Jeff's Career Story

Jeff de Jong, Divisional Controller at work

I started my accounting career in public practice in 2008 and received my Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 2014. I joined West Fraser shortly after as a Divisional Accountant at Sundre Forest Products. I was there just under two years, before being promoted to my current position as Divisional Controller at Blue Ridge Lumber.

Starting in public practice exposed me to many different companies in various industries. I love that I now get to work with one company and specialize in one industry. The contributions that I make are valued and used to make informed business decisions. Every day is different and brings a new challenge. The varied nature of the role means I get to use different aspects of my CA training on a daily basis, which is something I really value.

One of the things that has always impressed me about West Fraser is how, for a very large company, it really feels like a family-run business. Blue Ridge Lumber is a great place to work because of the people. Everyone that works here takes a lot of pride in the job they do and the industry that they are in.

West Fraser promotes a family-first culture and they stand by it. Having five young children, this is very important to me and allows me to better balance responsibilities in my life. Living in Whitecourt, AB, only a half-hour drive from the mill also helps with this. For a small town, it has many amenities and a lot of great activities for young families. Edmonton is also close enough to make day trips possible.

- Jeff Divisional Controller

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