Canadian Association of Forest Owners logoThe Canadian Association of Forest Owners (CAFO) continues to make steady progress finding alliances with like-minded and influential organizations across the country to more effectively carry a united and consistent message to Ottawa from Canada’s forest owners.

CAFO is particularly encouraged to be talking with a range of allied organizations, including: maple syrup producers, provincial woodlot organizations, the Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, to find common ground where landowners can stand together with a united voice on federal policy issues.

Executive Director, Tony Rotherham, has provided sterling service and outstanding results getting the organization up and running. As captain of the ship, Mr. Rotherham has set the organization on an even keel and charted a steady course for success. Earlier in the year, Mr. Rotherham let the board of directors know his retirement (the kind that doesn’t involve traveling from one end of the country attending meetings and conferences, poring over policy documents and crafting position papers) was on the horizon.

After a thorough search, CAFO is excited to announce Chris Lee will officially start as CAFO’s new managing director November 1st, 2013. With a background in forestry, and over 30 years experience working with industry, government and professional associations across B.C., Saskatchewan and Ontario, Chris brings the just-right combination of knowledge, expertise and connections necessary to man the helm of the CAFO ship.

As a strong supporter of CAFO, PFLA is excited about the organization’s growing momentum and we continue to work closely on shared interests while exploring ways to formalize what has evolved into a valuable partnership.