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Canfor Pulp CEO joins SFI board of directors

April 27, 2021  By P&PC Staff

Canfor Pulp CEO Don Kayne has joined the board of directors of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), representing the economic sector.

SFI has also announced several other appointments, including: Karla Guyn, CEO of Ducks Unlimited Canada, as board chair; Catherine Grenier, president and CEO of Nature Conservancy of Canada, for the environment sector; and Ellen Shultzabarger, state forester and director, Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, for the social sector.

Guyn was first elected to the SFI board in 2016. Mike Doss, president and CEO of Graphic Packaging International, takes over her role of vice-chair effective immediately.


Kevin Edgson, president and CEO, EACOM Timber Corporation, will serve as secretary-treasurer until October 2021 when Brent Keefer, CEO, American Forest Management, takes over the role.

As a board director, Kayne will serve a three-year term. He was appointed president and CEO of Canfor Corporation in 2011 and the CEO of Canfor Pulp in 2012. Canfor has forests and mills certified to the SFI Forest Management Standard and the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard in both Canada and the United States along with multiple mills in Sweden.

Kayne brings a global perspective to the SFI board having started his career at Canfor as a regional sales representative in 1979 and spending 10 years as Canfor’s vice-president of sales and marketing where he became one of the lead architects of Asian market development for British Columbia lumber.

Canfor is focused on the community and education areas of SFI’s work – as a Project Learning Tree (PLT) Canada Green Jobs employer, Canfor has placed almost 100 youth in Green Jobs over the last three years, including doubling their placements in 2020. Kayne will concurrently serve a three-year term on the PLT Canada board to support the goal of helping to ensure a diverse and resilient workforce for the future of the forest sector.

“I am very pleased to be joining the SFI board and look forward to working in collaboration with the team to ensure the sustainability of our forests while also supporting the production of renewable forest products that are contributing to the global low-carbon economy,” Kayne says.

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