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A Huge Achievement for AFPA’s Senior VP

We are so thrilled to share that our very own Senior Vice-President, Janis Simpkins, has been named one of this year’s Top 10 Under 40 by the Canadian Forest Industries.  

In her short time as the Association’s Senior VP, Janis has already made big waves. 

Read the excerpt about Janis from this year’s Top 10 Under 40 below. 

You can read the full publication here.



Senior vice-president, Alberta Forest Products Association, Edmonton, Alta. 

Although Janis Simpkins has only been with the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) since July 2020, she made an immediate impact on the organization, says Jason Krips, AFPA’s president.  

“Janis has an incredible work ethic and is an empowering leader who brings an infectious energy level and an insatiable ability to learn complex files in a short period of time,” Krips says.

In her role, Janis leads the AFPA’s advocacy on regulatory reform. Her conversations with senior provincial government regulatory officials on changing to an outcomes-based model led the Alberta government to choose forestry as the pilot industry for a new streamlined process for industrial facility renewals, which will help forestry companies save time and resources.

The 39-year-old provides leadership to the AFPA’s environment, forest policy and sustainability units. She also chairs the Forest Sector Red Tape Panel, leading the design of an industry submission that quantified impact and prioritized areas of impact within the forest industry.

This work with the provincial government is a natural transition for Janis, who previously spent five years working for the government of Alberta.

“Having Janis’ skillsets, leadership skills and energy have made AFPA a go-to industry organization for individuals looking to join a renewed, forward- looking organization and vastly increased AFPA’s relevance with our key stakeholder and government interlocutors,” Krips says.