Creating a Future As Rich as Our Past.

Stanley J. Coleman, RPF – CEO

Stan_ColemanStan Coleman is the Chief Executive Officer of the HFN Development LP. He manages the day-to-day operations of all businesses in the Huu-ay-aht Group of Companies, under the guidance of the Operating Board and the Economic Development Committee.

Prior to joining the HFN Development LP, Stan formed Rocky Point Forest Services Ltd., a company that advises clients (First Nations, Private Industry, Government and Crown Corporations) on business agreements, First Nations protocols, and forest management issues.

From 2006 to 2009, Stan worked for Western Forest Products as Manager of Strategic Planning. His responsibilities included First Nations relationships and forest certification, along with sitting on the board of the Coast Forest and Conservation Initiative (CFCI), and chairing the CFCI Steering Committee.

Previously employed by Cascadia Forest Products, Stan was the Unit Manager of West Island Timberlands, which included management of Tree Farm Licence 44. He was also Manager of Nanaimo Timberland Services, serving as Chief Forester for the company. His responsibilities encompassed strategic management issues, including company tenures, forestland related inventories, specialist support for timberland divisions, forest certification, and internal EMS audits.

From 1999 to 2005, Stan had two major roles with the forestry company Weyerhauser.  First, he was Manager of Nanaimo Timberland Services and Operational Planning for the West Island Division. Second, he was Unit Manager for West Island Timberlands, overseeing all operational matters within TFL 44 public and private land, Park Trade private land, and the Nootka Operation. During this time, he also managed the Sproat Lake Operation with a logging crew of 150 people.

Prior to 1999, Stan spent 19 years working for MacMillan Bloedel. He was initially involved with stumpage and forestland valuation, supporting the operating divisions on stumpage matters, acting as MB’s representative on the Council of Forest Industry (COFI) committees, and negotiating with the provincial government on forest policy. He also managed the timber valuation for private lands before sale.

In 1986, he was loaned out to COFI for two years as Manager of Forest Economics working on the cross-border analysis for the U.S. countervailing duty litigation. Shortly after returning to MacMillan Bloedel in 1989, he transferred to Port Alberni to become the region’s Forester. This included TFL 44, and pulp, paper and solid wood manufacturing facilities. During that time, Stan also managed forestland environmental issues including Carmanah, Clayoquot Sound, Walbran, and the Tsitika.

In 1990, Stan moved to Nanaimo’s Woodlands Services Division and was named Manager of Forest Land Issues and Government Relations. Through the 90’s, he continued to work in Nanaimo on land use issues, and by 1995 was the Manager of Woodlands Services with broad responsibilities on all strategic matters. These included tenure management, environmental issues, and dealing with government, customers, First Nations, the public, and the environmental community.

During this period, Stan was named Chair of the industry committee for the Commission on Resources and Environment (CORE) for Vancouver Island. This process defined new parks and protected areas for Coastal BC, and led to Stan’s selection as one of two industry representatives for developing the Vancouver Island Land Use Plan. He was also part of changing forest practices during this time to maintain customer support, culminating with the MacMillan Bloedel Forest Strategy. Stan’s role was to implement EMS ISO 14001 and CSA Sustainable Forest Management Certification, which the company was first to receive in 1999.

Stan currently lives in Nanaimo.

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