ForestEthics, ForestEthics Advocacy, and ForestEthics Solutions operate as a highly effective international coalition of independent organizations. While we are separate entities we coordinate closely–working together to achieve specific shared goals and objectives in the US and Canada.
Way back in 1988 Valerie Langer migrated west to Clayoquot Sound, the ancient forest region literally at the end of the road in Canada. There she shifted from being a literacy teacher to being a forest conservation advocate, first volunteering, then co-founding the grassroots group Friends of Clayoquot Sound. During that time she pioneered the market campaign strategy of influencing logging companies by leveraging their commercial customer base and helped found the group that later became ForestEthics. After protecting much of Clayoquot and launching a project to help commercial paper producers use agricultural fibers instead of wood in their paper, she joined ForestEthics staff in 2006, devoting herself to the implementation of the world-famous Great Bear Rainforest Agreement.
Valerie brings everything a B.A. in Semiotics from the University of Toronto has to offer to conservation efforts - which is more than you might think. Her passion for forests and ecosystems was born long before her first big Boreal forest canoe trip at age 12, and her commitment to work for a just and beautiful world was also imbued early by her passionate family.
Valerie and her partner live in Vancouver, BC. She spends time in the Great Bear Rainforest and Clayoquot Sound, two of her favourite places on earth, she snowshoes in the North Shore mountains, hikes, rides her bike to work and loves watching contemporary ballet and dance.