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Rick Jeffery

Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

When not in the boardroom, Rick is an avid cyclist and supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC

Coast Forest Supports the End to the Port Disruption

Coast Forest Products Association is pleased at the announcement today that demonstrates the strong leadership by the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and Port Metro Vancouver to protect our economy and end the disruption by truckers at Port Metro Vancouver. 

The truckers strike at the Port has negatively affected B.C.’s coastal forest industry; impacting thousands of companies and the livelihoods of people throughout our province.  Coast Forest has worked on behalf of its member companies speaking out publicly* against this disruption and collaborating with both industry and partners over recent weeks to encourage a resolution. 

We further support the governments of Canada and B.C., along with Port Metro Vancouver with the planned reform of the licensing system and the move to terminate licenses.  Along with the 14-point Action plan under the guidance of Mr. Vince Ready, this is a fair and effective solution that will further reduce the probability of future similar disruptions.

*A Call to Resolve the Disruption at Port Metro Vancouver

 Port Strike Continues, Interview with Rick Jeffery, CBC Early Edition, March 14th

 

Coast Forest Products Association Meets with Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Rick and harperCoast Forest Products Association attended a roundtable session today with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Minister Ed Fast and Minister James Moore.  The session was very informative and Mr. Harper addressed topics such as the strong Canadian economy, market opportunities and Canada’s ambitious trade agenda including how forestry benefits from the new free trade deal with Korea.

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Coast Forest Products Association Applauds New Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA)

1842601On behalf of the Coast Forest Products Association, we applaud Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada for the recent announcement of the new bilateral free trade agreement with South Korea.

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A Call to Resolve the Disruption at Port Metro Vancouver

The recent disruption by truckers at Port Metro Vancouver is having a significant, negative impact on BC’s coastal forest industry. Coast Forest Products Association (CFPA) represents twenty forestry companies that operate on the coast of BC producing logs, lumber, pulp and paper as well as a growing array of new and innovative forest products for markets worldwide.

We applaud the positive steps made by Minister Raitt with the appointment of Vince Ready, however, the threat of continued port delays with the newly-announced strike are of dire concern to our industry. We are an export-driven industry and our customers in Asia and Europe demand timely delivery of our products.

Tens of thousands of people depend coastal forestry for their livelihoods. Read more

Exciting Plans in 2014 for BC’s Coastal Forest Industry

Coast Forest Products Association applauds the points made by Minister Steve Thomson at a talk he delivered today at the Annual Truck Loggers Convention.   Stating that 2014 will be an exciting year, the Minister cited that investment in industry is a hallmark of coastal forestry in British Columbia and will be a major focus for Government in the coming year.  In addition, Government will also be working on further developing the effectiveness of BCTS, reducing the regulatory red tape and continuing to develop the market in India and other countries – all to further increase industry competitiveness in the global marketplace.  Coast Forest fully supports these initiatives and anticipates an exciting and productive year of collaboration with the Minister and Government.

Every Picture Tells a Story – A Snapshot of an Integrated and Transforming Industry

As we get set to put the finishing touches on 2013 in just a few weeks, it’s a good time to take stock of one of British Columbia’s most important industries – about where it is and where we’d like to see it go.

The latest studies by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Coast Forest Products Association have unveiled an exciting snapshot of where coast forestry is today.  It reveals a people-focussed industry that has undergone exciting transformations and emerged dynamic, modern, sustainable and high-tech.  We pride ourselves on being highly integrated across industries with our member companies offering a plethora of opportunities that positively impact the lifestyles and livelihoods of thousands of British Columbians.

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Coast Forest on the 10 Year BC Hydro Rate Plan

Coast Forest Products Association welcomes today’s announcement by Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines.

10 Year Plan for BC Hydro, BC Hydro and Government acknowledge the critical status and importance of rate predictability for BC Hydro customers and offer a framework within which to work.  However, the initial rate increase of 15% over the next 2 years will challenge the competitiveness of our pulp and paper and lumber industry in coastal BC. Read more

Coast Forest Products Association Congratulates Ben Stewart as BC’s Investment and Trade Commissioner

Coast Forest Products Association is pleased to learn that Premier Christy Clark has appointed Mr. Ben Stewart as British Columbia’s Investment and Trade Commissioner for Asia.

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Our Forests – Our Roots: Join the Conversation

It’s time to start telling the full story about BC’s coastal forest industry and Coast Forest Products Association along with its member companies are doing just that.  With more than 38,000 people whose jobs and livelihoods rely on a healthy coastal forestry sector, it’s clear that forestry is an integral part of the fabric of coastal communities all over Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and up to Haida Gwaii.

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Investing in Our Future – Communities and Coastal Forestry

The theme of this year’s UBCM Convention is “navigating the local landscape.” Certainly our landscape in British Columbia’s coastal forest sector has changed dramatically over the years. This has had direct effects on the lives of people in towns and cities all over Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and north to Haida Gwaii.

The relationship that we have today with these communities is of key importance in fostering understanding and collaboration so we can grow and benefit from new opportunities together.

People have relied on coastal forestry as a major economic driver and as a way of life for well over a century. In 2012, the forest economy provided jobs for more than 38,000 people or more than an estimated 10% of jobs on the coast. This kept many communities stable and thriving. Today, as indicators point to market rebound, we see evidence that these numbers are climbing and that coastal forestry continues to be of fundamental importance to many others sectors (such as re-manufacturing). We are conducting research studies now to verify this trend and how we might best act on it.

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