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Michael Guindon

Palm Oil Technical Advisor, Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

Michael is currently the Palm Oil Technical Advisor for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) – leading on the delivery of the palm oil component of the Sustainable Policy and Transparency Toolkit (SPOTT). This includes directly engaging with companies and representing ZSL on external bodies including the RSPO.

Michael has worked in the environmental sector for over a decade. He is originally from Canada and spent the first half of his career coordinating natural resource management projects for the Canadian government and participating in field studies to measure the impacts of food production and resource extraction on aquatic environments in western Canada. 

Since 2013, Michael has been working in various capacities to improve the sustainability of agricultural commodities. This includes conducting research for WWF’s Market Transformation Initiative and using global economic models to calculate biodiversity footprints at Radboud University in the Netherlands. Most recently, he led on actor assessment work at Global Canopy, including leading the Forest 500.