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FPAC announces its support for new global network for young forest sector professionals

July 20, 2022  By P&PC Staff

Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is extending its support to the Global Network for Forestry Young Professionals (ForYP). ForYP is a new global community for young forest sector professionals to network, develop professional skills and become empowered to engage and lead the future of forestry.

“As the Canadian forest sector builds its talent pipeline of the future and its leaders of tomorrow, we see incredible potential in working with young people to build relationships and pursue life-long forestry careers,” said FPAC president and CEO Derek Nighbor. “We are excited about how this platform can further move the dial to forge new connections, support youth leadership, and advance green job opportunities in Canada and abroad,” Nighbor added.

ForYP is bringing together forestry networks and associations from around the world. It aims to increase the visibility of young professionals in the forest sector by providing an inclusive space to share ideas and showcase contributions through online networking, monthly peer-to-peer sessions and providing access to meaningful connections and mentors in the sector.


ForYP was launched at the World Forestry Congress (WFC) in Seoul, South Korea in May.

“It’s been exciting to see ForYP move toward this milestone and launch at the WFC. It’s not just an opportunity for young forestry professionals to grow their network on a global scale, but also for members to gain valuable perspective and knowledge outside their regular circle,” said Lacey Rose, County Forester for the County of Renfrew, Ontario and co-vice chair of the inaugural ForYP Board, who attended WFC alongside other Canadian forest sector representatives. “The most rewarding part of attending WFC was meeting peers from other parts of the world, and discovering the similarities and differences in how we’re managing forests. ForYP aims to enable that kind of interaction on a wide and inclusive scale, and we are looking forward to seeing it grow,” she added.

By May 2023, ForYP aims to have at least 1000 international members with a diverse spread across all genders, ethnicities, geographies and forest professions.

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