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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

6:00 pm Ice Breaker Reception
Come by the exhibitors hall in the Prince George Civic Centre and meet up with colleagues and friends. Enjoy a beverage and appetizers and help kick off the convention.
Sponsored by KPMG

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Platinum Sponsor
7:30 am Exhibitors Early Risers Continental Breakfast Hour
Sponsored by Port of Vancouver
8:15 am Official Welcome
8:45 am Remarks from Hon. Doug Donaldson
Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development
9:00 am Keynote Speech from Hon. Marc Garneau
Hon. Marc Garneau – Canada’s Minister of Transport, Chair of Cabinet Committee on Canada-US Relations
Sponsored by Jet Label & Packaging
9:45 am Refreshment Break
Co-sponsored by Sustainable Forestry Initiative and BNSF Railway
10:15 am International Markets Review
Paul Jannke – Principal, Forest Economic Advisors LLC
Kevin Pankratz – Senior Vice President, Canfor
Paul Newman – Executive Director, Market Access & Trade, BC Council of Forest Industries
Moderator: Derek Nighbor – President & CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)
Sponsored by Forestry Innovation Investment
11:00 am Softwood Lumber Board Update
Duncan Davies – President & CEO, Interfor
Sponsored by Jet Label & Packaging
11:30 am Pre-Luncheon Exhibitors Reception
Co-sponsored by PwC and Steelworkers Local 1-2017
12:15 pm Luncheon Speech: The Shifting Economic Landscape in Canada and British Columbia
Jock Finlayson – Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer, Business Council of BC
Luncheon co-sponsored by USNR and DLA Piper LLP
Student attendance sponsored by Canfor
2:00 pm BC Ministers Panel
Hon. Doug Donaldson – Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development
Hon. George Heyman – Minister of Environment & Climate Change Strategy
Hon. Bruce Ralston – Minister of Jobs, Trade & Technology
Moderator: Greg D’Avignon, President & CEO, Business Council of BC
Sponsored by Paper Excellence
3:00 pm Refreshment Break
Co-sponsored by Canadian Wood Council and Alexander Whitehead
3:30 pm Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster and Why It Matters for Forestry
Dean Prelazzi – Business Development Lead, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster
Sponsored by Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)
3:45 pm Presentation from BC’s Chief Forester
Diane Nicholls – ADM & Chief Forester, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources, Operations and Rural Development, Province of British Columbia
Moderator: Ric Slaco, Vice President & Chief Forester, Interfor
Sponsored by DLA Piper LLP
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 at the Coast Inn of the North
Co-sponsored by Canadian Wood Council and Norton Rose Fulbright

Friday, April 6, 2018

Platinum Sponsor
7:45 am Breakfast Buffet
Sponsored by RBC
8:00 am Panel Discussion with CEOs
Don Kayne – CEO, Canfor
Ted Seraphim – President & CEO, West Fraser
Greg Stewart – President & CEO, Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd.
Moderator: Jess Ketchum, President, Ketchum Communications
9:00 am Keynote Address by Hon. John Horgan
Premier of British Columbia
Co-sponsored by BNSF Railway and Rocky Mountaineer 
9:45 am Refreshment Break
Co-sponsored by BC Forest Safety Council and Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) 
10:15 am Welcome from the Canadian Forest Service
Beth MacNeil – Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Forest Service
10:30 am Forestry Jobs for Today and Tomorrow
Kara Biles – Manager, Learning & Talent, Canfor
Shelley Gray – Chief Operating Officer, Industry Training Authority
Derek Orr – Business Development Manager, Carrier Lumber
Mark Stock – Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Information Technology, Interfor
Moderator – Sandy Ferguson, Vice President, Corporate Development, Conifex
Sponsored by Denning Health Group
11:30 am Pre-Luncheon Exhibitors Reception
Co-sponsored by CWC and Port of  Prince Rupert
12:15 pm Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Valuing BC’s Forests for the Future
Bruce Anderson – Chair, Abacus Data
Co-sponsored by BNSF Railway and Rocky Mountaineer 
1:45 pm Program Concludes

Special Sponsors

Lanyards – Brunette Machinery Co. Ltd.
Registration Desk Sponsor – Scotiabank
Exhibitor Passport Program – Rocky Mountaineer
Conference App – GCT Canada
Pigeonhole – VETS Group

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Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP
Canadian National Railway

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