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Laura Smith

Forest and Climate Specialist


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Laura Smith Forest and Climate Specialist © Nature United

Areas of Expertise

forests, climate, policy

Media Contact

Jacqueline Nunes
ph. 416 526-7353


From 2008 to 2021 Laura worked in Canadian federal politics, serving in both government and opposition.  In that time she provided policy and communications advice to Members of Parliament, Ministers and Party Leaders.  Most recently she was a Policy Advisor to the Leader of the Official Opposition on Environment, Indigenous, Fisheries and Natural Resource issues.  Prior to working in politics, Laura was a Registered Professional Forester in British Columbia, and worked in forestry for about 14 years.  In that time she worked for industry, government, and University of British Columbia’s Alex Fraser Research Forest.  Laura has a B.Sc. (Biology) from the University of Victoria, and attended the University of British Columbia to take the courses required for her RPF.

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