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

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-03-27
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre Ltd

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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.

Author Biography

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

Introductionp. ix
A Long Journey: Vienna to Vancouverp. 7
Pacific Veneer: A Solid Beginningp. 15
Eburne: Moving toward Integrationp. 35
Englewood: Cantor's Backbonep. 49
Grande Prairie: The Alberta Advantagep. 73
Prince George: Going Globalp. 87
Victoria: Our Landlordsp. 111
An Ugly Rumour: Balco and the Road to Diversificationp. 129
Unfinished Business: Deals Negotiated but not Completedp. 147
Linking with Ottawa: A Voice from the Westp. 155
Howe Sound Pulp and Paper: From the Worst to the Bestp. 171
The Leaders: Industry Iconsp. 181
The Environmental Debate: A Key Factor in Leaving the Coastp. 207
Don't Do It, Jack: Union Negotiationsp. 223
Good Governance: Leadership, New Acquisitions, and Crisisp. 239
New South: Breaking Ground in the United Statesp. 261
Beyond Canfor: Giving Backp. 271
What's Next?: My View from Herep. 281
Acknowledgementsp. 289
Indexp. 299
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