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Young forestry stars: Meet Tyler Backer

Dec. 12, 2017 - Canadian Forest Industries Top 10 Under 40 contest is an annual tradition, drawing in nominations from coast-to-coast and recognizing young leaders in forestry. 

December 12, 2017  By Canadian Forest Industries staff

To individually acknowledge each winner and his or her contributions to the forest industry, CFI will feature each of our top 10 winners of 2017 over the next 10 weeks.

This week, we introduce our readers to Tyler Backer.

Tyler is owner of Tyler Backer Contracting LTD, Pro-Link Logging and Quesnel Sand and Gravel in Quesnel, B.C.

He has accomplished a lot for your average 33-year-old. As the owner of three successful companies, Tyler is responsible for 27 employees and four subcontractors. He owns two gravel and 10 log trucks, 12 pieces of forestry equipment and three grading machines. 


But his path to ownership was not perfect. Tyler took over the family businesses in 2009 at just 25-years-old when his father passed away in an accident. 

“Tyler has shown great leadership and dedication to get where he is today,” said Tigercat Industries’ Samantha Paul. “Not only does he take initiative, Tyler is an early adopter, always open to new ideas and willing to try new techniques.”

Tyler is a leader by example, Paul said. He’s up early every morning and in the bush before his crew. Trained by his father, he can operate all of his equipment and has taken the time to get to know all the ins and outs of his three businesses.

“Tyler was thrown into the business under less than perfect circumstances and has made the very best of it. He has become a very important customer for Inland Quesnel,” Inland’s Quesnel branch general manager Ken Taylor said.

“We would love to have 10 more Tyler Backer customers on our customer list.”

Stay tuned for next week’s spotlight on Antoine Larochelle Benoit. 

And read last week’s on Jessica Kaknevicius.

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