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Canfor appoints Dianne Watts to board of directors

June 8, 2018 - Canfor Corporation has announced the appointment of Dianne Watts to its board of directors.

June 8, 2018  By Canfor

“We are excited to have Dianne join our board and look forward to the experience, knowledge and fresh perspective that she will bring,” said Don Kayne, president and chief executive officer of Canfor Corporation. “She has demonstrated great leadership and will be a valuable addition to our board and our company.”

Watts’s political career spans over 20 years where she has been a proven leader at both the municipal and federal levels. She served as a Surrey, B.C., city councillor from 1996 to 2005. She was the first woman elected to the position of mayor of Surrey, B.C., in 2005, and held that position for nine years.

Watts was elected into the federal government as Member of Parliament for South Surrey-White Rock where she served from 2015 to 2017. She has extensive board and committee experience, including being a past member of the Metro Vancouver board of directors; former chair of the National Policing and Public Safety Committee; former chair of the Mayors Council of Regional Transportation and a past member of the National Security and Public Safety Committee.

Watts has received an honourary Doctor of Laws Degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Justice Institute of BC and was named the Iconic Leader of the Decade by the All Ladies League and Women’s Economic Forum in 2018.


“We are thrilled to have someone with Dianne’s experience join our team,” said Conrad Pinette, chairman of Canfor Corporation. “She will be a tremendous asset to our board and I am confident she will make a positive impact on our company.”

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