Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries
Elston has been a forest ecologist with Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. (Al-Pac) for 19 years. Much of his work in the past 20 years has focused on understanding the complex interactions between industrial land use and predator-prey dynamics in relation to conservation of woodland caribou. He has been an advocate for advancing ecosystem-based management and other integrated land management innovations through strategic collaborations that incorporate consideration of ecological, economic and social components. He is currently Al-Pac’s business unit leader in charge of the company’s certification to Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®). Al-Pac has been FSC-certified since 2005. Elston holds a Ph. D. from the University of Saskatchewan. He has served on FSC Canada technical expert panels on species at risk (including woodland caribou) and is currently serving his second term on the Board of Directors of Forest Stewardship Council Canada.