Interfor Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors brings a wealth of industry and business experience to our company. They work hand in hand with our strong executive team

Lawrence Sauder

Member of the Management Resources & Compensation Committee and the Environment & Safety Committee.

Mr. Sauder is the Chair and a director of Hardwoods Distribution Inc. (TSX: HWD), a distributor of wood products, and a director of Metrie Canada Ltd. (formerly Sauder Industries Limited), a manufacturer and distributor of building products. From 2010 to 2018 Mr. Sauder was Chair of Metrie Canada Ltd. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Sauder was Chief Executive Officer of Metrie Canada Ltd. and from 1988 to 2014, he was President of the Sauder Group of Companies. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Vancouver Police Foundation.

Ian Fillinger
President & CEO

Mr. Fillinger has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Interfor since January 2020. Since joining Interfor in 2005, he has accepted progressively senior roles with the Company. Mr. Fillinger was appointed Head of Operations in December 2015 with responsibility for all of the Company’s manufacturing, woodlands, timber procurement and capital projects activities. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer in February 2018. He has more than 30 years of experience in the lumber industry, including at Pacific Forest Products, Riverside Forest Products and Canadian Forest Products. 

Mr. Fillinger holds a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University and a Diploma in Wood Products Engineering from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. 

Christopher Griffin

Member of the Audit Committee and the Environment &Safety Committee.

Mr. Griffin is president and chief executive officer of USG Corporation. His previous roles with USG include chief operating officer; executive vice president, Operations; president, International; president of USG’s Canadian subsidiary CGC and several other roles in sales, product management, manufacturing and operations. He also previously served as chief executive officer of Knauf Insulation North America. Mr. Griffin is a member of the Board of Directors of Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity and Make-A-Wish Illinois. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Construction Technology for Women association, a past member of the Board of Governors for George Brown Community College and has served volunteer roles with Junior Achievement.

Mr. Griffin holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, and has completed the advanced management program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jeane Hull

Chair of the Environmental & Safety Committee and Member of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee.

Ms. Hull is currently a director of Trevali Mining Corporation (TSX: TV), Pretium Resources Inc. (TSX: PVG) and Epiroc AB (STO: EPI-A).  From 2016 to 2019, Ms. Hull was a director of Cloud Peak Energy Inc.  From 2011 to 2015, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Peabody Energy Corporation, a private-sector coal company.  Prior to joining Peabody in 2007, she held numerous management, engineering and operations positions with Rio Tinto and its affiliates, lastly as COO of the Kennecott Utah Copper business.  Prior thereto, she spent 12 years with Mobil Mining and Minerals, and Mobil Chemical Company.  Ms. Hull, is Co-Chairperson for the Advisory Board for South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and previously served on the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources Council.

She holds a Bachelor of Science (Civil Eng.) from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Rhonda Hunter

Member of the Audit Committee and the Environment & Safety Committee.

Ms. Hunter is currently a director of Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCHN).  From 2013 to 2018, she was the Senior Vice President, Timberlands of Weyerhaeuser Company, after having held multiple operations, sales, logistics and finance roles at Weyerhaeuser since 1987.  Ms. Hunter has been active in a number of industry organizations, including the American Forest Foundation (2014-2018), National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (2014-2018), Arkansas Forestry Association (2002-2013), and Nature Conservancy of Arkansas (2007-2014). 

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Henderson State University and completed executive education at Harvard Business School and Duke University.

Gordon H. MacDougall

Chair of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee and Member of the Environmental & Safety Committee.

Mr. MacDougall is currently a director of IMANT (UBC Investment Management Trust). From 1986 to 2014 he was a partner at Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management and a director of Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group until his retirement in 2020.  Mr. MacDougall previously served as lead director for Intrawest Corporation and as a director from 1990 to 2006.  He is a past Chair of the British Columbia Immigrant Investment Fund and a past Chair of the Vancouver Foundation. 

Mr. MacDougall holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University), Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

J. Eddie McMillan 

Member of the Audit Committee and the Management Resources & Compensation Committee.

Mr. McMillan is an independent business consultant. From 1998 until his retirement in 2002, he was Executive Vice President – Wood Products Group of Willamette Industries Inc., a forest products company. Prior to 1998, Mr. McMillan held various management positions with Willamette Industries Inc. Over the years, he has served as a director of Forest Express, Inc. and has been associated with numerous industry association boards, including the American Plywood Association, National Particleboard Association, Particleboard and MDF Institute, Southern Forest Products Association, Western Wood Products Association, National Association of Lumber Wholesalers and the American Forest and Paper Association.

He holds a Bachelor of Science (Accounting/Business Administration) from Louisiana Tech University.

Tom Milroy

Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee.

Mr. Milroy is a director of APi Group Corporation (NYSE: APG) and serves as a member of the Audit Committee and as Chair of the Compensation Committee. He is also a director of Generation Capital Limited, a private investment company.  Prior to that, Mr. Milroy served on the board of Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX/NYSE: QSR, TSX: QSP) and one of its predecessor companies, from 2013 to 2018.  He worked for BMO Financial Group from 1993 to 2015, and served as Chief Executive Officer of BMO Capital Markets from 2008 to 2014, where he was responsible for all of BMO’s business involving corporate, institutional and government clients globally. 

Mr. Milroy holds a Bachelor of Law and Master of Law from Cambridge University, an LLB from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University.  He has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.  Mr. Milroy is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Gillian Platt

Chair of the Management Resources & Compensation Committee and Member of the Corporate Governance & Nominating Committee 

Ms. Platt is a non-executive director and Senior Independent Director of CRH plc (LSE: CRH, ISE: CRG, NYSE: CRH), an Irish based building materials group and has served on that board since January 2017. From 2014 to 2016, she was the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Finning International Inc. (TSX: FTT) with global responsibility for human resources, talent development and corporate communications. Prior to joining Finning, Ms. Platt was Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Affairs and Executive Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development at Aviva, a multinational insurance company. She served as Vice President, Human Resources Planning and Development for Hudson’s Bay Company and Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Human Resources for Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System.

Ms. Platt holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto.

Curtis Stevens 

Member of the Audit Committee and the Environmental & Safety Committee.

Mr. Stevens is a director of Quanex Building Products Corporation (NYSE: NX) and has served on that board since 2010. He served as the CEO and a director of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE: LPX), a building materials manufacturer, from 2012 until his retirement in June 2017. Mr. Stevens served as Louisiana-Pacific’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President (2011 to 2012), Chief Financial Officer (1997 to 2011) and Executive Vice President, Administration (2002 to 2011). Mr. Stevens served as Chair of the Forest Products Association of Canada (2015 to 2017) and as a board member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce (2014 to 2017).

Mr. Stevens holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Douglas W. G. Whitehead 

Member of the Audit Committee and the Management Resources & Compensation Committee.

Mr. Whitehead is currently a director of Kal Tire Ltd. and a director of Belkorp Industries Inc.  From 2000 to 2019 Mr. Whitehead was a director of Finning International Inc. (TSX: FTT) (“Finning”).  From 2008 to 2016 and from 2017 to 2019, Mr. Whitehead was Board Chair of Finning, and from 2000 to 2008 he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Finning. Prior to joining Finning, Mr. Whitehead held a number of senior executive positions with Fletcher Challenge Canada, including President and Chief Executive Officer, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of the Crown Packaging Division.  Previously, he served as director of Inmet Mining Corporation, Ballard Power Systems Inc., Terasen Inc., Fletcher Challenge Canada, Finlay Forest Industries, Timberwest Forest Limited and Kinder Morgan, Inc.  

Mr. Whitehead holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree (Civil Engineering) from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.