News Release: Ontario Woodlot Association Appoints New Executive Director
Publication Date: 2020-05-04
Kemptville, Ontario – May 4th, 2020 – The Board of the Ontario Woodlot Association (OWA) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Pineau as Executive Director effective May 4th, 2020. John brings extensive experience working in non-profit organizations to the OWA, as well as significant time in progressively responsible positions in industry and government during a career spanning over 35 years.
Most recently, John was employed as Provincial Leader Ontario for FPInnovations, a Canadian non-profit dedicated to research across the forest and wood products value chain. Prior to this he served as Executive Director of the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) from 2006 to 2014. John also worked for the Forestry Research Partnership as Science Extension Manager from 2000 to 2006. Early in his career, he worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources from 1979 to 1994 in a variety of capacities and locations across the province. He was also employed by Millar Western Forest Products in Alberta as G.I.S. Manager and Biologist from 1994-2000. John has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Trent University and a Diploma in GIS Technology from Fleming College. He currently volunteers on the Boards of Directors of the CIF, the Canadian Ecology Centre, and the Friends of the Petawawa Research Forest. John and his wife Liz live in Mattawa, Ontario. They have three adult daughters and a grandson.
The OWA is a not-for-profit grassroots organization governed by an elected, volunteer board of directors. Its vision is Healthy, productive woodlots. OWA members own and manage woodlots throughout the province and include individuals and organizations that believe that private landowners have a key role to play to ensure that sustainably managed forests remain a part of Ontario’s future. The mission of the OWA is to promote the sustainable management of Ontario’s forests by providing guidance, advice and best practices to woodlot owners that allows them to evolve as stewards of these most valuable lands. The OWA acts as the united provincial voice on issues that influence the long term health of Ontario’s woodlots so they will always contribute to our economy, environment and society. The OWA’s network of local Chapters provides an opportunity for members and the public to learn, see and appreciate the value of this fundamental natural resource and the woodlot owner as its steward.
“We are excited to have John join the OWA as our new Executive Director. He will help us with our plans to grow membership, enhance our value proposition, diversify our business model, and successfully advocate on behalf of Ontario woodlot owners.” Paul Robertson, President of the OWA.
Ontario Woodlot Association
Phone: 705-358-4261 -30-