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Provincial forestry group marking a change in leadership

Jamie Lim is retiring from the Ontario Forest Industries Association by year’s end
Jamie Lim will retire from her role as president and CEO of the Ontario Forest Industries Association after 17 years at the helm of the organization. (OFIA photo)

The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) has announced the retirement of president and CEO Jamie Lim, after 17 years in the position.

“OFIA is a far more effective and collaborative association today following Jamie’s 17-year tenure as president and CEO,” said Erik Holstrom, chair of OFIA’s board of directors, in a Nov. 23 news release.

“Jamie’s enthusiastic leadership allowed our association to navigate in complex environments, engage diverse stakeholders and rights holders and, most importantly, lead to the development of Ontario’s recently announced Sustainable Growth: Ontario Forest Sector Strategy,” the release continued.

“Her optimism for the sustainable growth of Ontario’s forest sector continues to be contagious.”

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Succeeding Lim will be Ian Dunn, who currently serves as OFIA’s executive director of policy and operations.

He will take on the presidency in an interim capacity, effective. Jan. 1, 2021.

Holstrom called his appointment an “important step in the implementation of our CEO succession plan.”

“Ian has worked closely with Jamie and the members for many years and has demonstrated his experience and commitment to the OFIA,” he said.

“We are pleased to have Ian take on this role in the new year.” 

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.