VANCOUVER, May 12 /CNW/ - The United Nations Association in Canada
(UNA-Canada) is pleased to honour Avrim Lazar, the President and CEO of
the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) for his visionary
leadership, commitment and remarkable achievements in both the
environment and in industry. Mr. Lazar's sterling leadership both in
Canada and at the United Nations was recognized last night at
UNA-Canada's 2011 Gala Dinner, which also celebrated the United Nations
International Year of Forests.
"Avrim has consistently showcased how divergent interests and entrenched
viewpoints can be bridged through dynamic and inclusive discussion and
building a sense of shared responsibility, opportunity and trust," said
Kate White, Executive Director, UNA-Canada. "We're thrilled to
recognize his outstanding achievements."
Lazar helped bring together 21 of Canada's largest forest companies and
nine leading environmental groups in the landmark Canadian Boreal
Forest Agreement which will conserve significant areas of Canada's vast
Boreal Forest, protect threatened woodland caribou and provide a
competitive market edge for participating companies.
A letter from Prime Minister Stephen Harper presented at the dinner
states that "Mr. Lazar has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to
bridging forest management and conservation efforts….his vision,
dedication and spirit of collaboration were instrumental to the
achievement of the historic Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement."
"Thanks to his leadership and conviction, we have become an
international role model for community involvement, good governance and
commitment for sustainable resource management. We should all feel very
proud of that accomplishment," said a prepared statement from BC
Premier, Christy Clark.
"Avrim, without you, there would never have been a Boreal Agreement,"
said Tzeporah Berman, Co-Founder, ForestEthics, in a statement
presented on her behalf at the dinner. "During our 24 months of
negotiations together I learned a great deal from you. Your openness,
willingness to listen, knowledge of the industry and creativity is, in
my 18 years of working with (and butting heads) with the forest
In accepting the honour, Lazar paid homage to the environmental groups
who are signatories to the agreement. "I am truly indebted to the hard
work, courage and commitment of all the conservationists who made the
Boreal Agreement a reality," he said.
SOURCE FOREST PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
For further information:
Executive Director, Public Relations
Forest Products Association of Canada
Association des produits forestiers du Canada