Derek Nighbor | President and Chief Executive Officer
Derek is a native of Pembroke, Ontario and joined FPAC as President and CEO in March 2016.
Kate Lindsay | Senior Vice President
Kate is responsible for working with FPAC members to advance the industry’s position on key legislative files and environmental leadership, including; climate action, sustainability, adaptation and resiliency, species at risk and biodiversity conservation. Kate has been with FPAC for over eight years, prior to this role, she was VP, Sustainability and Environmental Partnerships and Director of Conservation Biology. Kate has been selected to participate in formal advisory roles to the federal government, including as co-lead of the Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC) and a member of the Pathway to Target 1, National Advisory Panel (NAP).
Kate is from British Columbia and prior to working at FPAC, Kate held roles with government, the forest industry and with an environmental consulting firm. Kate graduated with a BSc from the University of Victoria, and is a Registered Professional Biologist (R.P.Bio).
Joel Neuheimer | Vice President, International Trade, Transportation, HR, Corporate Secretary
Joel has over 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 FPAC members. This includes legislation, regulations, and agreements to reduce costs, improve service, and to accelerate improvements to the supply chain for members.
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.
Kerry Patterson-Baker | Vice President, Communications
Kerry Patterson-Baker Joins FPAC as a seasoned executive with 20+ years of hands-on experience inside multinational, government and non-profit organizations She is results-driven and brings significant cross-functional experience to the role with a background in communications, government relations, strategic marketing, and business development. Most recently, Kerry was National Director of Government Affairs at Symantec Corporation, the world’s largest provider of security products and solutions to prevent cyber-attacks. Prior to that, Kerry was Senior Advisor, Communications and Corporate Giving at TD Bank Group, and has also served in senior communications and corporate affairs roles at PwC, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft Canada.
Kerry is based in Ottawa and serves as Chair of the city’s Youth Services Bureau Foundation. Kerry holds a BA in Political Science from Carleton University.
Étienne Bélanger | Director, Forestry
As the Director of Forestry, Etienne provides FPAC members with informed advice on sustainable forest management issues, and leadership on the aboriginal affairs file.
Etienne joined FPAC in 2008 after completing a master on forest certification and the Québec forest regime. Early on at FPAC, Etienne had the opportunity to approach forest certification from the market angle in representing the sector from Las Vegas to Tokyo. Etienne role then focused on Canadian forestry issues including ecosystem-based management, forest certification standards and Aboriginal relationships.
Etienne holds a M.Sc. degree in forest science from Université Laval and is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers du Québec.
Mahima Sharma | Director, Environment, Innovation, and Mill Regulations
Mahima manages industry positions on specific environmental regulatory topics at the mill-level including climate change, water, air, and chemicals, and also oversees the innovation file to help position the sector in leveraging the power of biomass to support a low-carbon economy. In addition to this, Mahima oversees the analysis and reporting of key sustainability performance indicators including energy, environment, and health and safety parameters for the pulp and paper and wood products sectors. Her work is instrumental in ensuring that FPAC maintains its reputation for housing the latest and most relevant scientifically verified data on environmental performance. Mahima has also previously supported FPAC’s Labour Market Policies file.
Mahima has completed a Master of Chemical Engineering, as well as two undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. She also completed a Master of Health Administration, where she held an internship position with the senior leadership team at The Ottawa Hospital.
Mahima is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Volunteer Ottawa in the National Capital Region.
Anna Barrera | Senior Manager, Economics, Transportation and Trade Policy
Anna provides research and support in the areas of economics, international trade, transportation, and North American competitiveness. She manages FPAC’s monitoring and analysis on policy issues affecting Canadian forest products such as antidumping and countervailing duties, rail modernization, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), tax reform and the federal government budget.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Anna has developed an in-depth understanding of the importance of trade and economic issues through her previous experiences. Prior to joining FPAC, Anna held a number of consulting, research and policy positions with organizations including IQOM Commercial Intelligence in Mexico City, Environment Canada, and the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance and Dawson Strategic.
Anna has a Bachelor degree in International Business from the Tecnologico de Monterrey and a Masters Degree in International Trade from the University of Saskatchewan, and is part of the Organization of Women in International Trade – Ottawa.
Sarah Todgham | Manager, Sustainability and Environmental Regulations
Sarah holds a Masters in Forest Conservation (MFC) from the University of Toronto and B.A. Honors Specialization in Geographic Information Science from Western University. Prior to joining FPAC, she completed an internship with Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) Inc. researching the conservation impact of well-managed forests in regards to carbon, water, and biodiversity. Sarah also helped support legislation and policy direction through her work with ArborVitae Environmental Services comparing forest management sustainability frameworks.
As the Manager of Sustainability and Environmental Regulations, Sarah is responsible for conducting policy and legislative reviews and analyses, making recommendations on policy issues, implementing policy decisions and responding to inquiries regarding industry policies, programs, and initiatives.
Ben McArthur | Manager, Economics, Transportation, and Human Resources
As FPAC’s Manager for Economics, Transportation, and Human Resources, Ben provides research and analysis to support work on issues including sector competitiveness, supply chain performance, and human resources partnerships. He leads several FPAC data collection initiatives, working closely with FPAC’s Vice President, International Trade, Transportation, HR, Corporate Secretary and Senior Manager, Trade and Transportation.
Prior to joining FPAC in 2019, Ben held several research assistantships in digital humanities, international development, and political communications. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History from Western University in 2015, and a Master of Arts in International Studies from Simon Fraser University in 2019.”
Justin Veale | Coordinator, Communications and Climate Change Initiatives
Justin works closely with FPAC’s Vice President, Communications and FPAC’s membership to manage and support a variety of industry communications initiatives, including leading social media, graphic design, video production, and website management at FPAC. Justin also helps support the Environment, Human Resources, Indigenous, and Public Affairs departments in finance, event coordination, strategic outreach, and optimizing operational efficiency.
Justin Veale joined FPAC in January 2019. Before joining FPAC, Justin founded an online retail brand to help provide environmentally friendly and socially responsible household products to Canadians.
Justin holds a Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (B. CoMS) from Carleton University in Ottawa, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Youth Services Bureau Foundation of Ottawa.