Wood Business

Next-gen leaders: Jake Power

November 10, 2022  By  Jennifer Ellson

Jake Power

This year marks the 10th edition of CFI’s Top 10 Under 40 award, where we celebrate the bright young champions of our industry. We are very proud to present our industry’s top of the crop – the young leaders, innovators, change-makers, mentors who achieved so much at a young age, inspiring others, and giving back to their communities.

To acknowledge and highlight each winner’s contributions, CFI will feature one of 2022’s winners every week for the next 10 weeks.

This time, we introduce our readers to Jake Power, so-owner, president and managing director of PowerWood in Agassiz, B.C.

Jake was able to grow PowerWood – then a lumber wholesaling company started by his father in 1995 from the family basement – into the specialty manufacturing company it is today that employs 36 people.


A decade after purchasing the business with partners in 2011, Jake led the company through a $25-million expansion in 2021 that included bringing in new partners and successfully building a new wood manufacturing facility in Agassiz, B.C.

The 39-year-old entrepreneur and UBC alumnus is also the chairman of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association.

“Jake has done a great job of bringing people together to effect change in our industry. He has a long history of bringing members of the industry together to innovate and improve the industry for all. Jake has been very active in consulting with the provincial government to advance forest policy,” says business partner Stewart Clark.

Next week we will showcase the achievements of winner Shelley Stewart.

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