APEBC Vancouver: Canadian Lumber in Uncertain Times, James Gorman

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Thursday 11 October 2018, 12:00 - 13:30


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Canadian Lumber in Uncertain Times

Speaker: James Gorman, Vice President of Corporate and Government Relations, West Fraser

Mr. Gorman will speak about the present and future of British Columbia’s leading export commodity.  In 2018, BC forest companies have posted record profits notwithstanding significant economic headwinds that include the imposition of duties on Canadian producers by the US Department of Commerce, and uncertainty stemming from the renegotiation of NAFTA, and trade strife between the US and China. Not to mention the challenge of record forest fires and timber supply constraints caused by the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic.  Mr. Gorman will speak to how the BC industry is adapting to remain competitive and to protect forest dependent communities and a provincial economy that depends on its exports.

Location1021 West Hastings StreetMNP Tower - 22nd Floor Boardroom
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. 
Cost: APEBC and CABE members in good standing $13, Students $15, Others $35. Lunch is included.

PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE AT:  www.cabe.ca/apebcstore 
Registration closes 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 9, 2018, or earlier if capacity is reached. 

About the Speaker:

Mr. Gorman is Vice President of Corporate and Government Relations for West Fraser – North America’s largest lumber producer.  He works closely with governments to grow access to markets and maintain a sustainable timber supply.  Internally his focus is “People Development” and employee engagement.  West Fraser is proud to be a Top 100 Employer. Previously, Mr. Gorman served as President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries, which works in support of the BC interior forest industry and President of the BC Lumber Trade Council where he was responsible for advancing the BC lumber industry’s interests in the Softwood Lumber negotiations with the United States. Prior to joining industry, he worked as a senior official for the Government of British Columbia, most recently as Deputy Minister of Education and Deputy Minister of Advanced Education.

Mr. Gorman holds an MA in Political Science from McGill University.