Vancouver – In light of rapidly evolving developments and reports related to COVID-19, the BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) has made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020 Convention in Prince George.

“We are naturally disappointed because we always look forward to connecting with our industry colleagues, communities and partners,” said Susan Yurkovich, president and CEO of COFI. “However, given the circumstances, including the World Health Organization today declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic, cancelling the convention is the prudent decision to avoid putting the health and safety of delegates, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and staff at unnecessary risk.”

The convention was scheduled this year from April 1 to 3. It is the largest gathering of the forest sector in Western Canada. Each year, it attracts industry CEOs and executives from continental North America and overseas companies, senior representatives from customers, suppliers, financial institutions, law firms, as well as local, provincial, federal government and First Nations leaders.

“The Prince George community always opens its arms and provides a warm welcome to convention-goers,” Yurkovich said. “We recognize that all of our community partners put a lot of effort into preparing for the convention, as have our sponsors, presenters and exhibitors, and we value their continued support. We look forward to welcoming everyone to next year’s convention in Vancouver from April 7 to 9, and again in Prince George in 2022.”