It is true that after going through a significant
contraction during the economic crisis, the forest industry has emerged leaner and greener with
a transformed vision for the future. That includes
producing innovative new products from wood
fibre – everything from clothing to cosmetics to
Because of this, the industry is eagerly
recruiting the next-generation workforce, including everyone from foresters to chemical, electrical and mechanical engineers, to millwrights, to
process engineers. We will need to recruit at least
60,000 new workers by the end of the decade.
To help out, our association has developed a
resource tool for professors, students and parents to understand the growing and diverse
opportunities on offer right across the country
( www.The Greenest Workforce.ca), and we share
the passion many have for the industry through
stories, blogs and videos. As the professors interviewed for the article suggested, the forest sector
has much to offer, and the future truly is bright,
green and growing.
Mr. Lindsay is president and chief executive officer of the Forest
Products Association of Canada.
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