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Sustaining Profit in Tomorrow's Green Economy

Meeting Description:

Avrim Lazar, President & CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada


The global economy will need to go green.  What does that really mean?  Will old concepts of sustainability endure?  Where will forest products fit and who will profit?  Join Avrim Lazar as he looks into our future.  He’ll speak to how the global forest products industry is moving to become a major player in the developing bio-economy, through extracting more value out of the tree as bio-fuels, bio-chemicals, and bio-materials.  Given these new product innovations, the best uses and value of wood become critical discussion points in the ongoing sustainability conversations.  Existing and expanding competing interests for wood, require in-depth assessments across the economic, social, and environmental landscapes. 

In early 2010, FPAC, along with several Canadian partners, released the first phase of the Forest Biopathways study.  This initial release examined the economic, social and environmental benefits of integrating new bio-technologies within the traditional forest products industry and it considered how this approach will boost employment and strengthen Canada's economy and rural communities.  Canada has unique infrastructure and resources, but the learnings gained from this work can be extended globally.   



ABOUT THIS SERIES  This webinar is the third in a series that is being presented by the Sustainability Forum, which will take place during PaperCon 2012 in April.  The Sustainability Forum will address the three major issues of sustainability most commonly voiced by users of paper: Sustainable Forestry, Energy and Emissions, and Recycled Fiber. 

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Date: Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Mary Anne Cauthen
 Presenter Information
Avrim Lazar
Speaker Photo

Avrim Lazar is President & CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, since January 1, 2002 and he is chair of the Advisory Committee on Paper and Wood Products (ACPWP) to the United Nations.

Mr. Lazar has held senior policy positions in the government of Canada in the Ministries of Justice, Agriculture, Environment and Human Resource Development. During this period he was responsible for national policy in areas as diverse as climate change, biodiversity, child poverty, employment insurance and labor force training.

Mr. Lazar was Chair of the Committee of the Whole of the Second UN Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1995. He also chaired the National Business Association Roundtable and is the Past-President of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA).

Mr. Lazar holds degrees in science and education, including a B.Sc (1968) from McGill University, a B.Ed (1970) and a PhEd in Ed (1976) from the University of Ottawa.