Beyond the Canopy dialogues

Beyond the canopy 2018

Do you want to participate in developing collaborative research agendas for Canada's forests? Beyond the Canopy: Connecting Ideas, People and Forests is a series of events and conversations that will bring together stakeholders to develop a common agenda for the next decade of forest research.

We know that a healthy planet needs healthy forests. By bringing together scientists, resource professionals, citizens, Indigenous leaders, public servants, and innovative thinkers from across Canada and abroad, we will build an even stronger forest research and innovation community.

Our story

In 2016, the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) held a series of conversations with stakeholders and partners to seek advice and views on our role as a forest research organization. We met with more than 140 representatives from more than 80 organizations across Canada.

We incorporated their perspectives as we renewed our portfolio of work, which we announced during a science policy workshop with stakeholders in Ottawa in September of 2017. This event also marked the start of a process to develop collaborative research agendas for Canada's forest research community, along seven themes related to forests and the forest sector.


Beyond the Canopy: Connecting Ideas, People and Forests - Part 1

February 20 to 21, 2018

Feb 20: Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, 299 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON
Feb 21: Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa, ON


The objective of this event is to start a conversation with Indigenous representatives on national forest research, including on how to collaborate moving forward.


There is no registration fee. To register for the February event, or if you have any questions, please contact the Beyond the Canopy event secretariat.


We are building the agenda with Indigenous representatives and will post it here.

Beyond the Canopy: Connecting Ideas, People and Forests - Part 2

June 2018
Ottawa, ON
Exact dates and venue details to come.


The objectives of this event are to:

  • build a stronger community of forest researchers in Canada
  • develop a common agenda for forest research in Canada, for the next decade, around seven themes: climate change, competitiveness, cumulative effects, fibre solutions, pests, sustainable forest management and wildfire
  • discuss cross-cutting forest research themes such as urban forestry, socioeconomics, and integration of Indigenous knowledge
  • facilitate relationship building and new collaborations between stakeholders, including women, Indigenous People and non-traditional stakeholders.

Check back soon for more details about this event.

February 2018 agenda


Welcome reception, February 20, 2018

5:00 – 7:00pm EST
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
299 Montreal Road, Ottawa ON

Welcome to Ottawa! Participants will have the opportunity to meet each other ahead of the full-day session over refreshments and local entertainment.

Agenda - February 20, 2018

Opening prayer (5:00 – 5:05pm)

Welcoming remarks (5:05 – 5:20pm)

Entertainment and refreshments (5:20 – 7:00pm)

Engagement and research interests, February 21, 2018

9:00 – 4:00pm EST
Canadian Museum of Nature, 4th Floor Gallery
240 McLeod Street, Ottawa ON


  • To start a conversation that will help set a path that the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) can carry forward for ongoing engagement around forest research
  • Understand how Indigenous partners would like to be engaged by CFS in general and more specifically for the upcoming Beyond the Canopy Part 2 Event in June
  • Identify forest research issues that are most important to Indigenous peoples and partners


  • Indigenous Nations and communities, Indigenous peoples organizations, selected forest industry and academic participants, federal, provincial and territorial government representatives

Agenda - February 21, 2018

Welcome and introduction 9:00 – 9:30am

  • Opening Prayer
  • Welcoming remarks
  • Participant introductions
  • Review and update agenda, workshop purpose and objectives, etc.

Engagement approaches for forest research in Canada (9:30 – 12:00pm, Break included)

  • Overview presentation from CFS on current collaborative research agenda themes
  • Discussion on:
    • How do you want to participate?
    • What are the different ways to participate? What factors matter?

Lunch break (12:00 – 1:00pm)

Identification of forest research areas of interest (1:00 – 3:45pm, Break included)

  • Discussion on:
    • What aspects of forest research matter to Indigenous peoples?
    • Collaborative research agenda themes
    • Which aspects are of greater importance? Why?
  • Round table on final thoughts

Closing and next steps (3:45 – 4:00pm)

  • Review of next steps
  • Collect feedback on session
June 2018 agenda

Check back soon for more details about this event.