In March of 1913, a meeting was held at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto to set up an association aimed at the promotion of the pulp and paper sector. And so, 100 year ago, the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association was born, a group that lives on under its new name, the Forest Products Association of Canada. FPAC will be celebrating its 100th anniversary all this year under the theme of a “Proud Past and Promising Future”.
The impact of the forest products industry on the history of Canada is immense. It helped shape the Canada we know today: the timber trade and then the pulp and paper industry brought investment and immigration to Canada; it fostered economic development and transformed the landscape by encouraging the building of town and villages and the opening of roads and railways; it had a broader reach into every region of Canada than any other industry, past or present; the pulp and paper industry was the largest employer, the largest exporter and overall the largest contributor to the Canadian economy for about 75 years of the 20th Century.
However FPAC will also use this year to highlight the dynamic future of the Canadian forest sector as it transforms to meet its potential in the 21st Century. We will be focusing attention on Vision2020 ― it sets ambitious goals in the area of products, environmental performance and people. To learn more about Vision2020 go to: http://www.fpac.ca/vision2020