New president takes reins at southern B.C. lumber association

By Interior Lumber Manufacturers Association
The Castlegar News
November 2, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Paul Rasmussen

The organization representing family-owned small and mid-sized forest products companies in the interior has a new president. The Interior Lumber Manufacturers’ Association (ILMA) has hired former Ministry of Forests executive Paul Rasmussen to lead the group, following the retirement of Dan Battistella. Rasmussen, who previously served as an Assistant Deputy Minister (south area operations) in the Ministry of Forests, has a long background in the forest sector. …“The ILMA members have a different relationship with their communities,” Rasmussen said. “They’re family-owned, multi-generational, and deeply rooted. The business isn’t just a business to them; it’s a sustainable way of life that can’t be packed-up and moved to new locale when times are tough.” …Ken Kalesnikoff, chair of the ILMA board, said… “Paul is the right fit for us at this time.”

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