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Oct. 4, 2018 - Another year, another 10 outstanding young individuals are gracing the pages of our September/October issue as winners of our annual Top 10 under 40 contest. These under-40ers (one as young as 23) not only deserve to be recognized for their excellence in demonstrating strong work ethic, innovative spirit and safety consciousness, but also serve as an example of the changing face of forestry.
Oct. 2, 2018 - Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) applauds the Canadian government and, in particular, the efforts of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Ambassador David MacNaughton and the Canadian negotiating team, on reaching an agreement with the United States and Mexico to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
Oct. 2, 2018 – EACOM Timber Corporation congratulates and welcomes Quebec’s new majority CAQ government during a time of opportunities for the forest products sector and its communities.
Oct. 2, 2018 - The second edition of the WOODRISE World Congress on mid- and high-rise wood buildings will be held in Canada, in historic Quebec City, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, 2019. The event will be presented in partnership with members of the WOODRISE Alliance, in collaboration with national partners. This new edition aims to ensure the continuity of WOODRISE and stimulate the synergy established between international participants, while positioning wood as a leading building material within a sustainable and eco-responsible urban development environment.
Sept. 28, 2018 - At its 76th Annual General Meeting and Conference, the Alberta Forest Products Association launched the #ForestryFamilies social media campaign.

“As we celebrate National Forest Week, we are also celebrating the tremendous families who work in our forests and mills,” said AFPA president and CEO Paul Whittaker. “They have an incredible passion for what they do and a desire to pass their skills, knowledge, and love of community down to future generations. We are honoured to tell the stories of Alberta's forestry families and the communities where they work.”

The campaign will centre around five video profiles. The videos will be released at 9:00 am on the dates listed below. Videos and other content can be on the AFPA's Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as the Association’s website.

Video Release Date

 Family

 Community

 September 27*

 The Vanderwells

 Slave Lake

 October 9

 The Nippards

 Fort McMurray

 October 16

 The Corsers

 Edson

 October 23

 The Rollins

 Cochrane

 October 30

 The Milburns

 Whitecourt
*released at 7:00 p.m. as part of the conference program

Alberta's forest industry is proud of its environmental record and history of community involvement. A strong commitment to the land and communities has fostered a sustainable industry. As part of their commitment to sustainability, AFPA members planted 83 million seedlings in 2018. To learn more about Alberta's forest industry and the people who work it, please visit our website or Twitter and Facebook pages.
Sept. 28, 2018 - I was born, raised and trained in Canada’s forest industry. Over the years, I have witnessed extraordinary advancements in our sector. From forest management practices to technology and product diversification, we have adapted to a changing competitive landscape and continued to improve our reputation as a global leader in sustainability and quality manufacturing of forest products.
Sept. 27, 2018 - Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has strengthened a long-standing partnership with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Indigenous-led businesses across Canada by becoming an Aboriginal Procurement Champion.

Becoming an Aboriginal Procurement Championsolidifies FPAC’s commitment to procure more from Aboriginal businesses within their own supply chains as well as those of our prime suppliers. Certified Aboriginal businesses that would qualify under this program include those that are 51 per cent or more Indigenous-owned and controlled. 

“Indigenous communities have for many decades played an important role in Canada’s forest products sector through their investments and entrepreneurial skills.  Joint ventures and strategic partnerships are clearly on the rise across the country,” said FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor. “Through the Aboriginal Procurement Champions program, we are going beyond being one of the country’s leading employers of Indigenous peoples and are committing to advancing economic opportunities for Indigenous-led businesses, where possible, through our procurement activities.” Nighbor added.

“There are some 1,400 Indigenous-owned businesses in Canada’s forest products sector. At the same time, 12,500 Indigenous peoples work in the forest sector, making it one of the largest employers of Indigenous peoples in the country,” said CCAB president and CEO JP Gladu. “Collectively, Indigenous communities now hold over 10 per cent of the national wood supply,” Gladu added.

Today’s announcement marks an extension of the collaborative efforts between FPAC and CCAB.  In addition to jointly sponsoring theAboriginal Business Leadership Award, FPAC, CCAB, and the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) also celebrate the accomplishments of Indigenous youth with the annual presentation of the Skills Award for Aboriginal Youth.
Sept. 27, 2018 - The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) is pleased to announce the recipients of the COFI’s 2018 Forestry Scholarships in celebration of the future of forestry during National Forest Week taking place across the country from September 23-29.

