Mike Apsey has extensive experience working in government, industry, consulting, and industrial associations in Canada, and on assignments in a number of countries throughout the world. From 1978-1984 he served as deputy minister of forests for the Province of British Columbia and from 1984-1998 he was president and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries.
He has written and spoken extensively on all aspects of the forest sector. He has held, and continues to hold, directorships on numerous national and international business, academic, research, environmental, and service organizations. He is a past chair of the Tree Canada Foundation, the National Forest Strategy Coalition and Wildlife Habitat Canada. Mike is a member of the board of directors for the Forest History Association of British Columbia. He is a director emeritus of the Pacific Salmon Foundation. He is past Chair of the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society and was president of the B.C. Forest Service Centenary Society.
In 1985, Mike received the prestigious Rielle Thomson award from the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association for his “outstanding contribution to public knowledge of the forest”. In 1991, the Government of France bestowed on him the award “Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Agricole” for his “contributions to world forestry”. In 1998 and 2002, Mike was awarded the Canadian Institute of Forestry’s International Achievement and Forestry Achievement Awards. In October 2002, Mike was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. In May 2009, Mike received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of British Columbia