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Avrim D. Lazar

Biographical Notes

Avrim Lazar is President & CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada, since Jan. 1, 2002.

In July 1998, Avrim Lazar was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Human Resources Development Canada. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Lazar served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Communications, Environment Canada.  

Mr. Lazar began his public service career in 1978 as a Senior Analyst, with the Department of Justice. He remained with that Department as Chief, Policy Research, Civil Law and Social Matters (1981-82) and then as Director, Programme Evaluation (1982-85). In 1985, he was appointed Director General, Review Directorate for the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Canada. He joined Agriculture Canada in 1991 as Director General, Bureau of Environmental Sustainability, and later became Director General, Policy Coordination and Strategic Directions, Policy Branch (1992-94). In 1994, Mr. Lazar was appointed Director General, Biodiversity Directorate and Conservation Policy and Planning, Environment Conservation Service, Environment Canada.

From 1975 to 1978, he worked as a private consultant in social policy and research methods with various government departments and taught high school in Vancouver and Zambia from 1969 to 1973. Over the years, Mr. Lazar has given many courses in the graduate studies programs at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

Mr. Lazar holds degrees in science and education, including a B.Sc (1968) from McGill University, a B.Ed (1970) and a PhEd in Ed (1976) from the University of Ottawa.

Mr. Lazar is married with four children.

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