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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

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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Congratulations Joe Nemeth

Coast Forest Products Association would like to extend its sincere congratulations to Mr. Joe Nemeth for his recent appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer at Catalyst Paper. We have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Nemeth during his 30 years in the forestry sector. He has demonstrated both leadership and an acute knowledge of the industry through his executive positions in sales, marketing and operations.

Mr. Nemeth’s most recent role was that of President and CEO of Canfor Pulp. His proficiency in operations and management will be an invaluable asset to both Catalyst Paper and BC’s Coastal Forest sector.

We look forward to working with Mr. Nemeth in his new capacity.

Remembering Graham Lea

Graham Lea knew politics and he knew people. Working with Graham lead me to realize they are inextricably linked. Politics is as much about listening and managing people is it is about policies and procedures. Graham knew that to get things done you needed not only to understand the issues and have your research done but you also needed to understand the interests and needs of the other involved parties. He was fond of saying that a solution that killed the other guy was no solution at all. He knew interest based negotiations long before it became a fad. He also taught me that pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered. Read more

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.”

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

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