Tara Sawatsky

Tara Head Shot 2015

Corporate Campaigner:

Tara brings to Canopy years of academic research and capacity building of environmental groups, combined with experience in public organizing for ancient forests on British Columbia’s South Coast.  With this passion for ancient cedars, she drives forward on engagement with the Newspaper and Clothing sectors for Canopy.

 

More About Me

I have worked with Canopy for over five years, driving forward our engagement with the Clothing and Newspaper sectors. I bring to Canopy years of academic research and capacity building of environmental groups, combined with experience in public organizing for ancient forests on British Columbia’s South Coast. I have a graduate degree in Resources and Environmental Management, and a background in Environmental Science and International Development Studies.

Why Are Forests Important To Me

Forests have been a constant in my life. They richen our life with clean air and are home to millions of creatures. The first time I hugged a tree, I was less than a few feet tall. It was likely a sugar maple in the Gatineau Forest, near Canada’s national capital. Since then, I’ve hugged hundreds more across the Amazon Basin, rainforests of Asia and Central America, groves in sub-Saharan Africa, remnants in Europe, and all across North America. Currently, my favourite trees to hug are the ancient cedars on Vancouver Island, off the coast British Columbia, Canada. When I’m not working, I’m likely out in the forest or plotting my next adventure– and likely there will be a tree visit involved.

Why Canopy

I enjoy engaging with amazing people across many companies. I am inspired to know that our work at Canopy builds awareness around forest issues, and supports their efforts for more sustainable forest sourcing. At the same time, our work is magnified with the support of effective corporate partners, and contributes to advancing forest protection on the ground.

Ask Me About

The latest fashion trends and their impacts on the planet!  Proud to be a key part of Canopy’s clothing campaign, CanopyStyle.  After just two years since its public launch, Canopy now has a landmark international initiative working to ensure that forests are no longer sourced from ancient and endangered forests, and instead that these special places are considered for conservation.

What Ruffles My Feathers

Given all that we know, it is still business as usual for British Columbia’s provincial government to legally approve the clear-cut logging of the last 1000-year-old ancient cedar and spruce trees. These forest hotspots are already highly at risk and home to endangered species, like the marbled murrelets and the Vancouver Island wolverine. At Canopy, we are working to change this.