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Forestry organization names new leader

Ian Dunn has been appointed as president and CEO of the Ontario Forest Industries Association
Ian Dunn is the president and CEO of the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA).

The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) has named Ian Dunn as its new president and CEO.

Dunn takes over the role from Jamie Lim, who retired from the organization at the end of 2020 after 17 years in the position.

A registered professional forester with a master's degree in forest conservation, Dunn was appointed in 2018 by Lieutenant Governor in Council to the Ontario Species at Risk Program Advisory Committee.

In 2019, he was recognized with a Top 10 Under 40 Award from Canadian Forest Industries Magazine.

Serving in forestry and environmental management roles throughout Ontario and Canada, Dunn began working with OFIA in 2015, serving as director of forest policy, executive director of policy and operations, and most recently as interim president and CEO.

In addition to his role at OFIA, Dunn will serve as president of the Canadian Lumberman's Association (CLA).

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"From supporting economic development in partnership with stakeholders and rights holders to the adaptation and mitigation of climate change, I have seen the ability of this industry to address some of society's biggest challenges, and I am proud to represent it," Dunn said in an April 15 news release.

OFIA board chair Roger Barber expressed confidence in Dunn’s ability to take the organization into the future.

"Ian has a keen interest in forest sector policy and has distinguished himself as a dedicated advocate for the forest industry and the communities who rely on this sector for their economic health,” Barber said.

“He has worked closely with the Board of Directors for the last six years, and we are confident that under his leadership, the OFIA will continue to provide significant value to its members and the province as a whole."

Inaugurated in 1943, OFIA is a provincial trade association representing forestry companies from around the province with a commitment to the three pillars of sustainability: environmental protection, social development, and economic development.