Presenting Sponsor


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

6:30 pm Ice Breaker Reception
Come by the exhibitors hall and meet up with colleagues and friends. Enjoy a beverage and appetizers and help kick off the convention.
Sponsored by KPMG

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Platinum Sponsor
7:30 am Exhibitors Early Risers Continental Breakfast Hour
Sponsored by Sustainable Forestry Initiative
8:15 am Official Welcome
Susan Yurkovich – President and CEO, BC Council of Forest Industries
8:30 am Minister Steve Thomson
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
9:00 am Turbulent Times: Our Economic Prospects in an Uncertain World
Jock Finlayson – Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of BC
Sponsored by SRY Railway
9:45 am Refreshment Break
Co-sponsored by Port of Vancouver and BNSF
10:15 am International Markets Review
Paul Jannke – Principal, Forest Economic Advisor LLC (US)
Eric Wong – Managing Director, Canada Wood Beijing Office (China)
Peter Bradfield – Technical Advisor, Forestry Innovation Investment (India)
Russell E. Taylor – President, Wood Markets (Russia)
Moderator: Bruce St. John – Vice President, International Marketing, Forestry Innovation Investment
Sponsored by Forestry Innovation Investment
11:30 am Pre-Luncheon Exhibitors Reception
Co-sponsored by PwC and Steelworkers Local 1-424
12:15 pm Luncheon – Keynote Speaker
Increments of Change: From early tall wood buildings to a global movement
Michael Green – Principal, MGA | Michael Green Architecture
Co-Sponsored by USNR and Port of Vancouver
2:00 pm Best Practices in Partnering with First Nations
Chief Derek Orr – McLeod Lake Indian Band
Willie Sellars – Councillor, Williams Lake Indian Band
Karen Brandt – Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, Interfor
Moderator: Lisa Mueller – CEO, All Nations Consulting Coaching / Creator of Nation2Nation Events
Co-sponsored by Nation2Nation and Raymond James
3:00 pm Refreshment Break
Co-sponsored by Canadian Wood Council and Jet Label & Packaging Ltd.
3:30 pm CEO Panel
Nick Arkle – Co-CEO, Gorman Group
Duncan Davies – President and CEO, Interfor
Don Kayne – President and CEO, Canfor
Ted Seraphim – President and CEO, West Fraser
Moderator: Jess Ketchum, Ketchum Communications
Sponsored by Cumul8
4:30 pm Exhibitors Hospitality Hour
Co-sponsored by Wesgroup Equipment and BID Group
6:00 pm Networking Reception
A fine evening of abundant food and excellent networking
Co-sponsored by Canadian Wood Council and Norton Rose Fulbright

Friday, April 7, 2017

Platinum Sponsor
7:30 am Breakfast Buffet
7:45 am Community Leaders Breakfast Panel
Dale Bumstead – Mayor, City of Dawson Creek
Nancy Cooper – Mayor, City of Salmon Arm
Lyn Hall – Mayor, City of Prince George
Greg Moore – Mayor, City of Port Coquitlam / Board Chair, Metro Vancouver
Moderator: James Gorman – Vice President, Corporate & Government Relations, West Fraser
Panel Sponsored by DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
Breakfast Co-sponsored by RBC and Western Stevedoring/Coast 2000
9:00 am Leading Edge: Innovating for the Future
Rory Armes – Founder & CEO, Cumul8
Mark Gerberman – AR/VR Strategic Partnerships & Business Development, Finger Food Studios
Mike Wilcox – Co-Founder / COO, Spire Aerobotics
Moderator: Greg D’Avignon – President & CEO, Business Council of BC
Sponsored by Jet Label & Packaging Ltd.
10:00 am Refreshment Break
Co-sponsored by BC Forest Safety Council and MNP
10:30 am Canada’s Trade Negotiations Agenda: Challenges and Opportunities for the Forestry Industry
Kirsten Hillman — Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Policy & Negotiation, Global Affairs Canada
Moderator: David Emerson, BC’s Trade Envoy to the United States
11:30 am Pre-Luncheon Exhibitors Reception
Co-sponsored by CWC and Port of Vancouver
12:00 pm Luncheon — Keynote Speaker
Honourable Christy Clark — Premier, Province of British Columbia
Co-Sponsored by BNSF and Rocky Mountaineer 
1:30 pm Program Concludes

Special Sponsors

Pigeonhole and Mobile App Sponsor: VETS Group

WiFi Sponsor: Global Container Terminals

Registration Desk Sponsor: Scotiabank

Lanyard Sponsor: Brunette Industries Ltd.

Reserve now to receive the special Convention Rate at the Fairmont Waterfront.

Diana Gillrie

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BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI)
1501 - 700 West Pender St.
Pender Place | Business Building
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada  V6C 1G8
TEL: 604-684-0211