Throughout our long history, we have looked for local talent to lead our companies, manage our forest operations and run our mills. Currently, all of our company officers are long-term residents of our operating regions – the majority were born and educated in British Columbia, while the president of Canfor Southern Pine is from Alabama. Canfor and Canfor Pulp CEO Don Kayne is a 38-year veteran of the company, and Canfor Pulp President Brett Robinson has worked in Canfor’s pulp operations for the last 25 years.
There are 11 individuals on the Canfor and Canfor Pulp boards of directors; 10 are located in British Columbia and one in South Carolina.
As we expand into the southern United States, we welcome the opportunity to work with companies that, like Canfor, have strong family roots. Scotch Gulf was built by the Harrigan, O’Melia and Stimpson families, and they remain deeply committed to the industry in Alabama. Beadles and Balfour Lumber Companies began as a family business in the 1930s. Southern Lumber was started by two Mississippi businessmen in 1983, and their families continue to take an active role in the day-to-day operations.
We are proud of the history, traditions and connections of all the companies that make up Canfor – most going back generations. While we continue to reinforce and develop our One Canfor vision with one common brand and identity, we respect local expertise and traditions. In-house teams are working hard to develop an operating model that is fully aligned and integrated right through the supply chain.