Harvesting Logging Profiles
December 12, 2018
The future of forestry: Meet Philippe Morisette
By Canadian Forest Industries Staff
This week, we introduce our readers to our last winner, Philippe Morisette, manager of Forélie in La Tuque, Que.
After Philippe Morissette completed his bachelor’s degree in forestry engineering at Laval University, he accepted a position in a civil road building company in his hometown of La Tuque, Que. In 2010 he found his way into the forest by taking a job with resource road building company Forélie, a subsidiary of Groupe Rémabec.
Philippe’s passion and entrepreneurial spirit were quickly noticed by Rémabec’s leadership team, which offered him a shareholder position in 2013. “Not only did we notice his desire for advancement, but above all, his ability to achieve his goals,” says Éric Bouchard, vice-president of Rémabec. “He was hardworking, dedicated, and showed such a willingness that we quickly realized that he could take it further and take the reins, along with two other shareholders-directors, of the subsidiary Forélie.”
Philippe, 39, did not come from a forest background, but the jump to forestry was a natural fit for him, who likes to be involved in all aspects of the job, including personnel management and equipment maintenance, forest planning, administration, contract monitoring and field work.
The business model developed by Rémabec has helped him to excel. “Thanks to the Rémabec Group’s subsidiary model, I have been able to develop my entrepreneurial skills and take risks, because there is a great team behind each subsidiary and a president who pushes you to improve and challenge each of your decisions,” Philippe says.
Forélie has specialized in resource road building since 2007, and in 2012 obtained a forestry contract and began harvesting. Today, with nearly 35 employees, the company builds nearly 90 kilometres of roads and harvests 160,000 m3 per year.
Thank you once again to all of our nominees. We are eagerly looking forward to reading about more talented young forestry stars in the search for our next Top 10 Under 40!