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May 11, 2018 - Firefighters are investigating after the logs on a loaded logging truck caught fire in Kamloops, B.C., yesterday.
May 10, 2018 - With the provincial election underway, EACOM Timber Corporation is engaging in the conversation about Ontario’s future and bringing attention to opportunities for growth in the forest products sector and its communities.
May 10, 2018 - A new forestry agreement has been signed in British Columbia between the province and Stellat'en First Nation that gives the latter an enhanced voice in local forest stewardship and greater opportunity for economic development.
May 9, 2018 - An Alliance of First Nation and non-First Nation leaders in Ontario are concerned about the potential social, economic and environmental impacts of species at risk (SAR) policy being developed by the federal government and the current direction being proposed for managing and conserving caribou.
May 8, 2018 - Nominations are now open for Canadian Forest Industries' annual Top 10 Under 40 contest!
May 7, 2018 - Two Canadians are among four new members elected to the Sustainable Foresty Initiative Inc.'s board of directors.
May 3, 2018 - The Ontario government spending $6.7 million on pilot programs that will help northern, rural and Indigenous communities transition from diesel and oil to new, efficient wood and pellet heating systems.
May 2, 2018 - Engineering students in Prince George, B.C., now have access to a state-of-the-art research facility to create sustainable wood engineering solutions, with the opening of the Wood Innovation Research Laboratory at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC).
April 30, 2018 - The Wood Products Safety Summit is taking place on June 6 in Prince George, B.C., as part of this year’s Canadian Bioeconomy Conference & Exhibition. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at the Prince George Civic Centre.
May 1, 2018 - The Government of British Columbia and the Invasive Species Council of B.C. have renewed their commitment to effectively manage invasive species in the province, with an updated five-year strategic plan and the proclamation of May 2018 as Invasive Species Action Month.
April 30, 2018 – File Week 2018 has arrived and Canadian Forest Industries has all the coverage to keep you in the loop as we highlight innovations and accomplishments in the file room every day this week!
April 27, 2018 - Process safety focuses on preventing catastrophic outcomes, such as fires, explosions, and exposure to hazardous substances, through systematic identification and management of risks in worksites engaged in potentially hazardous processes. Process safety involves the prevention of leaks, spills, equipment malfunctions, corrosion, component failures, and upset conditions that present serious risks to the health and safety of workers and, sometimes, the public. 
April 25, 2018 - Here are just a few of the organizations already participating in Canada’s largest bioeconomy conference:
April 23, 2018 - The Beck Group (Beck) and Forest2Market, Inc. have announced a partnership to launch Sawmill TQ (Top Quartile), a new service for gathering and delivering Southern Yellow Pine sawmill benchmark data to industry members.
April 19, 2018 - West Fraser announced Thursday Ted Seraphim’s plan to retire as chief executive officer at the end of the second quarter of 2019. West Fraser also announced the appointment of Ray Ferris, executive vice-president and chief operating officer, as president and chief operating officer effective immediately. Ray will be appointed chief executive officer upon Seraphim’s retirement next year.

“This is an important step in the implementation of our CEO succession plan. Ray has worked closely with Ted for many years and has demonstrated tremendous leadership in executing our operating and capital plans,” Hank Ketcham, chairman of West Fraser’s board of directors said.

“His leadership, experience and proven commitment to people, safety, operational excellence and maintaining our culture will continue to drive our company forward. I know that I speak on behalf of all our employees in saying how pleased we are that Ray will be our next CEO,” Seraphim added. 

Ray Ferris has been with the company since 1997 and has progressed through a series of key leadership roles. He was appointed West Fraser’s executive vice-president and COO in 2016 and before that served in several executive positions including as vice-president of wood products, vice-president of solid wood and vice-president of lumber operations. He holds an engineering degree and has extensive manufacturing experience in the forest industry.

West Fraser is a diversified wood products company producing lumber, LVL, MDF, plywood, pulp, newsprint, wood chips and energy with facilities in western Canada and the southern United States.
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