The Council of Forest Industries Blog

Anne Mauch

By Anne Mauch

Council of Forest Industries Welcomes Interfor

logo_interforInterfor Corporation will join the Council of Forest Industries (COFI), effective January 1, 2015.
“We are pleased to welcome Interfor to COFI,” President and CEO James Gorman said today. “Interfor has a long history in our province, and brings immense knowledge, respect and insight — further strengthening the voice for British Columbia’s interior forest industry.”
“We look forward to supporting COFI in raising awareness of the value of our sector across British Columbia to ensure forest policies support our industry and the communities that rely on us,” said Interfor President and CEO Duncan Davies. “It will complement our membership in the Coast Forest Products Association, giving us a strategic position for all of our of BC operations.”

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Mark LaFleur

By Mark LaFleur

2015 COFI Annual Convention Legacy Scholarships

scholarships_cover_2015Applications 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 post-secondary institutions in the fields of trades training, business or forestry related science programs are eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 (No late applications will be reviewed).

Scholarship applications will be available at any interior high school or they can be downloaded from our website by going to Scholarships under Education/Careers.

Mark LaFleur

By Mark LaFleur

NRM Camps in Prince George and Quesnel Completed for 2014

Want to get outside in ‘Beautiful BC’s’ forests, lakes, and rivers and gain first-hand knowledge of some of the many careers associated with resource management?  Over 60 high school students from grades 10 to 12 said ‘yes’ to this opportunity and participated in two ‘Discover Natural Resource Management Programs’ over the last two weeks.  As part of COFI’s Forest Education Program, a NRM Camp was hosted at UNBC’s Aleeza Lake Research Forest just east of Prince George on May 14th and 15th for over 30 students and staff from SD57 high schools.  In addition to the Prince George NRM Camp, over 30 students and staff from Corrilieu Secondary in Quesnel took part in another NRM Camp at Beavermouth Creek and 700a Rd. just east of Quesnel on May 21st and 22nd.


Over the course of the two day camps, students and teachers participated in a variety of hands-on, field oriented workshops hosted by resource management professionals drawn from forest companies, consulting firms, government ministries, and post-secondary institutions. Each workshop allowed participants to gain insight into each career by ‘walking the walk’ and ‘talking the talk’ with each professional.  The NRM Camps in Prince George and Quesnel were made possible through the contributions of CNC, UNBC, DFO, FLNR, Lakeland, Dunkley Lumber, Canfor, and West Fraser.


The great part about the NRM camps is that they allowed the students to learn about what each professional does on a daily basis, ask them their advice on a possible career path in the BC Forest Industry, skills required, working conditions, and wages.  Along with these personal insights, participants learned how to work safely in the forest with sessions on forest safety, wilderness survival, and orienteering.  Both NRM Camps finished by having a ‘Survival Challenge’, a skilled event put on by CNC modelled after the television show in which teams of students had to complete a series of challenges to become the champion.  The challenges were based upon the resource management skills that they learned over the 2–day camp in order to become the ‘Survival Champion’.  A great time was had by all and perhaps some of these students will become involved in Resource Management in BC in the near future.