Canada’s Forest Trust Company Appoints Peter van Dijk as First Director of Finance and Sustainable Policy

OTTAWA, July 07 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gary Zed, founder and CEO of Forestry Trust Company of Canada (CFT), today announced the appointment of Peter van Dijk as Chief Sustainable Finance and Policy Officer. In this role, Peter will lead all carbon-related aspects of CFT, including strategy, policy, thought leadership, voluntary and compliance markets, credits, tax, technology and innovation. Peter will also chair the ESG Society’s Innovation, Science and Policy Advisory Board.

“Peter’s vast experience, combined with his enthusiasm for the nature-based solutions needed for Canada to be a low-carbon country, will accelerate the single solution CFT has to offer Canadian governments, businesses, schools, families and individuals who are committed to offsetting their carbon footprint,” Zed said.

“I am delighted to join CFT in this role,” said van Dijk. “By leveraging forests to fight climate change, protect and enhance biodiversity, and strengthen communities, CFT has developed a very practical and powerful solution to the climate crisis we face in Canada and around the world.

Currently, Peter is an advisor to Manifest Climate, a leading provider of climate change solutions technologies, and a senior fellow at the CD Howe Institute. Most recently, Peter was Director, Climate Risk & TCFD Reporting at Anthesis, a global sustainability consulting firm, and Executive-in-Residence at the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services (GRI).

Peter was a partner at PwC, leading the domestic tax policy practice and an international tax partner at EY. He was also Senior Vice President, Finance at TD Bank Group, where he led the global tax function and Senior Vice President, Finance at Sun Life Financial.

Peter holds a Dutch and Canadian Master of Laws (Leiden University Law School and Osgoode Hall Law School) and a Canadian Master of Business Administration (Richard Ivey School of Business). He also holds SCR (sustainability and climate risk) and ICD.D (corporate governance) designations.

About the Canada Forest Trust

Canada’s Forest Trust (CFT) is a leading ESG company offering a nature-based solution to achieving net zero by building Smart Forests™. With our proprietary tools and in collaboration with Forest Stewards (businesses, schools, organizations, communities and individuals), CFT is well on its way to sourcing, preparing, planting, preserving and protecting millions of hectares of forests around the world. The CFT will sequester tens of millions of tons of carbon. Our Forever Forest Guarantee ensures that every forest built by CFT is expertly managed and monitored and will never be clear cut. Smart forests sequester CO2, rehabilitate ecosystems, learn from indigenous land knowledge keepers and drive the green economy. Smart forests are smart investments.

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Luisa D. Fuller