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.

“Fillers” – The 1958 Version of Twitter

July 30 2015

By Susan Murray, Vice-President Public Affairs, Forest Products Association of Canada

Whether it be the poetic “paper is the vehicle of thought” or the more prosaic “fibres in wood are called pulp”, they are among the one-line twitter-length “fillers” put together in 1958 by the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association, the precursor to FPAC.

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Forestry Ministers from Across Canada Meet in Northwestern Ontario

July 20 2015

​by David Lindsay, President and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada

One of the most beautiful summer spots in Canada is the Lake-of-the-Woods area in North Western Ontario. Kenora, on the shores of Lake of the Woods, was an ideal location for a policy summit on forestry innovation. 

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Policy and Canada’s Forest Products Industry

July 14 2015

by Julie Cafley, Vice-President, Canada's Public Policy Forum

As vice-president of Canada’s Public Policy Forum, I have the privilege of working with and learning from Canada’s most prominent thought leaders. My work with Forum often centers on Indigenous issues and Canadian natural resources.

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Beyond Question Period —a key Parliamentary committee issues smart report on the forest sector.

July 06 2015

by David Lindsay, President and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada

The perception most Canadians have about Parliament comes from Question Period. Television news coverage of the House of Commons tends to focus on the cut and thrust during this 45 minute slice of, what is usually, a very long day for politicians in Ottawa.

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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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