President's Blog

Welcome to “President’s Blog”

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.

Canada’s Forest Products Industry: Growing a Greener Tomorrow

June 18 2015

​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.

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Academics: Creative Catalyst for Forest Sector Innovation

May 27 2015

​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. 

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Canada’s Forests: Near Zero Deforestation

May 08 2015

​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.

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Accountability and Transparency in Canada’s Forests

April 27 2015

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.

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University Researchers – a Big Boost for Innovation

April 13 2015

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.

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