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Madisons Report

2020 Contractor Survey: Regional View – BC Coast

Since CFI’s 2016 Contractor Survey, contractors on the B.C. Coast have made a comeback. But challenges, such as higher operating costs, low profit margins, and regulatory issues including export policies and stumpage fees, remain and will need to be addressed.

West Fraser to acquire Norbord for $4B

“Norbord’s OSB production is a perfect complement to the West Fraser portfolio, enabling us to deliver a wider range of wood products, and making us a more complete, efficient and valuable partner for our customers,” said Raymond Ferris, president and CEO of West Fraser.

OFIA president and CEO Jamie Lim to retire

Jamie Lim, president and CEO of the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) plans to retire at the end of the year. Ian Dunn, executive director of policy and operations, will be appointed interim president and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2021.

U.S. single-family starts at highest pace since spring 2007

Led by solid gains in single-family production, overall housing starts in the U.S. increased 4.9 per cent in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.53 million units.
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Dynamic operations

Dynamic operations: Ben Hokum & Son bets big on optimization

In 2016, Dean Felhaber, president of Ben Hokum & Son, began planning a number of modernization projects, including upgrading their small log sawmill to run larger logs, a new grading line and more. CFI gets an inside look at the upgraded operations. » Read more...
Jonathan Simard

Forestry’s rising stars: Meet Jonathan Simard

To acknowledge and highlight each winner of our Top 10 Under 40, CFI will feature one of 2020’s winners every week. This week, we introduce readers to Jonathan Simard, owner of Foresterie Jonathan Simard in Baie-Comeau, Que. » Read more...

Equipment Spotlight: Brushcutting attachments

CFI shares the latest attachments available for clearing biomass in Canadian forests. » Read more...

FPAC applauds federal government’s move toward net-zero emissions by 2050

“We welcome the government’s commitment to securing long-term investments and advancing low-carbon, climate-resilient projects and look forward being a big part of the solution on the path to 2050,” said FPAC president and CEO Derek Nighbor. » Read more...

BC Wood Global Buyers Mission to take place virtually

This one-of-a-kind networking event for buyers, sellers and the sector as a whole — postponed due to COVID-19 — is now scheduled for Jan. 25-29 in a virtual format. » Read more...

CWF’s Log-a-Load for Kids online auction raises $18.5k

The auction, held from Oct. 9-19, 2020, raised $18,500 for local area children’s hospital foundations and the IWK Children’s Hospital. This year brings the 15-year fundraising total to more than $279,300. » Read more...