Monday, October 8, 2018
The annual Top 10 Under 40 highlights the significant contributions of some of Canada’s rising stars in forest management. Lindsay was selected for her commitment to excellence and the leadership role she is playing in supporting healthy forests and vibrant forest communities.
Kate Lindsay is Vice President, Sustainability and Environmental Parnerships with Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). She is responsible for working with FPAC members, government officials, environmental partners, academics, and local communities on policies related to climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable forest management.
“I know I speak on behalf of our entire team and membership at FPAC when I say that Kate Lindsay’s smarts, her work ethic, and her commitment to the health of our forests and our forestry communities puts her among the very best in Canadian forestry today,” said FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor. “People take to Kate because she listens, she wants to understand all angles of complex issues, and she demonstrates through her approach and actions what integrity is all about. At FPAC, we are very proud of her and consider ourselves fortunate to call her our colleague. Kate makes a real difference for us and our members every day,” added Nighbor.
An interest in the environment and healthy forest ecosystems came naturally to Kate, growing in up Duncan, British Columbia. It’s part of her DNA. Kate’s father, Dave Lindsay, worked in the BC forest sector as a biologist for 42-years and contributed greatly to BC’s emergence as a leader in sustainable forest management. To see his daughter now carry the torch and be recognized in this manner is extremely satisfying.
“At a very early age, Kate developed an aptitude and passion for the outdoors, the environment, and wildlife – often accompanying me in the early morning hours and in all kinds of weather conditions to conduct bird or deer counts and other forms of research,” said Dave Lindsay. “To see Kate turn that into her life’s work and be acknowledged for her efforts is a great source of pride for our entire family,” he added.
Kate was nominated by Bob Larocque at FPAC and supported by Kathy Abusow, President and CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., who said that the acknowledgement is well-deserved. “I have always believed you don’t have to be a CEO to show leadership and you don’t have to be fifty to be a role model. While Kate is still early in her career she is already showing herself to be a competent leader and an excellent role model for young women,” said Abusow.