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June 12, 2018 - With a super-majority mandate from 94 per cent of industry production representing 78 per cent of companies voting in the referendum, the Softwood Lumber Board of Directors met on May 31st to launch an initiative to establish softwood lumber as the preferred choice for the built environment by 2024.
June 8, 2018 - Bandit Industries owners Mike Morey Sr., Dianne Morey and Jerry Morey announced on June 7 they would sell 100 per cent of the company to their employees in an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). 
June 8, 2018 - To help raise awareness of the central role forests play for all life in Canada, Earth Rangers and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) are running the Earth Rangers Living Forests Photo Competition, which is open to aspiring photographers aged 12 and under across Canada.
June 8, 2018 - Canfor Corporation has announced the appointment of Dianne Watts to its board of directors.
June 7, 2018 - New-generation forest owners are increasingly managing their own forests. At least as important as the yield is to manage the forests in a long-term and environmentally sound way. This approach will be in focus at SkogsElmia, which will be held next summer June 6–8, 2019 in the forest south of Jönköping, Sweden.

If Elmia Wood is the whole world’s forestry fair with a focus on technology and innovations, then SkogsElmia can be described as the whole Nordic region’s forestry fair. The overall theme of the fair will be forest ownership, a topic that affects everyone in the forest in different ways — from forest owners to machinery contractors to forestry officials.

The fair’s theme will encompass everything from ownership transfer and forest management to technology and logistics that minimise ground damage. As forest owners are making new demands, forestry fairs are becoming increasingly important meeting places for the forest industry’s various actors as well as platforms for the development of new products and services. Smart digital technology is being used more and more in forestry too, and so visitors to the fair can look forward to many innovations and much new thinking among the exhibitors.

SkogsElmia is held every fourth year and attracts about 30,000 visitors and 300 exhibitors. The new fair manager for SkogsElmia is Mattias Pontén, a certified forester with great expertise and solid experience of the forest industry. He takes up his post now in June.

“It will be a terrific experience to be part of the forest industry’s development,” he says. “Forest ownership is a broad topic with many different issues, which I care greatly about as a forest owner myself. One key focus right now is sustainable forest management with an eye to the future — a future that will be strongly characterised by digitalisation and the links between services and products. We will fill SkogsElmia with many relevant activities to complement the exhibitors’ many new products and services, and we anticipate a fair that will benefit everyone involved.”
June 6, 2018 - Canadian Biomass and Canadian Forest Industries are once again highlighting dust safety best practices, technical information and solutions during Dust Safety Week from June 18 to 22.

Now in its second year, our Dust Safety Week coverage is the hub for pellet plants and sawmills across Canada to learn best practices and find the latest information to keep their operations and operators safe. 

Follow along all week as we will highlight feature stories, columns and research reports both from our archives as well as brand-new stories from the Wood Products Safety Summit, taking place June 6 in Prince George, B.C.

Stay tuned to our websites and social media (#DustSafetyWeek) for more information as we approach Dust Safety Week 2018! 



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June 4, 2018 - The 8th Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition begins Wednesday, June 6 in Prince George, B.C., with a full slate of professional learning, business development and networking opportunities for industry leaders from across North America.
June 1, 2018 - How Canada’s business community and municipalities can work more closely together to support vibrant and strong communities will be front and centre at this year’s Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Annual Conference and Trade Show in Halifax, N.S.

Derek Nighbor, chief executive officer of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) says the issue of industry competitiveness and driving economic growth for Canadians is key to securing a strong municipal tax base, a clean environment, and much-needed community infrastructure and social programs across the country.

“Different business sectors will each have their own unique perspectives on challenges and opportunities related to how to improve bottom lines and support job growth. The natural resources sector as an example, absolutely must remain globally competitive to ensure communities across this country — especially those in rural and northern Canada — can be economically strong and vibrant,” says Nighbor.

Ideas of how industry and municipal leaders can work together to advance environmental, social, and economic opportunities will be the focus of discussion for a plenary session entitled Canada’s Competitiveness: Challenges and Opportunities for Canada’s Municipalities.

Nighbor will be joined by Diane J. Brisebois, president and chief executive officer of the Retail Council of Canada and panel moderator Maryann Chichak, Mayor of Whitecourt, Alta.

“The theme of this year’s FCM Conference is Tools to Better Serve Members, and in that spirit I expect the panel will be challenged to explore how business, government, and communities can work together to address some of our challenges and seize opportunities,” says Nighbor.

The panel discussion will take place Saturday, June 2 at 11 am at the FCM Conference, an annual event that is expected to welcome over 2,000 delegates to the Halifax Convention Centre who represent municipalities of all sizes from right across Canada.

