Toronto, Ontario–The Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Dunn as President and Chief Executive Officer effective April 15, 2021.
Ian will also serve as President of the Canadian Lumberman's Association(CLA).
Ian is a Registered Professional Forester with a master's degree in forest conservation. In 2018,he was appointedby Lieutenant Governor in Council to the Ontario Species at Risk Program Advisory Committee. In 2019,Ian was a recipient of the Canadian Forest Industries Magazine's "Top 10 Under 40" award for next generation leaders. Hehas worked in forestry and environmental management roles throughout Ontarioand Canada. Ianbegan his employment with the OFIA in2015 and has servedas DirectorofForest Policy,Executive DirectorofPolicy and Operations,and most recently as InterimPresident and CEO.
"I would like to thank the OFIA membership and Board of Directors for this opportunity," said Mr. Dunn. "Fromsupporting economic development in partnership with stakeholders and rights holders, to the adaptation andmitigationof climate change, I have seen the ability of this industry to address some of society's biggest challenges, and Iamproud to represent it."
Roger Barber, Chair of the Board of Directors, said, "Ian has a keen interest in forest sector policy and has distinguished himself as a dedicated advocate for the forest industry and the communities who rely on this sector for their economic health. He has worked closely with the Board of Directorsfor the last six years, and we are confident that under his leadership,the OFIA will continue to provide significant value to its members and the province as a whole."
For 78years, the OFIA has represented forestry companies ranging from multinational corporations to family-owned businesses across Ontario. OFIA's member companies produce a varietyof renewable forest products, includingdimensional lumber, pulp and paper,packaging,energy,and engineered wood products. OFIA members invest heavily intoadvanced research, development,and innovative technologies. Today, Ontario's forest industry generates over $18 billion in revenue and supports nearly147,000 direct and indirect jobs in communities across the province.