Forest Products Association of Canada

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The International Face of Forestry

September 16, 2013 Tree Talk Blog No comments

The first sentence on our website states, “The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is the voice of Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs.”

There are similar national organizations representing the forest sector around the world.  During my first year at FPAC, I’ve had the privilege to meet and get to know some of the leaders of the forest product associations from Japan, Brazil, the United States, Europe, and elsewhere.

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Photo of an Indian woman in a traditional sari

Bollywood Movies and Canadian Trees

August 1, 2013 Tree Talk Blog No comments

When I tell people about new forest products being produced in Canada, I sometimes say that fibre from a tree grown in Canada this year might show up in a costume of a Bollywood movie next year.   I use this example to demonstrate both the international reach of our industry and the innovative new uses of Canada’s forest products.

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New Brunswick – Home of the world’s largest axe

July 23, 2013 Tree Talk Blog No comments

There is a town in New Brunswick which claims to have the world’s largest axe and I don’t think I can prove them wrong.  I’ll tell you where it is and more about it in a minute.

Last month I visited Fredericton, New Brunswick as part of our FPAC 100th anniversary speaking tour.  I was invited by my friend Mark Arsenault, president and CEO of the New Brunswick Forest Products Association (NBFPA), to participate in their semi-annual meeting of members. . In preparation for that meeting I did a little research about New Brunswick and the forest sector in that province.

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Ottawa – Its Roots As A Lumber Town

June 18, 2013 Tree Talk Blog No comments

​What is the connection between the African country of Algeria and the history of Canada’s lumber industry?

Algeria,Africa’s largest country, is located on the Mediterranean Sea and reaches south into the Sahara.  With 37 million people, Algeria has a slightly larger population than Canada and is a member of OPEC based on its oil and natural gas economy.  

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Visit to Prince George

June 10, 2013 Tree Talk Blog No comments

During a recent visit to Prince George B. C. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and speak with some students doing graduate work at the University of Northern British Columbia and toured one of the pulp mills in the community with Canfor General Manager Pete Lovell.

When touring an impressive facility, whether it is a mill with tens of millions of dollars of new equipment or a university campus with state of the art facilities, the most interesting part of my visits is usually talking with the people.

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Pulp and Paper Pavilion at Expo ‘67

June 3, 2013 Tree Talk Blog No comments

During our 100th anniversary celebration at FPAC we are having lots of fun hearing from former employees and veterans of the forest industry from across Canada.

We established a Facebook page and are encouraging people to submit photos and share stories from the past.  If you haven’t checked out the Facebook page yet, be sure to do so.  If you have some stories or photos you think would be interesting additions to our timeline, please pass them along.

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David Lindsay, CEO, FPAC

Green Dream Internship Program

May 21, 2013 Tree Talk Blog No comments

So how do you connect with the next generation?  What do they want? How do they communicate?  Where do they get their information about jobs and how do they make decisions about careers?

The Green Dream Internship Program was design by FPAC and our member companies to raise awareness among young college and university students ― to tell them about job opportunities in the forest sector.  It was designed to connect the industry with the next generation of workers and help young people become aware and enthused about a career in the forest industry.

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Greenestworkforce.ca web site

May 13, 2013 Tree Talk Blog No comments

Given some of the bad news stories about the forest industry over the previous decade, I often get quizzical looks from people when I tell them that we need to hire at least 60,000 new employees from general labourers to highly specialized engineers by the year 2020.

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Pulp Mills and Parliament Hill

May 3, 2013 Tree Talk Blog No comments

​The offices of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) are located in downtown Ottawa just a few blocks from Parliament Hill.  Our business is to be the voice for the forest industry and represent the industry’s views to the federal government so it makes sense that we are located in Ottawa.  

Today, most Canadians do not think of the national capital as a ‘lumber town’ but in fact, the history of the Ottawa valley was, in large part, built on lumber.  While the lumber business isn’t the dominant employer in the Ottawa Valley today, there are still a number of operating saw mills and some pulp and paper production in the area.

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Forest Products and Trade Relations

April 15, 2013 Tree Talk Blog No comments

Canada is a trading nation.  We export over $454 billion of products around the world every year and forest products make up a significant percentage of total Canadian exports.  In fact, through much of the 20th century, forest products were the dominant export from Canada.

As part of our work in Ottawa, FPAC represents the forest industry’s position on various trade issues and helps our member companies with trade concerns.  So I was both pleased and honoured to be asked to join Minister of International Trade Ed Fast at a private luncheon for the outgoing Ambassador of Japan, Kaoru Ishikawa.

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