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Former CEO of Canfor, Peter Bentley, passes away


September 15, 2021
By P&PC Staff

Peter Bently, former CEO and chairman of Canfor, passed away on Sept. 6.

“To say Peter has left an indelible mark on Canfor, is an understatement. Peter was Canfor. His family’s values were what made Canfor’s values. His vision for our industry made us who we are today,” said Don Kayne, president and CEO.

Bentley was on the company’s board of directors for 53 years and chaired the board for 24 years. He was the CEO of Canfor for 10 years. After serving 10 years as chair emeritus, he retired from Canfor and Canfor Pulp boards of directors in 2019.

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“Peter’s deep understanding of the forestry industry and his passion for the sector was evident in every conversation with him. As a board, we greatly appreciated his wisdom and insights and he will be greatly missed,” said John Baird, chair, Canfor and Canfor Pulp boards of directors.

Bentley continuously contributed to building better communities through volunteer work. He founded the Vancouver General Hospital Foundation, served as chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and was the chairman of the board of trustees for the BC Sports Hall of Fame.