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Timeline

Olympic founded by Jack McKinnon. Ted Hansen named as President

1972

Established Pacific Pine Department

1986

Established Cedar Department

1991

Steve Granger named as President

1992

Gerry Pankratz named as President

Established East Asia Export team

2008

Established Log Department

Established Ocean Freight for the whole FCTG

2010

Established South Asia/ Middle East Export Team

2012

Established SYP Department

2014

Established Derivative and Futures Department

2015

Established European Import Department

2016

Established Hardwood Department

2017

Since our establishment in 1972, Olympic has focused on measured, sustainable growth through hard work, a spirit of innovation, and an eye toward the future. The past ten years have seen a marked change in our lumber supply business, as we’ve developed new business channels, increased our product offerings, seized new opportunities, and ushered in a new generation of lumber traders and support staff.

President's Message

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Gerry Pankratz

President

I started at Olympic in 1998 and traded for 10 years before being appointed President in 2009. I strongly believe our growth and longevity as a lumber supplier are a direct result of our greatest asset, our employees. Our employees, averaging fourteen years of tenure, bring their extensive experience, entrepreneurship, and passion to the office every day. From the heart of BC’s most productive sawmill region, Olympic connects customers and suppliers internationally through integrity, hard work, and an absolute commitment to service. Our global presence gives us the best understanding of where the market is and most importantly, where it is going. Our vision is to become the world’s leading integrated forest products trading company. Olympic’s 17 key divisions trade in all major consuming regions, allowing us to supply our customers and mills with the information they need to manage risk and increase margin. Our long term success has been built on our unparalleled ability to provide global price discovery daily. I encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have. We work with the best in the world and are continuing to deepen our partnerships and develop new networks for distribution.
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Leadership

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Lawrence Chan

Controller

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Darcy Mercer

Head of People & Culture

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Margo Yang

Head of International Department & Trade Compliance

Traders

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Aaron Riemersma

Trader, North America

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Blake Moran

Trader, North America

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Cam Hebson

Trader, North America

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Charles Nwoye

Trader, North America

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Charlie Thorpe

Trader, North America

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Craig Young

Trader, North America

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David Topps

Trader, North America

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Fraser Hesby

Trader, North America

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George Dunn

Trader, North America/International

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Greg Tanner

Trader, North America

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Jacqueline Wong

Trader, North America

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Joel Alexander

Trader, North America

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Justin Dhah

Trader, North America

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Kian Haynes

Trader, North America

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Matt Froese

Trader, North America

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Matt Maguire

Trader, North America

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Matt Pegios

Trader, North America

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Maverick Hatch

Trader, North America

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Mike Mischke

Trader, North America/International

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Rick Morrow

Trader, North America/International

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Stefan Lyren

Trader, North America

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Steve Galvin

Trader, North America

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Steven Shott

Trader, North America

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Taylor Fentiman

Trader, North America

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Tristen Di Curzio

Trader, North America

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Warren Reece

Trader, North America

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Zach Yan

Trader, North America/International

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Elayna Allan

Trader Trainee

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Gibran Ramole

Trader Trainee

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Marilyn Hollick

Trader Trainee

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Payton Coyle

Trader Trainee

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Chris Lane

Commodity Trader Intern

Commodity Trader at a Lumber Wholesale Supplier

Diesel Kopec

Commodity Trader Intern

Manufacturing

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Bruce Tays

Manufacturing

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Jon Sitter

Manufacturing

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Matt Vyner

Manufacturing

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Terry Baker

Manufacturing

Operations

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Alyssa Wandler

Remanufacturing & Reload Coordinator

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Chris Irwin

Network Administrator

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Elise Quest

Operations Assistant Intern (AR)

Business Analyst at Olympic Industries, International Wood Supplier

Gabi Bednarova

Business Analyst

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Janett Gonzalez

Invoicing Coordinator

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Jazlyn Lam

Invoicing Coordinator

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Jojo Boerman

Credit Assistant

Karen Rose

Receptionist & Trader Support

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Kerri Vyner

Remanufacturing Coordinator

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Kinga Kukla

Reload & Invoicing Coordinator

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Kirsten Finley

People & Culture Specialist

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Lindsay Elliott

Domestic Invoicing Coordinator

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Matteo Friend

Digital Marketing Specialist

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Mavi Magsaysay

Accounts Payable Coordinator

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Michael Louie

International Operations Supervisor

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Nathan Lee

Operations Assistant Intern (AP)

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Rick Secret

Credit Manager

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Rita Chan

International Operations Coordinator

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Shane Kumar

Systems Administrator

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Yolanda Zhong

Logistics Manager

Zoe

Accounts Retrievable Assistant

Data & Derivatives

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Tony Li

Head of Derivatives & Data

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Andie Ku

Derivatives Data Engineer

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Andrii Ohiienko

Full-Stack Data Developer

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Andy Zhang

Machine Learning Engineer

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Artem Pazych

Derivatives Analyst

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Nosirjon Juraev

Data Scientist

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Yupei Ma

Data Engineer Intern

Annual Revenue

“Our ability to not only weather, but flourish, during the economic downturn of 2008 is a testament to our stability and strength as an organization. Where others faltered, we, as the lumber supplier, stayed true to our core values and worked diligently to maintain relationships with our partners—even in the tough times.”
—Gerry Pankratz, President
Annual revenue in 2022 $574M

Company Structure

“Olympic offers so much variety as a lumber supplier. We have more than twenty five traders just on the domestic side — east, west, north, south, mid — all with the best information from everywhere, all working together, not just for themselves.”
—Taylor Fentiman, Trader
Divisions of Olympic Industries 17

Transaction Activity

“Olympic has been Millar Western’s trading partner for nearly half a century. Not only do they buy all products in all markets, their distribution network allows them to sell our products to customers on a global scale. Through our exchange of market intelligence, we are both able to make better business decisions. We value our relationship with Olympic and look forward to seeing it continue to grow and evolve.”
—Ryan Miller, Millar Western Forest Products
Transactions per day 117

Forest City Trading Group

Forest City Trading Group is comprised of 12 companies, each of which has a unique set of expertise and local perspective. As the parent company to Olympic, FCTG provides support, market intelligence, financial strength and a strong balance sheet that allows for unparalleled purchasing power and connections to the largest suppliers and buyers in the world.
Forest City Sales Channels Overview ↘
Forest City Trading Group is comprised of 12 companies, each of which has a unique set of expertise and local perspective. As the parent company to Olympic, FCTG provides support, market intelligence, financial strength and a strong balance sheet that allows for unparalleled purchasing power and connections to the largest suppliers and buyers in the world.
Forest City Group In Numbers ↓

250k+

Transactions

6B

Sales

375+

Traders

12

Independent trading entities

59

Years in business

Forest City Group Product Mix ↓

64%

Lumber

64%

Lumber

23%

Panels

23%

Panels

13%

Industrial/ Other

13%

Industrial/ Other