OTTAWA, Ont. - Derek Nighbor was named to head the Forest Products Association of Canada. The appointment was announced by Curt Stevens, CEO of Louisiana-Pacific and chairman of the association board. Paul Lansbergen has been acting CEO at FPAC, and remains on the FPAC management team.
Nighbor has been senior vice-president of Food &Consumer Products of Canada where he oversaw federal, provincial and territorial government relations, community and corporate partnerships and membership development. Before this, he was senior vice-president with the Retail Council of Canada, and served as chief of staff to the Ontario’s Consumer and Business Services Minister. He will start on his new position on March 7, 2016.
Stevens said Nighbor will be a good fit for FPAC. "I am pleased that Derek will be joining FPAC as our CEO next month,” said Stevens. “His years of government and association experience will serve us well as FPAC continues to highlight our global leadership in sustainable forest management.”
“From coast-to-coast the forestry industry is quintessentially Canadian. As a native of the Ottawa Valley, I have seen first-hand how important the sector is to local communities”, Nighbor said. “It’s about sustainable growth, good jobs, thoughtful partnerships and expanding export markets. I am proud to join FPAC and look forward to working with its members and many partners along the value chain so the industry can reach its full potential.”
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