Avrim Lazar is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Forest Products Association of Canada, since 2002. He is also chair of the Advisory Committee on Paper and Wood Products (ACPWP) to the United Nations.
Avrim has held senior policy positions in the Government of Canada in the Ministries of Justice, Agriculture, Environment and Human Resource Development. During this period he was responsible for national policy in areas as diverse as climate change, biodiversity, child poverty, employment insurance and labor force training.
Avrim was Chair of the Committee of the Whole of the Second UN Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1995. He also chaired the National Business Association Roundtable and is the Past-President of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA).
Avrim worked as a high school teacher in Vancouver and Zambia from 1969 to 1973 and continues to teach graduate level programs at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.
Avrim holds degrees in Science and Education, including a Bachelor of Science degree (1968) from McGill University, a Bachelor of Education degree (1970) and a PhEd in Education (1976) from the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.