Coastal Clarion - Newsletter

Winter 2016Volume 25

President’s Perspective

Ensuring the Forest Economy Continues to Provide the Standard of Living that British Columbians Enjoy

Our forest economy is modern and innovative - and as important as ever to the standard of living we enjoy as Canadians and coastal British Columbians. Therefore, as we prepare for 2017, we need to be aware of the fact that forestry jobs support the middle class, pay better than jobs in most other sectors, and are comparatively resistant to wage erosion. On the Coast, this translates to 38,000 forestry-dependent livelihoods which, in turn, keep communities like Port Alberni, Campbell River and Nanaimo and urban centres like Vancouver vibrant and alive. Read More.

B.C.'s coastal forest sector provides good paying jobs for people living in coastal communities. Family-run seedling nurseries are just one example. Photo courtesy of

Rick Jeffery

Rick Jeffery
President & CEO,
Coast Forest Products Association

Success from "LEAN" Process in Coastal Log Handling Suggests Promise for Future Collaboration

As background, the Coast Log Handling Project was the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operation's (FLNRO) first foray into a LEAN process with an industry partner. By definition, LEAN manufacturing or production is a systematic method for the elimination of what is deemed to be waste within a manufacturing system. Read More.

Continuing to Build Market Access for Coastal Forestry on Asian Trade Mission

This fall, Coast Forest Products Association was once again part of a 10-day Forestry Asia Trade Mission led by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) Minister Steve Thomson. The Province's focus for this mission was to further broaden and enhance market diversification for the B.C. forest sector across global markets. Read More.

Above left: FII International Marketing VP Bruce St. John visits Mitsui Homes in Japan as snow covers Tokyo for the first time in 53 years. Above right: Coast Forest President & CEO Rick Jeffery with Paul Newman from Canada Wood. Below: Rick Jeffery (left), Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations (middle) and Forest Products Association of Canada CEO Derek Nighbor (right) in attendance for one of the many discussions held during the 2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission.

BC Wood Species Extensively Featured in India's First Completed Commercial Demonstration Project

The use of B.C. wood species is even more apparent in India now that the first commercial demonstration project is complete. Kaput Villa, located in the state of Himachal Pradesh, was made possible with the support of Forestry Innovation Investment's (FII) office in India. Among the species used extensively in both structural and appearance applications throughout the project was Douglas fir, provided by Western Forest Products and Teal Jones Group. FII India is working on a five-year plan that will showcase the facility through promotional and educational opportunities. Public tours and special events will be part of that plan.

Coast Forest Supports Recommendations in Commission on Tax Competitiveness Report

Coast Forest Products Association is pleased with the recommendations put forward in the recently launched report from the Commission on Tax Competitiveness. The health of the coastal forest industry of British Columbia is key to a strong provincial economy and stable livelihoods for British Columbians. The sector provides $400 million annually to B.C. in taxes which, in turn, provide infrastructure, healthcare and education - as well as 38,000 jobs to people living in rural and urban communities. Eleven percent of the coastal B.C. GDP relies on the coastal forest sector. Read More.

FPInnovations: Shaping the Future of the Forest Sector

Inspired by an ambitious new vision, FPInnovations developed a comprehensive five-year Strategic Action Planlast year to drive the transition of Canada's forest sector. Through initiatives that go beyond existing boundaries and traditional approaches, FPInnovations' efforts aim to ensure the competitiveness and sustainability of the sector. Read More.

FPInnovations is Opening Doors

In a recent parliamentary ceremony entitled Opening Doors - A Coming Together of Traditional Indigenous Culture and Advanced Technology, FPInnovations showcased coastal BC artwork that combined ancient tradition with new technology. Read More.

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Holiday Tradition Lives On

Nobody would ever challenge that being a parent is hard work - so just try to imagine doing the job single-handedly without the safety net of a steady income and three children with big appetites? Then add a sub-zero holiday season into the mix. As in years past, Coast Forest staff is helping out the Boys & Girls Club of South Coast BC to brighten the holidays for a family-in-need with gifts of warm clothes, groceries, gifts cards, toys, and a few other fun treats. Read More

CFPA Members in the Media

British Columbia's section of The Great Trail is now one step closer to province-wide connection, thanks in part to a recent $100,000 donation from TimberWest. Read More

Western Forest Products helps restore Japan's tall ship. Read More

TimberWest and Ducks Unlimited Canada celebrated a momentous occasion with the announcement of TimberWest's donation of the entire Somenos lakebed to Ducks Unlimited Canada. Read More

Read mention of Terminal Forest Products' Asa Johal who turned a very modest start into a thriving business that gives back to community. Read More

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Touring tall wood buildings in w/ @Steve4Kelowna@COFI_INFO@CoastForest. Huge opportunity for wood. @FPAC_APFC

This piece by @YahooCanada answers why #forestry is one of the best jobs in #Canada

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In Memory of Alison Dow

A few of the kind words received from our members about Alison's impact on their lives:

"Alison was great and we all miss her smiling face coming off the elevator."

"I will miss Alison's smiling face and happy spirit all the times I would encounter her at the Coast Forest Products Associations office. She was a wonderful young woman."

"I will always remember Alison's smiling face and wicked sense of humour."

About Coast Forest

About Coast Forest

Photo by Ken Hall

Coast Forest Products Association represents a modern industry made up of forestry companies that produce logs, lumber and pulp and paper.

Coast Forest companies are known for their world-leading stewardship practices and focuses on sustainability. They represent an innovative, high-tech industry that is creating a growing array of forest and wood products for expanding overseas and domestic markets.

Big news! Coast Forest and COFI have come together as one
organization for a stronger, unified voice for BC's forest industry.
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