FPAC President & CEO Avrim Lazar Honoured by United Nations Association in Canada

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 industry, unmatched."

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

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Media Contact:
Susan Murray
Executive Director, Public Relations
Forest Products Association of Canada
Association des produits forestiers du Canada
smurray@fpac.ca
613-563-1441 x313

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