2015 COFI Annual Convention Legacy Scholarships
Applications for the COFI 2015 Annual Convention Legacy Scholarships are available now. Grade 12 students in the interior of BC enrolling in one of the ten BC interior … more
COFI Convention 2014
Thanks for attending! PDF files for most presentations are available for viewing or download here. Mark your calendars for COFI Convention 2015 – April 8-10 in Prince George. … 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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Current Forest Industry News
COFI Tokyo Technical Director Receives Dr. Sugiyama Award
Japan Timber Engineering Society (JTE) today presented Hidehiko Fumoto with the 2014 Dr. Hideo Sugiyama Award for contributions to the Japanese timber engineering industries. Hidehiko Fumoto, Deputy Director & Manager Technical Services of the Canada Wood/Council of Forest Industries Canada (COFI), is the first recipient who belongs to a non-Japanese organization. The award was presented by JTE Fund Management Committee Chair Dr. Ando at a special ceremony at Yayoi Hall in University of Tokyo.more
Free training seminars on preventing fires and explosions in wood products manufacturing facilities
Combustible dusts pose a risk of fire and explosion when specific conditions exist. Awareness of these conditions is the first step towards establishing an effective combustible dust hazard control program. It is critical that the management and staff of sawmills and other wood products manufacturing facilities gain knowledge in the area of hazard recognition, evaluation and analysis of potential explosion situations, and the steps required to eliminate the potential of a fire or explosion.
This free seminar is provided by WorkSafeBC and is strongly supported by COFI.
In this seminar, you will learn how to apply and interpret NFPA 664, the National Fire Protection Association’s standard for the prevention of fires and explosions in wood processing and woodworking facilities. The seminar will cover the following topics:
• Explosion fundamentals
• Evaluating dust explosion hazards
• Fire and explosion hazard control
• Safety management standards
• NFPA standards
• Explosion protection and prevention methods
There are 3 separate sessions. All sessions are from 8am to 5pm. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Thanks for attending! PDF files for most conference presentations are available for viewing or download here.
Mark your calendar for April 8-10, COFI Convention 2015 in Prince Georgemore
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