Convention Program

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Special thanks to our presenting sponsor

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

6:00 pm Ice Breaker Reception
Trade Show Areas
Sponsored by

Thursday, April 28, 2022


Thursday Platinum Sponsor

7:30 am Continental Breakfast
Co-sponsored by  
8:00 am Official Welcomes & Convention Opening
8:15 am Hon. Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests
8:30 am  Tracy Robinson, President and CEO, CN
9:00 am Keynote: Canada in the Changing Global Landscape: Key Risks & Opportunities for the Forest Products Sector

Robert Johnston, Special Advisor, Energy, Climate and Resources, Eurasia Group
Sponsored by

10:00 am Refreshment Break
Sponsored by
10:30 am

Keynote: Navigating Choppy Waters: BC and Canada’s Economic Opportunity in an Uncertain World

Jock Finlayson, Senior Policy Advisor, Business Council of British Columbia

Moderator: James Gorman, Vice President, Corporate and Government Relations, West Fraser
Sponsored by

11:15 am Spotlight: The Implications of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine on Global Lumber Markets

Paul Jannke, Principal, Lumber, Forest Economic Advisors

Moderator: Bart Bender, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Interfor

11:45 am Pre-Luncheon Reception
Co-sponsored by  
12:30 pm Luncheon Keynote: Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of International Development

Spotlight: Dr. Wenran Jiang, President, Canada-China Energy & Environment Forum

Luncheon co-sponsored by    
Student attendance sponsored by

2:15 pm From Net-Zero to Zero Waste: BC Forest Products – a Better Choice for the Planet

Kathy Abusow, President and CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Rocky Sethi, COO Mass Timber Lead for Adera Development
Graham Kissack, Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety and Corporate Communications, Paper Excellence

Moderator: Alexa Young, Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, COFI
Sponsored by

3:00 pm Refreshment Break
Sponsored by  
3:30 pm A Conversation with our CEOs

Don Kayne, President and CEO, Canfor
Ray Ferris, President and CEO, West Fraser
John Mohammed, President, Owner, A&A Trading Ltd.

Moderator: Bridgitte Anderson, President and CEO, Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
Sponsored by

4:15 pm Exhibitors Hospitality Hour
Tradeshow area



Co-sponsored by  

5:00 pm Networking Reception
Fairview Room



Entertainment by Encore the Duo: D’arcy Han and Michael Aihoshi
Co-sponsored by   

Friday, April 29, 2022


Friday Platinum Sponsor

7:45 am Buffet Breakfast
Breakfast co-sponsored by     
8:15 am Regional Chief Terry Teegee, BC Assembly of First Nations
8:30 am Keynote: Playing to Win: Purposeful Economic Growth for Canadians  

Carolyn Wilkins, Coalition for a Better Future Advisory Council Member 

Moderator: Fiona Macfarlane, Director, Western Forest Products

Sponsored by 

9:30 am Refreshment Break
Co-sponsored by    
10:00 am Spotlight: Forest Futures: Maintaining Momentum Toward Economic Reconciliation With Indigenous Peoples

JP Gladu, Principal, Mokwateh

Moderator: Celeste Haldane, Chief Commissioner, BC Treaty Commission

10:30 am Readying the Future Faces of Forestry

Jeff Bromley, Chair, Wood Council, United Steelworkers
Wayne Hand,
Dean, School of Construction and the Environment, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
Dr. Robert Kozak
, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Georgina Magnus, Forest Policy Analyst, COFI

Moderator: Michelle Ward, Senior Director, Communications & Government Relations, Canfor
Sponsored by

11:30 am Pre-Luncheon Reception
Co-sponsored by      
12:15 pm Luncheon Keynote:  Hon. John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia
Co-sponsored by
1:45 pm Program Concludes


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