Oregon Logging Conference President Rick Kriege is proud to announce that the 2018 OLC keynote speaker will be Kathy Abusow, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Inc.
Abusow will address the OLC during the morning breakfast on Thursday morning, February 22, following the opening sessions in the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds.
SFI is the new home to Project Learning Tree, an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool age through grade 12. Project Learning Tree’s integration into SFI provides an opportunity for the program to expand its reach and impact, and Project Learning Tree’s expertise in education will bolster SFI’s role as a sustainability leader will be bolstered.
Abusow became President and CEO of SFI Inc. in 2007, the same year that the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® became a fully independent, non-profit organization. Since she joined SFI, forests certified to SFI® Forest Management Standard have grown from 140 million acres/56 million hectares to more than a quarter billion acres/100 million hectares across public and private lands from Canada’s Boreal to the U.S. South.
Abusow sits on numerous technical and advisory committees and is also a member of the board of World Forestry Center. She also sits on Canada’s LIFT Philanthropy Partners’ National Leadership Council and is a founding member of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature Initiative.
Abusow has led, moderated, and spoken at well-respected international, U.S., and Canadian forums including Greenbuild International Conference, the Economist’s World Forest Summit, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the Quebec Forestry Industry Council annual meeting, and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certifications (PEFC) Stakeholder Forum.
Abusow earned an undergraduate degree from McGill University, with studies at Leningrad State University, and an M.A. from Harvard University with a concentration in sustainable development of natural resources.