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Next-gen leaders: Meet Stephane Dufour

September 16, 2022  By  Jennifer Ellson

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 Stephane Dufour, senior freehold timberlands planning forester for Acadian Timber in Plaster Rock, N.B.

Stephane started his career as a summer student at Acadian Timber in 2012, and continued to thrive to his current role of overseeing the planning and silviculture activities on Acadian’s private land holdings in New Brunswick and Maine.


“Stephane is always up for a challenge and is never afraid to explore new ways of doing things to make improvements in our operations,” says his manager, Jody Jenkins. “He has also been busy ramping up our silviculture program, including looking at new ways to assess regenerating sites using drone-based remote sensing.”

The 28-year-old family man is always eager to help colleagues and to mentor new employees and was instrumental in the development of Acadian’s in-house harvest survey and assessment phone application. He also completed a refresh of its New Brunswick forest management plan and is implementing LiDAR inventory techniques to improve operational planning at the Maine forest.

Stephane is also an active member of Acadian’s forest advisory committees and has been a member of the organizing committee of the provincial francophone teachers tour since 2018.

Next week, we will showcase the achievements of winner Dianna Embleton. Stay tuned!


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