Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia

January 11, 2005 04:00 ET

Forest Products Association 71st Annual Meeting

Nova Scotia Power COO Ralph Tedesco and CBC Maritime Noon Host Costas Halavrezos to headline the 71st Annual General Meeting of the Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia in Halifax – January 2005 Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Environment Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA --(CCNMatthews - Jan. 11, 2005) - Ralph Tedesco, Chief Operating Officer of Nova Scotia Power and Costas Halavrezos, host of CBC Radio's Maritime Noon, will headline the 71st Annual General Meeting of the Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia (FPANS) at the Casino Hotel in Halifax Thursday January 20 and Friday January 21, 2005. This year's meeting theme is "The Nature of our Business is Growing" and topics that will examined include green energy, innovation and technology, emerging issues in forestry and the need for intensive forest management in Nova Scotia.

With forestry companies at the top of Nova Scotia Power's industrial customers list, FPANS members and meeting delegates will be keen to hear Mr. Tedesco deliver the keynote address Thursday morning January 20, 2005 at 8:45 am about the future of energy and power in our industry and in our province. Nova Scotia Power is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emera Inc. (EMA-TSX), a diversified regional energy company. Nova Scotia Power provides more than 97 per cent of electric generation, transmission, and distribution to more than 450,000 customers across Nova Scotia. Mr. Tedesco has extensive knowledge and experience in finance sand capital markets, utility construction and operations, marketing and sales, customer service and union relations.

Whether it's wildlife, the fishery, farming, mining, recreation, and forestry, Maritime Noon is mandatory listening for many Maritimers who work in the resource industries or live in the many rural communities. Maritime Noon's host Costas Halavrezos will make a special appearance and give the industry luncheon address Friday January 21, 2005 at 12:00 noon.

Costas made the return trip back to the east coast in 1987, and has been hosting Maritime Noon ever since. He's been a guest host on As It Happens, Cross Country Checkup and Media File. As a special pre-Olympic project for CBC Radio this year, he created a series of ten documentaries on contemporary Greece, which were broadcast across the network.

This year's FPANS Youth Initiative Award, which recognizes an individual or group of young people that exhibit a commitment to enhancing the sustainability of Nova Scotia's forest resource, will be presented to the Oxford Regional High School for their Northumberland Trail Educational Initiative. The Honourable Ernie Fage, Minister of Economic Development and MLA for Cumberland North, will be on hand to present this prestigious award.

"Principle of Forestry" certificates will be presented to FPANS members whose forestry practices have been audited by the Association, and meet the highest principles of forestry stewardship. The Honourable Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Natural Resources, will present these certificates.

Plenary sessions at this year's meeting will examine green energy and alternative energy sources, fuel efficiency technology, and many emerging issues such as hurricane Juan follow-up, labour market study and needs, and an update on the soft wood lumber situation.

The Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia is the "Voice of the Forest Industry" in the province. Its members represent all segments of the industry including woodlot owners, Christmas tree growers, silviculture and harvesting contractors, maple product producers, sawmills, trucking and pulp and paper companies. Primary forestry and related manufacturing is the industrial anchor of the provincial economy and is worth over $1.4 billion annually. The industry is the economic engine that drives rural Nova Scotia, providing some 13,000 direct and 5, 278 in direct jobs in Nova Scotia. /For further information: Stephen McIntosh, Communications Director, Forest Products Association of Nova Scotia, (902) 895-1179 or during the meeting via cell phone (902) 890-0463, Email: smcintosh@fpans.ca / IN: ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY, LABOUR, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Stephen McIntosh, Communications Director
    Primary Phone: 902-895-1179
    E-mail: smcintosh@fpans.ca