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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April 8-9, 2015 in Prince George.
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Wood WORKS! 2015 International Wood Symposium
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Current Forest Industry News
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.
News Release – B.C.’s lumber industry celebrates 40 years in Japan
TOKYO, JAPAN – Delegates from British Columbia’s 2014 Forestry Asia Trade Mission helped celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Canada Wood Office and the B.C. Council of Forest Industries (COFI) establishing a presence in Japan.
Coincidental with the anniversary, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism announced its award for a 9,000 square metre, five-storey elderly care facility in Adachi Ward, Tokyo. Once completed, the building will be the largest wood building of its kind in Japan. It will feature a Midply shear wall system developed by FPInnovations and the University of British Columbia.
Statement – Governments unveil new model for Port Metro Vancouver’s Container Trucking Industry
VICTORIA, Oct. 15, 2014 /CNW/ – Canada’s Transport Minister, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, and B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister the Honourable Todd Stone today issued the following joint statement to unveil a new model for the container trucking industry serving Port Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
“Port Metro Vancouver, as Canada’s largest port, handling over 130 million tonnes of cargo each year, is critical to the local and national economy. Today we are announcing key actions that will move port operations forward, allowing us to leverage the substantial investments that have been made to expand the Asia-Pacific Gateway, and further enhance Port Metro Vancouver’s truly world class position.more