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Spotlight on excellence: Devon Wilkins

CFI's Top 20 Under 40 awardee

January 18, 2024  By  Jennifer Ellson

Devon Wilkins

In our 11th edition of the Top 20 Under 40 award, Canadian Forest Industries is shining a spotlight on the next-gen leaders who are making waves in our industry. These young champions are not just rising stars – they’re innovators, change-makers, mentors, and community builders. Over the next 20 weeks, we’ll introduce you to each of the 2023 winners.

Today, let’s get to know Devon Wilkins, president of Rumcache Forest Solutions (RFS) in Elmsdale and Bible Hill, N.S.

Devon, 27, is one of the RFS founders and plays a vital role in the strategic direction of the company. He is a proud Maritime College of Forest Technology graduate and has worked in as an independent contractor since leaving school. Thanks to mentorship from several forestry professionals during his early years in business, he gained the knowledge and confidence needed to grow RFS to where it is now.

Devon believes in and practice ongoing learning and professional development. He is positively proactive and strongly engaged with the community. His hard work and dedication make great strides in helping to build public trust in the province, says Heather Boyd from the Forestry Sector Council.


RFS was the driving force getting the forest industry highlighted at the 2023 Atlantic Outdoor Sports and RV Show, with the first ever #ForestryFriday. Devon’s company follows a similar business plan to other independent forestry consultants in western Canada, providing field work and data collection for mill groups, landowners, and crown, while specializing in the unique logistical knowledge required to work in Nova Scotia.

Next week we will showcase the achievements of winner William Wright.

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