At 7 years old I decided that I wanted to become a professional forester, just like my father. In particular, I wanted to supervise logging operations; I’ve always been fascinated by the machines, processes and technology used in harvesting.
In 2009, I attended UNBC and began working with West Fraser as a summer student, gaining experience in silviculture and harvesting operations. After graduating in 2014, I took on a full-time position with the company’s Quesnel Division as an Operations Coordinator. I supervise harvesting, road construction and hauling, as well as ensure that production, quality, environmental and legal requirements are met in a safe and cost-effective manner.
I like being outside and working with the logging equipment, especially with new technology such as tethered machines and selective harvesting. A career in forestry means I not only get to work outdoors in nature, but also play an increasingly integral role in managing it.
The best thing about West Fraser is, if you show you’re keen and eager to learn, they’ll help you pursue your interests and gain invaluable experience and training. I am looking forward to taking on more responsibility by managing large-scale harvest operations projects, such as major road design and development.