The Conference Organizing Team expresses sincere gratitude for the generous contributions that make the Transforming Approaches Conference possible. We kindly acknowledge our UBC sponsors, including the Center for Community Engaged Learning and the Faculty of Forestry’s Office of the Dean. If you would like to sponsor this conference, please contact the Organizing Committee at TEK.forests@ubc.ca.



Sponsorship Information


The conference is being held under the umbrella of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Working Parties 9.03.04 & 9.03.05 on Traditional Knowledge. Undergraduate students in the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Lab, with support from UBC’s Faculty of Forestry and Centre for Community-Engaged Learning, and responsbile for the planning and organization of this meeting. The conference venue will be the Forest Sciences Centre on the Point Grey Campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC), which is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

Our planned lineup of workshops, oral presentations, panel discussions and other events will bring together Indigenous and Local Knowledge holders, academics and other interested parties to learn from on-going transformative actions led by Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Canada and other countries and that draw on Indigenous and Local Knowledges. Additional and detailed information on key presenters and keynote speakers is forthcoming.

Expected practical outcomes from this conference include: an article in Branchlines, the quarterly newsletter of the Faculty of Forestry; a Green Paper setting out policy options on the issues covered in the Conference; an article for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA); and collaboratively written articles to be submitted to peer-reviewed journals.

User fees and sponsorships must cover all associated costs for this conference. We are keeping registration, meals, and accommodation costs low for all involved, particularly students and participating Indigenous and Local community partners. In order to do so, we are reaching out for your support. We suggest that this “Transforming Approaches Conference” presents an invaluable opportunity for your company to support Indigenous research and researchers, and to share your brand with an international audience.



Sponsorship Tiers


For your convenience, we have structured four levels of commitment to meet your budget. Each level details how your particular contribution will be recognized.





Bronze ($500)

Covers coffee breaks; subsidizes a group visit to the Museum of Anthropology

Your logo and link to your website featured on the conference website; recognition at opening and closing events

Silver ($1000)

Fully covers the guided forest walk field trip; subsidizes the closing ceremony Indigenous feast dinner

The above, plus: your logo featured on promotional materials (posters, conference program, conference advertisements); recognition on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter); mention of your support in all published articles on the Conference

Gold ($1500)

Fully covers transportation and accommodation costs of one community knowledge holder

The above, plus: a half-page advertisement in the conference (at least $2500 for a full-page); promotional table at opening and closing receptions; recognition in the short film that will be produced for the conference

Platinum ($3000)

Fully covers transportation and accommodation costs of two community knowledge holders

The above, plus: your banner featured at all plenary events; a reception held in your organization’s name; 5-10 minutes to address audience during opening or closing plenary



Sponsorship Package


For a PDF version of this sponsorship package, please click here.




Host Organizations


The Transforming approaches conference is organized under the umbrella of IUFRO and will take place at the University of British Columbia (UBC).



International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)


IUFRO is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists, which promotes global cooperation in forest-related research and enhances the understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects of forests and trees. IUFRO is “the” global network for forest science cooperation. It unites more than 15,000 scientists in almost 700 Member Organizations in over 110 countries, and is a member of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Scientists cooperate in IUFRO on a voluntary basis. More about IUFRO

The objective of the Traditional Forest Knowledge in Temperate and Boreal Regions unit is to promote the international cooperation in traditional knowledge related to forests in temperate and boreal regions. The unit is designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences on forest traditional knowledge and develops the contacts and collaboration between researchers worldwide who work in the research of forest traditional knowledge by promoting the circulation and application of research results.


University of British Columbia (UBC) – Faculty of Forestry

The University of British Columbia is a public institution located in Vancouver, British Columbia with over 61,000 students. 22 % are international students from over 155 countries. UBC ranks consistently among the top 40 in the world (Times Higher Education Ranking) and is the number one international university in North America in 2016/17. It has 20 Faculties, 11 Schools and 3 Colleges. Research funding nears $550 million and the University has a $12.5 billion in economic impact to the province.

British Columbia is home to several of the world’s largest lumber companies and the province is the world’s largest supplier of softwood lumber to world markets. The forest industry contributes $2.5 billion in revenue annually to the BC government. Employment in the industry is growing with direct and indirect employment currently at about 150,000. 24% of all manufacturing jobs in BC depend on forestry. More than 40% of the province’s regional economies are based on forestry activities, supporting 55,000 direct jobs in more than 7,300 businesses.

The Faculty of Forestry comprises of three Departments, two University Research Forests and the Centre of Advanced Wood Processing. The Faculty offers four undergraduate and five graduate programs. As such, it is the largest forestry school in Canada. Programs cover a breadth of topics from biology of trees, innovative wood products and forest engineering, through ecological, societal and cultural themes as they relate to the forest. Students learn to use the latest technology available to manage forests thoughtfully and efficiently. The Faculty is an exceptionally strong academic unit and has continuously ranked among the premier forestry schools in the world with a large community of forestry-oriented scholars. UBC Forestry receives the highest level of forestry research funding of any forestry faculty in Canada.