Mark Rodgers, Chief Operating Officer of Habitat for Humanity Canada, has been elected to the independent Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc. (SFI®) Board of Directors. Dr. Rodgers is a two-time recipient of the “Civic Action Award” and he was recently named one of the social sector’s top 25 most influential leaders in Canada.
“Mark Rodgers is an exceptional leader who goes to work every day with the purpose of making individuals and communities stronger through the work of Habitat for Humanity Canada and their affiliates and partners,” said Kathy Abusow, SFI President and CEO. “At SFI we believe sustainable communities start at home and greatly benefit from thriving forests, clean air and water, as well as responsibly managed and sourced forest products. Mark will bring great insights to the SFI Board that will help us strengthen our networks and expand our community reach.”
“The SFI community has supported several Habitat for Humanity projects across Canada through the provision of volunteers and SFI sourced building products from well-managed forests,” said Rodgers. “Under the leadership of CEO, Kathy Abusow, SFI is currently organizing a Women’s Build in the National Capital Region which will house an Ojibwe-Cree family. I look forward to working with SFI’sleadership as our organizations share many goals related to strong communities and responsible housing.”
Over the past few years, SFI Inc. has also worked on three Aboriginal builds with Habitat for Humanity Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Alderville, Ontario and currently a Women’s Build for anOjibwe-Cree family in Orleans, Ontario. SFI has supported eight Habitat for Humanity home projects in Canada and the U.S. since 2008 and is supporting three more projects in 2013 in Montreal, Nova Scotia, Orleans, and a U.S. project in Georgia.
As Chief Operating Officer of Habitat for Humanity Canada, Rodgers creates and implements national strategy for directing and supporting 69 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across Canada. These affiliates work in over 300 communities across Canada to build affordable housing and promote homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Rodgers has been with Habitat for Humanity Canada (HFH) for almost 12 years, previously serving as Director of Development at HFHWaterloo Region and as Executive Director for HFH Brant. Before joining HFH, he worked at World Vision, Cystic Fibrosis Canada and the Mendelssohn Choir.
SFI Inc.’s 18-member board represents environmental, social and economic sectors equally to meet the many needs of forests and communities. The board members include representatives of public and private landowners, manufacturers of forest products, conservation groups, academia, aboriginal interests, community organizations and government officials. Rodgers was appointed to a three-year board term.
About Sustainable Forestry Initiative
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