The Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement held a successful event at the Globe sustainability summit in Vancouver that echoed the tone set by Prime Minister Trudeau at the opening of the international conference —about the need for collaboration and the intertwining of the economy and the environment. The CBFA is an historic agreement that reflects the paradigm that by working together, you can both protect the environment and promote economic growth.
Environmental representatives at the event included Bruce Lourie of the Ivey Foundation and Cathy Wilkinson, environmental lead with the CBFA; the industry was represented by Paul Lansbergen of the Forest Products Association of Canada and Wendy Crosina of Weyerhaeuser; and finally Michael Chenard of Lowes participated as part of the Boreal Business Forum.
The lively and frank conversation during the session covered both the progress and remaining challenges of the CBFA, its developing engagement with provinces and Indigenous governments, and the ongoing commitment to a new era of collaboration that would see both environmental and economic progress.
The audience at the event had a special treat—they were also able to tour a giant map of the Boreal, guided by educators from the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.