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2020 Annual Conference: Inspiring Change Panel

Posted: January 24, 2020

Forests Ontario’s 2020 Annual Conference calls on all attendees to bring their voices and passion for forests to the table. As the largest forestry conference in the province, this year’s theme – We The Forest – focuses on the importance of speaking up to ensure our forests’ future. The Inspiring Change Panel, moderated by Scott Jackson, brings together multigenerational voices from across the forestry sector to do just that. The below panelists will discuss the various ways that they have advocated for the environment across their careers. Registration is open.


Hap Wilson

Hap Wilson is an award-winning artist and photographer and has written
14 books about the natural world. He is a co-founder of the Earthroots Environment Group and a recipient of the Bill Mason Award for Lifetime achievement in river conservation. Hap has spent 30 years consulting for adventure tourism and building sustainable trails.



Katrina Van Osch-Saxon

Katrina Van Osch-Saxon is the coordinator of the Arboriculture program at Fleming College. She co-founded the Women in Trees conference at Frost Campus with the aim of inspiring young women to consider careers in forestry or arboriculture. Katrina teaches in the Urban Forestry, Forestry, and Arboriculture programs, where she shares her love of trees and the natural world with future environmental stewards.


Hannah Freedberg

Hannah Freedberg is a youth climate activist who has been organizing with Fridays for Future Toronto since 2019. She is currently double majoring in Conservation Science and Forest Biomaterials at the University of Toronto. She aims to motivate university students to get involved with climate activism and initiatives across Toronto.