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.

For more information:
Cam McAlpine
Director of Communications and Engagement
604-891-1247

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.

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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.

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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.

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Council of Forest Industries Welcomes Interfor

Interfor 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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2014 Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition Award winners showcase passion and appreciation for wood in local government projects.

Elected officials from five B.C. local government associations were honoured today at the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention in Whistler, as Wood WORKS! BC presented the 2014 Community Recognition Awards. The awards are presented annually to communities that have been exemplary advocates for wood use in public structures. This may be demonstrated through the specification of wood in a community project and/or through visionary initiatives that work toward building a community culture of wood.

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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.
Date: May 22:
Location: Prince George Civic Centre (808 Canada Games Way, Prince George – Rooms 205 & 206)

Date: May 28:
Location: Best Western Kelowna Hotel (2402 Hwy 97 North, Kelowna – Okanagan/Nicola room)

Date: May 29:
Location: Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel (7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond – Cedarbridge room)

NFPA training is accredited through the International Association of Continuing Education & Training (IACET). Seminar participants will receive a certificate of attendance documenting the class title and the number of IACET Continuing Education Units earned for attending the class. Each student will also receive a copy of the 2012 edition of NFPA 664, a student workbook with diagrams and exercises, seminar bag, and a calculator.

To register, email your name, company name, phone number, and email address to Betty-Ann at nfpaseminar@worksafebc.com . Each session is limited to just 25 participants, so register by no later than May 14 to reserve your spot.

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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

One of the CEO Board’s first actions was to establish a Management Committee consisting of senior operational staff from the industry.

“My colleagues and I believe that having a Board comprised of the forest industry’s CEOs demonstrates our dedication to COFI and its representation of our sector,” stated newly elected board Chair, Ted Seraphim, President and CEO of West Fraser. “Our board, and our recent appointment of President and CEO James Gorman, signals our renewed commitment to work together to advance interests that benefit our industry, our employees and the communities that depend on us,” Seraphim concluded.

The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) is the voice of the BC interior forest industry. COFI members vary in size and produce lumber, pulp and paper, panels and engineered wood products at more than 60 facilities across the interior. All share a commitment to a future based on employee safety, sustainable forestry and manufacturing practices, and innovative product development.