Speaker Profiles

Avrim Lazar

Avrim Lazar

President & CEO

Forest Products Association of Canada

As the President and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada since 2002, Avrim Lazar has guided Canada’s Forest Products Industry into the 21st century. Named to the RISI Top 50 Power List in 2011, Mr. Lazar stewarded the landmark Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement in 2010, bringing together 21 FPAC member companies and nine environmental organizations. For his leadership, Mr. Lazar was recognized by the United Nations Association in Canada, which honoured him in May 2011 for his “visionary leadership, commitment and remarkable achievements in both the environment and in industry.”

Mr. Lazar is chair of the Advisory Committee on Paper and Wood Products (ACPWP) to the United Nations. He has held senior policy positions in the government of Canada in the Ministries of Justice, Agriculture, Environment and Human Resource Development. During this period he was responsible for national policy in areas as diverse as climate change, biodiversity, child poverty, employment insurance and labour force training. Mr. Lazar was Chair of the Committee of the Whole of the Second UN Conference of the Parties to the Convention on BiologicalDiversity in 1995. He also chaired the National Business Association Roundtable and is the Past-President of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA).

From 1969 to 1973, Mr. Lazar taught high school in Vancouver and Zambia. Over the years, he has given many courses in the graduate studies programs at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Mr. Lazar holds degrees in science and education, including a B.Sc (1968) from McGill University, a B.Ed (1970) and a PhEd in Ed (1976) from the University of Ottawa. He is the proud father of four children.

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