Director of the Department of Forestry and Agroforestry

Catherine Ruest Bélanger

Forest Engineer, MSc

Catherine Ruest Bélanger studied Forest Sciences at Université Laval. She acquired knowledge about the management of natural forests and plantations, geomatics, forest operations, and environmental monitoring during her bachelor’s degree in Forest Management and through her work experience. Her master’s degree in Forest Sciences then enabled her to deepen her awareness of the social aspects of forestry. Through this training, she followed multidisciplinary environmental courses at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) of Panama and completed an internship in social forestry with the Instituto Forestal de Chile (INFOR). Her research project was realized in partnership with indigenous communities in Chile. She developed expertise on forest governance by communities, collaboration with indigenous people and participatory conservation.

Passionate about making the world a greener place, Catherine Ruest Bélanger has already planted 285,000 trees in Northern Canada, plus a few more in the course of her work experience in mine restoration with agroforestry systems. She intends to plant many more while working with Viridis Terra International.