Keynote Speaker


Josianne is the Secretary General of the Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE).  She worked for Development and Peace, CIDSE’s Canadian member for the past 17 years. Prior to her current position, she worked for the past five years as the Director of the in-Canada programmes that mainly focused on awareness-raising, communications, advocacy, and mobilization of volunteers and activists across Canada. 

Josianne is a French-Canadian, a trained human rights lawyer, and married with three children. For most of her life, she has been active in social justice and human rights work and appreciated the opportunity of getting to understand the reconciliation process with the indigenous peoples of Canada, particularly on the colonization process and the impact it had on communities, and on women. She has travelled both in youth with her family and later as a professional, living in different continents, exposed to many languages and cultures, and always guided by her family’s strong Catholic faith and concern for the welfare of others.


Thematic Speakers


Pat Durst is a retired Senior Forestry Officer for Asia and the Pacific, for the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). He has over 40??? years of grounded experiences and in-depth knowledge on agroforestry and natural resources management that supported the FAO’s forestry and natural resources activities. 

Pat Durst was previously coordinator for Asia and Near Asia East Programs with the USDA Forest Service and served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Agroforestry Extensionist in the Philippines. He holds degrees in Forest Management and Forest Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and North Carolina State University, respectively. At present, he enjoys a quiet life with his family in Bangkok, Thailand.



Lillian, or Lan for short, is the xxxx of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). She was previously the Regional Director for Oxfam in Asia. 

Lan is an activist and development worker, with over 30 years of experience working with civil society coalitions, environmental movements, and international women’s rights organizations. 


Research Papers

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