President and CEO
David Lindsay became President and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) in September 2012.
He was most recently a senior Deputy Minister in the Government of Ontario in Energy and Infrastructure, Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Natural Resources, and Tourism and Culture. Before this, he was President and CEO of Colleges Ontario. Lindsay was founding President of the Ontario SuperBuild Corporation responsible for the infrastructure planning and privatization agenda of the Ontario government from 1999 to 2003. For two years he was President and CEO of the Ontario Jobs and Investment Board. From 1995 to 1997 he served as Principal Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Premier of Ontario.
Lindsay is a Director of several private sector and not for profit Boards and is a Governor of McMaster University and a Fellow of the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies. He has been a Director of the Ireland Park Foundation, the Ontario Innovation Trust, the World Wildlife Fund, the Canadian Tourism Commission, the Public Policy Forum and the Empire Club.
A Graduate of Queen’s University School of Business (Commerce ’81), he is married to Charmaine and has two adult children Tim and Sarah.
Executive Vice President
Catherine Cobden is the Executive Vice President of the Forest Products Association of Canada. In this capacity she provides leadership and develops strategy on key files of the Association to ensure an effective national voice for the forest products industry. She supports FPAC in helping its members become global leaders in sustainability; attract highly skilled workers; and transform for longer term economic success.
Catherine has been a committed advocate for advancing the industry’s competitive position and environmental performance for the past 24 years. She has played a leadership role in developing the Canadian Forest Sector Transformation Strategy, shepherded the landmark Bio-pathways study and launched a new dynamic direction for the sector – Vision2020 – in 2012.
Before joining FPAC, Catherine was an Ottawa-based government relations consultant with Fleishman Hillard and she also held several corporate positions within forest products companies throughout Canada.
She is a Board member of FPInnovations and the Canadian Bioenergy Association.
Catherine is a chemical engineer from the University of Toronto.
Vice President, Environmental Leadership
As the Vice President of Environmental Leadership, Mark is committed to finding collaborative solutions between the industry and key stakeholders to consider the balanced importance of both environmental conservation and economic prosperity. He is the lead industry negotiator on the historic Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement and works closely with FPAC members to strategically position the sector as a world leader. He is the former Director, Sustainable Forest Management for FPAC, and before joining FPAC was an advisor with the British Columbia Ministry of Forests Economics and Trade division, International Relations Unit.
Mark has an operational forestry background in fire management, and also holds a degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.
Vice President, Regulations and Partnerships, Corp Secretary
Paul joined FPAC in February 2002 as Director, Taxation and Business Issues, and was appointed Association Secretary later in the same year. Since joining FPAC, Paul has helped secure federal tax policy changes related to bioenergy and played an integral role in climate change negotiations with the federal government. Paul is also deeply involved in FPAC’s efforts on industry transformation and leads the Association’s management of the Bio-pathways Partnership Network. Over the years, Paul’s role at FPAC has changed and expanded several times and in late 2012 he was promoted to Vice President, Regulations and Partnerships, and Corporate Secretary. Prior to FPAC, Paul was a federal political advisor and then Manager, Communications, at the Canadian Fertilizer Institute. Paul is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and has two degrees in Economics.
Vice President, Public Relations
Susan is responsible for media outreach, communications and public relations. Susan brings three decades of journalistic and international experience to FPAC. She worked for CBC throughout Canada and as a foreign correspondent, served as a political commentator for TV networks including TVO and won the Charles Lynch Award in recognition of her successful career in journalism. Susan was also Director of Communications for a federal minister and most recently served as senior communications strategist for the International Development Research Centre.
As the Chief Economist at FPAC, Jean Francois provides insights into the industry’s competitiveness and global outlook. He works on the sector’s Vision2020 mandate, and collaborates closely with FPAC staff on data collection and reporting for members and governments in order to effectively craft intelligent policy solutions.
Before joining FPAC, Jean Francois held several positions with the Government of Canada, including Director General of the Labour Market Integration Directorate with HRSDC, and policy analyst with PCO and Finance.
Jean Francois holds a Master’s of Science degree in economics from the University of Montreal.
Senior Director, Environment and Labour Market Policies
Robert Larocque joined FPAC in April 2011 as Director, Environment and Labour Market Policies. Bob works with members companies on policy and technical issues relating to environmental regulations and forest product sector labour market activities. He is also responsible for environmental data collection and sustainability reporting for the pulp and paper and wood products sectors.
