The Council of Forest Industries (COFI) led the consultation and recruitment of members of the Sector Advisory Group. This group includes forestry professionals who have a history of championing and employing tradespeople, along with representation from small-, medium- and large-sized organizations from across key forestry sectors including forest management, harvesting, silviculture, wood product manufacturing, and pulp and paper manufacturing. Aboriginal community members are also advisory members of the group.
Despite over a decade of uncertainty and challenges, the BC forest industry has been and will continue to be a key driver of the economy, currently contributing $12 billion annually to provincial GDP. Direct employment in the sector is growing and in 2013 stood at 58,200 employees, with manufacturers of primary and secondary wood products accounting for the largest share of industry workers (49 per cent). It is also important to note the significant level of indirect employment generated by this industry, accounting for over 115,000 jobs in 2013.
The members of the Manufacturing Forestry Advisory Group include:
- Christina Burke, Manager Human Resources, Interfor
- John Betts, Executive Director, Western Silviculture Contractors Association
- Wayne Lintott, General Manager, Interior Logging Association
- Anne Mauch, Director of Regulatory Issues, Council of Forest Industries
- Don Banasky, Chair, Truck Loggers Association
- Jeff Roos, IRFLA
- Keith Atkinson, First Nations Forestry Council
- Bob Matters, United Steelworkers Union
- Nelson Scheider, Mainenance Team Leader, CanforPulp Limited Partnership
- Justin Palamarek, Senior Manager, Paper Excellence
- Richard Brandson, General Manager, West Fraser - Quesnel Plywood
- Scott Durward, Human Resources Manager, Tolko Industries
- Travis Emel, Operations Training Lead, Canfor