October 2019 – Making Waves

With a mission to inform, empower, celebrate and advocate for British Columbia's current and aspiring business leaders, BCBusiness go behind the headlines and bring readers face to face with the key issues and people driving business in B.C.

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E N T R E P R E N E U R O F T H E Y E A R 2 0 1 9 / N A T U R A L R E S O U R C E S + E N E R G Y 48 BCBUSINESS OCTOBER 2019 n B.C.'s forestry indus- try is fighting for survival. Keystone sawmills are closing in communities like Fort St. James, Ques- nel and Vavenby this year, while dozens more across the province are reducing shifts. But in Port Alberni, Langley-based San Group is racing to expand opera- tions so it can keep grow- ing its exports worldwide. The family-run com- pany, founded in 1979 and led by brothers Kamal and Suki Sanghera, bought a sawmill just outside the city from Coulson Forest Products in 2017. The facility processes high- value logs like Western red cedar. San started construction of a new $70-million mill on the same site this spring, build- ing it to process smaller, lower-grade timber. Next, it plans to build a remanu- facturing plant near the city's waterfront, where it will turn different grades of wood into finished engi- neered building products, like banisters, siding and flooring. W I N N E R S Kamal Sanghera + Suki Sanghera C E O + P R E S I D E N T , S A N G R O U P WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX/UNWIND? Work. Come into the plant, do something different. Plan for something new. That's what relaxes me –Kamal Sanghera Kamal (left) and Suki Sanghera

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