CFBC Retains Jim Girvan as Strategic Advisor0
Vancouver, BC – The Society of Consulting Foresters of BC (CFBC) are pleased to announce that they
have retained the services of of Jim Girvan, RPF MBA as a strategic advisor working on behalf of the CFBC to provide
strategic communications and support for the forest industry effective August 2013.
“As the British Columbia forest industry emerges from perhaps the greatest recession in history and the prospects of
burgeoning growth fueled by improving US housing sector statistics and growing demand for wood globally, the
importance of strategic leadership in order that the entire industry benefits has never been so important” notes CFBC
President Jonathan Lok. “While growing forest products demand is on the horizon, resolution of ongoing industry
challenges and development of new opportunities in the sector will all require continued collaboration of industry
stakeholders in order to ensure success.
Ongoing challenges including attracting manpower to BC’s resource sector, keeping markets open, increased community
involvement in forest management and preservation of the forest land base all require ongoing attention and perspective.
New opportunities including the public discussion around more area-based tenures, acceleration of BCTS timber
development and the mid-term allowable cut are all of significant importance to CFBC members who can participate in
solutions. It is therefore fitting that the CFBC, with a Mission to promote a healthy forest sector, that Jim Girvan – an
industry veteran, a hands-on forester and a strategic thinker, should take on the leadership of our association”.
As a long-time CFBC member, Jim presently works as an independent consultant providing leadership and advice to the
forest industry. He previously served as the Executive Director for the TruckLoggers Association following 17 years in
operational forestry with Industrial Forestry Service in Prince George, two years as a commercial lender with ScotiaBank
and five years in pulp and paper fibre management with Catalyst Paper.
“It’s an important time for the CFBC”, said Girvan, “Our members, who provide an invaluable service to the forest industry
by completing a cross-section of consulting and contractual services including forest engineering, timber development,
silviculture and specialty consulting, are the backbone of the industry. We are a major employer of forester professionals
and often times provide the only entry level job opportunity available to forestry graduates entering the sector. A healthy
forest industry will lead not only to opportunities for our members and new entrants, but to an improved economy for all
“On behalf of the executive, please join me in welcoming Jim Girvan to this role with the CFBC”, said Lok. “At the same
time, I would like to thank Tracey Gillespie for the excellent job she did as Executive Assistant to the organization over the
past 12 years.
About the CFBC – The Society of Consulting Foresters of BC was founded in 1968 and incorporated as a separate nonprofit
society in 1991. Its members include firms in private practice with Registered Forest Professionals on staff operating
in the British Columbia forest industry. CFBC members offer a broad range of professional and technical forestry services
to industry, government agencies, financial institutions, private forest land owners and individuals in B.C. and throughout
Canada. CFBC members are frequently major employers in rural communities and often times the employers of choice
for young graduates looking to enter the forest industry as a career.
For more information, contact:
Jonathan Lok, President
250 – 956-2260 ext 203