Growing up in the ‘Forest City’ of Ontario (London, ON), Sarah valued the role that forests play in the urban environment. It wasn’t until completing her Masters Forest Conservation (MFC) at the University of Toronto that she gained a greater appreciation for the role that forest professionals, regulations, and third-party forest certification programs play in maintaining and conserving values across Canada’s managed forests to support carbon, water, and biodiversity – all while providing a sustainable alternative to essential products that support society’s needs. This passion for advocating for the robust governance structure in the forest sector, along with learning about the continual advancements in sustainability over the years, led her to seek a career in the forest sector and become a Registered Professional Forester with the Ontario Professional Foresters Association.
Sarah has held various roles within the forest sector, developing her strong expertise in sustainable forest management planning frameworks in multiple jurisdictions across Canada. Key legislative and conservation initiatives that most of her reviews and analyses focused on included topics such as climate change, species at risk, and biodiversity conservation. In her previous roles, she has also had experience with third-party voluntary forest certification programs, leading a certification program for a company operating across North and South America. Sarah has also held a consultant role where she provided strategic support to a broad range of clients across many sectors related to sustainability and climate change regulations and policy – including developments in the Clean Fuel Regulations.
In her current role with OFIA, Sarah is responsible for monitoring, tracking, evaluating, and reporting on policies, emerging issues, and government initiatives relevant to Ontario’s forest sector. This includes keeping members informed and developing submissions responding to key government proposals. Sarah also acts as the Secretariat for the Woodlands, Manufacturing, Algonquin Park, Biomass, and Indigenous Relations OFIA Committees.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys hiking, skiing, and paddleboarding with her husband and two Australian Shepherds.