(2015-01-05) Global Forest Watch Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Wynet Smith as our new Executive Director. Peter Lee, the previous Executive Director, will continue to be involved with GFWC on a part-time basis for a time.
GFWC is excited to have Wynet, with her breadth and depth of experience, take over the helm in this new phase of GFWC. She has strong knowledge in our field technically and strategically, and is very well connected across the country as well as with the international community.
Wynet has more than 20 years of national and international experience in natural resources policy, planning and management. Prior to joining Global Forest Watch Canada as Executive Director, she worked for two years as Director of Integrated Planning for the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, where she helped ensure working groups had technical and science advisory support. Wynet worked for the United Nations from 2007 to 2012, including four years as the Coordinator and natural resources expert of the UN Security Council's Panel of Experts on Liberia, where she was responsible for monitoring implementation of forestry legislation and diamond certification. She was a geography professor at St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, England, from 2005 to 2008 and Senior Associate working on forestry issues at the World Resources Institute (WRI) in Washington, D.C., from 1999 to 2002. While at WRI, she helped to establish Global Forest Watch Canada and served on its board for a number of years. She also has spent more than four years in Northern Canada working for co-management and Aboriginal organizations on wildlife and forestry planning, lands management, and integrated resource planning and management. Her love of nature and of learning about new places has led her to work in such diverse places as England, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Tanzania and Cambodia, but she is always drawn back to Canada. Wynet has a PhD in geography from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in geography from McGill University, and a BA in English from Concordia University.