Gordon Giles has stepped into the President position with ACR after serving two years as Vice President. He took the position following the 2022 AGM on February 23, 2022.
Gordon is a registered professional forester with almost 30 years of government and private sector experience.
His almost 20 years with the Alberta government saw intense (and prolonged) involvement in the largest Canada/US trade litigation case – the softwood lumber dispute and rewarding (but less controversial) experiences in forest product market development and product innovation. He furthered that experience with 4 years at Alberta Innovates, focused on applied research toward non-traditional forest product innovation and market development primarily in Asia, with significant efforts in the field of nanomaterials.
For the last 4 years, he has enjoyed a rewarding and challenging position at Alberta Pacific Forest Industries as the business unit leader of Business Development. This role tasks him and his team with identifying opportunities for diversification and expansion, and then developing relationships to analyze and pursue those potential opportunities.
He has been a member of the Alberta Chamber of Resources’ Executive Committee since 2019 and is very much looking forward to continuing his involvement for a term as ACR President starting in February 2022.