Vancouver, B.C. – More than 600 forest industry leaders, government officials, local government and Indigenous leaders will attend COFI’s 2021 Virtual Convention on Thursday, April 8, 2021, from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. The conference will explore issues facing the B.C. and Canadian forest sectors, such as trade with United States, reconciliation with Indigenous communities, and forest policy.

The agenda includes opening remarks by Hon. Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development, a keynote address by Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States, and a closing keynote address by Hon. John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia.

Media are invited to attend specific sessions or the full convention. The convention agenda is below.


8:40 am Remarks from Hon. Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development
8:50 am Keynote: Kirsten Hillman, Ambassador of Canada to the United States
9:40 am The Path Forward: Perspectives from B.C. Regional Chief Terry Teegee
9:50 am Panel: Reconciliation Through Partnerships

  • Robert J. Dennis Sr., Chief Councillor, Huu-ay-aht First Nations
  • Brian Butler, United Steelworkers Local 1-1937
  • Don Demens, President & CEO, Western Forest Products
  • Moderated by Shannon Janzen, Vice President & Chief Forester, Western Forest Products
10:30 am Panel: Conversation with CEOs

  • Ray Ferris, President & CEO, West Fraser
  • Don Kayne, President & CEO, Canfor
  • Jeff Zweig, President & CEO, Mosaic Forest Management
  • Moderated by: Bridgette Anderson President & CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
11:15 am Keynote: Hon. John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia


For further information, or for media registration, please contact:
Ralph Eastman
[email protected]

BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI)

TEL: 604-684-0211