Derek Nighbor | CEO
Derek previously served as Senior Vice-president with Food & Consumer Products of Canada, overseeing the organization’s strategic development in government relations and regulatory affairs. Before this he was Senior Vice President of Public Affairs with the Retail Council of Canada. Derek has also held senior political positions with the Government of Ontario, including two years as chief of staff to the province’s Consumer and Business Services Minister.
Derek is a member of the Board of Directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada and the Churchill Society for Parliamentary Democracy. He has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with an Option in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Paul Lansbergen | Vice President, Regulations and Partnerships
Paul joined FPAC in February 2002 as Director, Taxation and Business Issues, and was appointed Association Secretary later in the same year. Over the years, Paul’s role at FPAC has changed and expanded several times and in late 2012 he was promoted to Vice President, Regulations and Partnerships, and Corporate Secretary. Prior to FPAC, Paul was a federal political advisor and then Manager, Communications, at the Canadian Fertilizer Institute. Paul is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and has two degrees in Economics. He is on the Board of the Ottawa-Gatineau Chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives and volunteers with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.
Mark Hubert | Vice President, Environmental Leadership
As the Vice President of Environmental Leadership, Mark is committed to finding collaborative solutions between the industry and key stakeholders to consider the balanced importance of both environmental conservation and economic prosperity. He is the lead industry negotiator on the historic Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement and works closely with FPAC members to strategically position the sector as a world leader. He is the former Director, Sustainable Forest Management for FPAC, and before joining FPAC was an advisor with the British Columbia Ministry of Forests Economics and Trade division, International Relations Unit.
Mark has an operational forestry background in fire management, and also holds a degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.
Susan Murray | Vice President, Public Relations
Susan is responsible for media outreach, communications and public relations. Susan brings three decades of journalistic and international experience to FPAC. She worked for CBC throughout Canada and as a foreign correspondent, served as a political commentator for TV networks including TVO and won the Charles Lynch Award in recognition of her successful career in journalism. Susan was also Director of Communications for a federal minister and most recently served as senior communications strategist for the International Development Research Centre.
Simon Tuck | Senior Director, Public Relations
Simon is responsible for media outreach, communications and public relations. He brings two decades of experience as a journalist, including nine years in the Globe and Mail’s Ottawa bureau covering mostly political and business issues. Simon also worked for four other Canadian newspapers, CBC Radio, The China Post in Taiwan and won numerous awards during his reporting career. He has also taught journalism at Carleton University and has a Master’s degree in Political Science. Simon also spent several years working for the federal government. His roles included Director of a group of Industry Canada analysts who covered key Canadian manufacturing sectors, nanotechnology and value-added products and Deputy Commissioner (Public Affairs) of Canada’s Competition Bureau.
Joel Neuheimer | Senior Director, International Trade and Transportation, Corp Secretary
Joel has almost two decades of both federal government and industry experience working with the Canadian forest industry and its partners worldwide.
In his current role, Joel works with FPAC members and their partners to continually improve the global cost competitiveness of transportation issues for FPAC members. This includes changes to transportation legislation and regulations to reduce costs and improve service, and to accelerate port and border infrastructure improvements.
Joel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McGill University and a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
Robert Larocque | Senior Director, Environment and Labour Market Policies
Robert Larocque joined FPAC in April 2011 as Director, Environment and Labour Market Policies. Bob works with members companies on policy and technical issues relating to environmental regulations and forest product sector labour market activities. He is also responsible for environmental data collection and sustainability reporting for the pulp and paper and wood products sectors.
Before joining FPAC, Bob held several positions at Environment Canada in regard to mitigating the risk of toxic substances on the environment. He also worked previously as a process engineer in a large pulp mill.
Bob holds a B.Sc. in chemical engineering from the University of Ottawa.
Étienne Bélanger | Director, Forestry
As the Director of Forestry, Etienne provides FPAC members with informed advice on forest management issues, and leadership on the aboriginal affairs file. He took part in the creation and implementation efforts on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. He continues to contribute to the CBFA file and works on consensus building by seeking creative solutions.
Before joining FPAC in 2008, Etienne has worked in the domains of academic research and representation.
Etienne holds a M.Sc. degree in forest science from Université Laval and is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers du Québec.
Kate Lindsay | Director, Conservation Biology
Kate is responsible for working with FPAC members to advance the industry’s position on key legislative files such as Species at Risk, Migratory Birds, Fisheries Act, Climate Change and Biodiversity. She also works on behalf of FPAC members on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement providing insight and leadership on Goals 2 and 3 Nationally, as well as participating in Ontario and Newfoundland Regional Working Groups.
Kate is a registered Biologist who has held a variety of roles within the government and the forest industry. She has conducted extensive research and monitoring on species at risk, and has helped develop and implement policy on a number of files including provincial Riparian Area Regulations and the federal Fisheries Act.
Kate has a BSc in Biology and is a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio).
Cheryl Miltimore | Manager, Market Affairs
Cheryl joined FPAC in February 2002 and has been working on market issues for the past 8 years. She is currently responsible for the management of market relations projects in support of FPAC members’ industry profile and international trade advocacy initiatives. She is also responsible for managing FPAC’s library of communication materials. Prior to working at FPAC she worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in the International Education Marketing Department.
Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University.
Mahima Sharma | Analyst, Environment and Labour Market Policies
Since joining FPAC in 2012, Mahima has been responsible for the management and analysis of FPAC’s sustainability performance indicators for pulp, paper and wood products. Her work is instrumental in providing the industry with the latest, and most relevant data on the industry’s environmental performance, and ensuring that FPAC maintains its reputation for housing the most relevant scientifically-verified data. Mahima’s additional responsibilities include research and compilation of best management practices as it relates to the industry’s labour market issues, and informing FPAC members of funding programs relevant to the sector.
Mahima has completed a Master of Chemical Engineering, as well as two undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, and is currently pursuing a Master of Health Administration.
Fiona McDonald | Communications Coordinator
Fiona is responsible for the management of FPAC’s digital assets including websites, blogs and social media. She manages FPAC’s advertising initiatives and works on branding and strategic communications. Fiona also oversees The Greenest Workforce initiative, a human resources resource tool for the forest industry and she provides in house design services and support on event planning. She previously worked for a creative marketing agency and studied communications at Carleton University.
Fiona sits on the Young Professionals Committee of the Canadian Society of Association Executives.