The Place to Be: SFI Annual Conference
October 16-18, 2018
Register Now - Early Bird Discount Expires Aug. 31 
When it comes to providing supply chain assurances, producing conservation outcomes, and supporting education and community engagement -  Forests are the Answer The 2018 SFI Annual Conference will engage you in a discussion focused on why Forests are the Answer to so many of our conservation, community, and supply chain challenges and opportunities.

An impressive lineup of speakers is already taking shape and more will be announced soon. Join us in Colorado at the 2018 SFI Annual Conference to explore and engage in discussions with thought leaders from the forest products sector around these themes.
Speaker and Session Highlights
SFI Inc. is pleased to announce an impressive lineup of speakers for the 2018 SFI Annual Conference. Check out the schedule at a glance for more details. And stay tuned for more speakers and sessions to be announced soon!

Welcome and Opening Remarks
We will be welcoming a wide range of attendees, including CEOs of multinational companies, conservationists, community representatives, Indigenous leaders, forest managers, university faculty and students, government officials, and many more. This year's agenda has something for everyone.

  • Mike Lester, State Forester, Colorado State Forest Service

  • Mark Rodgers, President and CEO, Habitat for Humanity Canada and SFI Board Chairman

  • Kathy Abusow, President and CEO, SFI Inc.

Inspiring Women Leaders in Sustainability
Hear women leaders in government agencies discuss responsible forest management, forest health and the important role women are playing on a range of sustainability issues. Speakers will also share inspiring stories about encouraging women to take on leadership roles.
  • Bettina Ring, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and SFI Board Member
  • Vicki Christiansen, Interim Chief, USDA Forest Service

  • Lisa Allen, State Forester, Missouri Department of Conservation 
  • Laura Schweitzer, Executive Director, Council of Western State Foresters/Western Forestry Leadership Coalition

SFI's Future - A Board of Directors' Perspective
Meet SFI's newest board members. Gain valuable perspective on the ongoing evolution of SFI as our new board members share insights on our strategic direction and future outlook. Pose questions and spark discussion on topics of interest to you, your organization and the SFI community.

  • James D. Irving, Co-CEO, JD Irving Ltd.

  • Lennard Joe, President, Nicola Tribal Association

  • Mike Parr, President, American Bird Conservancy

  • Jaime Yraguen, President, Associated Oregon Loggers

Role of Technology in Sustainable Forests and Supply Chains
New and innovative technology in the forest sector, from forests to manufacturing to purchasing, is key to transitioning towards a more sustainable society. This panel will explore how innovation in current and emerging markets is driving responsible forest supply chains and playing a strategic role in topics ranging from sustainable purchasing policies and land use to green buildings.

  • Philip Curtis, Co-Founder, Juniata Analytics, will discuss how SFI has been working with a network of partners, including The Sustainability Consortium, to visualize and communicate about certified forests across Canada. Hear about the project, and what Philip envisions as the future role of technology in supply chain transparency.

  • Mark Rossolo, Public Affairs Director, Environment, UL LLC, will profile SFI and UL Environment's partnership to make it easier for the design community, professional purchasers and others to identify wood and paper products certified to the SFI Standard. Hear from Mark on how UL Environment's SPOT web-based sustainability information tool is connecting the supply chain to help purchasers identify products that meet their sustainable purchasing policies.

Green Building Innovation with Mass Timber
As an advocate for the design and utilization of wood products, Peter MacKeith is leading the way in fostering innovation in both the economic and environmental qualities of mass-timber construction and cross-laminated timber. Learn how University of Arkansas' Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design is creating an awareness of new materials, modifying architecture and engineering curriculums to incorporate mass-timber knowledge and collaborating across the local timber supply chain.

  • Peter MacKeith, Dean and Professor of Architecture, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, University of Arkansas

Leading Collaborative Conservation in a Changing World
Sustainable utilization of forest resources requires long-term vision and thoughtful conservation of a wide range of attributes. This session will bring together leaders from the forestry and conservation sectors, who understand and lead collaborative processes that may be the answer to ensuring a sustainable future for our forests, and for society.

  • Dave Tenny, President & CEO, National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO) will address priority topics facing forest owners across the United States including how they are collaborating with SFI Program Participants to work on important issues such as endangered species management, the role of healthy working forests in carbon sequestration, or the importance of managed forests to water quality.

The Conservation Impact of Sustainable Supply Chains
The  SFI Conservation Impact Project is quantifying the conservation benefits of SFI's work and the connection between sustainable supply chains and important conservation outcomes. The project has three key research focus areas: water, carbon storage and biodiversity. Hear from members of the SFI Conservation Impact Sounding Board.

  • Jad Daley, President and CEO, American Forests

  • Healy Hamilton, Chief Scientist, NatureServe

  • Puneet Dwivedi, Assistant Professor, Sustainability Sciences, University of Georgia

Post Conference Workshop
SFI Conservation Impact Sounding Board Workshop 
October 18,1:00-5:00 pm MT

SFI's Conservation Impact Sounding Board is an informal group that helps SFI identify and review projects to clarify the contribution of forestlands certified to SFI. This workshop will review early results from selected projects and cover some creative methodologies to achieve scale. There will be an opportunity to identify potential projects across thematic areas. Communications opportunities to ensure the relevancy and utility of Conservation Impact outcomes will also be discussed.

To attend the workshop email Rocco Saracina, Manager, Conservation Partnerships, no later than September 14.
Registration Rates & Discounts
Whether you're bringing a colleague to the conference for the first time, multiple employees from your organization, or work for a non-profit organization, we have a discount for you.  Check out our conference registration rates and discounts available on the SFI Conference website.  Or if you have any questions, please contact Amy Doty at  or (202) 596-3458.

Registrant Type
Early Bird Rate
(ends Aug 31, 2018)

Standard Rate  
(Sept 1 - Oct 16, 2018)
SFI Program Participant 
(includes all SFI Program Participants and certificate holders, SFI Applicants, SFI Board of Directors, ERP, SICs, and US PEFC Certificate holders)
Non-SFI Program Participant
Non-Profit organization*
 (open to representatives of tax exempt, non-profit conservation, community and social-purpose organizations, colleges, or universities, as well as Aboriginal and Tribal entities. Trade associations are ineligible for this discount.)

Conference Information 
Conference Location
The Westin Westminster
10600 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, CO 80020 
Hotel Reservations
Reserve your room online, or call 1-800-WESTIN-1 and ask for "2018 SFI Annual Conference" or "Sustainable Forestry Initiative" group rate.

Room rate: $189 plus tax
Travel Information
Visit the conference website for information on travel and accommodations. Check out our latest transportation discounts too.
SFI Negotiated Hotel Room Rate cut-off date: September 24, 2018

(Rate and space available on first-come, first-serve basis after Sept 24).