Over 25 years in the industry from log break down to value added wood manufacturing and extensive travel throughout the world, Richard sees wood material as more than just a building material and rather a living, breathing product that has meaning and significance. Forests and trees are to be honoured by giving them a second life in the products that we will use for our living spaces, work areas and event centers. He has worked in the capacity of General Manager and Vice President during his career and now owns Silva Timber Products Ltd and manufactures high end wood products for global markets. While sitting on many committees and Advisory Boards Richard has gained valuable knowledge about the forest and it many levels of management, supply chains and historical evolution on the west coast. He continues to advocate for value added forest products and the best use of our precious timber.