Nova Scotia has established a new Forestry Sector Council (FSC) in an effort to further develop a skilled workforce for the province’s forest industry.
The FSC, funded through the department of labour and advanced education, recently held its first annual general meeting. There, the council appointed a board of directors, where five of the nine seats are held by women.
FSC can trace its roots to the Nova Scotia Forest Industry Regional Industrial Training Committee, formed in 1989. The committee eventually evolved into the Nova Scotia Forestry Human Resources Sector Council.
While the organization has been in existence for some time and has provided support for various human resources–related activities, it has grown most substantially over the last year amid changes in Nova Scotia’s forestry sector precipitated by the closure of Northern Pulp.
Prior to the appointment of the new board, interim management was provided by the executive of Forest Nova Scotia.
The new board directors are:
Andrew Fedora, Chair
Fedora is currently leader in sustainability and outreach for Port Hawkesbury Paper, with over 25 years’ experience in the forestry sector.
Cassie Turple, First Vice-Chair
Turple is a third-generation sawmiller from Enfield, N.S. She is an executive member and past president of the Wood Product Manufacturers Association of Nova Scotia (WPMANS).
Amanda Mombourquette, Second Vice-Chair
Mombourquette was elected to municipal council in Richmond County in 2020 and currently serves as both the councillor for District 4 and Warden.
Jocelyn Taylor Archibald, Executive Committee Member
Taylor Archibald has been employed with Taylor Lumber Company Limited for over 15 years in various roles, from woods crew to management. She has served industry board tenures, including being the first female director and chair of the Maritime Lumber Bureau.
Jessome is the Mi’kmaq Forestry Initiative project manager at the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resources.
Heidi has been employed with Port Hawkesbury Paper as human resources manager since 2012.
Meister is a part-time forestry professional who operates a sixth-generation forestry operation in New Ross.
Scott is currently a project manager with Scott and Stewart Forestry Consultants Ltd, and has 15 years’ experience in silviculture.
Zwicker is currently the chief operating officer for Freeman Lumber, after spending nearly six years as the general manager of WestFor Management.
“The most important ingredient to success for Nova Scotia’s forestry sector is its people. The FSC is committed to building a workforce that is like our forests – sustainable, diverse, and growing,” says Heather Boyd, executive director of the Forestry Sector Council, in a statement.
“We thank our board members for stepping up to achieve our vision, ensuring a sustainable future for this industry and the people who work in it.”
On ForestNS Website, Contact Page
Our office is located at 430 Marney Road in Hilden, Nova Scotia.
The building is also home to the Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia, Association for Sustainable Forestry, Canadian Woodlands Forum, Atlantic Lumber Board and NS Forestry Human Resources Sector Council.
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Executive Director at Forestry Sector Council
Manager – Nova Scotia Forestry Human Resources Sector Council – POSITION FILLED
Accessed June 30, 2021
Nova Scotia Forestry Human Resources Sector Council is an industry-led initiative to human resource development tailored to meet the labour market needs of the forestry sector.
The sector council works collaboratively to find innovative solutions to existing and emerging sectoral issues. Specifically, it ensures the sector has access to expertise, resources, and support in human resource planning, attraction and retention of workers, and the development and delivery of training programs.
The industry has been facing challenging times in recent years. They are now seeking an experienced and respected professional to coordinate and assist in the development and delivery of initiatives under the organization’s strategic and operational plans.
What qualities are needed in this role?
In this role, you will report to a Board of Directors but for the most part you will work independently and with little supervision. As such, you must have considerable initiative and be able to prioritize and complete tasks as outlined in the strategic plan.
In the course of your work, you will be in contact with many industry members, some large, some very small. This means you must have exceptional interpersonal and communications skills that enable you to build and nurture constructive relationships with a wide and diverse group of people.
Demonstrated experience working with stakeholders, funding partners, and a Board of Directors is preferred. You should be skilled in writing funding proposals and business plans and bring a business orientation to the job. Knowledge of and experience in Nova Scotia’s forest sector is considered an asset.
While this position is based in the Truro area, there is an option to work remotely as travel will be required throughout the province.
If you would like to pursue this opportunity, please forward your resume and a cover letter describing how your background and experience will meet the needs of the Nova Scotia Forestry Human Resources Sector Council. Applications can be emailed to Gerald Walsh Associates Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting project number 1852 in the subject line.
From the Working Forest Newspaper
One of the most diverse boards in the industry, with five of its nine directors being women, this is an exciting development. FSC can trace its roots to the Nova Scotia Forest Industry Regional Industrial Training Committee, formed in 1989. The committee eventually evolved into the Nova Scotia Forestry Human Resources Sector Council. While the organization has been in existence for some time and has provided support for various human resources-related activities, it has grown most substantially over the last twelve months.
Prior to the appointment of the new board, interim management was provided by the executive of Forest Nova Scotia, to whom the FSC owes a debt of gratitude. The last few years have not been easy ones for Nova Scotia’s forestry sector. Despite that, the industry and its people have survived and are looking forward to a bright and optimistic future.
NOVA SCOTIA FORESTRY HUMAN RESOURCES SECTOR COUNCIL
Formed in Nova Scotia, NOVA SCOTIA FORESTRY HUMAN RESOURCES SECTOR COUNCIL is a registered business and is a Society pursuant to local business registration law. Having the registration number 1957107, it is now Active.
30 MILL STREET, TRURO NS Canada B2N 5E5, Canada
GEORGE L. WHITE Registered Agent
CASSIE TURPLE director
JEFF BISHOP director
KARI EASTHOUSE director
KENT DYKEMAN director
RICK ARCHIBALD director
Most recently updated at 2021-06-15 08:12:12 UTC