Wood Business

Next-gen leaders: Maxence Otis

October 20, 2022  By  Jennifer Ellson

Maxence Otis

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 Maxence Otis, owner of Forestier Maxence Otis, La Baie, Que.

Maxence grew up in the forest industry, having a father who was a log truck driver. It was no surprise then when Maxence decided to study forest technology in college and continued his education further to earn a professional certificate in logging and wood processing. After working as a planter and operator for various companies, he established his own logging company, Forestier Maxence Otis, four years ago at age 20.


Today, the logger is employing seven people, and says he needs to employ one more to allow for a night shift for one of his two harvesters. Currently, the young entrepreneur is equipped with Tigercat and Cat harvesters fitted with Ponsse H7 HD heads, and Komatsu and Logset forwarders.

Maxence’s passion for forestry is undeniable, says his spouse Maude Tremblay. At only 24 years old, “he does not hesitate to give back to others by giving other young people the chance to learn the trade.”

Next week we will showcase the achievements of winner Stephanie Parzei.

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