Forest Products Association of Canada

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Visit to Prince George

June 10, 2013 Tree Talk Blog

During a recent visit to Prince George B. C. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and speak with some students doing graduate work at the University of Northern British Columbia and toured one of the pulp mills in the community with Canfor General Manager Pete Lovell.

When touring an impressive facility, whether it is a mill with tens of millions of dollars of new equipment or a university campus with state of the art facilities, the most interesting part of my visits is usually talking with the people.

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Pulp and Paper Pavilion at Expo ‘67

June 3, 2013 Tree Talk Blog

During our 100th anniversary celebration at FPAC we are having lots of fun hearing from former employees and veterans of the forest industry from across Canada.

We established a Facebook page and are encouraging people to submit photos and share stories from the past.  If you haven’t checked out the Facebook page yet, be sure to do so.  If you have some stories or photos you think would be interesting additions to our timeline, please pass them along.

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David Lindsay, CEO, FPAC

Green Dream Internship Program

May 21, 2013 Tree Talk Blog

So how do you connect with the next generation?  What do they want? How do they communicate?  Where do they get their information about jobs and how do they make decisions about careers?

The Green Dream Internship Program was design by FPAC and our member companies to raise awareness among young college and university students ― to tell them about job opportunities in the forest sector.  It was designed to connect the industry with the next generation of workers and help young people become aware and enthused about a career in the forest industry.

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Greenestworkforce.ca web site

May 13, 2013 Tree Talk Blog

Given some of the bad news stories about the forest industry over the previous decade, I often get quizzical looks from people when I tell them that we need to hire at least 60,000 new employees from general labourers to highly specialized engineers by the year 2020.

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Pulp Mills and Parliament Hill

May 3, 2013 Tree Talk Blog

​The offices of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) are located in downtown Ottawa just a few blocks from Parliament Hill.  Our business is to be the voice for the forest industry and represent the industry’s views to the federal government so it makes sense that we are located in Ottawa.  

Today, most Canadians do not think of the national capital as a ‘lumber town’ but in fact, the history of the Ottawa valley was, in large part, built on lumber.  While the lumber business isn’t the dominant employer in the Ottawa Valley today, there are still a number of operating saw mills and some pulp and paper production in the area.

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