Kirsten ViceVice President – Sustainable Manufacturing & Canadian Operations
Location: Canadian Operations – Montreal, QC
Kirsten launched NCASI’s operations in Canada in 2002 and is responsible for the overall direction of NCASI’s research in Canada, including mill environment and forestry program design and execution, along with the management of interrelationships with Canadian Member Companies, trade associations, governments, and academic researchers. She is also responsible for the overall direction of NCASI’s Sustainable Manufacturing & Climate Program, providing practical support and strategic perspective to Member Companies on the full spectrum of sustainability- and climate-related issues facing their manufacturing and forestry operations.
For nearly 30 years, Kirsten has worked in various roles within the forest products industry, including work experience in the industry itself, as well as in government, engineering consulting, and environmental research in a variety of locations across Canada, the United States, and Finland. Throughout her career to-date, she has been involved with pertinent analyses of environmental regulations, process engineering, and strategic management of a broad array of sustainability issues relevant to the forest products industry. Since 2002, Kirsten has grown NCASI’s Canadian Operations membership from a single Member Company to now represent roughly half of the Canadian forest products industry. Among her strengths are the strategic assessment of complex environment-, forestry- and sustainability-related issues and designing results-oriented approaches for those in the industry to respond most effectively to these challenges.
- International Masters in Pulp & Paper Management, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland (1989)
- B.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada (1988)
Awards and Honors
- 2019 Partnership Award from the Forest Products Association of Canada
Research capabilities and/or focus areas
- Environmental and forestry regulatory development
- Chemicals management
- Sustainability metrics
- In-plant environmental controls
- Natural capital
- Corporate sustainability
- Woodland caribou