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FPAC welcomes David Lindsay as new President and CEO

September 4, 2012

OTTAWA, Sept. 4, 2012 /CNW/ – The Forest Products Association of Canada
(FPAC) is today welcoming new leadership as David Lindsay assumes the
role of President and CEO at a time of great transformation in the
Canadian forestry sector.

“We are delighted to welcome someone of David’s caliber and experience,”
said the Chairman of the FPAC Board of Directors, Jim Lopez, the
President and CEO of Tembec. “He is the ideal person to build on the
extraordinary momentum in our industry as it continues to become more
innovative, more environmentally friendly and more global in its

Lindsay was most recently a senior Deputy Minister in the Government of
Ontario serving in the portfolios of Energy and Infrastructure,
Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Natural Resources, Tourism
and Culture. Before this, he served as President and CEO of the
Association of Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology of Ontario. 
Lindsay was the founding President of the Ontario SuperBuild
Corporation and the Ontario Jobs and Investment Board.  He also served
as Principal Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Premier of Ontario.

“I look forward to working in such a progressive industry association
with its clear vision of its future,” says Lindsay.  “There are
extraordinary opportunities as well as challenges in the forest
products sector and I am keen to help the industry reach its

Lopez also praised Catherine Cobden for her interim leadership over the
past five months. “Catherine has been exemplary in steering FPAC during
the transition period.  She has driven forward the industry’s new
Vision2020 which set ambitious goals for developing new products and
markets, enhancing our environmental credentials and hiring new skilled
workers.  She has made sure that David can step into a very dynamic and
forward-looking association.”

Cobden will now become Executive Vice-President of FPAC.

FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers
nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental
affairs. The $57-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 2%
of Canada’s GDP and is one of Canada’s largest employers operating in
hundreds of communities and providing 230,000 direct jobs across the


Source: PR Newswire