President – Council of Forest Industries
Represents the Interior Licensees
John Allan has enjoyed a highly successful career addressing natural resource management and policy issues for the most senior levels of both the public and private sectors.
John gained unique insight into and knowledge of government operations resulting from 22 years with the provincial government of British Columbia, many at the Deputy Minister level. The range of ministries John served has assured a level of involvement experienced by a very few individuals. The portfolios include:
In 1999, John retired from the Province and entered the private sector by forming John Allan Consulting Ltd.
On July 5, 2001, John was appointed President of the BC Lumber Trade Council. The Council is charged with the responsibility of working with government to secure an effective solution to the softwood lumber trade dispute with the United States.
On March 31, 2003, John was appointed President and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries in addition to his role with the BC Lumber Trade Council.
John has a Masters Degree in Economics from Queen's University.
Jim Girvan, RPF MBARepresents the Coastal Logging Contractors
Jim is recognized as an authority in timber supply, economic and statistical analysis, forecasting and finance. He is a passionate and results oriented leader in his field. As a professional forester, Jim has over 25 years of experience in small businesses, large corporations, and financial institutions. Jim recently served as the Executive Director of the TLA; "the quiet voice of reason" representing the political interests of independent community based businesses reliant on the forest industry across coastal BC. Having authored reports and articles ranging from supply analysis to tenure reform, Jim is an eloquent presenter that has addressed audiences from Oregon to New Zealand sharing his creative and innovative solutions to difficult forest industry issues.
Rick Jeffery, RPF
President and Chief Executive Officer, Coast Forest Products Association
Represents the Coastal Licensees
Rick Jeffery was appointed president and CEO of the Coast Forest Products Association (formerly the CFLA) in June 2004. The association provides a powerful voice for forest companies that produce 95% of the primary lumber and higher value wood and for the pulp and paper companies that produce 70% of pulp and paper products in coastal British Columbia.
Rick has more than 20 years’ experience working within the B.C. forest industry. Before joining Coast Forest, Rick was vice president of corporate development for Hayes Forest Services Limited where he was responsible for business development, government relations, First Nations’ issues and media relations. Prior to this, Rick spent 15 years with the TLA, two of which he served as president.
Rick started his career in British Columbia in 1983 after graduating from the University of Alberta where he earned a BSc in Forestry with Distinction. He became a Registered Professional Forester in 1986.
Past President, Local 1-85, Industrial, Wood & Allied Workers of Canada
Represents the United Steelworkers
Monty Mearnes has held a number of positions in the Local 1-85 of the Steelworkers since December 1979, and has been President of Local I-85. His background is logging.
Logging Contractor, Hytest Timber
Represents the Interior Logging Association, Central Interior
Logging Association and the North West Logging Association
Mr. Menning has been a logging contractor for more than 20 years in and around the Central Interior, has been Chair of the Central Interior Logging Association for the past seven years, and was directly involved in the development of the original Bill 13, The Timber Harvest Contract and Subcontract Regulation in 1990 – 91.
He has been a negotiator for the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan, representing communities, and was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the BC Forest Alliance. More recently, he was one of the CILA’s representatives in discussions with government of amendments to Bill 13, and on the content and direction of Bill 28.
Assistant Deputy Minister, Tenure and Timber Pricing Division
Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands
Represents the Ministry of Forests, Mines and Lands
President, United Steelworkers, Local 1- 2171
Represents the United Steelworkers
Darrel Wong began working full-time in the forest industry in 1976. In 1983, he went to work for the "The Loggers Local" as a Business Agent in Port McNeill. He was elected Financial Secretary of Local 1-71 in 1987, ran successfully for the position of 1st Vice-President in 1991, and became President in 1992.
Local 1-71 and Local 1- 217 merged in 1998 to create Local 2171. Darrel was elected as President of the new local and he continues to hold the position today. He is a Trustee of the I.W.A. Forest Industry Pension Plan, the I.W.A. Forest Industry Long Term Disability Plan and the I.W.A. Forest Industry Health & Welfare Plan #2.
Darrel has been a member of the I.W.A. Canada National Executive Board since April 1992 as well as a member of the Provincial Negotiating Committee.