Valerie Langer, former Strategic Projects Director, & Consultant, Valerie Works!

Valerie Langer has been engaged in forest conservation campaigns in Canada for 30 years. She pioneered the international market campaign strategy of influencing logging companies’ practices by engaging their commercial customer base. She and her team at Rainforest Solutions Project won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award for their role in the collaboration that designed the globally unique model of conservation in the Great Bear Rainforest (British Columbia, Canada).

She worked for 18 years with the grassroots group Friends of Clayoquot Sound, co-founded ForestEthics (now called, was a lead developer of the Great Bear Rainforest Ecosystem Based Management model (working for and works with Canopy to accelerate availability of non-wood pulp alternatives.

Valerie's work has directly contributed to the conservation of over 3.27 million hectares (8.08 million acres) of biologically rich forest lands in Canada and significantly more, indirectly, as major corporate wood and paper purchasers developed and implemented policies that shifted them away from endangered forest fibre globally and towards recycled and FSC certified alternatives.