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The Forest Industry Innovation Eco-system

March 6, 2014 Tree Talk Blog No comments

by David Lindsay, President and CEO

It never ceases to amaze me how much science and technology there is in the forest industry.  From the tree seedlings and harvesting practices in the forest, through to new products and uses of the fibre at the other end, our companies are constantly innovating and improving. 

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Catherine Cobden, presenting on a panel

The Forest Industry: A Green Contributor to Canada’s Energy Future

March 4, 2014 Tree Talk Blog No comments

By Catherine Cobden, Executive Vice-President, Forest Products Association of Canada

I was pleased that the Forest Products Association of Canada was invited to take part in the Canadian Energy Innovation Summit held in late February in Toronto. The summit was a valuable input to the provincial and territorial “Council of the Federation” efforts to develop a diversified Canadian Energy Strategy to help drive economic development and job creation while improving our environmental performance.

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February 18, 2014 Tree Talk Blog No comments

​By Ken Shields, CEO and President Conifex Timber

Recently  I had the pleasure of returning to my home town of Prince George BC to address the Natural Resources Forum, a gathering that provides an opportunity for a cross section of forestry, mining, energy, and pipeline industry officials to liaise with representatives of the Government of British Columbia as well as First Nations Leaders.

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February 7, 2014 Tree Talk Blog No comments

​As 2014 gets underway, and the global economy continues to climb back out of the depths of the 2008 economic crash, things are looking up for the forest products industry.   The International Monetary Fund (IMF) just published their most recent forecast and estimated that global economic output will grow by 3.7 percent.  The United States economy, which is still our industry’s most important export market, is expected to grow by 2.8 percent. China, our fastest growing customer for forest products, is predicted to grow by 7.5 percent.

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Etienne Belanger, Director of Forestry, FPAC


January 23, 2014 Tree Talk Blog No comments

Guest Blogger
Etienne Bélanger, Director of forestry, FPAC

Over the last few decades, growing recognition of Aboriginal skills and constitutionally protected interests in land and natural resources has led to an increase in Aboriginal involvement in forest management decisions.

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Feet walking on map of Canada

Giant Map makes a point of educating kids on the Boreal Forest

December 4, 2013 Tree Talk Blog No comments

​Socks with arrows on them; it gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘point your toes’.

Ellen Curtis is the Education Program Manager for the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.  As part of her job, she wears socks with a big bright red arrow on the top of each foot.  Those arrows are used to point out things as she walks on a giant map.

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Alberta Forest Products Association –It’s Not Just About the Oil Patch

October 21, 2013 Tree Talk Blog No comments

When we think about economic activity in the province of Alberta, we usually think about the oil patch. However the Alberta Forest Products Association is doing an excellent job of focusing attention on the contribution of the forest sector to that province ―something I found out while attending the AFPA’s recent conference in Jasper.

It was an excellent event with great participation from the Alberta government. Premier Redford was the keynote speaker on Thursday evening. Diana McQueen, the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Resources and five of her cabinet colleagues also participated in various sessions throughout the conference.​

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Catherine Cobden, Executive VP, FPAC


October 7, 2013 Tree Talk Blog No comments

Guest Blogger

Catherine Cobden, Executive Vice President, FPAC

​It was an extremely proud moment to be in Stockholm to witness a Canadian, Dr. Derek Gray accept the prestigious Marcus Wallenberg prize from the King of Sweden.  The prize is an international award – often referred to as the Nobel Prize for forest industry research – that has been established to “recognize, encourage and stimulate path-breaking scientific achievements”.  

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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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