February 9, 2004

ECO/People (February 09, 2004)

At the annual Paperweek conference late last month, the Forest Stewardship Recognition Program (FSRP) award was presented to three industry leaders for their stewardship efforts in Canada's forests in 2003. The recipients were:

Serge Gosselin, director of Abitibi-Consolidated's Foresterie Saguenay in Quebec, for efforts to maintain woodland caribou habitat in a working forest;

Alex Ferguson, chief forester for Slocan Forest Products, BC, for developing and implementing Slocan's sustainable forest management framework (and the company's forest certification efforts); and

Chris Spytz, senior biologist with Weldwood Canada, Alta, for extensive work in stream crossing remediation planning and management.

The FSRP program was founded in 1998 by Wildlife Habitat Canada, the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Canadian Forest Service (Natural Resources Canada). More than 100 individuals, companies and organizations have been honoured for their stewardship efforts in Canada's forests; 11 FSRP awards will be presented this year. Winners receive a limited edition print of a painting titled New Morning by BC artist Don Li-Leger.

T David (Tim) Chinn has joined Zenon Environmental in Oakville, Ont, as vice-president of global municipal business development. In this position, he will be responsible for directing Zenon's efforts to expand the use of innovative membrane technologies for municipalities around the world. A civil engineer by training, Chinn was previously senior vice-president and national director of the drinking water program with the consulting firm HDR Engineering. He has also served as the assistant director of government affairs for the American Water Works Association (AWWA) in Washington, DC.

Alan Urschel has been named president and CEO of Hybrid Fuels, in Kelowna, BC. Urschel, of Grenfell, Saskatchewan, is a cattleman, grain farmer and Councillor of the Rural Municipality of Elcapo No 154 as well as director of the Grenfell Cattlemen's Co-op Board. He was named to the Hybrid Fuels board of directors in December 2003. Hybrid Fuels has developed an agricultural process that integrates beef operations with the production of ethanol. The company says its process yields both high-grade beef and a cost-effective means of producing ethanol, while eliminating the ground contamination problems associated with most cattle-feeding operations.

Dennis Fortune has been appointed the first director of environmental services for CP Ships, a major container shipping firm. Fortune has more than 20 years of environmental management experience, most recently as head of his own consulting firm, Dennis Fortune Environmental Associates. He has also managed environmental programs at SNC-Lavalin and Ontario Hydro. Based in Montreal, he will administer the environmental management program for all of CP Ships' operations including marine and terminal activities, hazardous cargo handling, occupational health and safety, and compliance with local and international regulations. Company CEO Ray Miles observed that Fortune's appointment coincides with the achievement of ISO 14001 certification for CP Ships' Montreal Gateway Terminals, one of the largest marine container terminal facilities in Canada.

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