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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COFI Convention 2015 –
April 8-9, 2015 in Prince George.
Western Canada’s premier forest products convention promises to offer something for everyone. Click here for more information.
Wood WORKS! 11th Annual Wood Design Awards
The 11th annual awards evening will recognize leadership and innovation in wood use, while being an opportunity to publicly honour and encourage continued excellence in the building and design community. More
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Current Forest Industry News
Mike Manojlovic remembered for pioneering spirit, perseverance
The Council of Forest Industries joins the rest of the interior forest industry in celebrating the life and achievements of Manjolo (Mike) Manojlovic. “Nechako Mike” as he was known, passed away January 27, 2015 on his 85th birthday.
“From humble beginnings, Mr. Manojlovic was determined to leave a legacy for his family,” said James Gorman, President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries. “He did more than that. He left a legacy of innovation for a whole industry, one that the company he leaves behind continues to build upon to this day.”more
Report Reaffirms BC Forest Industry Remains a Leading Contributor to Provincial Economy
FEBRUARY, 5 2015 VANCOUVER: An economic impact report by international consulting firm MNP shows the continuing importance of the forest industry to the province of B.C.
The report, commissioned by a group of industry trade associations representing every region of the province, and endorsed by Resource Works Society, shows the forest products manufacturing industry is still a mainstay of the provincial economy from Victoria to Fort St. John, and remains the economic driver of at least 40 per cent of the province’s communities and the people who live in them.more
Ross Gorman’s legacy remembered by the BC Interior forest industry
October 18th, 2014 – It was with a heavy heart that leaders of the BC Interior forest industry learned of the passing of Ross Gorman on Friday, October 18.
“Ross was committed to the company he and his brother built from the day they fired up their first sawmill to the very end, visiting the mill in West Kelowna almost every day for the past 60 years,” said James Gorman, President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries (no relation to Ross Gorman). “Ross, along with his brother John, was a pioneer in the industry whose legacy will be one of community, loyalty and value.”
Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd. has specialized in creating added value from BC’s naturally-abundant resources since it was founded by Ross and his brother John in 1953. But the Gorman reputation extends far beyond the manufacturing of boards from timber. It is one built on a strong work-ethic, customer and employee loyalty, and the company’s and family’s endless contributions to their community.
“All of us working in forestry in BC today owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Gorman and the whole Gorman family for the role they played and continue to play in establishing the world-leading industry we have today. The strong values and culture of Gorman Bros. are well known across our industry,” said COFI Board Chair Ted Seraphim.
Gorman Bros. employs over 300 people at its West Kelowna mill, with over 1,000 employees in total at its Southern Interior operations.
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News Release – Trade mission honours work to rebuild Japan in earthquake aftermath
TOKYO, JAPAN – A ceremony marking efforts to help reconstruct communities impacted by Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami was a highlight of a busy day for B.C.’s Forestry Asia Trade Mission.
The ceremony, which included the presentation of a plaque commemorating joint effort to build a centre for people with physical and mental disabilities, was followed by trade mission delegates presenting awards in the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association’s design competition.