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Canfor Pulp welcomes Kevin Edgson as its new president and CEO


March 16, 2022
By P&PC Staff

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Canfor Pulp Products announced the appointment of Kevin Edgson as its president and CEO, effective April 11, 2022.

In his new position, Edgson will lead the charge on optimizing the value of the company’s business. His first step in this direction is to lead Canfor Pulp through a comprehensive business review when he joins the company in April.

Kevin Anderson, vice-president of operations, and Brian Yuen, vice-president of pulp and paper sales and marketing, will be part of Edgson’s leadership team. They will also be key contributors to the business review.

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“Kevin’s proven ability to build and lead highly effective teams, in combination with his extensive experience in the forest sector, make him the ideal choice to lead Canfor Pulp as the Company works to improve operational reliability and optimize the use of our fibre supply,” said John Baird, chair of Canfor Pulp’s board of directors.

Don Kayne, president and CEO of Canfor, noted, “I’m excited to welcome Kevin to lead the Canfor Pulp team. Kevin is a highly successful leader with strong knowledge of the forestry and pulp industries and I am confident he will lead the organization to a profitable and sustainable future.”

Edgson has extensive experience as a leader in the forest products industry, including his most recent decade-long stint as president and CEO of EACOM Timber Corporation. He also worked with Millar Western Forest Products in multiple leadership roles of increasing seniority, including as the chief financial officer.

In a LinkedIn post, Edgson shared his thoughts on taking over this position:

“I am pleased to announce that I will be joining Canfor Pulp as President and Chief Executive Officer. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with my new colleagues as we elevate the organization to its greatest potential.

I have been blessed in my career, working with the Millar Family and the incredible leaders and colleagues that they assembled. I learned much about leadership and caring for people, regardless of role. I was given great opportunities for growth, both professionally and personally, and anything I have contributed to has a foundation in my time with Millar Western.

I grew further with my friends and colleagues at EACOM. There I worked with many fine individuals, all professionals and leaders in their fields, and together we forged a culture of collaboration, respect and trust.  Some left before me, many continue on today with Interfor, but all together we showed that our approach was capable of achieving best in class performance on all aspects of the business from operational or financial metrics, through sales and logistics, human resources, IT and all support services. It is this ability to work together for the common good that propels success.

I am hopeful that with my new colleagues, as we come to tackle existing challenges and look forward to the opportunities available to us, we will elevate Canfor Pulp to be the very best it can be, and ultimately be the preferred supplier of NBSK.

I thank all those who have contributed or will contribute to this story, and I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of the future at Canfor Pulp.”