Issue #5

Spring 2017

Manitoba Modal Forest E-News

MBMF Promotes Careers in the Forest Products Sector


Brian Kotak (MBMF General Manager) and Bob Austman (MBMF Education Coordinator) attend career fair open house at Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology.

The MBMF just completed a nation-wide project with the Canadian Model Forest Network and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) to promote careers in the forest products sector.  In addition to the MBMF, model forest organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan participated in the project.  The project included presentations on several aspects of the industry, including environmental sustainability, forest certification, reductions in greenhouse gases and the production of green energy, innovation in forest products (e.g., cross laminated timber, bio-fuels and other bio-products from wood waste, etc.) and of course, the diverse career opportunities in the sector.


The Greenest Workforce website, a wealth of information on careers in the forest products sector, and the Job Match Tool.

As part of the presentations and engagement process, a new Job Match Tool, which was developed by FPAC and which is found on website, was showcased to participants.  The Job Match Tool provides a one-stop location for job opportunities across Canada in the forest products sector, provides a mechanism for forest sector employers to advertise their employment opportunities, and allows job seekers to create a profile on-line and instantly get matched to current (and future) job postings, which meet their career aspirations and criteria.  The Job Match Tool is a relatively new addition to website, which also showcases an incredible amount of information about the industry and career paths.

Over the course of the 6-month outreach project, the participating model forest organizations of the Canadian Model Forest Network gave presentations to and engaged more than 1800 students (high school, university, college, skilled trades), career councillors and forest product industry employers.

Below are some interesting facts about Canadian forests and the Canadian forest products industry that many people may not be aware of:

Canada’s Forests – Much to be Proud of

  • Canada has 10% of the world’s forests and 30% of the world’s boreal forest
  • Canada still has most of its original forests and has the highest amount of protected forest in the world
  • There is no illegal logging in Canada
  • Only a fraction of 1% of forests in Canada are harvested annually.  This is much less than the amount lost to fires, insects and disease each year.
  • Canada has the most advanced, science-based and strict forest management regulations
  • All forest areas that are harvested, are reforested back to the original tree species

Canada’s Forest Industry – The Green Economy

  • Has eliminated the use of coal and has reduced its use of oil by 90%
  • Has reduced it greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 70% below 1990 levels
  • Will be carbon neutral in the next few years (the only industry in the world)
  • Generates enough green energy to power the City of Calgary each year
  • Provides high paying jobs to more than 235,000 Canadians, in over 650 communities
  • Generates more than $58 billion in economic activity for Canada
  • Is a global exporter to more than 180 countries
  • The Canadian Forest Products Industry is looking to hire 60,000 skilled workers by the year 2020!

The Forest Industry: More Than Lumber and Paper

The forest products industry has undergone a dramatic evolution over the last 10 years.  While traditional wood products such as lumber and flooring will always be needed, you would be surprised to know just how many products you use on a daily basis contain materials from trees!

Bio-chemicals and bio-materials used in:

  • Automotive components (e.g., dashboards)
  • Ultra high definition (4K) TVs
  • Cosmetics
  • Solvents

3-D Printing
Gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel derived from wood waste

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