The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations of British Columbia in Canada formed a Wood Secretariat.
According to the announcement, the growing the value-added sector is a key component of B.C.’s Forest Sector Competitiveness Agenda and a critical component in meeting the B.C. government’s strategic goal of maximizing value derived from the province’s forest resources and enhancing employment.
The Wood Secretariat will focus on promoting the value-added and specialty wood manufacturing sector’s competitiveness, such as fibre and innovation, access to key markets, and access to skills training.
Specifically, the Wood Secretariat will:
- Promote the value-added and specialty wood manufacturing sector’s competitiveness and growth
- Support implementation of the six recommendations in the Value Added Action Plan
- Co-ordinate and provide recommendations to resolve operational and competitiveness issues that are provincial in scope
- Provide input on proposed policy and legislative changes.
The Wood Secretariat is co-chaired by a representative from government and a representative from industry. Ken Kalesnikoff, president and CEO of Kalesnikoff Lumber Co. Ltd., a specialty value-added facility located in Thrums, was selected as industry’s co-lead by the value-added specialty wood manufacturing associations.
Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, commented:
“The value-added wood sector is the cornerstone of many rural B.C. communities and contributes nearly CAD 3 billion of GDP to the provincial economy. Today’s announcement is a great example of our government’s commitment to support jobs, growing B.C.’s resource based sectors and helping B.C. stay competitive and innovative.”