Forests Ontario’s Annual Conference Celebrates Forest Sector Champions

Feb 10th, 2022 5:34 PM

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Ontario [February 10, 2022] - Forests Ontario's 8th Annual Conference is bringing together more than 800 landowners, forestry professionals, Indigenous leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, and students from across the country and around the world. Strength in Biodiversity is a multi-day virtual event running until February 11, and explores the ways biodiversity is fundamental to ensuring healthy ecosystems and communities.

"We know that addressing nature can be an important element in addressing the twin climate crises of climate change and biodiversity loss,” said the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, who sent a pre-recorded video message to kick off the Conference. "It is a pleasure to be part of this Conference. I believe that we must ensure that our forests and our ecosystems remain healthy, resilient, and diverse in the face of a changing climate. We need to ensure that a focus on nature-based solutions is part of our overall plan for combatting climate change.”

Rob Keen, Registered Professional Forester and CEO of Forests Ontario and Forest Recovery Canada, is very encouraged to see so many participants focusing on supporting biodiversity. "We know about the multiple benefits that nature-based solutions can bring in the fight against climate change, but it's important to remember that biodiversity is a key element for a healthy future,” Keen said. "This year, our Annual Conference is highlighting these efforts and showcasing dozens of experts working towards reducing biodiversity loss and ensuring healthy, thriving forests for our future."

Forests Ontario's annual event is the largest forestry conference of its kind in the province. This year's virtual Conference features 40 sector leaders presenting in six sessions, as well as more than 25 exhibitor and sponsor booths. It offers networking opportunities and an Awards Ceremony which recognizes the following important contributors to forestry and biodiversity:



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For more information, photos or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Colleen Mahaffie
Communications Officer
Forests Ontario / Forest Recovery Canada
W: 416.646.1193 ext. 225
E: cmahaffie@forestsontario.ca

About Forests Ontario & Forest Recovery Canada
Forests Ontario is a leading charity dedicated to greening the communities in which we live work, and play. Our ambitious large-scale forest restoration programs, extensive educational programs, and decades of community outreach result in millions of trees being planted each year.

Together with our national division, Forest Recovery Canada, we work with our many partners across the country to plant the right tree in the right place for the right reason, ensuring our efforts today thrive and grow into healthy, diverse forests of tomorrow, and for generations to come.

Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests.
Visit www.forestsontario.ca or follow us @Forests_Ontario to find out more.