Forest Industry Giant Reaches Out to Students

West Fraser Visits Castlegar Campus with Alumnus Leading the Charge


Selkirk College Forest Technology Program alumnus Jean Christie returned to her roots on the Castlegar Campus earlier this month in hopes of finding eager recruits to join her on the industry frontlines with West Fraser Timber.

Christie is a rising star within her company and the industry. Graduating from Selkirk College in 2010, Christie first went to work for West Fraser as a summer student at the forestry giant’s Quesnel operation. Last year, Christie was included in the “Top 20 Under 40” article in Wood Business Magazine as one of the young forestry leaders in Canada.

West Fraser Visits Castlegar

Selkirk College alumnus Jean Christie was on the Castlegar Campus in early October as part of a West Fraser Timber recruiting trip. With the forest industry in need of trained workers, the Selkirk College Forest Technology Program is seen as an asset for employers.

In early-October, Christie took a break from duties as silviculture coordinator to join a West Fraser recruiting trip aimed at reaching out to post-secondary schools across Western Canada.

“The reputation of Selkirk College is very good, it has a super solid forestry program,” she said after the presentation. “We are looking for people who have completed their two-year diploma program, and with training provided by us, are ready to go into these positions.”

West Fraser visits colleges and universities annually, focussing on programs at BCIT, the University of Alberta, College of New Caledonia (Prince George) and UNBC (Prince George). This month’s visit to Selkirk College was West Fraser’s first dip into the West Kootenay and was set up at the urging of Christie.

“It’s a little out of the way to come to Selkirk, but the incentive is there this year to expand our pool and bring in the strong students that Selkirk has as potential candidates,” said Christie.

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