January 24, 2018
Natural Resources Magazine's third annual Industry Excellence Awards has named Jim Irving the Industry Person of the Year.
"Mr. Irving was named Natural Resources Magazine’s Industry Person of the Year in recognition of his ongoing commitment to, and investment in, sustainable forestry, local employment, innovation and industry leadership," said Dawn Chafe, Executive Editor. " In the opinion of our judging panel, which comprised editorial staff and external industry experts, Mr. Irving's win is not a recognition of a particular accomplishment in a singular year. Rather, it celebrates a lifetime of industry leadership and innovation including an unprecedented commitment to reforestation and environmental protection, to the extraordinarily long-term vision encapsulated in 80+-year plans that are evident throughout the operation, to a continuous investment in staff and community. Jim Irving and the JDI team are industry leaders on a global scale," says Chafe.
On page thirteen, the magazine describes the award as a recognition of the people and companies who "are striving, and achieving, greatness in resource development, health and safety, innovation, environmental stewardship and championing communities."