Diversity: A Blueprint for our Future Forests - Blog by Dana Collins, Canadian Institute of Forestry

Dana Collins
  |  
March 21, 2019

Canada is a forest nation! With approximately 40% of our total area covered with forests or other wooded land, our forests play a vitally important role in supporting healthy communities. Our vast forested area that spans coast to coast supports biodiversity, provides essential ecosystem services, acts as a cornerstone of economic prosperity, provides recreational and cultural value, and is a hub for innovation and technology.

Aptly themed, ‘Learn to Love Forests’, this year’s International Day of Forests serves as an opportunity to appreciate our trees and forests, and their daily contributions to our well-being: individually, locally, nationally, and internationally.

Given the realities we are faced with in a changing climate, the continued careful stewardship of our forests is more important than ever. Boasting 9% of the world’s total forest cover, and as a leader in sustainable forest management, Canada’s actively managed forests serve as an important carbon sink. Moreover, novel and innovative products and technologies are being developed, such as bioenergy, bioplastics, and tall wood-construction, particularly as a replacement for petroleum-based products, furthering our climate change mitigation targets. Canada’s forest sector is the solution to a green future.

But how can we catalyze this? What if I told you one of the untapped strategies to accelerate a green future centred around our forest sector was right in front of us?

Diversity and gender equity, in all its forms, is an invaluable catalyst for sustainability – we can’t progress without it. A growing body of research demonstrates a strong business case for the meaningful inclusion of diverse voices. Sectors and companies with mixed-gender workplaces and boards see improved decision making and performance related to complex problems, a reinvigoration of policy and project options, and an increased competitive edge.

The forest sector has the potential to realize the benefits of diverse teams and leadership. Data from Statistics Canada reveals that women make up roughly 17% of the forestry workforce, and according to the Osler Diversity Disclosure Practices Report, forestry has the lowest proportion of female directors on boards at 6%. The forest sector can only strengthen when diversity and inclusion is proactively addressed; gender equity can have profound positive impacts on our environmental and social well-being.

#TakeYourPlace. Why? Because your voice and perspectives are vitally important to a sustainable future.

Follow the Canadian Institute of Forestry and their new Gender Equity in Canada’s Forest Sector initiative! In collaboration with the Centre for Social Intelligence, this initiative will promote gender equity in Canada’s forest sector by supporting the recruitment, retention and advancement of women.

For more information contact:
Kerry Patterson-Baker
Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs
Follow FPAC on Twitter: @FPAC_APFC
July 15, 2021
Canadas Forest Sector Announces Winners of Annual Green Dream Internship Program
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Green Dream Internship Program. Winners will blog about their work experiences in Canada’s forests and mills over the course of the summer. 
Read This
May 12, 2021
Canada’s Forest Sector Welcomes Federal Investments That Spur Innovation and Pave the Way to a Net-Zero Future
Earlier today, Canada’s Minister for Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, launched a call for proposals under the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program. Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) welcomes these federal investments to help advance Canada’s forest sector bio-economy and low-emission energy future, while creating and maintaining jobs in communities across the country.
Read This
April 22, 2021
Canada’s Forest Sector Welcomes Canada-US Collaboration on Green and Resilient Infrastructure
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) welcomes this cross-border collaboration and is excited about the opportunity it presents for sustainably-sourced and made Canadian wood, pulp and paper, and lower carbon forest bioproducts.
Read This
April 22, 2021
Canada’s Forest Products Sector Celebrates Earth Day – Everyday
As Canadians work together to rebuild our post-pandemic economy, Canada’s forest sector workers stand ready to do our part by taking care of our land and water, lowering carbon emissions, and getting more Canadians back to work.
Read This
September 21, 2020
Lisa Raitt Honoured As Community Champion By Canada's Forest Products Sector
Forest Products Association of Canada recognizes former minister Lisa Raitt's leadership in the forestry sector with Forestry Community Champion award
Read This
November 13, 2019
The Search for Canada's Greenest Workforce
Canada's forest industry is a top employer and global leader in sustainability, forest management, clean technology and innovation
Read This
March 21, 2019
Standing Tall with Canada's Forest Workers on International Day of Forests
Forest Products Association of Canada celebrates forestry communities, workers and world leading forestry management for International Day of Forests
Read This
February 20, 2019
Opinion | Workforce Diversity - Canada's Forest Sector Branches Out
Forest Products Association of Canada embraces diversity and encourages women and indigenous to join the forestry workforce
Read This
July 27, 2021
Traffic Jams to Timberlands: My New Internship in Forestry: FPAC 2021 Green Dream Internship Program
his would be my life for the next four months while I worked as a forestry intern for Weyerhaeuser Timberlands. It was a drastic change for me, but one I was ready for.
Read This
July 27, 2021
How I Lost My SPOT and Learned the Truth about Blisters: FPAC 2021 Green Dream Internship Program
When you start your first job in forestry, there is a lot of preparation required: the first cardinal point of advice is to buy good work boots and wear them in before you start.
Read This
July 27, 2021
Meet Aurelia Jas: FPAC 2021 Green Dream Internship Program
I had always been fascinated with the large trees that surrounded me and had always been my place of comfort. I grew up playing in forests, catching frogs in ponds, and snakes in the bush. I had always had a connection to the forest and realised from an early age that being amongst the trees made me happy.
Read This
July 27, 2021
Meet Carter Wilde: FPAC 2021 Green Dream Internship Program
I work at Alberta Newsprint Company as an Engineering intern where I work alongside a few other engineers completing small projects, assisting them in larger projects, and producing drawings with cad software.
Read This
July 15, 2021
Canadas Forest Sector Announces Winners of Annual Green Dream Internship Program
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Green Dream Internship Program. Winners will blog about their work experiences in Canada’s forests and mills over the course of the summer. 
Read This
November 4, 2020
Partnering for Success - The Annual Industrial Consumption and Energy (ICE) Survey
FPAC and Statistics Canada celebrate five year partnership, collecting energy efficiency data in the the forest sector, supporting a low carbon economy
Read This
November 3, 2020
Canada's Forest Sector Key To Canada's Economic Recovery
FPAC shares several ideas to secure a sustainable working forest for workers and communities, and to improve market access opportunities for Canadian wood-based products and bio-products
Read This
September 28, 2020
FPAC Announces Sponsorship of Epping-Weagle Mixed Doubles Curling Team
The Forest Products Association of Canada announces sponsorship of Canadian curlers John Epping and Lisa Weagle
Read This