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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

The Future of Coast is Now

As Coast Forest Products Association completes its final days of operation, I’m reminded of the fact that while the players may change, the coastal forest sector is – and will always be an important and permanent fixture in British Columbia.  In this job I have said a thousand times that every day the men and women in this industry show up, roll up their sleeves and get to work.  It is this work ethic, integrity, innovation, thoughtfulness and respect for the land that has allowed the industry to meet its challenges.

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Building Overseas Opportunities

Given the uncertainty in international trade agreements, market diversification is vital to the health of the coastal forest industry.  Early this March, FII India led another delegation from British Columbia and Canada on a trade mission to India to gain further understanding of the opportunities for Canadian wood.  Coast Forest Products Association represented BC’s coastal forest sector on this trip.

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Les Kiss

Vice President, Forestry, Coast Forest Products Association

With 40 years of work experience, I have learned a few lessons

Recently I’ve been asked, “What have you learned with over 40 years of coastal forestry work experience?” After some reflection, what follows are my thoughts.

Some would say getting older gives you increased perspective and wisdom. I can say with certainty, the coastal forestry business has changed a great deal in the last 40 years, but more in its form than in its fundamentals.

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2018 BC Wood Design Awards a Great Success!

Another year, another amazing display of innovative wood design! Wood WORKS! BC celebrated the 14th year of the BC Wood Design Awards with an impressive lineup of beautiful wood designs and wood construction from across the province.

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Statement on the fire at Terminal Forest Product’s Mainland Sawmill Division

Our thoughts today at Coast Forest are with all of those affected by this morning’s fire at Terminal Forest Product’s Mainland Sawmill Division.  The well-being and safety of these men and women are foremost on our minds during this difficult time.

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Rick Jeffery

President & CEO, Coast Forest Products Association

Reflections on a Year Past – And a New Voice for a New Year

2017 was a year when British Columbia’s coastal forest industry was re-affirmed, once again, as an important cornerstone sector to growing BC’s strong and sustainable economy.  A new economic study by PwC found that $12.9 billion of our province’s GDP comes from forestry with government receiving $4 billion in tax revenue every year from the sector.  It also found that 140,000 British Columbians rely on forestry for their jobs with the stability of 140 BC communities dependent on a healthy industry.

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BC’s Largest-Ever Forestry Trade Mission to Asia a Success

This fall, Coast Forest joined Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson on BC’s largest-ever forestry trade mission to Asia. Along with 30+ delegates from across British Columbia’s forest industry, Coast Forest met with key government and industry players in China and Japan, working to expand markets, enhance relationships, and raise the value of BC wood products.

Left: FLNRO Minister Doug Donaldson meets with Jiangsu MOHURD officials to discuss wood-frame construction. Centre: Delegates of the largest-ever B.C. Forestry Trade Mission to Asia start the mission at Dream Home Canada in Shanghai. Right: Bob Matters, Steelworkers-Wood Council Chairperson, and Rick Jeffery, President & CEO of Coast Forest, at the Tokyo Home Show.

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Coast Forest and The Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC Spread Holiday Cheer!

In the spirit of Christmas, Coast Forest and The Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC team up to bring some holiday cheer to a family in need! For the 5th year in a row, the two are working together to support the Boys and Girls Club Holiday Hamper, providing a deserving family with a Christmas hamper. Filled with gifts, both essential and exciting, the hampers delivers everything from grocery cards, toiletries, and warm clothes, to toys, treats, gift cards, and more!

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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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