OTTAWA, Feb. 3, 2020 (Press Release) -Earlier today, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) launched its third annual Awards of Excellence initiative in Ottawa. The program is intended to recognize and celebrate the men and women who have made special contributions to strengthen Canada’s forest products sector and our forestry communities.
Each year, FPAC issues a call for nominations so that members and partners can formally recognize the excellence around them and within the industry. The award categories include: community champions, industry partners, Indigenous leadership, women in forestry, rising stars, innovation, and lifetime achievement. The winners will be invited to attend the FPAC Annual Awards Luncheon in Ottawa on May 28th.
“FPAC launched the Awards of Excellence initiative in 2018 to honour some of our best and brightest, and to celebrate some special people doing incredible work in our industry,” said FPAC President and CEO Derek Nighbor. “The program also provides us with a chance to thank some people who might not work in our sector, but have been champions alongside us in supporting sustainable forest management and the economic and environmental benefits that Canadian forestry brings to our communities and the country,” Nighbor added.
FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. The $73.6-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 12 per cent of Canada’s manufacturing GDP and is one of Canada’s largest employers operating in over 600 communities, providing 230,000 direct jobs, and over 600,000 indirect jobs across the country.