Our Employees

West Fraser Employment Awards

We respect the same core beliefs that were central to our Company when it was founded in 1955: count all your cents, treat people fairly, laugh out loud and work harder than anyone else in the business to be the best.   

Our company culture is grounded in a clear set of values: safety, integrity, humility, teamwork, frugality, innovation, competitiveness, and respect for each other. These values underpin how we work with each other every day. We uphold our values by living by them. It is up to each and every one of us to maintain a respectful workplace, a safe work environment, and to be aware of and appreciate each employee’s contribution to making West Fraser a successful company.

West Fraser continues to be recognized as one of Canada's  Ten Most Admired Corporate Cultures and one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. These awards are important to our recruiting efforts to demonstrate the long-term career opportunities and the working environment we offer as an employer.

We believe highly engaged employees are a critical part of how we achieve performance excellence, growth and fiscal strength. Our company culture aims to foster a working environment where every person and position is valued and every person is challenged to contribute to our shared success.

Developing leadership skills in our employees is something we take seriously at every level of the organization, and we track internal promotions. Our aim is that 60 – 70% of open salaried professional and leadership positions are filled by an internal candidate from the Company’s hourly workforce. In 2019, 53% of open salaried positions were filled by promoted hourly employees.

One of our recruitment objectives and a sector priority is to hire a diverse workforce, including improving the under-represented workforce participation of Indigenous Peoples, women and visible minorities in our operations. As demographic change shifts a significant portion of our long-serving workforce towards retirement, we are working to attract talented people to consider a career in the forest industry. Our recruitment program supports our efforts to challenge old perceptions of the forest industry and to assist diverse candidates to be aware of the wide range of challenges and growth opportunities afforded by a career in one of our facilities.

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Our Employees

We have 8,230 employees across 50 sites, including operating facilities and office locations.

Employees 2019 by ageEmployees 2019 segmented
Total Employees8,6008,5708,230
% of Employees in United States37%37%36%
% of Employees in Canada63%63%64%

*workforce numbers includes share of employees in 50%-owned operations. More diversity and gender data for West Fraser's workforce iis available in the Equal Opportunity section.