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Coming soon… The CFI Podcast!

January 21, 2020  By CFI staff

JP Gladu (left), president and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, and CFI's associate editor Ellen Cools discuss First Nations’ involvement in forestry for The CFI Podcast. Photo: Annex Business Media

In a constantly evolving industry like forestry, we at CFI know how important it is to stay on top of hot topics and trends. That’s why we’ve decided to launch a monthly podcast, The CFI Podcast. Every month, associate editor Ellen Cools will speak with different forestry stakeholders and professionals about trends such as the importance of working with and engaging First Nations, gender diversity hiring practices, new value-added applications, emerging markets, and more!

Each episode will be available at the end of the month, with the first episode premiering on Jan. 28. Find it on CFI’s website under Podcast, and on Annex Business Media’s SoundCloud and iTunes accounts. Simply look up Annex Business Media on iTunes or SoundCloud and you’ll be able to access each episode for free.

An Indigenous future

Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect in our first ever episode, sponsored by EACOM Timber Corporation: JP Gladu, president and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) sat down with us to discuss the current state of First Nations’ involvement in forestry, the importance of working with and engaging First Nations businesses and communities, best practices to follow, and more.


“When you get First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities on board resource and infrastructure projects, you’re actually creating certainty,” he told us in our conversation. “So, I think the real opportunity in our forestry sector is to create certainty by making sure that Indigenous communities have access to capital to be equitable participants.

“The future of the economy is Indigenous,” he added, touching upon the sizeof the Indigenous economy, the need for more buy-in from non-Indigenous companies and government, and the its potential.

To hear more from JP Gladu, tune into our podcast on Jan. 28.

Have an idea for a podcast episode? Email Ellen Cools at ecools@annexbusinessmedia.com

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