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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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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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Coast Forest Products Association Congratulates New BC Government

Coast Forest Products Association would like to take this opportunity to congratulate British Columbia’s 36th premier, John Horgan and his newly sworn in cabinet.

Our Association would also like to give special acknowledgement to Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Scott Fraser, Minister of Environment & Climate Change Strategy George Heyman, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology Bruce Ralston, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills & Training Melanie Mark and Parliamentary Secretary for Trade George Chow.

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