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Alberta Forest Products Association Names Janis Simpkins as Senior Vice-President

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July 20, 2020 - The Alberta Forest Products Association is pleased to announce that Janis Simpkins has been appointed Senior Vice-President. She will also chair the association's environment committee and lead the organization's sustainable growth initiatives, including the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) portfolio.

"Throughout her career, Janis has proven to be an exceptional leader," said AFPA President and CEO Jason Krips. "She has tremendous experience as a municipal leader and has served Albertans in a variety of critical roles with the Government of Alberta. I know that her expertise and vision will serve or our organization well for many years to come."

Simpkins comes to the AFPA from Alberta Energy, where she has served as Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives. Her work with Alberta Energy has centered on providing leadership to the development of a unified and actionable strategy for Alberta's energy policy that aligns with ESG criteria and a long-term vision for the province's energy resources.

Prior to moving to Alberta Energy, she held posts in both Indigenous Relations, where she spearheaded the development of the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation, and Economic Development, Trade and Tourism, where she held key files such as U.S. Relations Coordination, Investor Confidence and Northern Development.

Before joining the Government of Alberta, Simpkins worked in the energy industry and served as Reeve of the Municipal District of Greenview. She is a recipient of the Governor General of Canada's Queens Diamond Jubilee medal, honouring significant contributions and achievements of Canadians, for her work with communities and commitment to public service.

Simpkins will begin her role with the AFPA in August.

The Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) is a non-profit association that represents companies manufacturing lumber, panelboard, pulp and paper, and secondary manufactured wood products in Alberta, Canada. For further information, visit:

SOURCE: Alberta Forest Products Association