Aspen is the Director of Communications for the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) and has proudly worked as a part of Alberta’s forest industry for 5 years.
In her role, she leads public education campaigns, works with media partners to showcase the value of sustainable forest management, and hosts AFPA’s podcast, Forestry Talks. Aspen also serves on the leadership team of the newly established Forest Sector Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Alliance (FSEDIA).
Alix is focused on supporting the development of the new SFI Urban and Community Forestry Sustainability Standard. As part of SFI’s urban and community forestry team, Alix works to increase the resiliency and sustainability of communities, both large and small. She is passionate about urban forestry and creating sustainable standards for the forest sector.
Before joining SFI, she worked as a tree specialist at a nursery, a landscape technician for the City of Edmonton, and was part of the environmental team at the District of North Vancouver. Alix holds a Bachelor of Urban Forestry from the University of British Columbia and is pursuing an Environmental Management Certificate from the University of Calgary.
Michael Wagner is a Registered Professional Forester and Forest Hydrologist with the Government of Alberta - Ministry of Forestry and Parks. He has over 20 years of experience in research hydrology, forestry, and land and watershed management issues. The position he has with the Forestry Division is focused on developing policy and decision support tools related to sustainable forest management and cumulative effects for addressing water and watershed management issues across Alberta’s forested regions.
Denyse Dawe is a Wildfire Science Analyst with the Canadian Forest Service. Denyse got her start in forestry by working as a field technician for a variety of research programs, spanning from identifying plants in bogs, electrofishing to learn more about fisheries’ species at risk, to collecting grizzly bear hair samples.
After doing a Masters in fire ecology and conservation, she found herself working for the CFS where she’s now been for five years. Denyse supports fire ecology science, fieldwork, and fire risk studies with the Wildfire Group at CFS.
Winona Lafreniere is a proud member of Minegozibe Anishinabe Nation in Treaty 4 Territory in Manitoba. Her leadership role at Indian Resource Council and partner with Indigitech Destiny Institute, allows her to live out her passion in supporting the economic, social, and cultural aspirations of Indigenous people across Western Canada.
She is an active member of the Energy Futures Lab, Clean Resource Innovative Network, Economic Developers of Alberta, Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee, Project Forest and is currently working on several community-led projects provincially and internationally. She continues to create innovative solutions that focus on regeneration and restoration of Mother Earth.