Women in Urban Forestry, Arboriculture and Natural Resources: Reflections on three panel discussions

Reprinted from City Trees, the magazine of the Society of Municipal Arborists” As part of my postdoctoral research through the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Forestry, I’m currently examining the role of women in arboriculture and urban forestry in North America to understand the barriers they face and the strategies they use to overcome them. This research and sharing progresses the goal of improved labour and education practices in urban forestry and arboriculture which in turn allow for more socially equitable and diverse work environments. It seeks increased recruitment and retention in the workforce for both men and women. It promotes increased awareness of gender equit

Breaking Boundaries with Humour

Lindsey is an arborist in London, Ontario and the creator of Arb_comics on Instagram. She graduated from Humber College’s Arborist Apprenticeship program in 2018. I stumbled into Arboriculture much the same way Julie Tucker did, as she explained in her blog. I was trying to get in to Adventure Tourism, but had a hard time finding a job (at least one that paid well). I was searching through a job board and found a posting for an Arborist Pre-Apprenticeship program. I’d heard of apprenticeships before, but I had no clue what the “pre” meant. A non-profit organization called The Career Foundations was offering job training programs, at no charge, to those who were struggling to get signed on as

I interviewed 10 Women in Wood: Here’s what they taught me

Hello Women in Wood! Maria Church here, editor of Canadian Forest Industries magazine. I’ve been heading up this century-old publication for about two and a half years, and let me tell you, it’s been quite the learning curve! While CFI is very much an operations magazine, now and then we wade into industry issues, and this is a big one that I wanted to share with you all. Over the past month, in the lead up to International Women’s Day on March 8, I’ve been working on a project for our website about women in the workforce. I interviewed 10 women in various roles and seniorities from forest product companies across Canada with the goal of sharing their stories, career advice, and management t

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