The Faces of Forests Ontario: Kerry McLaven
Posted: July 17, 2018
Position: Director of Operations
Favourite tree: Jack pine
Since starting at Forests Ontario in 2012 as a volunteer, Kerry has held various positions. In her current role as the Director of Operations, she is responsible for ensuring that funds are aligned with project budgets, identifying gaps in capacity, managing program and project risks and helping to rectify any issues. Kerry has also recently been working to build Forests Ontario’s capacity as it relates to tree seed. She would say her days are chocked full with attending meetings and reviewing and preparing reports for government and sponsors, though her favourite part of her job is getting out into the field, talking with partners and seeing the finished product of the organization’s work.
Kerry grew up in the Greater Toronto Area, splitting her time between her home on the Oak Ridges Moraine and her family’s cottage in Orillia. She discovered her passion for the environment during a world issues class in high school, prompting her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. She eventually went on to complete a Masters of Forest Conservation at the University of Toronto, during which she specialized in wildfire behaviour. Motivated to meet other people in the forestry sector in southern Ontario, Kerry was drawn to the opportunity Forests Ontario provided to expand her network while also enabling her to inform the public about forest resources.
Always looking to broaden her network, Kerry loves to surround herself with experts in the field who continue to teach her about Canada’s extensive forest resources. In the coming years, Kerry is interested in improving her understanding of forest management and hopes to help build stronger partnerships which benefit both landowners and the forest industry. In addition, she always seeks out ways to draw back on her time in fire research and will continue to be fascinated by those natural occurrences. Aside from forestry and the environment, Kerry’s other passions include spending time with her family and friends at the cottage, being active, growing her own vegetables, and water skiing.