Kirsten ViceVice President – Sustainability & 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 over 30 years, Kirsten has worked in various roles within the forest products sector, including experience working 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. In 2002, Kirsten launched NCASI’s Operations in Canada and has since grown its membership from a single Member Company to now representing over half of the Canadian forest products industry. Kirsten’s expertise is focused on the intersection between science and policy, with an in-depth understanding of the complex and interrelated environmental sustainability challenges associated with forest management and forest products manufacturing. Among her strengths is the ability to design results-oriented approaches for those in the industry to respond most effectively to address 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