The 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:
B.C.’s forest sector has long been the cornerstone of the provincial economy and is one of the primary employers in many communities throughout the province. Strong relationships between industry and community are vitally important to us. COFI supports our members in maintaining two-way communication with communities and working with local leaders to recognize the forest industry’s importance to their communities, while at the same time ensuring our members understand community priorities and concerns.
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.
We believe that our people are one of our greatest assets. COFI’s Forest Education Program pairs our Forest Education Manager with educators and mills in B.C.’s interior to teach secondary students about B.C.’s rich, world-class forest resources and forestry issues, as well as expanding students’ awareness of the diverse career opportunities in the forest industry.
Government Relations & Policy
COFI works with all three levels of government to promote a healthy, diversified, market-based industry. COFI advocates for effective policies and regulations that maintain forest sector competitiveness in a global marketplace and that support environmental sustainability and forest health. COFI’s areas of focus are forest health, forest policy, climate change, workforce, environment and wildlife.
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.
COFI’s field staff of experienced quality control supervisors are highly respected for their knowledge and integrity in the supervision of lumber production, grading and grade marking. COFI is accredited by the American Lumber Standard Committee (ALSC) and the Canadian Lumber Standards Accreditation Board (CLSAB), among other organizations, to provide lumber inspection, certification and grade marking in accordance with the provisions of both organizations.
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
Alan Fitzpatrick, Nechako Lumber Co.
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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