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Arrivals, departures and new beginnings

Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann , Vancouver Sun

Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann , Vancouver Sun

After three years of leading one of B.C.’s major manufacturing companies — to drive product and market development, to strengthen stakeholder relationships, to take the company into and out of the restructuring process, all while the company battled the ferocious competition in the global marketplace for paper products — well, it’s the right time now for me to return to the state of New York, where my family lives.

I should say first that I have written on these pages before on the value of companies such as Catalyst Paper to the province, and the need to ensure that B.C. companies are not placed at a disadvantage by government policies, or their absence, in competing in North American and global markets. I should also say that the reach of The Vancouver Sun’s opinion pages has been stunning. In Eastern Canada, the U.S., and as far away as Central America and Asia, people have talked to me about these opinion pieces. Words and ideas expressed in The Sun travel great distances and form linkages with audiences far beyond mere local circulation.

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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

Coast Forest Congratulates the Honourable Steven Thomson

Coast Forest Products Association congratulates the Honourable Steven Thomson on his re-election as MLA of Kelowna-Mission and his reappointment today as Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The association looks forward to continuing to work with the minister and his staff to further grow the sustainability and economic health of the coast forest industry.

“We are extremely pleased to continue build on the successes made so far with Minister Thomson along with Premier Christy Clark and the entire BC Liberal team,” says Coast Forest’s President and CEO, Rick Jeffery. “We have some important key issues to move forward as the industry strives to build on stability, certainty and competitiveness and the Minister’s experience and knowledge of BC forestry will facilitate this quickly and efficiently.”

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Coastal Forest industry on the Rise After Decade of Struggles

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Scalers and loaders work in the sort area of the Ladysmith Sawmill division of Western Forest Products. The company reported $22.8 million in earnings in the first quarter of 2013, a massive increase from the $1.7 million earned in the first quarter of 2012. Photograph by: Debra Brash, Victoria Times Colonist

Improving global markets for B.C. wood have the coastal forest industry working at capacity and the Island’s largest timber producer posting record results.

After more than a decade of struggling, the industry finally appears to be on more stable ground — a trend that’s expected to continue, according to the head of the Coast Forest Products Association.

“The fact of the matter is we are now having trouble finding contractors and workers,” said association president Rick Jeffery, noting that over the last decade, many forest workers left for work in the oilfields as the coastal forest industry struggled with a strong loonie, poor global markets and fallout from the softwood lumber dispute with the U.S.

“We are now working at the highest level we have in five years. Everything is up and running. Some [mills] are running in two shifts and some in three.”

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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

In the Post-Election World, Coastal Forestry’s Next Steps need to be Taken Together

Coast Forest Products Association congratulates the BC Liberal Party for their impressive victory in the 2013 provincial election.  Their return to government means continuity of the good policy work accomplished so far in forestry. Read more

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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

Safe Travels, Tom Lundgren – and Thanks!

I find that forestry tends to attract some amazing people. Tom Lundgren is an excellent example.  He’s just retired from Interfor after spending more than 40 years as a forester in BC, and almost all of that on the coast.  He will be sorely missed.

I know I am just one of many who admire and respect Tom, for his knowledge and leadership and for his no-holds-barred passion for the people and communities along our coast. He really cares, and every job over the years touched him personally.

That’s probably what makes him one of the hardest-working and most tenacious people I have known. Read more