New Member Added to Board of Directors and Continues Tradition of Canadian Presentation

Chris McIver Joins Endowment Board

U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Greenville, SC

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 8, 2020)

Greenville, S.C. – The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) announced today the election of Chris McIver, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, West Fraser to its Board of Directors. Mr. McIver’s service is effective immediately.

Since inception, per the terms of the Softwood Lumber Agreement 2006 (SLA) between the U.S. and Canada, the Endowment has been required to have a non-voting Canadian liaison appointed by the Canadian government.  The Endowment has always opted to elect the representative to full Board membership.  Although the SLA expired in 2015, the Endowment has continued to enjoy Canadian representation.  Jim Farrell, appointed as liaison in 2010, continues to serve on the Board.

“In keeping with the spirit of the SLA, the Endowment’s Board has modified its Bylaws to reflect expiration of the SLA, but at the same time with a commitment to retain one or more Canadian members, so as to best advance our overarching mission to ‘ultimately benefit the North American forest industry,’ said Endowment CEO Carlton Owen. “Our Canadian neighbors and colleagues play a critical role in the health and future of the greater forest sector.  Without doubt, given his expertise, experience, and tremendous passion, Chris will be an invaluable addition to our Board.”

Mr. McIver joined West Fraser in 1991 and has held various sales and operations positions in the organization’s solid wood, pulp and paper, and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) groups. He was appointed Vice President, Sales & Marketing for West Fraser in February 2016, and is based in Vancouver, British Columbia (B.C.). In addition to holding various roles within industry organizations, he is currently a Director for the Canada Wood Council, Chair of U.S. WoodWorks, and a member of the Forestry Innovation Investment B.C.’s advisory council. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and is married with two children.

“Canada and the U.S. have much in common, especially the respect and love we have for our forests and the many products and benefits they yield.  I have long admired the mission and vision of the Endowment to partner with both the public and private sectors in support of forests and forest communities,” said McIver.  “It is a great honor to be elected to its Board, and I look forward to contributing to the important work in the company of such an exceptional group of professionals.”

Click here for a complete list of Endowment Board members.


For more information contact:  Carlton N. Owen, CEO, 864-233-7646,

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) is a not-for-profit public charity working collaboratively with partners in the public and private sectors to advance systemic, transformative, and sustainable change for the health and vitality of the nation’s working forests and forest-reliant communities:

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