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The future of forestry: Meet Carmen Augustine

Oct. 24, 2018 – For six years now, Canadian Forest Industries has showcased the achievements and potential of young forestry leaders in our Top 10 Under 40. In order to individually acknowledge and highlight the contributions of each winner, CFI will feature one of 2018's winners every week for the next 10 weeks.


October 24, 2018
By Canadian Forest Industries Staff

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This week, we introduce our readers to Carmen Augustine, Forestry superintendent, Canfor, Mackenzie, B.C.

Carmen Augustine began working in the forest industry in the summer of 2006 as a silviculture summer student out of Port McNeil, B.C. The 34-year-old is a registered professional forester, with a BSc in forestry from the University of British Columbia.

In 2007 she joined Canfor’s Quesnel operations as a seasonal silviculture assistant before moving to the Mackenzie, B.C., operation in February of 2011. Her early time spent in Mackenzie allowed her to gain considerable experience managing silviculture programs, forecasting, and yearly budgeting.

Late in 2012, Carmen transferred to permitting in a full-time capacity where she was responsible for acquiring permits and the preparation of site level plans for harvest authorization. Most recently, Carmen has been promoted to forestry superintendent where she is responsible for the successful co-ordination of all planning, permitting, silviculture and field operations for Canfor’s Mackenzie Operations.

Carmen leads a team of 15 staff and she and her team are relied upon to provide the planning and permitting of 1.8 million m3 of approved volume annually while ensuring all legal silviculture obligations are met on approximately 5,000 hectares of reforestation annually.

During her spare time, Carmen can be found out in the community volunteering and promoting her profession. Carmen was voted firefighter of the year twice as a member with the Mackenzie Volunteer Fire Department. She is a director with Mackenzie Outdoor Route and Trail Association (MORATA), which is a group founded to promote, maintain and build recreational trails in the Mackenzie area. She has also successfully established the forestry field school at Morfee Elementary School, where she is actively promoting forest operations by teaching students about forestry.

“She is a team orientated, highly organized and goal driven individual that does not shy away from challenges,” says Kevin Horsnell, vice-president of Woodlands Canada, Canfor. “These strengths have served Carmen well and will no doubt benefit her for many years to come.”

Up next: we showcase the achievements of winner Sylvain Messier.