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with Derek Nighbor

Wednesday, December 6 | 11:30am – 1:00pm

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
11:30am – 1:00pm

Members:  $35
Non-Members: $50

Special thanks to Forest Products Association of Canada for their support of this event!

Northwestern Ontario’s forestry sector is facing a number of challenges and opportunities.  While the emerging bioeconomy and global trends to build more with wood are before us, challenges related to Canada/U.S. trade, caribou and species at risk policies, and new carbon-related costs are also upon us.  In collaboration with governments, First Nations communities, municipalities, labour and community groups, Forest Products Association of Canada, the national voice of Canada’s wood, pulp and paper sectors believes we have an opportunity to find win-wins for both the environment and the economy.

Keynote Speaker: Derek Nighbor, President of Forest Product Association of Canada

Derek is a native of the Upper Ottawa Valley and joined FPAC as CEO in March 2016.  He is proud to represent Canada’s vibrant and innovative forest products sector and the critical role it plays in over 600 Canadian forest communities.

Prior to joining FPAC, Derek served for over 7 years as Senior Vice President with Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC), the country’s leading voice for consumer packaged goods companies.  At FCPC, Derek worked closely with senior executives from over 90 top consumer products manufacturers and distributors and oversaw the association’s strategic planning in government relations and corporate, community and regulatory affairs.

Prior to his time at FCPC, Derek served for over 3 years as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs with Retail Council of Canada (RCC) representing over 45,000 retail storefronts across Canada, including leading retailers like Canadian Tire, Walmart, Home Depot and Home Hardware. Derek has also held senior political positions with the Government of Ontario, including two years as chief of staff to the province’s Consumer and Business Services Minister.

Derek represents Canada’s forest products sector on two global boards, the International Council of Forest & Paper Associations (ICFPA) and Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI).


The Leaders Luncheon series is graciously sponsored by Cornerstone Member Intercity Industrial Supply.

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