Canadian Model Forest Network
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Brian Barkley is President of the Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN). Brian is a Registered Professional Forester and was founding General Manager of the Eastern Ontario Model Forest. He is active as a forest advisor and board member with a number of forest and conservation-focused organizations. Since 2004 he has been a Professional Associate of the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto. Brian has over 30 years of experience working with woodlot owners, industry, communities and the forests of southern Ontario. The 200 acre family woodlot near Elma is life-long passion and with the help of friends and family, Barkleyvale Farms maple syrup is produced each year with great pride in Dundas County. In 2007 he received the C.Ross Silversides Forestry Award for his outstanding contributions to forestry and in 2009 was recognized by the Eastern Ontario Model Forest for leadership in promoting the vision of sustainable forestry in eastern Ontario.
Leanne Elliott is the General Manager with the Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN). As General Manager she is responsible for key program planning, implementation and administrative functions fundamental to the operation of the CMFN as a federally incorporated, not for profit organization. She plays a key role in increasing the network's level of engagement with the International Model Forest Network and expanding the CMFN partnership base. Leanne also is involved in facilitating the sharing of information between CMFN's members and partners, providing the opportunity for collaboration between groups with similar interests. Previous to her appointment as General Manager, she was the network's National Coordinator. Leanne has been instrumental in helping the CMFN to develop a highly effective collaborative network approach which has enabled it to achieve its numerous objectives under the Forest Communities Program. From the beginning, she has worked diligently and effectively on progressing the CMFN's National Initiatives as well as other key projects from coast to coast. She continues to coordinate the CMFN's seven national programs, as well as represent the CMFN on a number of national committees devoted to knowledge transfer and support for communities, biodiversity, and stewardship activities. Leanne is also involved in facilitating the sharing of information between CMFN's members and partners, providing the opportunity for collaboration between groups with similar interests.
Leanne joined the CMFN in May 2009. She holds a Masters of Forest Conservation degree from the University of Toronto. She also completed a Bachelors of Environmental Studies, Honours Environment and Resource Studies with Parks Option, and an Environmental Assessment Diploma, both from the University of Waterloo. She has work experience in both government and non-government organizations. Some of her past experience includes: working at the David Suzuki Foundation with the Terrestrial Conservation Team, Natural Resources Canada-Canadian Forest Service doing data collection (in the lab and field) and assisting with data analysis and the development of publications, and the Niagara Escarpment Commission working in both their planning and environmental monitoring department.
Heather McTavish is the National Projects Coordinator of the Canadian Model Forest Network (CMFN). As National Project Coordinator she is responsible for the planning, coordinating and implementation of national projects, particularly Responsible Resource Management. As a part of her role, she develops marketing material and promotes new projects widely both within and outside of the network; she is responsible for CMFN social media and communications with regards to national projects. She also identifies opportunities and builds network partnerships.
Heather officially joined the CMFN in April 2013, but has been a volunteer since October 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, with a Major in Political Science and double minor in International Development Studies and Geography. Some of her experiences include an internship with Wayne Dunn & Associates, a corporate social responsibility consulting firm, and Executive Education Program advisor at the Institute for the Study of International Development at McGill University.