One Family's Journey: Canfor and the Transformation of British Columbia's Forest Industry

One Family's Journey: Canfor and the Transformation of British Columbia's Forest Industry

by Peter Bentley

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Peter Bentley recounts the exciting journey shared with his esteemed father, Leopold "Poldi" Bentley, and his uncle in the building of a major forest products company.

Bentley has a unique perspective on the rise and fall - and the subsequent reinvention - of western Canada's forest industry in all its complexity. He does not avoid controversy in his accounting of political shenanigans, nor does he shy away from the challenge of staring down the deep well of environmental issues. His views are those of a passionate citizen who, like his father before him, has given much of his life to the improvement of business and culture in British Columbia and Canada.

An unflinching leader and a respected philanthropist, Bentley describes a colourful business career punctuated by small failures and enormous success. These thoughts are his thanks to those who inspired him and an invaluable legacy to those who follow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781553658696
Publisher: Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Ltd.
Publication date: 12/20/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Peter Bentley is Chairman Emeritus of Canfor Corporation and a Director of its principal subsidiary, Canadian Forest Products Ltd. He is a Director of Canfor Pulp Holdings Inc., Co-Chairman and a Director of Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Limited, and Chairman and President of Sierra Mountain Minerals Inc. From 2004 to 2007, he was Chancellor of The University of Northern British Columbia. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 A Long Journey: Vienna to Vancouver 7

2 Pacific Veneer: A Solid Beginning 15

3 Eburne: Moving toward Integration 35

4 Englewood: Cantor's Backbone 49

5 Grande Prairie: The Alberta Advantage 73

6 Prince George: Going Global 87

7 Victoria: Our Landlords 111

8 An Ugly Rumour: Balco and the Road to Diversification 129

9 Unfinished Business: Deals Negotiated but not Completed 147

10 Linking with Ottawa: A Voice from the West 155

11 Howe Sound Pulp and Paper: From the Worst to the Best 171

12 The Leaders: Industry Icons 181

13 The Environmental Debate: A Key Factor in Leaving the Coast 207

14 Don't Do It, Jack: Union Negotiations 223

15 Good Governance: Leadership, New Acquisitions, and Crisis 239

16 New South: Breaking Ground in the United States 261

17 Beyond Canfor: Giving Back 271

18 What's Next?: My View from Here 281

Acknowledgements 289

Index 299

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