Technical Expert Panels

Forest Management Standard Revision Process (© Monika Patel)© Monika PatelFSC Canada has assembled six Technical Expert Panels (TEPs) to assist with the development of the Canadian Forest Management (FM) Standard in six key thematic areas.  These Panels will provide technical guidance and recommendations to FSC Canada to be considered when developing normative measures e.g. indicators and supplementary materials (where needed). 


Intact Forest Landscapes

Position Name Affiliation Province
Environmental chamber representative with ecological and/or operational experience Dave Pearce Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Wildlands League ON
Biologist working with industry with ecological &/or operational experience Elston Dzus Alberta Pacific Forest Industries AB
Eminent biologist with ecological &/or operational experience Louis Imbeau Université du Québec en Témiscamingue QC
Eminent biologist with ecological &/or operational experience Justina Ray Wildlife Conservation Society ON
FSC ecological and operational auditor Christine Korol Independent Consultant ON

High Conservation Value

Position Name Affiliation Province
Representative with Aboriginal perspectives Kevin Gillis Mistik Management Ltd. SK
Forest industry representative with ecological and/or operational experience Patrick Garneau Tembec QC
Biologist working with industry with ecological &/or operational experience Kari Stuart-Smith Canfor BC
Marie-Eve Sigouin Tembec ON
Sophie Dallaire Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs QC

Ecological & Operational Consideration: Principle 6, 9 and 10

Ecological and operational consideration will include bench marking forest conditions, restoration, climate change, forest retention, intact forest landscapes/core habitats, High conservation values including old growth forests, protected areas and implementation of operational plan/silviculture.

Position Name Affiliation Province
Environmental chamber representative with ecological and/or operational experience Dave Pearce Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Wildlands League ON
Forest industry representative with ecological and/or operational experience Patrick Garneau Tembec QC
Biologist working with industry with ecological &/or operational experience Kari Stuart-Smith Canfor BC
Eminent biologist with ecological &/or operational experience Louis Imbeau Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue QC
FSC ecological and operational auditors Tom Clark Independent Consultant (P9 only) ON
FSC ecological and operational auditors Chris Ridley-Thomas* KPMG Performance Registrar Inc. BC
Representative with Aboriginal perspectives Kevin Gillis Mistik Management Ltd. SK
*no longer on committee

Species at Risk

Convened in August 2013, this Technical Expert Panel working with a consultant has developed indicators and guidance for species at risk including caribou.

Position Name Affiliation Province
Eminent biologist with ecological &/or operational experience Justina Ray Conservation Society Canada ON
Biologist working with industry with ecological &/or operational experience Elston Dzus ALPAC AB
Forest Manager with Aboriginal Rights and ecological &/or operational experience Steve Morel* Mashteuiatsh's Environment Department QC
FSC ecological and operational auditor Christine Korol Rainforest Alliance/Independent consultant ON
*no longer on committee

Pesticides, Conversion and Invasive Species

Several considerations related to the use of pesticides (mainly herbicides), conversion, the use of exotic species and invasive species.

Position Name Affiliation Province
Representative with silviculture and operation experience Conrad Yarmoloy ALPAC AB
Representative with silviculture and operation experience Dr. Thom Erdle University of New Brunswick NB
Environment chamber representative with ecological &/or operational experience Will Martin Rising Forest Management Consulting NS
Eminent Biologist with ecological &/or operational experience Dr. Sandy Smith University of Toronto ON
FSC ecological and operational auditor Brian Callaghan Bureau Veritas Certification ON

Principle 3: Aboriginal Rights, including Free, Prior and Informed Consent 

As part of a global initiative, this TEP will seek to better understand past and future application of Principle 3 and free, prior and informed consent in the Canadian context. 

Position Name Affiliation Province
Eminent social scientist with policy and operations experience Dr. Peggy Smith Lakehead University and Senior Advisor to National Aboriginal Forestry Association ON
Large scale forest industry representative with experience in Aboriginal Rights Sandra Cardinal ALPAC AB
Large scale forest industry representative with experience in Aboriginal Rights Geneviève Labrecque Tembec QC
FSC auditor with experience in auditing Principle 3 Sara Teitelbaum Université de Montréal QC
Representative with Aboriginal perspectives Michel Mongeon Advisor in collaboration with the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute (FNQLSDI) and First Nations in Quebec QC

Community and Stakeholder Rights

This Technical Expert Panel will seek to better understand and define the legal or customary rights of local communities.

Position Name Affiliation Province
Eminent social scientist with policy and operation experience Dr Solange Nadeau Natural Resources Canada, CFS NB/QC
Eminent social scientist with policy and operation experience Dr. Harry Nelson University of British Columbia BC
FSC auditor with experience in auditing social issues Cindy Pearce Mountain Labyrinths Consulting BC
Forest industry representative with experience in stakeholder and community rights Robert Booth* Domtar ON
* no longer on committee

Scale, Intensity and Risk, including small, low intensity managed forests (SLIMF)

Building from existing standards experts on this panel will work to develop indicators that appropriate for small low intensity managed forests.  

Position Name Affiliation Province
Small scale forest management representative (SLIMF: woodlot management, community & group experience) Olivier Côté Syndicat des producteurs forestiers du Sud du Québec QC
Small scale forest management representative (SLIMF: woodlot management, community & group experience) Simon Mitchell* Woodland Steward NB
Small scale forest management representative (SLIMF: woodlot management, community & group experience) Erik Leslie Harrop-Procter Community Co-operative BC
Small scale forest management representative (SLIMF: woodlot management, community & group experience) Dave Puttock SilvEcon ON
Small scale forest management representative (SLIMF: woodlot management, community & group experience) Kari Easthouse Nova Scotia Landowners and Forest Fibre Producers Association NS
*no longer on committee

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