Forest Products Association of Canada

Board of Directors

Brad Thorlakson, Chair of the Board | President and CEO

Tolko Industries Ltd.

Brad Thorlakson is the third generation of Thorlakson to lead Tolko since it was founded in 1956. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He began his career at the Lavington Planer Mill and progressed through the company to the position of Vice President of Marketing and Sales before becoming CEO and President in February 2010. During his career, Mr. Thorlakson has been involved in all aspects of the business, on both the operational and corporate sides, which has well prepared him to provide knowledgeable, experientially-based, leadership and direction for Tolko’s manufacturing facilities and marketing and sales divisions. Mr. Thorlakson studied Business Administration at Okanagan University College in Vernon, British Columbia.


Dale Bencharsky | Executive Vice President, COO and CFO

Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.


Michael (Mike) O’Blenis | CEO

AV Group NB Inc.


Don Kayne | President & CEO

Canfor Corporation


Brett Robinson | President

Canfor Pulp Ltd.


Ken Shields | CEO, President

Conifex Timber Inc.


Tomoyuki (Steve) Iida | President

Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd.


Kevin Edgson | President & CEO

EACOM Timber Corporation


Yvon Pelletier | President & CEO, Fortress Paper

Fortress Paper Ltd.


Brad Southern | CEO

Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd.


David M. Gandossi | President & CEO

Mercer International


J. Craig Armstrong | President & CEO

Millar Western Forest Products Ltd.



Yves Laflamme | President and Chief Executive Officer

Resolute Forest Products

Mr. Laflamme previously held various positions at the company, including as senior vice president, wood products, global procurement and information technology, from January 2011 to January 2018; senior vice president, wood products, from October 2007 to January 2011; senior vice president, woodlands and sawmills of Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. from 2006 to October 2007; and as vice president, sales, marketing and value-added wood products operations of Abitibi-Consolidated from 2004 to 2005. He is a 37-year veteran of the industry, as well as of Resolute and its predecessor companies.


Ted Seraphim | President & CEO

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.


Fred Dzida | President

Weyerhaeuser Company Limited



Mark Feldinger | Senior Vice President, Forestry/Environment & Energy

Canfor Corporation

Hans Thur | Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Conifex Timber Inc.

Joerg Goetsch | General Manager of Corporate Affairs

Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd.

Fred Fominoff | General Manager Fibre & Energy

Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Corp.

Mac Palmiere | Regional Operations Manager, Canada

Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd.

Seth Kursman | Vice President, Corporate Communications, Sustainability and Government Affairs

Resolute Forest Products

Bob Fleet | Vice President, Forestry & Environment

Tolko Industries Ltd.

James Gorman | Vice-President, Corporate & Government Relations

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.