The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) is the voice of the B.C. interior forest industry. B.C.’s forest industry is adapting, evolving and innovating, and continues to be one of the most significant economic drivers in the province and the largest producer of softwood lumber in Canada.
COFI members 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 sustainable forestry and manufacturing practices, innovative product development and employee safety.
As the unified voice of the world’s most vibrant and sustainable wood products manufacturing sector, COFI is active in the following areas:
Communications & Outreach
COFI provides a voice for the B.C. interior forest sector by engaging with stakeholders, communities and media to provide current information about the industry. Through COFI’s Annual Convention, which hosts the largest gathering of the forest sector in Western Canada, to public and community presentations, as well as COFI’s website and social media, COFI provides up-to-date information about key issues, challenges and opportunities of the B.C. forest sector.
Government Relations & Policy
Overseas Market Development
The B.C. forest industry supplies high-quality B.C. wood to countries across the globe. COFI’s market access and trade division has built and nurtured strong trading relationships with the China, Japan and Europe, and is seeking new opportunities in South Korea, India and Southeast Asia. COFI coordinates all of its market access and trade activities with the Canada Wood Group, a coalition of Canadian industry trade associations.
Board of Directors
COFI is governed by a Board of Directors who provide strategic direction to the organization. Board members are chief executives at their respective companies
Ted Seraphim, West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., Chair
Nick Arkle, Gorman Bros. Lumber Ltd.
John Brink, Brink Forest Products Ltd.
Daniel Buron, Domtar Corporation
Duncan Davies, Interfor Corporation
Fred Dzida, Weyerhaeuser Company Limited
David Gandossi, Mercer International
Don Kayne, Canfor Corporation
Bill Kordyban, Carrier Lumber Ltd.
Rob Novak, Dunkley Lumber Ltd.
Mac Palmiere, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
Ken Shields, CONIFEX Timber Inc.
Greg Stewart, Lakeland Mills
Steve Zika, Babine Forest Products Ltd.
COFI represents 18 corporate member companies, ranging from some of the largest publicly-traded companies to mid-sized companies, family-owned companies and smaller niche operators. In addition to corporate members, COFI also provides Quality Control services to a broader group of companies.
Babine Forest Products Limited
Hauer Bros. Lumber Ltd.
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