Canada is home to 9% of the world’s forests, and 28% of the world’s boreal zone. Canada’s northern boreal forests have the largest storehouse of terrestrial carbon in the world, holding nearly twice as much carbon per square kilometre as tropical forests. About 11 million Canadians and 70% of Canadian Indigenous communities are located on or near forested lands.

Canada Overview

Why Canada?

At the UN Biodiversity Conference COP15 in 2022, the Government of Canada made an initial pledge of approximately 19 million hectares through federal programs by three departments that support on-the-ground landscape and ecosystem restoration activities, including the 2 Billion Trees Program. The 2 Billion Trees program will support provinces, territories, non-profit organizations, businesses, and Indigenous governments and organizations in planting two billion trees over 10 years. Canada also helped lead the world to the agreement on the monumental Kunming-Montréal Global Biodiversity Framework which sets out an ambitious pathway to reach the global vision of a world living in harmony with nature by 2050.

Our Focus

The Canada Chapter is committed to support the conservation and restoration goals of the Canadian Government’s 2 Billion Trees Programme. As an action-oriented and multi-stakeholder platform, aims to facilitate critical partnerships, elevate ecopreneurship and innovation, and mobilize private sector ambition for forest action. The platform will leverage Canada’s significant research expertise, technology development and science-based approach to inform policies and practices that can promote effective large-scale restoration programs across the region.

Our Leadership Council

The World Economic Forum and the Canada Leadership Council, chaired by tentree & veritree, are leading the initiative in Canada and providing leadership and support to the pledging companies, stakeholders and communities in meeting their forest conservation and restoration pledge targets. Council members come from diverse backgrounds in the private sector, forestry, conservation, policymaking, and Indigenous communities. Our Leadership Council currently consists of:
Derrick Emsley, Co-founder & CEO, tentree & veritree; Chair of Canada Leadership Council
Angelique Ahlström, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Flash Forest
Kathy Abusow, President and CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
Stewart Elgie, Professor, University of Ottawa; Chair, Smart Prosperity Institute
Nicole Hurtubise, CEO, Tree Canada
Dr. John Innes, FRBC Chair of Forest Management, Faculty of Forestry University of British Columbia
Jessica Kaknevicius, CEO, Forests Ontario/Forest Recovery Canada
Derek Nighbor, President and CEO, The Forests Products Association of Canada
Steven Nitah, Managing Director, Nature for Justice; Member of Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation
Pamela Perreault, Director, The Firelight Group, Member of Garden River First Nation
Geoff Pegg, Head of Sustainability & Environment, TELUS
Madison Savilow, Chief of Staff, Carbon Upcycling; Founder, Oco
Sharon Seilman, Director, Climate Strategy at Manulife
Janet Sumner, Executive Director, Wildlands League
Carleigh Whitman, Director of Environment, Teck Resources Limited