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Spotlight on excellence: William Wright

CFI's Top 20 Under 40 awardee

January 25, 2024  By  Jennifer Ellson

William Wright

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 William Wright, woodlands manager at Interfor in Nairns Centre, Ont.

Bill has progressed quickly in the industry, demonstrating inclusivity of his entire team and fleet of contractors to ensure the job gets done in a collaborative way, says colleague and mill manager Gerry Bernard. A registered professional forester, Bill’s experience spans the forest industry from coast to coast.

Bill is a great leader. When interacting with the larger Interfor team, the 31-year-old takes the time explain the woodlands proposed path forward and the implications it may have for the mill.


“My observation of the local woodlands group is that they are a team with a leader that clearly cares for them. No matter how serious a situation can get we can always count on Bill to participate, with a bit of humour to lighten the mood,” adds Bernard.

Next week we will showcase the achievements of winner Bria Young.

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