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TimberWest is the first SFI Program Participant to be Certified Under the Progressive Aboriginal Relations Program

Published October 23rd, 2017 by Sustainable Forest Initiative – Source

TimberWest is the first Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Program Participant to achieve the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Bronze certification under the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program. This certification demonstrates to Indigenous communities that TimberWest is a good business partner, a great place to work and is committed to the prosperity of Indigenous communities. TimberWest is also the first BC forest company to earn PAR certification.

At the SFI 2017 Annual Conference in Ottawa a ceremonial canoe by artist Curtis Wilson, commissioned by TimberWest, was presented to the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, by Hereditary Chief James Wilson of the Wei Wai Kum Nation, as a reminder of the important relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadian Forests.

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Les Kiss

Vice President, Forestry, Coast Forest Products Association

A BC-Specific Species and Eco-Systems at Risk Legislation– An Opportunity for Policy Innovation

Les Kiss, RFP, Vice President, Forestry 
Coast Forest Products Association

Premier Horgan has tasked Environment Minister George Heyman to develop a new species at risk legislation for British Columbia. Coast Forest Products Association believes this creates an opportunity to generate made-in-BC policies and legislation which will account for the social, environmental and economic interests of British Columbians while managing species at risk.

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Congratulations Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC!

Coast Forest would like to extend a big congratulations to the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC on the success of their 2017 Annual Club House Gala! Together, the Gala and Online Auction raised over $270,000, ensuring that the Boys and Girls Club and Camp Potlatch will be able to continue support thousands of kids and their families with after school programs, summer camps, outdoor education, counselling, and more.

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Growing Support for Cornerstone Industry at the 2017 Union of BC Municipalities Convention

Coast Forest was one of many members of BC’s forest industry present this year’s UBCM Convention, working to increase understanding of BC’s cornerstone sector.

Representatives of Coast Forest and COFI co-sponsored a booth at the UBCM tradeshow, focusing on the discussion of the newly released B.C. Forest Industry Economic Impact Study. The study highlights the significant value of BC’s forest sector, from its impact on the economy, to its role as a major employer, providing over 140,000 jobs to British Columbians.

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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

The Path To Reconciliation Is Mutual Understanding

Earlier in the year I had the opportunity to listen to a panel of First Nations lawyers share their thoughts about reconciliation.  One of the panelists in particular stood out in my mind when he stated that recognition is a necessary critical first step to moving down the path to reconciliation. He went on to say that recognition is achieved by identifying the real issues – and then developing an understanding of these issues.  He summarized his belief by saying that the duty to consult is ultimately the duty to learn.

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Investment is Key to Global Competitiveness

Published in Truck Loggers BC Magazine – Source

On the coast of British Columbia, tens of thousands of women, men and children rely on the health and survival of British Columbia’s coastal forest industry, which, in turn, relies on the industry’s ability to compete in rapidly shifting global markets. In order for forestry companies to successfully compete in these markets, both investment and a regulatory environment which supports credible policies, strong institutions and a stable and a predictable investment climate are needed.

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CHEK News’ Dean Stoltz Interviews Coast Forest President & CEO Rick Jeffery

CHEK News’ Dean Stoltz interviews Coast Forest Products Association’s President and CEO Rick Jeffery on Economic Impact Study. Results finds BC forest industry remains cornerstone of economy.

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C-FAX’s Adam Stirling Interviews Coast Forest President & CEO Rick Jeffery

In this interview, C-FAX’s Adam Stirling speaks with Coast Forest Products Association’s President and CEO Rick Jeffery on the role of BC’s sustainable forest sector as a cornerstone of the economy.

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Forestry 4.0 – A Window Into the Future of Coastal Forestry

Twenty years ago, Deep Blue, an IBM super computer the size of two large refrigerators beat the world’s chess grandmaster, Gary Kasparov. Until then, no computer had even come close. Today, we carry devices with more power than Deep Blue in our pockets.

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