B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced the appointment of former Canfor chief executive officer, federal cabinet minister and B.C. deputy minister David Emerson as the B.C. Trade Envoy to the United States to work with Canada and the new administration in the United States in securing a new Softwood Lumber Agreement.
“I am extremely pleased that David Emerson has accepted the role of B.C. Trade Envoy to the United States,” said Premier Christy Clark.
Emerson, in his role as federal minister of international trade, signed the Softwood Lumber Agreement in 2006. Moreover, as a former CEO of Canfor, he has a broad base of knowledge to defend B.C.’s forest policies and with American legislators and industry leaders.
Emerson already has begun the briefing process in order to start dialogues with legislators and the U.S.A. administration as quickly as possible. It is anticipated that his first visit to Washington, D.C. will take place in March in advance of the imposition of expected countervailing duties being applied to B.C. lumber exports to the United States.