The future of forestry: Meet Karie Berneche

Canadian Forest Industries Staff
December 05, 2018
By Canadian Forest Industries Staff
Dec. 5, 2018 – For six years now, Canadian Forest Industries has showcased the achievements and potential of young forestry leaders in our Top 10 Under 40. In order to individually acknowledge and highlight the contributions of each winner, CFI will feature one of 2018's winners every week for the next 10 weeks.

This week, we introduce our readers to Karie Berneche, vice-president and sales manager, Cardinal Equipment/Sawquip in Angliers, Que.

Faced with the decision of whether or not to continue her English studies at college, Karie Berneche took a chance and tried her luck in the family business founded in 1980 by her father and two brothers: Cardinal Equipment in Angliers, Que. Karie was hired as a receptionist in May 1998 and never left.

Karie started out taking care of orders and eventually made the jump to salesperson. Karie admits she was not familiar with forestry when she started out, but she has mastered the world of manufacturing and steel. “I know how much horsepower is needed for a chipper,” she says with a laugh.

Cardinal has evolved over the years to become a distributor of biomass processing and upgrading equipment, with Morbark, Schutte-Buffalo, and Rayco products, as well as a range of material handling equipment, and, most recently, primary and secondary breakdown equipment with the acquisition of Sawquip. “We cover a lot,” says the 38-year-old, who appreciates the diversity of work.

Karie first became a shareholder of Cardinal in 2008. She purchased the company in 2015. Today the company employs about 50 people in five branches in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick.

Up next: we showcase the achievements of winner Philippe Morisette.

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