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First Cut: May-June 2016

I recently came across an interesting study done last year that focused on the importance of workplace recognition.

June 7, 2016  By  Andrew Snook

Berkeley Payment Solutions’ 2015 Canadian Incentive and Rewards Trends Study found that the main reason why Canadian employees are unhappy at work is a “lack of recognition,” beating out “bad boss,” “dissatisfying pay,” a “toxic corporate culture,” “long hours” and a “killer commute.”

The study also found that 70 per cent of Canadians surveyed had never received a reward from an employer in recognition of a job well done, while 89 per cent of those surveyed appreciate when they did. It also found that less than one per cent of the people surveyed thought that workplace recognition was irrelevant. Hmm, sounds like recognition is pretty important to a lot of people.

So with that in mind, let me re-introduce you to Canadian Forest Industries’ Top 10 Under 40,
designed to recognize the next generation of up-and-comers within the Canadian forest industry.

Whether they’re working out in the bush, on the mill floor, in the filing room, managing operations out of a corner office or the shipping office, improving the industry through association work or leading a culture of safety, if they display strong work ethics, lead by example and make an effort to grow the quality of our industry, we want to hear all about them!


And don’t think we’re leaving out the equipment suppliers that go the extra distance in everything they do so the industry can keep on humming, either. Equipment and technology suppliers are also welcome nominations.

So join Canadian Forest Industries as we celebrate the future of forestry in Canada, just like we did for last year’s recipients:

  • Russell Arnot (Klondike Lubricants – Vancouver, B.C.)
  • Rod Badcock (BioApplied Innovation Pathways – St. Margarets Bay, N.S.)
  • Erin Burdikin (West Fraser – Fraser Lake, B.C.)
  • Stéphane Desjardins (Comact, Saint Georges, Que.)
  • Jordan Dillman (Rod Dillman Contracting – 100 Mile House, B.C.)
  • Benjamin Dufour (Boisaco – Sacré-Couer, Que.)
  • Éric Lapointe (Domtar – Northern Quebec)
  • Lucas McGlynn (Bernie McGlynn Lumber – Mildmay, Ont.)
  • Ricky Robichaud (ACFOR – Cocagne, N.B.)
  • Cassie Turple (Ledwidge Lumber – Enfield, N.S.)

So, who can be nominated?
Anyone who is in the logging, sawmilling or associated industries who is under the age of 40 as of Dec. 31, 2015.

Can you be nominated more than once?
Absolutely. We had a tough time selecting only 10 people from the pile of nominations that came in last year.

So if you nominated someone last year and believe they should have had their name listed above, nominate them again. And if you’ve got more reasons why your nominee should be selected, tell us all about them!

To nominate someone to be recognized simply fill out the nomination form on our website,

But hurry, nominations close on July 31, 2016. The individuals selected for Top 10 Under 40 will appear in the September/October 2016 issue of
Canadian Forest Industries.

For more information on the campaign, visit: www.woodbusiness.ca/top-10-under-40.

Good luck to all the nominees, I look forward to hearing all about your achievements.



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