On The Brink | Brian Fehr | Episode #86

As a teenager Brian Fehr began his career working in sawmills across Northern British Columbia. In 1983, in partnership with his father Ike and brother David, he founded a sawmill maintenance and construction company called the BID Group. Over a period of 40 years, the Fehr family transformed the BID Group into a billion-dollar company with thousands of employees from rural communities across Canada.

As an innovator, Brian concentrates on finding solutions within natural resources and renewable energy sectors. His company developed an automatic lumber grading system to improve productivity. In his sawmills, Brian transformed equipment maintenance practices, increased worker safety and improved efficiency with his predictive maintenance program. Under his direction, the BID Group subsidiary DelTech led the development of innovative biomass energy systems to lower energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2018, Brian was awarded the Order of British Columbia for his contribution to helping sustain and grow northern communities in British Columbia.

In 2019 the Brian Fehr Group was formed with the goal of building a portfolio of innovative businesses in the forest products, construction and renewable energy sectors.

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