Applications due November 17th, 2023
The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) represents the majority of lumber, pulp and paper, and manufactured wood producers across the province – an industry that remains a cornerstone of the economy, supporting good jobs and a better quality of life for British Columbians.
COFI advocates for the interests of its members and works with government, First Nations, communities, labour and other partners to promote a healthy, diversified and sustainable forest industry that benefits people and families across BC.
As BC’s forest industry continues to adapt and evolve, our vision is to be a globally competitive forest sector that continues to deliver low-carbon products that are good for the planet and is a model for the world in environmental care, product innovation and technological advances.
To achieve this vision, we recognize our environmental, social, governance and economic performance must reflect the evolving priorities of our communities of interests, including employees, communities, Indigenous Peoples, supply chain partners, customers, shareholders, investors and governments.
Community Relations & Indigenous Partnerships
BC’s forest sector has long been the cornerstone of the economy, supporting good jobs and healthy communities across the province. Strong relationships between industry and community are vitally important to us. COFI supports our members in maintaining dialogue with communities, sharing important information about forestry activities and working to understand community priorities and concerns.
Indigenous communities are vital to BC’s forest sector as owners, business stewardship partners and employees. Many Nations are licensees and engage in unique partnerships with COFI member companies including through joint ventures and tenure, co-management and reconciliation protocol agreements – playing a critical role in the governance and stewardship of forest lands and resources. Indigenous-affiliated contractors and entrepreneurs are also providing logging, road construction, firefighting, silviculture as well as other services and supplies. Additionally, more than 5,300 Indigenous people are directly employed in forestry, contributing skills, knowledge and know-how across the sector.
COFI and our members are proud of the relationships we have established over many years, but we know there is more work to do. Read our Statement on Reconciliation to learn more about our commitment to working to support reconciliation and growing Indigenous participation in the forest industry.
COFI provides a voice for the B.C. forest sector by engaging with stakeholders, communities and media to provide current information about the industry. Through COFI’s Annual Convention, which hosts the largest gathering of the forest sector in Western Canada, to public and community presentations, as well as COFI’s website and social media, COFI provides up-to-date information about key issues, challenges and opportunities of the B.C. forest sector.
Government Relations & Policy
Overseas Market Development
COFI member companies strive to be a globally competitive forest sector that is a model for the world in product innovation, technological advances and environmental care – supporting skilled jobs and communities in BC. To achieve this vision, our members recognize our environmental, social, governance and economic performance must reflect the evolving priorities of communities of interest including employees, communities, Indigenous peoples, supply chain partners, customers, shareholders, investors and governments.
Guiding COFI and our members in the work we do each day is our Statement of Sustainability Commitments.
Board of Directors
COFI is governed by a Board of Directors who provide strategic direction to the organization. Board members are chief executives at their respective companies
Nick Arkle, Gorman Bros.
Mike Blosser, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
Thomas Hoffman, Kruger Inc.
Ian Fillinger, Interfor Corporation
Steven Hofer, Western Forest Products
David Graham, Weyerhaeuser Company Limited
Ray Ferris, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd.Lumber Ltd.
Juan Carlos Bueno, Mercer International
Dick Jones, Teal Jones Group
Bill Kordyban, Carrier Lumber Ltd.
John Mohammed, A&A Trading Ltd.
Rob Novak, Dunkley Lumber Ltd.
Ken Shields, CONIFEX Timber Inc.
Greg Stewart, Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd.
Steve Zika, Babine Forest Products Ltd.
Rob Gough, Mosaic Forest Management
The member companies that COFI represents range from some of the largest publicly-traded companies to mid-sized companies, family-owned companies and smaller niche operators. In addition to corporate members, COFI also provides Quality Control services to a broader group of companies.
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