Peggy Smith (Canada)
Co-Vice-Chair North America and the Caribbean
Dr. M.A. (Peggy) Smith is an Associate Professor in Lakehead University’s Faculty of Natural Resources Management and a Registered Professional Forester. She teaches Forest Policy and Legislation, Environmental Assessment, and Aboriginal Peoples and the Forest.
Her research interests focus on the social impacts of forest management, including Indigenous peoples’ involvement in forest management, community forestry and public participation, northern development, and forest certification. She has also been involved in the Northern Ontario Sustainable Communities Partnership which advocates for changes in forest tenure to address local decision-making.
Through these efforts she has established an extensive network of contacts across northern Ontario, both with First Nation and Métis communities, as well as forest industry representatives, municipalities and non-governmental organizations.
She considers herself privileged to be a part of the growing number of people of Indigenous ancestry (Cree) who are working in the field of natural resources management, conservation and development. Peggy continues her longstanding affiliation as Senior Advisor with the National Aboriginal Forestry Association, an Indigenous-controlled non-profit organization with the goal of increasing Indigenous participation in the forest sector.