Who We Are

Coast Forest – Staff

  • R.M. (Rick) Jeffery, President & CEO

    Leading Coast Forest Products Association since 2004, Rick has 30 years of experience in the coastal forest sector.  He ensures that the members have fair access to the global marketplace and are supported by government policy.

  • Les Kiss, Vice President, Forestry

    With over 35 years in the coastal forestry sector, Les is one of the founding members of Coast Forest. He provides the Association with valuable expertise in forest policy and pricing.

  • Barry Ford, Marketing Director (Offshore Markets)

    Barry has been with Coast Forest since 2003 and has over 30 years of industry sales and marketing experience.  At Coast Forest he represents our members in the overseas markets, including Japan, China, India and Europe.

  • Susan Gagnon, Vice President, Communications and Research

    Charged with building the new communications program and further developing the research program, Susan joined Coast Forest in 2012. She brings with her 15 years’ experience in building new programs, ventures and campaigns.

  • Yao Qin, Accountant

    The Coast Forest accountant since 2012, Yao prepares all the financial information and maintains the cost finding, reporting and internal control procedures to keep the Association running smoothly.

  • Kari Barrett, Communications Coordinator

    Kari has worked as communications coordinator since 2013, providing support and assistance to the Coast Forest Communications and Research Program with a focus on social media and digital communications.

  • Eric Bachen, Fraser River Marine Patrol

  • Shanghai Office
    Armstrong Chu
    , China Project Director

  • Tokyo Office
    Chuck Tanaka
    , Japan Project Manager