A&A Trading is a B.C. based forestry company specializing in all aspects of the forest business from planning, forestry and engineering, through to delivery of the product to market. A&A Trading is driven by a strong, market focused group of people and businesses that thrive on respect, transparency, innovation and entrepreneurialism. We’re proud of the value we bring to our suppliers, customers and partners.
A&A is a family owned company that has operated successfully for over 30 years in the B.C. Forest community. The company was founded in 1984 by Ab Mohammed who pioneered the Japanese – British Columbia log and custom cut, export business. We have grown exponentially over these years to where we are now a fully integrated and successful forest company.
What makes us successful is our people, the values we all stand by and our strong belief and confidence in the fact that if we use wisdom and vision to manage our stewardship of the forests sustainably, they will contribute to the well being of our province for generations to come.
The A&A family believes that our relationships define us and this reflects in the focus we have put not only into building our team of professionals, but in also choosing partners and clients who share the same values.
A&A is a fully integrated forestry company, serving an array of markets across four continents through long term customer relationships.
The diversity of British Columbia’s coastal forest has allowed A&A Trading Ltd. to provide customers with the forest products they’ve needed for the last 30 years.
At A&A Trading Ltd. we manage the forests we work in sustainably, offering environmental solutions to meet local and market demands.
A&A Trading is PEFC Chain-of-Custody certified and certified to the SFI Forest Management standard on our Sunshine Coast tenures. In addition to managing tenures and selling logs, A&A Trading owns in partnership, a 'stump to dump' logging company, and a road building company.
A&A Trading provides engineering and management services for resource based infrastructure projects such as bridge building and design, road building and design, along with construction and management services.
Over the years, A&A has been successful in finding a strong customer base that understands the complexities of harvesting in B.C. We share a sense of loyalty and commitment to each other, mutually recognizing the challenges we both face in carrying on our business. It is this strong bond with our customers that is one of the core reasons for A&A’s success.
PRESIDENT & OWNER
John’s career in forestry began as a child at his fathers’ side, following him around for log inspections, meeting with Japanese customers and learning the qualities they look for in timber. In his early twenties, he spent a year in Japan learning Japanese saw-milling techniques, log grading, logistics and sales marketing methods. Upon his return, he worked in all areas of the business from logging operations to timber valuation, log trading and logistics, through to saw-milling for custom cutting.
Throughout his years of work on the Coast, John has built many close relationships with First Nations people. These friendships have influenced him profoundly and he was an early proponent in moving the forest industry towards developing successful and meaningful First Nations partnerships. His belief is that these relationships must be defined through transparency and respect for the values and skills each brings to the partnership. John’s philosophy is based on the importance of building long term business relationships that are not predicated on short term gains, but built to grow, strengthen and benefit the next generations.
Under John’s leadership, A&A Trading has become one of the leading privately held forestry companies on the BC Coast. He has built an experienced, hardworking team with an overarching culture based on the pillars of strong relationships, communication, humility and safety. This is the essence of the A&A Family.
John is a graduate of UBC, Bachelor of Science (Forestry) and currently sits on the Board of the BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI).
Darren j. franko, B.comm, cpa-ca
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Darren graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (B.Comm). After articling with PwC, he obtained his designation as a chartered accountant in 1992.
Darren joined A&A Trading Ltd. in February 2018 as Vice President of Finance. Prior to that time he was a manager at BC Hydro in the Financial Services group. Before that, Darren worked at Interfor as a business analyst, including project work on acquisitions and divestitures.
Acting as the CFO for the A&A family of companies, Darren is responsible for all matters related to accounting, finance, administration, risk management, regulatory compliance and systems development. Darren also provides his expertise and advice to our First Nation partners, assisting them with the development of their forestry programs.
DAVID MARTIN, RPF
VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Dave is a Registered Professional Forester and as A&A Trading’s Vice President of Operations, oversees all of the planning, engineering and development activities associated with properly managing a forest tenure and delivering logs to the highest end use markets. Dave began his career and worked several years with a major coastal licensee as an Assistant Engineer, Cruiser and later Quality Control Supervisor. He joined A&A in 2002 to open and manage an office in Terrace B.C. where he developed a market logging program through strong relationships with First Nation tenure holders, licensees as well as the local harvesting and road building industry.
Dave is a graduate of the HBScF Co-op program from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. In addition to being voted the class valedictorian he was awarded the Dean Braun’s medal for Highest Ranking Student in HBScF. Dave has a long history of dedication to his community and industry having served on several boards such as the Northwest Loggers Association, Truck Loggers Association, Terrace Chamber of Commerce and the Terrace Economic Development Authority.
Dave is tireless advocate of the importance of relationship building, communication and understanding in order to foster and maintain mutually profitable businesses.
MAkenzie leine, bsC.,rpf
VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & INDIGENOUS PARTNERSHIPS
Makenzie was raised in the forest industry growing up in logging camps and forest communities on BC’s Coast. This inspired her career – beginning as a labourer for a logging contractor she continued on to various positions across Western Canada and abroad working in forest stewardship and certification, environmental management, forest ecology, operational planning, communication, relations, and policy. She has worked in both the private and public sectors and has also run her own successful consulting business.
She has a passion for the forest industry and the people and communities dependent on it. As Vice President of Business Development and Indigenous Partnerships at A&A Trading, she is focussed on building and maintaining innovative, long-term, mutually-beneficial relationships with First Nations, communities, and others who share a passion for forestry. She also works with governments on policy with the objective of a healthy environment, forest sector, and communities.
Makenzie has her Bachelor of Science in Forest Business Management from the University of Alberta and is a Registered Professional Forester. She has focussed her professional development on conflict resolution and mediation.
Deeply committed to the well-being of her community and her profession, Makenzie has volunteered with organizations such as the United Way, Canadian Women in Timber, and the Association of BC Forest Professionals. She is currently a member of the Practices Committee for the ABCFP and is Chair of the Board of Governors for Vancouver Island University.
A&A Trading is an active member of the BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI). John Mohammed is currently on the Board of Directors.
The BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) is the voice of the B.C. forest industry. B.C.’s forest industry is adapting, evolving and innovating, and continues to be one of the most significant economic drivers in the province and the largest producer of softwood lumber in Canada.
COFI members produce lumber, pulp and paper, panels and engineered wood products at more than 60 facilities across the interior. All share a commitment to a future based on sustainable forestry and manufacturing practices, innovative product development and employee safety. As the unified voice of the world’s most vibrant and sustainable wood products manufacturing sector,
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