Monika Patel to succeed François Dufresne as President and CEO of Forest Stewardship Council Canada

Monika Patel

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Montreal, QC, June 19, 2024 – The Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Canada is delighted to announce the appointment of Monika Patel as its new President and CEO, effective January 1, 2025.

Ms. Patel, currently the Director of Communications and Marketing for FSC Canada, will begin transitioning into her new role as Deputy President starting July 1, 2024. This transition period is designed to ensure a smooth and harmonious shift in leadership as she takes over from the outgoing president, François Dufresne who will remain as special advisor throughout 2025.

A highly respected veteran within the FSC network, Monika brings a wealth of knowledge informed by over 16 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. Known for her effective, hands-on leadership style and strong ability co-create solutions with truly diverse stakeholder groups, Ms Patel has demonstrated her passion and commitment to success at both the national and global levels. 

She served as Interim European Regional Director as well as the North American Regional Membership Coordinator during the 2021-2022 General Assembly with FSC International. Her current responsibilities include overseeing all communications and marketing efforts and spearheading membership engagement for North America. She also provides strategic support on high-profile international projects. In 2022, she was recognized as one of Canadian Forest Industries’ Top 10 under 40.

The Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the appointment of Monika as President and CEO of FSC Canada. Her many years within the organization as well as with FSC International make Monika an ideal candidate to fully take over the management of the organization in 2025.

Monika expressed her enthusiasm for the new role, stating, "I am honoured and excited to lead FSC Canada and look forward to continuing our important work in promoting responsible forest management and ensuring the sustainability of our forests for all forever.”
Outgoing President François Dufresne also shared his support for Ms. Patel’s appointment. "It has been an honor to serve as President of FSC Canada, and I am confident that Monika will continue to drive our mission forward. Her leadership and vision are exactly what FSC Canada needs to thrive in the coming years," said Dufresne.

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Canada is a non-profit organization that provides a proven sustainable forest management solution. Currently, over 47 million hectares are certified according to FSC standards in Canada. It is widely regarded as the most rigorous forest certification system among NGOs, consumers, and businesses alike to tackle today's deforestation, climate, and biodiversity challenges. The FSC forest management standard is based on ten core principles designed to address a broad range of environmental, social and economic factors. FSC's "check tree" label is found on millions of forest-based products and verifies that they are sustainably sourced, from forest to consumer.