Our team

Led by an experienced management team, SmartCert relies on a multidisciplinary network of collaborative consultants throughout the world. SmartCert consultants are recognized professionals in the field of environment, natural resource management, legality, stakeholder engagement and dispute resolution.

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Ugo Lapointe, Founder

Ugo is an entrepreneur and biologist specialized in forest ecology. Since 2008, he has been helping private sector companies improve their social and environmental practices through certification. His experience in corporate social responsibility is broad and diverse. From forestry and agriculture to the fashion industry, Ugo has supported CSR in the Americas, Asia and West Africa. Prior to founding SmartCert, Ugo managed the certification portfolio of Rainforest Alliance in Eastern Canada and conducted research as a biologist for the Centre for Forest Studies a university-based research center. A charismatic and skilled presenter, he is a qualified lead auditor trainer and is periodically invited as guest speaker at various events. He has a Master’s degree in forestry, a Bachelor’s degree in biology, university level training in civil and corporate mediation and recently began a MBA. Ugo is bilingual (English and French) and is based in Montreal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alexandre Boursier, Founder

A Canadian professional forester since 1996, Alex has experience working in Africa, Asia and South, Central and North America in forest certification, forest legality, education, forest inventory, community forestry and natural resources management. From 2003 to 2013 he was the country manager of an international certification body in Canada, managing a team of 18 staff and a portfolio of over 600 clients. For 10 years in that position, Alex developed a wide network amongst NGOs, industry, government and indigenous representatives. Alex has a Master’s degree in social‐forestry and is a sustainable forestry specialist, a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) senior assessor and lead auditor trainer. Charismatic and personable, he has conducted numerous stakeholder consultations, developed sustainable forest management and legality standards and conducted numerous forest management audits worldwide for various certification bodies. In his forest management assessment and auditing activities, Alex routinely works with multidisciplinary teams of people of different national and cultural backgrounds. From 2015 to 2017 Alex was one of the 10 international experts in a working group elaborating guidance on Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) by indigenous peoples for the forest sector. He is based in Quebec and travels regularly to Africa and Asia to perform mandates. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

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Keith Moore, International consultant

Keith Moore is a Canadian registered professional forester with a Masters’ in resource Geography and 30 years experience working in 12 countries as an independent consultant for a variety of local, national and international clients. Keith has long experience leading multi-disciplinary teams of assessors and specialists and co-ordinating the preparation of reports on very complex natural resources management issues. Since 2000 he has served as the team leader or a team member on approximately 80 projects involving FSC assessments, a REDD+ evaluation, a US AID evaluation, and the evaluation of a large international company’s progress to meet social and environmental commitments. Keith participated in the development of FSC standards in seven countries, and in the development of FSC’s international generic indicators. He has delivered numerous FSC auditor trainings. He is currently Chair of the Policy and Standards Committee of the FSC Board. From 1995 to 2000, Keith was the first Chair of the independent Forest Practices Board in British Columbia, Canada, a globally-unique forest public watchdog organization. In the years prior to 1995, Keith was a consultant working for a wide variety of clients in Canada, for the UN Environment Program in Kenya and Tanzania, and on an Asian Development Bank project in Bangladesh. Keith is based in both Western Canada and Indonesia.

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Christine Korol, International consultant

Christine has been involved in the field of forest certification for the past 10 years, working closely with companies, NGOs, communities and auditors in evaluating and implementing FSC’s Forest Management (FM) and Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification requirements. For over 7 years, Christine worked with Rainforest Alliance’s RA-Cert division, eventually overseeing the Canadian portfolio of Rainforest Alliance’s certification services. Christine has years of experience auditing to forest management and CoC standards across Canada, and also in Indonesia and Taiwan. Since 2016, Christine has been an auditor on four Ontario Independent Forest Audits. As a trainer, she has led Forest Management Lead Auditor Training courses in Canada and Taiwan. Most recently, Christine has been involved in the development of the new FSC Canada National Forest Management Standard, and the FSC Canada Controlled Wood Risk Assessment.  She also supports companies directly with their forest management and CoC systems, and developing their sustainable sourcing policies.

Christine is a provisional member of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association, has a Masters degree in Forest Conservation, and a Bachelors degree in Ecology. She is based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

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Aisyah Sileuw , Southeast Asia consultant

Aisyah is a forester with a Master’s degree in development and 25 year experience in the social aspects of natural resource management in South-East Asia. She was an auditor in the world’s first forest certification audit in Indonesia in 1993. Since then she has been assessing conformance to sustainability standards of various commodities such as palm oil and coffee. Starting in 2015, Aisyah has been facilitating dialogue within a multi-stakeholder platform assisting the Indonesian Government in the formulation of a national action plan for sustainable palm oil. She is an RSPO-­‐endorsed Lead Auditor Trainor and is a peer reviewer for the High Conservation Value Resource Network. She is fluent in English and Indonesian.

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Tolla Kouassi Ismaël , Congo Basin consultant

Tolla is a lawyer specialized in environmental legislation and participative management of natural resources in West Africa. With a Master’s degree in International Law from the University of Limoges in France, he has been involved in the APV-FLEGT process and the management of protected areas since 2014. Tolla is regularly involved in forestry and other natural resources projects requiring legal expertise in countries with weak governance in West Africa. He speaks and writes French and English and is based out of Côte d’Ivoire.