Horgan to address COFI convention here Friday


Premier John Horgan

Premier John Horgan will be a keynote speaker at the BC Council of Forest Industries [COFI] 2018 annual convention in Prince George this week.

“We are very pleased that Premier John Horgan will be attending this year’s COFI convention,” said Susan Yurkovich, President and CEO of COFI. “The premier is committed to a strong, vibrant and diverse forest industry, and understands the importance of forestry to B.C.’s economy and the families who depend on it in communities throughout our province. We look forward to hearing the Premier’s address to delegates this year in Prince George.”

The premier will address delegates at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 6.

More than 500 delegates will gather in the heart of the B.C. interior forest industry to discuss topics critical to the industry. Some of this year’s speakers include:

  • A keynote address by Ambassador David MacNaughton. The ambassador will provide insight into the ongoing trade relations between Canada and the US, and how this may affect the forest industry.
  • A keynote address from Marc Garneau – Canada’s Minister of Transport, Chair of Cabinet Committee on Canada-US Relations.
  • Insight into British Columbians’ perception of forestry in B.C. from Bruce Anderson, Chair of Abacus Data.
  • A B.C. Ministers Panel, including Doug DonaldsonMinister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, George Heyman, Minister of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, Bruce RalstonMinister of Jobs, Trade & Technology.
  • A presentation on why BC’s Digital Supercluster matters to the forest industry from Bill TamCo-Chair, Digital Technology Supercluster.
  • A panel discussion with forest company CEOs.
  • An update from Jock Finlayson, one of B.C.’s leading economists.

The convention starts Wednesday evening and will continue Thursday and Friday with speakers and panel discussions.