Senior Forest Campaigner
Peter has been working on issues related to forest conservation and management for over two decades, including where this intersects with human rights and governance. At Canopy, Peter engages with producers and consumers of forest products to develop and implement environmental purchasing policies and motivate them to become champions of conservation.
More about me
I’ve had the opportunity to work on many issues related to forests, biodiversity and climate during my career, both internationally and within Canada, including with the UN, Global Witness, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. This has given me the opportunity to spend time in forests all over the world, including the Congo Basin, Borneo, Papua New Guinea, and the Amazon. However, I feel most at home among the towering giants of the temperate rainforest. I did my PhD in Forestry at the University of Toronto, examining how forest certification changes forest management practices and government policy.
Why are forests important to me
I’ve always loved being in the forest, and I still go there when I need energy or to reduce stress. I’ve also always felt best when fighting for the underdog, no matter the odds. The world’s few remaining ancient forests, and the communities that depend upon them for their survival, are often outmatched by powerful economic and political forces, so I feel compelled to do whatever I can to counter this. Logging ancient forests tends to follow a boom-and-bust cycle, while restoring degraded forests offers an incredible opportunity to address the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, and support permanent communities that thrive.
I was drawn to Canopy due to its creative and strategic approach, and the outsized impact it has had in protecting the world’s most vulnerable forests. The people seem pretty great as well.
Ask me about
The relationship between forests and climate change, the importance of intact and primary forests, and how to walk like a gibbon.
What ruffles my feathers
Bogus or misleading claims of sustainability.