In many ways the story of the forest products industry is the story of Canada; a proud past carved out of the wilderness and a promising future of innovation. Economics and engineering, history and human interest; the forest sector has something for everyone. Through this blog I hope to share some of those stories. From the tree seedlings in the nursery to the cut lumber used to build homes; from the chemicals in individual cells of trees to the medicines and cosmetics they become, there are amazing stories of science and innovation. The forest is a green renewable resource and the forest sector has an important contribution to make to the sustainable development of Canada and the global economy.
I hope you will become a regular reader of the President’s Blog and you will share your thoughts and engage in the dialogue about where forestry has come and where it is going. I’ll tell you what I’m thinking and I hope you will tell me what you are thinking about one of the most storied and interesting industries in the Canadian economy.
by David Lindsay, President and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada
As the voice of the Forest Products Industry of Canada in Ottawa, FPAC works closely with politicians, public servants, academics and stakeholders from other industry associations.
by Catherine Cobden, Executive Vice-President, FPAC
The recent FIBRE conference held in Montreal about the future of academic research into forest products was a good time to reflect back on successes to date.
by David Lindsay, President and CEO, FPAC
Recent discussions about forest destruction and deforestation in Canada may have caused undue confusion and alarm in the public.
by Wynet Smith, Executive Director, Global Forest Watch Canada
I recently participated in the Public Policy Forum’s Future of Forestry event held on March 27, 2015 in Ottawa.
By Gurminder Minhas, Managing Director, Performance BioFilaments
Canada's forest products sector is transforming and becoming more innovative―it's moving towards extracting more value from every tree in the form of bio-energy, bio-chemicals and other bio-materials. Canada is in an international race to produce these products and one of our key competitive advantages is our robust innovation system that includes the exciting research and development being undertaken by the academic sector.
David Lindsay, President and CEO