The Council of Forest Industries Blog

Cam McAlpine

By Cam McAlpine

Government finds right balance with Budget 2015

bc_province_logoThe provincial budget unveiled today brings some good news for the forest industry and forest-based communities throughout BC. The province has committed to work with the industry to develop a Forest Sector Competitiveness Strategy, Finance Minister Mike de Jong announced in his Budget 2015 speech.

The BC industry has faced challenges maintaining its competitive advantage as a result of a combination of circumstances, so this commitment is welcome news. COFI and our member companies look forward to working with government to re-establish the province as the best place to do forestry business in the world.

An additional piece of good news comes from the “renminbi hub” also announced today. This financial centre, sanctioned by China to clear and settle transactions in the Chinese currency, will help BC continue its exponential growth in export diversification. The BC forest industry has seen its exports to China increase from just 120 million board feet in 2005 to 3.35 billion in 2013.

Anne Mauch

By Anne Mauch

2015 Wood Design Awards

banner_11th_wdaMingle with the 2015 Award Nominees during the reception which begins at 5:00 pm giving guests the opportunity to view the project story boards of all of the 2015 nominations while enjoying the background music of a local jazz ensemble.  Nominees and Guests will then be seated for dinner at 6:30pm followed by the Awards presentations announcing the 2015 Wood Design Awards winners.

2015 Wood Design Awards Jury
Elsa Lam, BES, MArch II, PhD, MRAIC, Editor, Canadian Architect Magazine, Toronto, Ontario
Thomas Tannert, PhD, P.Eng., Associate Chair Wood Building Design and Construction, The University of British Columbia,  Vancouver, BC
Paul Newman, Executive Director, Market Access and Trade, Council of Forest Industries, Vancouver, BC
Don Lovell, Architect AIBC, CD, M.Arch. (retired), Victoria, BC

Date: March 2, 2015
Time: 4:30pm Registration I 5:00pm Reception I 6:30pm Awards
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre – West, 1055 Canada Place, Level 3
Registration: $129. Limited Tickets for sale – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Cam McAlpine

By Cam McAlpine

Sawbucks: BC’s Sturdy Forest Industry

ndit_infographicThose of us involved in the forest products manufacturing sector already knew how important the industry is to the provincial economy. But did we know how important? How does adding $12 billion to the province’s bottom line (GDP) sound? What about the fact that fully one quarter of all manufacturing jobs in BC are in the forest sector? And did you know that our province has more forests covered by third-party certification than any other COUNTRY in the world? These are just some of the stats revealed in brilliant form by the Northern Development Initiative Trust in a new infographic. Check it out. And then tweet it out — let everyone know.

Check out the infographic