MP Richard Cannings Honoured as FPAC Forest Community Champion
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is pleased to name Richard Cannings, MP South Okanagan-West Kootenay as a winner of the 2018 FPAC Forest Community Champion Award.
Cannings will be joined by International Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne, Kenora, Ontario Mayor Dave Canfield, and Whitecourt, Alberta Mayor Maryann Chichak in receiving this recognition at a special event to be hosted by FPAC in Ottawa today.
Cannings is the recipient of the Forest Community Champion Award for his work in tabling and advancing his Private Member’s Bill C-354 which promotes the use of wood in federal government procurement.
The ‘use of wood’ bill proposes an amendment to the existing Department of Public Works and Government Services Act that would compel the federal government to give full consideration to using wood as a building material for any federal infrastructure projects.
“Richard Cannings understands that forestry brings environmental, social, and economic benefits to communities not only in British Columbia, but across the country,” says FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor. “He has been a champion of the forest industry across Canada through his determined efforts to advance his private member’s bill. Through his everyday work he is a champion of forestry workers.”
“I would like to thank FPAC for this recognition and honour,” says Cannings. “The forest industry is the lifeblood of communities across this great country and wood building sector is one that I take great pride in advocating for.”
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