Cook leaves Canfor for BID group

One major Prince George industrial powerhouse and another local industrial giant have had a personnel transaction.

Alistair Cook was senior vice-president of operations for Canfor, a company he has been with for about 23 years. It was announced on Tuesday that Cook would be moving into the CEO position of BID Group of Companies, one of Canfor's closest partner companies.

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"Alistair's extensive experience in the forest products sector places him in an ideal position to lead the BID Group of Companies as an industry leader in providing customer solutions for a rapidly changing, technology driven industry," said BID's chairman/managing director Brian Fehr. "He is a chartered professional accountant and has a bachelor of science degree in business from Michigan Technological University."

Cook officially joined the BID team in January but the announcement was withheld until corporate governance protocols could be finalized.

While Canfor is a publicly traded company, BID Group is a privately held family enterprise founded more than 30 years ago in Vanderhoof, with significant holdings now in Prince George and additional branches in Quebec and North Carolina. Its coalition of subsidiaries includes Comact, quipements PHL, Deltech, Nechako Construction, NCL Engineering, Nechako Mechanical, Northwest Equipment Rentals, and Sawmill Equipment Company-SEC.

While Canfor's main interests are large-scale forestry product operations like pulp, paper, lumber and electricity generation, BID is a service and supply group that specializes in the forest industry helping Canfor and other companies build and operate their facilities.

Cook will join Fehr in playing a management role with all the subsidiary companies.

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