Vancouver, B.C. – The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) is pleased to announce that British Columbia’s Premier John Horgan will be a keynote speaker at COFI’s annual Convention as it returns to Vancouver’s JW Marriott Parq Hotel & Convention Centre April 27-29, 2022. The Premier will address delegates at 12:15pm on Friday, April 29. Minister Katrine Conroy will provide opening remarks to delegates on April 28.
“We are very pleased to welcome back Premier Horgan and Minister Conroy to speak to delegates at COFI’s annual convention,” said Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO of COFI. “An important conversation about the future of forestry is happening across B.C. We continue to believe that, working in partnership with government, Indigenous groups, labour and communities, the future can be bright. We look forward to hearing from Premier Horgan and Minister Conroy about how we can keep working together to make life better for people, help advance reconciliation and keep delivering low-carbon products to customers around the world seeking products that are a better choice for the planet”.
Over 700 delegates are expected to join the COFI Convention this year. In addition to remarks from Premier Horgan and Minister Conroy, featured sessions include:
- A keynote address from Hon. Mary Ng, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development;
- Perspectives from BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee on UNDRIP and the path forward;
- Insights from Eurasia Group’s Robert Johnston and Business Council of BC Senior Special Advisor Jock Finlayson on Canada and B.C.’s role in a changing world;
- Remarks from Tracy Robinson, President and CEO of CN;
- A discussion with forest sector CEOs Don Kayne, President & CEO of Canfor, Ray Ferris, President & CEO of West Fraser and John Mohammed, President & Owner of A&A Trading;
- Remarks from JP Gladu, principal of Mokwateh on forestry’s role in economic reconciliation; and
- A keynote from former Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada and Founding Member of the Coalition for a Better Future, Carolyn Wilkins regarding the group’s work to develop a winning economic plan that contributes to a better life for Canadians.
Delegates will also hear from several other speakers about the challenges and opportunities facing B.C.’s forest sector including two panels – on how B.C. forest products can help support the global drive to net-zero and zero waste and readying the future faces of forestry.
Additional speakers are to be announced and, of course, there will also be lots of networking opportunities throughout the conference – something that has been missing the past couple of years at virtual events.
“Times have been tough for everyone over the past couple of years and we’re excited to be able to get together and catch-up with everybody in-person this year and will continue to have protocols in place to keep people safe and healthy,” Yurkovich said.
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About the BC Council of Forest Industries
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. In addition to corporate members, COFI also provides Quality Control services to a broader group of companies.