Ontario Bar Association forestry conference

April 15, 2019

By: The Working Forest Staff

Creative Destruction in the Forest Products Industry:  Challenges and 

Opportunities in a time of change 

On May 9th, Ontario Bar Association’s panel of industry veterans examines the commercial issues, international trade implications, and the increasing role of Aboriginal participation in the face of existing challenges and explore what is needed to exploit emerging opportunities for the forestry industry.

Ontario’s government has embarked on a provincial forestry strategy with the goals of reducing barriers, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Once a vibrant contributor to the province’s economic engine, the forestry products industry has faced challenges on many fronts resulting in its decline. 

Can the industry be revived? 

Our panel of industry veterans examine the commercial Issues, international trade implications, and the increasing role of Aboriginal participation in the face of existing challenges and explore what is needed to exploit emerging opportunities for the industry.  Register now for this unique and valuable program. Then join us for a post-program reception to continue the conversation.  

 

Date:  Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

 Location:  OBA Conference Centre 20 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2B8 

Program Chair:  Samantha Alfonzo, Corporate Counsel ‐ Gallagher Global Brokerage 

Agenda

2:30 pm   Welcome & Opening Remarks  

2:35 pm   Overview of the Drivers of Change Martin Fisher‐Haydis, General Counsel, Maritime Iron Inc.

  • Technology-driven decline in certain paper segments 
  • Growth in demand for some product segments, such as wood products 
  • Repositioning of industry participants 
  • 2:50 pm, Questions 
  • 2:55 pm Challenges and Opportunities Howard Hampton, Pilot Law LLP  For companies  · For communities 
  • For rural municipalities   for First Nations 
  • 3:35 pm Questions 
  • 3:40 pm Impacts on the Industry Mark A. A. Warner, Colleague, Pilot Law LLP
  • Recent Trade Agreements (USMCA, CETA & CPTPP)
  •  New & ongoing trade disputes 
  • Implications for forest management & environmental regulations 
  • 4:20 pm Questions
  • 4:25 pm Closing Remarks
  • 4:30 pm Program Concludes 
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Reception to follow the program. 

 

PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS ONLINE     www.oba.org/pd

 

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