Before joining FPAC, Bob held several positions at Environment Canada in regard to mitigating the risk of toxic substances on the environment. He also worked previously as a process engineer in a large pulp mill.
Bob holds a B.Sc. in chemical engineering from the University of Ottawa.
Senior Director, International Trade and Transportation
Joel has almost two decades of both federal government and industry experience working with the Canadian forest industry and its partners worldwide.
In his current role, Joel works with FPAC members and their partners to continually improve the global cost competitiveness of transportation issues for FPAC members. This includes changes to transportation legislation and regulations to reduce costs and improve service, and to accelerate port and border infrastructure improvements.
Joel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McGill University and a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
Monica is responsible for the strategic development, branding and implementation of all of FPAC’s communications, new media, marketing and promotions activities. Previously Monica was responsible for FPAC’s communications, media and public relations. Monica has also worked for a public relations firm as a communications and government relations advisor on community and stakeholder engagement issues; as a ministerial aid for Industry Canada; as a project manager for the department of Industry Canada; and as a policy analyst and researcher for a national association.
Monica holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Ottawa and an MA in Environmental Education and Communication.
Director, Government and External Relations
Francesca joined FPAC in 2013 as Director of Government and External Relations. She brings to FPAC over 20 years of government relations and related work experience, and has in-depth knowledge of government/public affairs, policy and advocacy matters. Before joining FPAC, Francesca worked for the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), a federal Crown corporation. Her earlier experience spans the range of the government relations arena as she held positions with two national business associations, a financial services company and a national consulting firm. She also served 5 years in the federal government.
Francesca holds an M.A. in Public Administration from Carleton University, a B.A. in Economics from McGill University and is fluently bilingual (French and English).
As the Director of Forestry, Etienne provides FPAC members with informed advice on forest management issues, and leadership on the aboriginal affairs file. He took part in the creation and implementation efforts on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. He continues to contribute to the CBFA file and works on consensus building by seeking creative solutions.
Before joining FPAC in 2008, Etienne has worked in the domains of academic research and representation.
Etienne holds a M.Sc. degree in forest science from Université Laval and is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers du Québec.
Director, Conservation Biology
Kate is responsible for working with FPAC members to advance the industry’s position on key legislative files such as Species at Risk, Migratory Birds, Fisheries Act, Climate Change and Biodiversity. She also works on behalf of FPAC members on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement providing insight and leadership on Goals 2 and 3 Nationally, as well as participating in Ontario and Newfoundland Regional Working Groups.
Kate is a registered Biologist who has held a variety of roles within the government and the forest industry. She has conducted extensive research and monitoring on species at risk, and has helped develop and implement policy on a number of files including provincial Riparian Area Regulations and the federal Fisheries Act.
Kate has a BSc in Biology and is a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio).
Cheryl Miltimore has worked at FPAC in a variety of roles since 2002. She currently works with members on issues related to market access of Canadian forest products. Before working at FPAC she worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in the International Education Marketing Department.
Analyst, Environment and Labour Market Policies
Since joining FPAC in 2012, Mahima has been responsible for the management and analysis of FPAC’s sustainability performance indicators for pulp, paper and wood products. Her work is instrumental in providing the industry with the latest, and most relevant data on the industry’s environmental performance, and ensuring that FPAC maintains its reputation for housing the most relevant scientifically-verified data. Mahima’s additional responsibilities include research and compilation of best management practices as it relates to the industry’s labour market issues, and informing FPAC members of funding programs relevant to the sector.
Mahima has completed a Master of Chemical Engineering, as well as two undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, and is currently pursuing a Master of Health Administration.
Nancy is responsible for collecting and analyzing the economic performance of Canada’s forest products industry and how it relates to the economy at large. Her ability to synthesise and analyze the data on a variety of economic indicators such as the changing metrics on international trade, the bio-energy file, and research and development activities within the sector, helps to better position FPAC and its members on core lobbying initiatives. Nancy is familiar with Ottawa’s political landscape having worked for the federal government and the City of Ottawa.
Nancy has a BA Honours from Mount Allison University and a BComm Honours from the University of Ottawa.