FPAC is proud to enter its second year as a corporate sponsor of FCM, Canada’s leading voice for municipalities and their leaders.
May 31, 2018 - I write this just days after returning home from the BC Saw Filers Association annual convention, which this year took place April 26–28 in Kamloops. It was my second time attending the convention, and again this year I was struck by the level of camaraderie among filers representing most of the large and small producers in B.C., companies that would otherwise be seen as competitors.
May 28, 2018 - A forester by trade, Wade Zammit has worked in the industry for over 35 years. He has touched upon different fields, including business development, sales and marketing, and managing both sawmill and timber operations for large forestry companies.
May 23, 2018 - Remsoft, a leader in optimized planning and scheduling for sustainable resource management, has announced that the company has experienced continued growth while heavily investing in its new Remsoft RISE platform — the company’s next-generation cloud-native technology designed to improve value and find efficiencies throughout the forestry value chain.
May 22, 2018 - The Board of Directors of the Canadian Woodlands Forum (CWF) is proud to officially announce that its flagship event, DEMO International, will be held outside the Ottawa/Gatineau area, Canada, on September 24-26, 2020. SBC Cedar (SBC) with sawmills in Quebec and New Brunswick will host the event on one of their properties in Venosta, Que., located within a forty-five minute drive north along the Gatineau River.
May 18, 2018 - Recommendations from the Logging Contractor Sustainability Review will help improve relationships between logging contractors and forest licensees, Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, has announced.

“The report by George Abbott and Circle Square Solutions, and their 13 proposals, provide a good basis for the next round of facilitation,” said Donaldson.

“The report notes that there are good relationships in place between contractors and licensees, based on best practices, but there is also room for improvement," said president and chief executive officer of the BC Council of Forest Industries Susan Yurkovich.

"We need to be mindful of the analysis in the report that shows that our contractor costs in B.C. are higher than in the comparator jurisdictions. As such, we will want to ensure that any actions reflect the need for both licensees and contractors to be competitive, because we operate in a global industry and are competing with producers around the world.”

“We are acutely aware of the challenges and opportunities presented in this review," said president of the Interior Lumber Manufacturers' Assocation Dan Battistella. "We look forward to continuing to work with our contractor community and the provincial government to implement changes that will help make both of our sectors stronger now and into the future.”

The intent of the review process is to improve the overall competitiveness of both logging contractors and licensees. Common themes that emerged from the report were the need for better data and better communications.

“We feel confident the review has captured the concerns that logging contractors across the province have raised for years," said executive director of the Truck Loggers Association David Elstone. "It validates there are problems in the relationships between contractors and licensees, and confirms the declining profitability of contractors." 

The report makes 13 recommendations that range from making better use of technology, improving communications, better information-sharing,  to ensuring best practices for setting contractors rates of pay and dispute-resolution mechanisms.

"These 13 recommendations will make a meaningful and positive difference for loggers, communities and the industry," Elstone said in a news release. "Our hope is that all stakeholders will embrace these important recommendations for the betterment of our industry, and the province as a whole.”

"From our view, the report and its 13 proposals confirms what the harvesting sector has been communicating for the past number of years,” said chair of the Interior Logging Association Randy Spence.

The next steps are to hire a facilitator who will bring the parties together to identify where there is consensus on recommendations that should be acted on, and also assess the costs and benefits of adopting recommendations on which there may be differing opinions. These are to be complete by July 31, 2018.
May 16, 2018 - Forest2Market and Madison’s have announced a partnership formed to bring Madison’s Weekly Lumber Report, a North American lumber price reporting service, to SilvaStat360, Forest2Market's online business intelligence platform.

The Madison's/Forest2Market partnership combines Madison's lumber price data and market insights with Forest2Market’s SilvaStat360 cloud-based interactive delivery platform. Madison's Lumber Reporter subscribers will have fingertip access to historic and current lumber price data that is updated weekly and available on a 24/7/365 basis.

"This is a tremendous step forward for Madison's," said Kéta Kosman, editor of the Reporter. “To meet the challenges they are facing in 2018, operators in the North American lumber industry need more than data; they need less noise and more robust analytics. By moving the Lumber Reporter to SilvaStat360, we have been able to add significant value, both in terms of additional data and usability."

"Weekly price data is essential for making operational decisions. This information help buyers and sellers make decisions about today's transactions. But mill owners, managers and investors need to make longer term, strategic decisions,” Kosman said. “By including historical trend data, Madison's Lumber Reporter makes this kind of decision making possible. The base product will include two years of history, and an additional eight years of data — a length of time that is ideal for forecasting — will also be available.”

