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Northerners recognized by national forestry group

Forest Products Association of Canada announced award winners on Sept. 20

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has named a number of Northern Ontario recipients among its 2020 Awards of Excellence.

Annually, the recognition program aims to acknowledge outstanding men and women across Canada who have made exceptional contributions to the forest sector and to forestry communities.

This year, it coincides with the celebration of National Forest Week.

“The FPAC Awards of Excellence program is the moment where we pay tribute to the remarkable people who help make our sector a world leader in sustainable forest management, and who advance the many environmental, social, and economic benefits of Canadian forestry,” Derek Nighbor, FPAC’s president and CEO, said in a Sept. 20 news release.

“As we push through the pandemic and continue our transition to a low-carbon economy, Canada’s forest products sector is proud to honour the dedicated professionals who strengthen the benefits that sustainable forest management, forest products, and family-supporting forestry jobs provide to Canadians from coast-to-coast.”

Northern Ontario recipients include: 

  • Forest Community Champion Award: Mark Joron, woodlands supervisor, EACOM Timber Corporation, Timmins;
  • FPAC Partnership Award: Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP), Thunder Bay;
  • FPAC – Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) Indigenous Business Leadership Award: Agoke Development Corporation, Thunder Bay;
  • FPAC – Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) Skills Award for Indigenous Youth: Tristan Flood, woodlands summer student, EACOM Timber Corporation, Matachewan First Nation, Kirkland Lake;
  • FPAC Lifetime Achievement Award: Janet Lane, sustainable forestry team leader, Domtar Corporation, Dryden; and
  • FPAC Rising Star Award: Nikki Stein, newsmill shift superintendent, Resolute Forest Products, Thunder Bay.

A full list of winners is available here.

FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. As an industry with annual revenues exceeding $80 billion, Canada’s forest products sector is one of the country’s largest employers operating in over 600 communities, providing 230,000 direct jobs, and over 600,000 indirect jobs across the country.