The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) is teaming up with PEFC International to bring you the 2023 SFI Annual Conference in collaboration with PEFC Week in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, from May 14-18, 2023.
We invite you to learn about and discuss opportunities on the most-pressing issues and challenges facing the people and the planet, both locally and globally.

WHO WILL BE THERE?

The 2023 SFI Annual Conference in collaboration with PEFC Week will offer a unique opportunity to network with local, national, binational, and global community members, including those in the SFI and PEFC networks, Indigenous representatives, government officials, students, faculty, researchers, conservation groups, customers, investors, and more!

SFI is also sponsoring a delegation of students and young professionals (ages 18–30) to attend the conference! Apply for a scholarship that covers registration costs, travel, accommodations, and meals here.

Click here to see highlights of last year’s conference in Wisconsin.

ABOUT PEFC

PEFC International is a leading global alliance of national and regional forest certification systems, among them the SFI system for Canada and the US. As an international non-profit, non-governmental organization, it promotes sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification worldwide. PEFC provides forest owners globally, from the large to the small, with a tool to demonstrate their responsible practices, while empowering companies and consumers to buy sustainably.

For more information, see www.pefc.org.

WHY SHOULD YOU BE THERE?

The 2023 SFI Annual Conference in collaboration with PEFC Week will be a must-attend event for those who want to engage with some of the foremost thought leaders in the forest sector. Sessions will cover many topics, including:

  • Nature Positive Solutions: Learn how organizations use data, science, and impactful collaborations to advance forest-positive and nature-positive solutions.
  • Climate Smart Forestry: Explore strategies from the public and private sectors to advance climate resiliency, including implementing SFI’s new climate smart forestry requirements.
  • Indigenous Rights & Reconciliation: Be inspired by case studies of Indigenous Reconciliation in the forest sector and learn how Indigenous Rights are being advanced.
  • Supply Chain Leadership: Advance your understanding of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) expectations in the supply chain and how PEFC and SFI certifications and programs are being leveraged to advance sustainability while meeting investor and customer expectations.
  • Diverse & Resilient Workforce: Engage with a younger generation and workforce leaders to understand best practices in retention, recruitment, and advancement and how SFI’s education program, Project Learning Tree, is moving the needle on this topic.
  • Urban & Community Forests: Get excited about the role of urban and community forests in building sustainable communities while advancing human health and well-being and delivering on climate resiliency.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Sunday

Optional Tour with Limited Spots—Travel the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler for a short hike to see some of BC’s beautiful forests, and then visit Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre for a tour and lunch.

Monday

PEFC sessions and PEFC General Assembly (open to PEFC National and International Stakeholder Members).

Tuesday

Kick off the SFI-PEFC joint conference with welcoming remarks from representatives of government agencies and Indigenous communities. Evening reception.

Wednesday

SFI-PEFC joint conference sessions covering supply chains/ESG, Indigenous rights and relationships, forest-positive solutions, urban and community forestry. Evening offsite dinner event.

Thursday

SFI-PEFC joint conference sessions covering climate smart forestry, workforce development. Afternoon SFI side events (Conservation Impact Sounding Board, SFI Implementation Committee General Session, Auditors Forum) and PEFC strategy session.