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One of Canada's most accomplished business leaders reflects on his influential role in the industry that built British Columbia. From a privileged early childhood in Vienna to an overnight escape from Hitler's grasp, to the seven decades spent building Canadian Forest Products with his father and uncle, Peter Bentley's life story is one of great challenges and unequivocal successes. An unflinching leader and a respected philanthropist, Bentley describes a colourful business career and shares his unique perspective on the rise and fall -- and the subsequent reinvention -- of Western Canada's forest industry in all its complexity. Bentley does not avoid controversy in his accounting of political shenanigans in BC and across the nation. 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. Bentley's thoughts and reflections are his legacy to those who follow.
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
|A Long Journey: Vienna to Vancouver||p. 7|
|Pacific Veneer: A Solid Beginning||p. 15|
|Eburne: Moving toward Integration||p. 35|
|Englewood: Cantor's Backbone||p. 49|
|Grande Prairie: The Alberta Advantage||p. 73|
|Prince George: Going Global||p. 87|
|Victoria: Our Landlords||p. 111|
|An Ugly Rumour: Balco and the Road to Diversification||p. 129|
|Unfinished Business: Deals Negotiated but not Completed||p. 147|
|Linking with Ottawa: A Voice from the West||p. 155|
|Howe Sound Pulp and Paper: From the Worst to the Best||p. 171|
|The Leaders: Industry Icons||p. 181|
|The Environmental Debate: A Key Factor in Leaving the Coast||p. 207|
|Don't Do It, Jack: Union Negotiations||p. 223|
|Good Governance: Leadership, New Acquisitions, and Crisis||p. 239|
|New South: Breaking Ground in the United States||p. 261|
|Beyond Canfor: Giving Back||p. 271|
|What's Next?: My View from Here||p. 281|
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