Avrim Lazar

Former CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada; Champion of the Canadian Boreal Initiative


Avrim Lazar is a globally recognized consultant working on sustainability issues in north america europe and  south america. His most recent work is with the aquaculture sector in Europe chile and Canada  and the forestry sector in Canada and brazil. He also consults to foundations in Europe and Canada and is a Director with Tolko industries, He was President & CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, 2002 until 2012. 
He was chair of the Advisory Committee on Paper and Wood Products (ACPWP) to the United Nations. Mr. Lazar has held senior policy positions in the government of Canada in the Ministries of Justice, Agriculture, Environment and Human Resource Development. During this period he was responsible for national policy in areas as diverse as climate change, biodiversity, child poverty, employment insurance and labor force training.
Mr. Lazar was Chair of the Committee of the Whole of the Second UN Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1995. He also chaired the National Business Association Roundtable and is the Past-President of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA). Over the years, Mr. Lazar has given many courses in the graduate studies programs at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Mr. Lazar holds degrees in science and education, including a B.Sc (1968) from McGill University, a B.Ed (1970) and a PhEd in Ed (1976) from the University of Ottawa.