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SFI to bring together global forestry and brand leaders in Montreal

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Ottawa2014-08-20

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI®) will bring together stakeholders across a broad spectrum – from landowners to brand owners – to discuss and determine actions related to forests at the SFI Annual Conference. This year’s event will be held September 16-18, in Montreal, and will address green building, advancements in forestry research and other emerging forest issues that help shape North America’s future forests.

“Our conference is known as a venue for action-oriented discussion about conservation initiatives and sustainable communities from Canada’s Boreal to the U.S. South and beyond,” said Kathy Abusow, president and CEO of SFI Inc. “I’m looking forward to hearing from a diverse range of voices representing environmental, economic and social organizations with a stake in our forests’ future. I’m particularly pleased to be hosting our premiere annual event in Montreal this year.”

Featured speakers include:

  • James Griffiths, director, Forest Solutions Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable
  • Development;
  • Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund and SFI Board Chairman;
  • Greg Siekaniec, CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada;
  • Carlton Owen, president and CEO, US Endowment for Forestry and Communities;
  • James (Jim) Hannan, CEO and president, Georgia-Pacific LLC; and
  • Mark Rodgers, COO for Habitat for Humanity Canada.

Speakers will discuss conservation opportunities arising from the SFI certification footprint; conservation and community initiatives to promote water quality and foster sustainable forests and communities; opportunities and challenges facing brand owners in a global marketplace; and diversity issues around landownership, including African-American landowners in the United States.

“As publishers, we take seriously the commitment for sourcing our paper responsibly and keeping up on issues affecting our certified fiber supply,” says Hans Wegner, chief sustainability officer of the National Geographic Society. “The SFI Annual Conference is a great place to gather related information, make connections, and ensure we’re meeting our obligation to be the best steward of our forest resources that we can be."

“Every participant and speaker will come away from the SFI Conference with a better understanding of how they can help support the future of our forests,” concluded Abusow.

The SFI Annual Conference takes place at Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hotel. SFI Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization that is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and

improving the internationally recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program.



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