“National Forest Week is an opportunity to recognize the 1 in 17 British Columbian workers whose jobs are supported by this valuable and renewable resource in all regions of the province,” said Susan Yurkovich, COFI president and CEO. “This is an industry with a strong history and bright future. Forestry generates 140,000 total jobs in B.C. while leading the world in sustainable forestry practices. We are proud to support the next generation in continuing their education in forestry and advancing further research and innovation.”

The B.C. forest sector is hiring more than 25,000 people in the coming decade in communities around the province. To support training and recruitment to the sector, COFI awards ten scholarships to students who are enrolled at specific post-secondary institutions with the goal of pursuing a professional, technical or trades career in the forest sector.

“The forest industry needs bright, young minds and our industry offers diverse career opportunities in manufacturing, environmental management, technology, trades and professional services,” added Yurkovich.

COFI congratulates the 10 recipients of the 2018 Forestry Scholarship:

  • Garet Anderson, Prince George
  • Alex Von Geyer, Prince George
  • Brooklynn Pearson, Vanderhoof
  • Daniel Burgel, Nelson
  • Sonja Hadden, 100 Mile House
  • Jaydegh Billingsley, Quesnel
  • Katie Hall, Prince George
  • Emma Peasgood, Chetwynd
  • Brianne Ghuman, Smithers
  • Sheldon VanSickle, Barriere
 
Sept. 27, 2018 - To mark National Forest Week, representatives of Domtar Inc., EACOM Timber Corporation and Forests Ontario gathered in northeastern Ontario to unveil a new billboard as the most recent development in the province-wide It Takes A Forest initiative.
Sept. 27, 2018 - Today, the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) celebrated National Forest Week with a Forestry Advocacy Day at Queen’s Park.
Sept. 26, 2018 - More than 350 dealers, customers and special guests descended on Bandit Industries’ world headquarters in Mid-Michigan on Sept. 12 to celebrate 35 years of continued success, and to check out what’s in store for the coming years.

That celebration included tours of Bandit’s facilities, a behind-the-scenes look at the process of building the most powerful wood processing equipment in the industry, and capped off with a demonstration of more than two dozens machines — including brand new, never before seen machines.

“We couldn’t properly celebrate 35 years without our dealers who are committed to providing the best support and our amazing customers who have stood with us over the years,” said Bandit sales manager Jason Morey. “But Bandit Industries is a success because of the hardworking men and women who show up every day to build these machines.”

After the special Bandit guests had gone home, Bandit opened its doors to the mid-Michigan community for an open house on Sept. 15. Nearly 800 guests dropped by for machine demonstrations, plant tours, food and fun.

Bandit Industries has had an amazing 35 years, with new and exciting opportunities for the future. With the recent announcement of the company going employee-owned, excitement is at an all-time high for Bandit employees and the community.
Sept. 25, 2018 - Canfor Pulp Products announced on Monday that it will extend its scheduled maintenance outage on one production line at its Northwood Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft Pulp mill located in Prince George, B.C.



The outage is to enable necessary tube replacements to its No. 5 recovery boiler to rectify damage discovered during routine preventative maintenance inspections. 

Based on a preliminary review, the company currently estimates that the extended downtime will be approximately 70–80 days with a reduction in production of NBSK pulp of 60,000–70,000 tonnes, as well as higher associated maintenance costs. 

Canfor Pulp will continue to operate the second production line at the Northwood Pulp mill over this period. 

Due to the mitigation efforts by Canfor Pulp, the temporary outage is not expected to have a material impact on the financial condition of the company.
Sept. 24, 2018 - Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) will appear before the Finance Committee of the House of Commons tomorrow (Tuesday), as part of pre-budget consultations.
Sept. 21, 2018 - Local government officials from across B.C. met in Whistler earlier this month for the annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention. With 2017 and 2018 as the two worst wildfire seasons on record, wildfire and community protection were key topics of discussion at the convention.
Sept. 21, 2018 - I invite British Columbians to join me in celebrating National Forest Week. We are reaching the end of a wildfire season in which a provincial state of emergency was declared for the second year in a row. I want to thank everyone who worked tirelessly to keep people safe.

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