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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Corporate Members

  • babine
  • canfor
  • carrier
  • domtar
  • dunkley
  • gorman
  • lakelandmills
  • lpcorp
  • mercer
  • mitsuihomes
  • netchako
  • westfraser
  • weyerhaeuser

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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.

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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

Seminar information

There are 3 separate sessions. All sessions are from 8am to 5pm. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.


COFI Convention

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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 George


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