Changing of the Guards: Message from the New Editor
Since assuming the role of editor for Canadian forest industries on May 30, I thought about what to write for my first editorial. I thought of clever titles, and deleted clichés like “new kid in town” or “new kid on the block”, to end up with another one (although Bob Dylan used it as a song title, so that must be good.)
But I chose “the changing of the guards” because it’s poetic: it’s handing over the responsibility of the previous sentry to the next guard. And what a funny time to take over the reins of CFI as editor – its custodian – with pressing industry issues like climate change and wildfires, as well as global challenges like the ongoing pandemic and inflation.
In this environment and in this context, a trusted voice to present unique and useful content has never been more important.
I am going to CFI of FPInnovations, where I was a writer and media relations specialist. Previously, I held editorial positions in various media – including previous stints in international forest industry publications such as Pulp and Paper Canadaand Fastmarkets RISI Pulp and Paper International (Brussels, Belgium), and Pulp and paper Asia News (Singapore). In the meantime, I have written and edited for international media such as FinancialTimes, Forbes, Newsweekand Montreal Gazetteamong other things, but the forestry industries kept pulling me back.
In my more than 20 years covering the industry, I have had the good fortune to visit several factories and plantations in North America, Europe and Asia, gathering material for in-depth articles and profiles on forest products companies around the world, but also honored to have covered the wildfires in Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia, reporting the consequences not only for companies, but also for communities and the environment. I am convinced that these experiences will help me in my current role.
Indeed, it is an immense honor to be entrusted with the journalistic heritage of CFI, Canada’s leading forest industry magazine since 1881, and one that can be counted on to lead the publication into the future. I hope to maintain this legacy and am committed to further improving its quality, increasing its impact and keeping it relevant for the benefit of readers and the forestry sector. Fortunately, I was left with a magazine with an extraordinarily strong, creative and talented editorial and support team, and with an engaged and very active readership.
Your commitment to what we publish every day is very important to me because I may be the editor, but it’s your CFI. I welcome your suggestions, discussions and thoughts. Tell me what you would like to read more; who and what you would like to see featured. Write to us, but better yet, write for us! Let’s keep in touch between issues. Please continue to email, Tweeter and send us a message – let us follow us on social media – comment on our Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn posts, and if you’re pressed for time, a simple like, heart, tag or retweet would do the trick.
With your contribution, CFI will continue to publish high-quality stories and in-depth articles that our readers have come to expect in every issue.
Some of these features can be found in the latest issue: our team traveled to British Columbia to find out how Tor-Kel Contracting keeps its operations small and nimble with winch assist; then we went to Quebec to meet the family behind GDS Sawmill Groupwho invested $66 million to expand their sawmills, planer mill and pellet plant.
Now I’ll let you check out our other comprehensive features on wildfire and community resilience, social license, sustainable forestry, and the latest technologies and equipment available for mills and loggers in 2022.
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