Trade Association and Other Memberships

Canfor is an active member of a number of trade associations that promote forest products and advance the forest sector. These include the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) in British Columbia, and the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA). We also belong to the British Columbia Business Council, and numerous chambers of commerce across our operating communities.

CEO Don Kayne is a Director and Past Chair of the Forest Products Association of Canada, which represents Canada's wood, pulp and paper producers nationally and internationally. He is also a director of the Council of Forest Industries (COFI), and the BC Lumber Trade Council. COFI is the voice of British Columbia’s interior forest industry, and offers members service in the areas of forest policy, quality control, international market and trade development, public affairs and community relations. The BC Lumber Trade Council maintains and improves market access for British Columbia’s forest industry exports.

In regions where we hold SFI certification, our staff are active participants in SFI Implementation Committees, a unique grassroots network that broadens the practice of responsible forestry and achieves on-the-ground progress. 

Mark Feldinger, our senior vice president, energy, environment, transportation and sourcing, is on the board of the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA), FORESTCARE is the AFPA’s program of continuous improvement, industry promotion, public education, issues management, public and government relations, transportation, and other resources. Kerlin Drake of Canfor Southern Pine is chairman of the Southern Forest Products Association, a non-profit trade association representing Southern Pine lumber producers.
In 2014, Don Kayne was appointed to the binational Softwood Lumber Board, and serves as second vice chair and chair of the Research and Promotion Programs Committee. The Softwood Lumber Board is an industry body comprising leaders in the Canadian and American softwood lumber business, and it administers the funds collected from the US Department of Agriculture check-off program for lumber. These funds are used to promote the use of wood in construction, and generally grow demand for wood as a sustainable, safe and preferable construction material.