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Our Mission

The Canadian Woodlands Forum, CWF, is a not-for profit membership based organization recognized for its commitment to effective, quality woodlands operations in support of sustainable forest management. The CWF is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who commit their time to ensure that members benefit from the work done by the CWF. Day to day operations are administered in the CWF office by Executive Director Peter Robichaud and Administrative Coordinator Trinda Webster, along with Bruce Chisholm, Project Coordinator. The Mission of the Canadian Woodlands Forum is to improve the efficiency, cost-effectiveness and profitability of woodlands operations, through an ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for communication and a means to exchange knowledge of best practices, technology and innovations that contribute towards sustaining a robust, safe, and environmentally responsible wood fiber supply chain.


  • Support contractors by promoting professionalism and best management practices;
  • Provide timely leading-edge information to our members;
  • Improve operational efficiency of woodlands operations by providing opportunities and means for exchange of information on forestry equipment, and forest management practices;
  • Promote principles of continuing forestry education as a basis for competent woodlands operations;
  • Foster cooperation and better relationships by providing opportunities to open lines of communication between forest stakeholders;
  • Provide information and programs to create and promote a safer and more attractive work environment for forest workers.



Earle Miller - Great Northern Timber
John MacLellan - Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Ltd.
Yves O’Brien - Groupe Savoie Ltée.
Ian Johnstone - Wagner Forest Management Ltd.
Cassie Turple - Ledwidge Lumber Ltd.
Jason Casey-  Elmsdale Lumber Co. Ltd.
Kevin Saunders - Port Hawkesbury Paper
Brett Mahoney - Fornebu Lumber Ltd.
Jim Ketterling - J.D. Irving, Limited 

Additional IWC Members:

L.P. Canada and Houlton, Delco Lumber and Crabbe Lumber


Ashlee Manning – A.L.P.A. Equipment Ltd.
Mike Harlow – Toromont CAT (Maritimes)
Ron Montgomery – Tigercat Industries Inc.
Jake Urquhart – Urquhart-MacDonald & Associates
Dave Maxwell – Liehberr-Canada Ltd.
Louis Maher – John Deere
Bernard Daigle – Canadian Forest Service
Tom Cole – Waratah Canada Ltd.
Jeff Bishop – Forest Nova Scotia Inc.
Dirk Nielsen – Weiler Forestry



Mike Shea – Atlantic Land Improvement Contractors Association (ALICA)
Marcus Zwicker - WestFor Management
Stephen Marsters - Timberland Holdings
Susannah Banks - NB Federation of Woodlot Owners
Gerald Holmes - Retired, Port Hawkesbury Paper


Mike Masters – Masters Forestry Limited
Billy Gillespie – W & R Gillespie Ltd.
Calvin Archibald – Next Generation Forest Management Ltd.
Neil Kenney – N.R. Kenney Logging Ltd.
Tim Blaney - Merle Wallace Ltd.
Daniel Reeves - Reeves Logging & Tree Farms

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