Other features of the new product include:
  • All prices are available on a single screen
  • Commentary is matched to product
  • The Price Sheet can be filtered, searched and sorted
  • Filters can be saved for quick and easy drill-downs to the exact products you need to make decisions
  • Twelve weeks of commentary are archived by topic
  • Tables and graphs are printable
  • Data is downloadable to .xls or .csv
"Since its inception, Forest2Market's mission has been to increase the efficiency of the forest products industry through the application of unique datasets and industry expertise,” said Pete Stewart, president and chief executive officer of Forest2Market. “By providing Madison's with a user-friendly interactive platform that allows subscribers the ability to find the exact data they need when they need it, we are fulfilling that mission.”

“We are excited to bring another partner to our platform, which is quickly becoming a one-stop source of information for sawmill operators, with both log and lumber pricing and a sawmill benchmark," Stewart said.

With an expected launch in July 2018, Madison's and Forest2Market will be demonstrating a beta version of the product and accepting new subscriptions soon.

Please contact Kéta Kosman or Pete Coutu to arrange an online demonstration of the product. 

 

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Madison’s, based in Vancouver, B.C., is the premiere source for North American softwood lumber news, prices, industry insight and industry contacts since 1952. The Weekly Lumber Reporter publishes current lumber and panelpricing information 50 weeks out of the year and will soon offer historical pricing as well (www.madisonsreport.com).

 
Forest2Market, based in Charlotte, N.C., was founded in January 2000 to empower participants in the global forest, wood products, paper products, biochemical and bioenergy industries to make exponentially better decisions by providing unique datasets and analytics and in-depth supply chain and market expertise (www.forest2market.com).
May 15, 2018 - Just as farming feeds cities, forestry builds communities. Ontario’s forestry community is deeply rooted in every region of the province. Today, Ontario’s forest products sector provides well-paying jobs for 57,000 hard-working men and women in over 260 communities across the province.

Other progressive and competitive jurisdictions around the world, such as Finland, embrace the sustainable use of their forests and are realizing the emerging opportunities of the bio-economy, the growing demand for new and existing solid wood products, and the positive role the sector can play in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. With workable public policy that fundamentally supports this renewable sector, Ontario can lead the way in forestry.

“We need government to acknowledge the vital role that forestry plays in our communities across Ontario and for those hardworking families that are directly impacted by the sector,” president of NOMA and Mayor of Shuniah, Wendy Landry, stated. “We are the ones that depend on the long-term health and sustainability of our Crown forests as an important source of ecological, recreational, cultural and spiritual values. We look forward to receiving meaningful responses from the parties on how they will help make Ontario’s forest sector stronger.”

“The recent investments our community has made in the forest sector has created significant opportunities and hundreds of new jobs for First Nations," Chief Ed Wawia of Red Rock Indian Band said. "Our forest operations generate wealth for our community that offsets the costs for social and economic development, so our community can be self-sustainable. Our future includes forestry and we hope that the next government will support our shared forestry interests.”

“The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People states that Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for the development and use of their lands, territories and other resources," said Chief Joe Ladouceur of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation. "It is imperative that the next government fulfill this right and provide adequate information and meaningful consultation with First Nations communities when developing policy that impacts our communities.” 

“The Alliance is an extensive and diverse group of people that have been working together to advocate for the importance of the forest sector across every region of the province,” said Mayor Al Spacek of Kapuskasing and President of FONOM. “Now, we want to know how the next government will ensure that we, as northern and rural communities, will be proactively consulted with regards to policy and legislation that has a direct impact on us, and not have to continue to fight to have our voices heard.”

“As thriving as Ontario’s forest sector is today, we can make it even stronger," said Jamie Lim, president and CEO of the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA). "By maximizing the full potential of Ontario’s renewable resource, we can create good-paying jobs, assist the province in transitioning to a low carbon economy, and support sustainable growth for future generations. We believe that we can provide a path full of opportunities to grow the sector and build Ontario up for everyone.”

Key issues are outlined in The Alliance’s 2018 election commitment letters to all three parties. These issues need to be addressed by the next government of Ontario, as elected on June 7, 2018. The letter outlines how Ontario can develop a Provincial Forest Strategy that accepts and embraces the sustainable use of Ontario’s forests. The Alliance is asking for the following commitments:

  • Develop a Provincial Strategy that makes Ontario’s forest sector stronger
  • Develop a long-term, workable solution that demonstrates equivalency between the Crown Forest Sustainability Act (CFSA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
  • Restore and maintain competitive restoration measures
  • Create competitive energy use measures that will support forestry’s role in mitigating climate change Address market development challenges and enhance promotion of forest products
Visit www.ofia.com to read The Alliance’s election commitment letters and for more 2018 Ontario election news and information.

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