COFI Convention 2014
Register now for COFI Convention 2014, April 2&3 at the Delta Grand Resort, Kelowna! Western Canada’s premier forest products convention promises to offer something for everyone. It traditionally … more
2014 COFI Annual Convention Legacy Scholarships
Applications for the COFI 2014 Annual Convention Legacy Scholarships will be available in January. Grade 12 students in the interior of BC enrolling in one of the ten … more
COFI Board & Minister Thomson Tour UBC Campus, Part 2
In early June COFI Board of Directors and Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations joined Brent Sauder, UBC Director of Strategic Partnerships, on a … more
British Columbia’s Forest Industry – Positioned to Succeed through Transformation and Innovation
Just as the history of British Columbia is inextricably linked to its vast forest resource, so too are its greatest opportunities for the future. Worldwide, the BC forest … more
The Voice of the British Columbia Interior Forest Industry
COFI works with governments, communities, organizations and individuals to ensure that forest policies in BC support the forest sector and, as a result, those who are dependent on the sector for business income or family supporting jobs. We work within the national and international (Japan, China, Korea) Canada Wood partnership to improve market access at home and overseas and to increase demand for our members’ products.
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Register Now! COFI Convention April 2&3 Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre, Kelowna BC
Western Canada’s premier forest products convention promises to offer something for everyone. It traditionally attracts over 400 delegates representing senior industry, government and customer representatives as well as elected officials from local, provincial and federal governments.
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COFI Board of Directors Announced
The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) announces a reconstituted Board of Directors consisting of 14 Chief Executive Officers representing forest companies operating in British Columbia’s interior. They are:
Ted Seraphim, West Fraser (Chair)
John Brink, Brink Forest Products
Alan Fitzpatrick, Nechako Lumber Co.
Dave Gandossi, Mercer International
Anne Giardini, Weyerhaeuser
Ron Gorman, Gorman Bros. Lumber
Don Kayne, Canfor
Bill Kordyban, Carrier Lumber
Martin Lorrion, Domtar
Rob Novak, Dunkley Lumber
Mac Palmiere, Louisiana Pacific Canada
Ken Shields, Conifex
Greg Stewart, Lakeland Mills
Steve Zika, Babine Forest Products
Remembering Ron Neil
The COFI Board of Directors and staff were deeply saddened to learn of Ron Neil’s passing on November 16, 2013. Ron served on COFI’s Board for many years with wisdom, kindness and enthusiasm. His commitment to COFI and the forest industry was evident in all he did.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Victoria on January 4th. For more information visit this page: Ronald (Ron) William Neil September 15, 1938 – November 16, 2013more
Watch Wood Innovation at Work in Northern BC
The Wood Innovation and Design Centre is being built in Prince George and is expected to be among the tallest modern wood buildings in the world when it is completed next summer. Funded by the Government of BC, construction features an all-wood structure on top of a concrete foundation, utilizing glulam beams, cross-laminated timber panels, and other wood products. UNBC will occupy nearly half of the building, providing Engineering classrooms, offices, a lecture theatre and research/teaching lab.
Click here for information about UNBC Engineering programs, a link to the Government of BC’s website about the Wood Innovation and Design Centre, and links to the webcams that will allow anyone to view the construction progress at any time from two vantage points: The top of the Ramada Hotel (looking west) and the Twisted Cork Restaurant (looking northeast).more