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Canfor announces changes to its senior leadership team

October 6, 2021  By P&PC Staff

Canfor Corporation’s senior leadership team has undergone some changes. The company has appointed Pat Elliott to the role of chief financial officer (CFO) for Canfor and Canfor Pulp. Elliott will also retain his position and responsibilities as senior vice-president of sustainability.

Canfor has appointed Alan Nicholl to the position of executive vice-president of bio-based solutions and pulp operations. Additionally, Nicholl has also been appointed as the president and CEO of Arbios Biotech (Arbios). Arbios is a joint venture between Canfor and Licella Holdings that is focused on converting biomass to low carbon biofuel.

“In Alan’s new role he will build a bio-innovation team that will unlock the full value of each log by diversifying our business into bio-based solutions as low carbon, renewable products become increasingly valued,” said Don Kayne, president and CEO of Canfor. “In addition, Pat’s corporate finance leadership experience with Canfor has positioned him to take on the role of CFO. Pat will continue to maintain the financial discipline for which Canfor is known and respected.”


Elliott became a part of Canfor in 2001. He has served as an executive on the company’s finance team since 2011. Most recently, Elliott held the position of senior vice-president of corporate finance and sustainability.

Nicholl joined the company in 2008. Most recently, he served as the chief financial officer of Canfor and Canfor Pulp and executive vice-president of finance and Canfor Pulp Products. He has previously served in several senior financial roles within the Canadian forestry industry.

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