Council appoints Powell River Community Forest directors

Mayor also named as city’s representative

Three-year term appointments have been made to Powell River Community Forest Ltd.

At the City of Powell River Council meeting on April 2, councillors voted to appoint Lori Brown, Greg Hemphill and Howie McKamey as directors of the community forest for three-year terms effective April 8, 2020. Councillors also voted that mayor Dave Formosa be confirmed as the duly authorized representative for the city as the sole shareholder, with councillor Maggie Hathaway serving as his alternate, in order to vote at the annual general meeting of Powell River Community Forest, scheduled to be held April 8.

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Councillor George Doubt said this would bring the community forest up to the correct number of directors and make sure council legally authorizes the mayor to be present to vote the city’s share of the community forest.

Formosa said the scheduled annual general meeting will be viewed by internet platform Zoom, which will allow video conferencing.

According to a staff report, in 2006, the city was a lead agent in establishing a community forest along with a municipal corporation to manage the business affairs of the company. The report stated the community forest is a profitable business enterprise that provides significant financial return to the community.

The city is the sole shareholder of Powell River Community Forest in accordance with the articles of incorporation. Up to nine directors shall serve, with the majority appointed by city council. The previous practice has been for council to appoint all nine members for three-year, staggered terms.

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