How will Technology and Science Ensure Traceability of Supply Chains from Forest to the Final Product?

Do you know what species of timber your dining table is made of? Do you know which forest it came from?  All too often, these key questions are not top of mind when sourcing timber and timber products.  As part of FSC’s new strategy to incorporate technology and science in the integrity toolkit, we have invested in two key pilot projects, Blockchain and Iso-Archiving to ensure and enhance traceability of FSC’s supply chains.  

Join FSC System Integrity and special guest speakers to discuss Blockchain’s transaction verification capabilities and Iso-Archiving potential to trace the origin of timber!  

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Speakers

Kevin Toohill, Trimble 

Technology entrepreneur and business leader Kevin Toohill leads the Forestry division of Trimble, where he’s on a mission to help the industry become more efficient, connected, and sustainable. The youngest of eight siblings, Kevin grew up riding in the back of the family station wagon watching endless midwestern US cornfields zoom by, drawing maps and dreaming of faraway landscapes. His early fascination with the power of cartography led to a career as a mapping technology entrepreneur, founding and leading start-ups in outdoor recreation, public safety, and wildlife management. Today he lives at the gateway to one of those amazing landscapes, with his family (and a growing collection of bikes), in Vancouver Canada.

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Phil Guillery, World Forest ID

Phil is the Executive Director of World Forest ID, an organization setting a new global standard in species and origin verification through the application of science. Phil has worked for over 30 years to combat illegal logging and has supported efforts to recognize responsible forest management practiced by communities and others throughout his career. From 2011 to 2021 Phil was the Supply Chain Integrity Director at FSC International and he has been a global leader in bringing technology and transparency to the forest sector. 

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Roger Young, Agroisolab UK

Roger Young is Chief Executive Officer of Agroisolab UK, based in the north of England, near York.  Agroisolab uses stable isotope ratio analysis to determine the geographic origin of anything once living, from food products to traded timber. Between 2016 and 2021, Roger was a founding member of a team that laid the foundation to build a reference library of samples of important traded timber species, leading to the creation of the US based not-for-profit NGO World Forest ID. In 2021, working with World Forest ID and Kew, Agroisolab won milestone contracts to reference plantations in Brazil to authenticate traded biofuel shipments sold into Europe. Outside of his work at Agroisolab, Roger is an advisor to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and has spoken at many timber conferences, including for the Timber Regulatory Enforcement Exchange (TREE) and at the Chatham House Global Forum on Forest Governance. 

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Julie Smith, FSC International

Julie Smith is a Senior Manager with the Technology and Information unit at FSC, responsible for driving digital innovation and information security; specifically, within FSC Julie has led projects on Blockchain and Data Standardization. Prior to joining FSC Julie has been responsible for implementing supply chain traceability projects for a number of leading global organizations and held senior operational roles within private sector technology companies. With a background in retail financial banking, she has long nurtured a passion for data security, risk management and business continuity.  

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Yasmin Kovac Buttery, FSC International

Yasmin Kovacs Buttery is a Manager with the System Integrity Unit at FSC. At FSC, she oversees Integrity Projects for the Africa and South America regions. In addition, she manages the Wood Identification Portfolio, including the Iso-archiving pilot project.   Prior to joining FSC, she worked as a Manager in Financial Crime Advisory at Deloitte Canada in Toronto.  Yasmin has experience investigating and advising clients on alleged corruption, fraud, money laundering and workplace misconduct matters. In addition, as project manager she has assisted multilateral global organizations, international banks, and national regulatory agencies in due diligence engagements and anti-money laundering remediation programs. 

Michael

Michael Marus, FSC International

Michael Marus is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International’s Chief Information Officer and Director of IT.   

Michael leads FSC’s digital transformation by fostering the use of data, analytics, cutting-edge science and modern Information Technologies for our world’s forests and the people that rely on them.   In FSC, Michael oversees technology operations and innovations hubs, and he is positioning FSC to be a data-driven leader with robust leading-edge technology tools to improve FSC’s social, environmental, and economic core. 

Prior to his current appointment, Michael enjoyed roles as Head of ICT Strategy and Services at CGIAR in Montpellier, France, as Assistant Vice President at Citigroup in New York, NY, and as the senior IT consultant at the United Nations World Food Programme, in Rome, Italy. 

Event Details

  • Date: Thursday 13 October

  • Time: 09:00-10:30

  • Room: Nusantara 3  

  • Format: Hybrid

  • Language: English, French, Spanish