The BC Forest Safety Council’s board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Reynold Hert as the new CEO of the forest sector’s health and safety association.

Vancouver, B.C. – (March 2, 2009)

Hert, who joins the Council March 16, brings a passion for safety, along with an extensive background in forestry.

“Reynold’s strong commitment to workplace safety is well-known and respected throughout the forest industry,” says Bev Briscoe, chair of the Council. “We look forward to working with him in the coming years to make BC’s forest industry a safer place.”

Employed in forestry since 1978, Hert has advanced through the ranks of the industry from being a harvesting area manager at Procter and Gamble to roles as vice president of Canadian Lumber and later as vice president Canadian Forestlands for Weyerhaeuser. From 2004 to 2008, Hert led Western Forest Products as president and CEO where he oversaw a significant improvement in its safety record.

“I am a firm believer that safe businesses are the best businesses,” says Hert. ”Operations that integrate safety as a way of doing business can see improved results including fewer injuries, lower costs, higher productivity and better worker morale.”

“I look forward to working with the industry to integrate safety into our sector from the boardroom to the worker in the woods.”

To find out more information about the BC Forest Safety Council and its programs or initiatives, visit its web site at

The BC Forest Safety Council is a not-for-profit society dedicated to promoting forest health and safety. It was founded and is supported by all major forestry organizations in BC and works with forestry employers, workers, contractors and the provincial government and agencies to implement changes necessary to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries in the forest sector.

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Karen Zukas
BC Forest Safety Council

Sheila Calder
Peak Communicators