Plenary session – Thursday, June 15 | 8:30 am
Keynote speaker: Werner Kurz
Dr. Werner Kurz is a Senior Research Scientist at the Canadian Forest Service (Natural Resources Canada) in Victoria, BC.
He leads the development of Canada’s National Forest Carbon Monitoring, Accounting and Reporting System and the Forest Carbon Management Project of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. His research focuses on carbon dynamics in forests and harvested wood products and the opportunities of the forest sector to contribute to climate change mitigation.
Dr. Kurz co-authored six reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and has published over 125 peer-reviewed papers. He serves as adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and at Simon Fraser University. He obtained his PhD in Forest Ecology from UBC and an honorary doctorate from the Swedish Land University. In 2016, he was elected as an International Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry
Keynote speaker: Doug Konkin
A professional forester, and graduate of University of Alberta (BSc Forestry) with 36 years in forest/land management and environmental leadership, Mr. Konkin is currently an Adjunct Professor teaching International Forest Governance and Policy at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Forestry.
He is also a Provincial Chief Negotiator regarding aboriginal economic agreements, an advisor to Global Parks, and part-time community forester in his home municipality of Whistler, BC.
In his role as a Deputy Minister with the BC provincial government from 2003-2013, he led forest, land and environmental public sector agencies—driven by the goal to improve resource management through building engagement, teamwork, efficiency and collaboration with all stakeholders.
Mr. Konkin received the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal of Excellence in Public Administration (2013) for designing and implementing an integrated and durable approach to resource management.