Canada has the third largest per-capita natural resource endowment in the world, contributing to 17% of the country's GDP. Canadian statisticians have been heavily involved in work related to environmental topics in these areas, leading to joint collaborations with scientists who work in forestry, fisheries, and other climate sciences. These collaborations launched the development of large scale networks to study issues that threaten resource sectors or that can be used to spur efficiency and enrich our natural environment. Prediction of risk to resource sectors and understanding factors contributing to increased risk are important elements for ongoing collaborative research efforts. In celebration of 50 years of the Statistical Society of Canada, this talk discusses major work done by Canadian statisticians over the past decades, and importantly a recurring theme of deep collaboration in the approach to the conduct of the work, leading to novel ways of training of the next generation of statistical environmetricians. The talk discusses Canadian leadership in communication vehicles that spurred interest in this work including through The International Environmetrics Society.