Vancouver, B.C. – The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) announced today that British Columbia’s Premier, the Hon. John Horgan will be a keynote speaker at COFI’s 2021 Convention taking place virtually on Thursday, April 8, 2021 and that Minister Katrine Conroy will provide opening remarks to delegates of the convention.
“We are very pleased to welcome back Premier Horgan to speak to delegates at COFI’s annual convention and welcome Minister Conroy for the first time,” said Susan Yurkovich, President & CEO of COFI. “Forestry is a foundational industry in B.C., supporting 100,000 good jobs for British Columbians, purchasing $7 billion in goods and services from thousands of local small, medium and Indigenous companies from Prince George to Metro Vancouver, and generating $4 billion in revenues to governments to support healthcare, education and other important social services. We look forward to hearing from Premier Horgan and Minister Conroy about the role B.C.’s forest sector can play as we collectively focus on economic recovery for families and communities in B.C., and as we look to continue to deliver the sustainably produced low-carbon products the world wants and needs”.
Approximately 500 delegates are expected to join the COFI Convention virtually this year. In addition to remarks from Premier Horgan and Minister Conroy, featured sessions during the half-day program include:
- A keynote address from Kirsten Hillman, Canada’s Ambassador to the United States
- Perspectives from BC Regional Chief Terry Teegee on UNDRIP and the path forward
- A panel discussion on advancing reconciliation through partnerships
- A discussion with the forest sector CEOs Don Kayne, President & CEO of Canfor and Ray Ferris, President & CEO of West Fraser and Jeff Zweig, President & CEO of Mosaic Forest Management
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About the BC Council of Forest Industries
The BC Council of Forest Industries is the voice of the BC forest industry. COFI members produce lumber, pulp and paper, panels and engineered wood products at facilities across the province. All share a commitment to a future based on employee safety, sustainable forestry and manufacturing practices, and innovative product development.