthics; and Michael Wolf, Director, Hancock Timber Resources Group.

The 2005 ForestLeadership Conference features a dynamic program combining keynote addresses, plenary and breakout sessions, with panels on topics such as Forest Partnerships in North America; The Forest Biodiversity & Conservation Alliance; The BC Central Coast Land & Resource Management Plan; Forest Partnerships in Practice; Forest Partnerships in Ontario; the ForestEthics / Domtar Partnership; Customers’ Perspectives on Partnerships & Certification; a Forest Certification Strategic Dialogue involving leaders of the SFI, FSC and CSA programs; Forest Partnerships & Certification; and Forest Partnerships & Research.

On the evening of March 1st, three prestigious ForestLeadership Awards will be presented, recognizing exceptional leadership, communication and partnership towards sustainability. The awards, for which some twenty nominations were received, were decided upon by a four member independent jury.

A special workshop on corporate social responsibility, to be held on March 3, will feature prominent experts such as Matthew J. Kiernan, Founder and Chief Executive of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors; David Nitkin, President, EthicScan Canada and Chris Deri, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Edelman.

The conference is sponsored by Weyerhaeuser Company Ltd and the Ontario Government. Thanks to the Canada Tree Foundation, the conference is a carbon-neutral event.

ForestLeadership is a non-profit initiative focusing its activities on critical areas of leadership development, with the aim of improving sustainable forestry policies and practices.

For details, visit www.ForestLeadership.com

Contact:

The ForestLeadership Conference Team Tel (514) 274-4344 or toll free (888) 274-4344 Fax (514) 277-6663 Email info @ forestleadership.com

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