Gary Zed is, quite simply, a force of nature. Which is why it’s not surprising that his latest initiative – Canada’s Forest Trust – has Canada’s most important resource at its heart – Smart Forests™. Earning the respect of Canada’s largest corporations and high-net-worth families, Gary built his reputation as a boundary pusher who offers innovative and frank advice that solidifies successes. As a tax lawyer, Gary built national practices at two of the country’s ‘big four’ firms and his savvy entrepreneurial pursuits share his expertise with the community, fellow entrepreneurs and corporations. Gary has always put the community first as a: – Board member of the Ottawa Boys and Girls Club – Supporter of the National Arts Centre Foundation and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation – Founder of the Lift Foundation Gary is honoured to have received prestigious accolades that include: – The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal – The Order of Ottawa – The Governor-General Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers – The AFP Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award Born and raised in New Brunswick, Gary has an LLB from UNB and a BA and MBA from Dalhousie University. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and is the proud father and mentor of children who are finding success in both their personal and professional pursuits. For the next several years, you’ll find him engaging corporations, schools, communities and individuals from across the country in his latest, and perhaps most important initiatives, building Smart Forests™ to fight climate change.