Faces of Forests Ontario: Rob Keen
Posted: September 20, 2018
Name: Rob Keen
Favourite Tree: Sugar maple
Rob has been Forests Ontario’s CEO since it was formed in 2014 by the merging of the Ontario Forestry Association and Trees Ontario. Prior to the formation of Forests Ontario, Rob worked as a consultant for Trees Ontario from 2002 until he assumed the role of CEO in 2011. As Rob is involved in all of Forests Ontario’s programs and activities in some way, there’s no typical workday; however, it always starts early, ends late, and is geared towards accomplishing Forests Ontario’s vision. He considers the development and continued growth of the organization a huge accomplishment and is passionate about seeing Forests Ontario’s skills, assets, and knowledge expand across Canada to increase engagement. According to Rob, one of the best parts of his job is working alongside dedicated staff and partners to achieve a common goal.
For Rob, a Registered Professional Forester (RPF), his cottage in Algonquin Park has always been his home base. Time at the cottage spurred his interest in the outdoors from a young age and played a pivotal role in guiding his career – from the completion of a BScF at the University of Toronto, to founding a forestry consulting business, to where he is today. He also comes from a long line of foresters, following in his father’s footsteps and great grandfather before him.
Indeed, Rob has had and continues to lead a long and inspiring career in forestry; he’s been involved in many facets of the industry, and has served as Director for the Maple Leaves Forever Foundation and the Invasive Species Centre, Chair of the Algonquin Forestry Authority, and President of the Ontario Forestry Association. Rob has also been an active member of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association since 1985.
When Rob isn’t leading the Forests Ontario team in the promotion and support of healthy forests across Ontario and Canada, he enjoys traveling, canoeing and kayaking, and scuba diving. In his spare time, Rob can often be found at his cottage in Algonquin, taking in nature with his family – his wife, a fellow forester, and their two sons, an arborist and budding wildlife biologist.