John A. Brink’s Commitment to Philanthropy
From arts and culture to sports and recreation, and community economic development to training and education, John A. Brink is a strong and dedicated community supporter. Brink believes that supporting the community and its citizens is the right thing to do to pay back for the strong endorsement John has received from his employees, suppliers, and the community.
On April 26, 2006, John A. Brink was awarded the prestigious BC Community Achievement Award and cited as a leader in the economic development of Prince George and Northern British Columbia. Brink was recognized as playing an integral role in regional workforce education through his support of post-secondary wood technology and training. He was also commended for his support of the arts, sports and service organizations in the region.
Brink has a reputation for integrity, tenacity and fairness. He seeks to support projects and programs that nurture and support education, economic development, the arts and sciences, sports and recreation and the innovation in the forest and wood processing industries. More recently, in 2017, Brink committed to a five-year $50,0000 donation to the Prince George Equine and Animal Rescue. Brink also helped the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation raise over $90,000 at their Boogie With The Stars fundraiser, as both a Title Sponsor and participant. Brink also signed on as a Gold Sponsor – the highest level achievable – to help the Prince George Hospice Society with their annual Dream Home Lottery.
Brink can be witnessed dedication both financial resources and company marketing support to dozens of events every year, including the Prince George Iceman, YMCA of Northern British Columbia Megathon, Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life, Prince George Triathlon, BC Cancer Foundation Inside Ride, Iron Ore Classic, National Powerlifting Championships, Taste of India, St Vincent de Paul’s, the Prince George Brain Injury Group and many more.
John A. Brink’s Commitment to the Environment
Brink seeks to ensure that we protect the environment in which his company operates in. Brink is committed to preventing pollution through the control of industrial emissions and residues to the air, soil or waters of our environment. His goal is to ensure that the environmental aspects and impacts associated with our activities and operations are identified, assessed and managed.
Brink and his company has established procedures that address the issue of environmental sensitivity at all levels of the organization and has set clear, measurable objectives that are regularly reviewed to ensure continuous improvement of performance.
Brink continues to be committed to meet or exceed the environmental legislation and regulations of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the City of Prince George and other requirements to which we subscribe. Proudly, Brink Forest Products is certified to the prestigious family of ISO 9000 standards, the benchmark for quality assurance in the global market.
John A. Brink’s Commitment to Education
The John A. Brink Trades and Technology Centre came to fruition in 2005. The name of the building recognizes John’s contribution of $250,000 cash and $250,000 in kind, for equipment and installation and consulting services to assist the College of New Caledonia in creating a trades and technology centre of excellence. Brink noticed a looming shortage of skilled trades workers for 10 years and wanted to provide a solution to this growing and evident problem. Brink wanted to send the message that one of the critical issues to attracting industry, building and development is access to trades people. Brink confirms that the greatest deterrent to the success and expansion of the forestry industry in the Northern British Columbia region will not be access to timber, markets or capital; instead, the largest deterrent will be access to a trained workforce.
Brink believes the skill sets required to run and manage operations is crucial to the economic viability of industry in Northern British Columbia.
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Brink has also been highly involved in providing the University of Northern British Columbia’s Commerce Student Society with guidance and financial support. In addition, Brink is a strong supporter of varsity athletes and the annual JDC West Competition.