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Hays Celebrates National Forestry Week

Posted By Jackie Burns, on Monday, Sep 22, 2014

Canada - forestry weekSeptember 21 to September 27 2014, marks this year's National Forest Week here in Canada. During this week, Canadians are encouraged to take part in learning about the country's forest heritage and to help build awareness about this valuable resource. The importance of Canada’s forests and forestry industry is not only fundamental to the nation's environmental value, but has also brought a major source of wealth both socially and economically nationwide and internationally. Over a number of years, Canada's forestry industry has proven to provide a lasting positive impact on the nation's history, culture and economy, benefits that will surely translate into our future.

In 2012 alone, Canada's Forestry sector provided direct employment for 224,410 people in highly skilled and well paid positions. In addition to the number of positions directly provided by this sector, another 350,000 people were indirectly employed, in related jobs in areas such as construction, engineering and transportation. In 2013, production in the forest industry contributed C$19.7 billion (1.2%) of Canada's real gross domestic product. Globally, Canada has the world's largest forest product trade balance; C$19.3 billion (2013) and has held this position for as long as trustworthy trade statistics have been collected. Hays is the leader in recruitment for the resources and mining industry, and we have specialized in recruitment in the forestry sector for the last few years, focusing on forestry operations and mill technical services.


Table displays direct employment, indirect and induced employment and the total employment for the years 2002 and 2012 in person-years.







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 *Chart from the Natural Resources of Canada, Government of Canada website

Meet our Team

Michael Persson, Team Lead, Hays Trades & Maintenance, supports wood product manufacturing, saw mills and forestry operations within remote communities of Canada. Michael specializes in the recruitment of millwrights, electricians and heavy duty mechanics nationwide. As the industry continues to grow, driving business activity, the need for tradesmen is also increasing, exacerbating the already skill short candidate pool, and potentially fuelling a major shortage of skilled trade in the coming three to five years. Candidates that are most in demand are Red Seal Certified tradesmen and mid to senior level skilled tradesmen with 10 to 15 years of experience. Retention is an ongoing issue, as both the mining and oil and gas sectors compete for top talent, offering high salaries and elusive FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) opportunities.

Graham Lade, Senior Recruitment Consultant, Hays Woodland Operations/Technical Services, recruits for woodland and mill technical services teams across Canada. Over the last year, Graham has witnessed an increase in the number of retiring professionals at the senior levels, which is projected to rise over the next five years. While there is a substantial skills gap between current business leaders and more junior professionals, there is an upward pressure on salaries after several years of near static growth. Based on this information, Graham believes that there will be an increase in opportunities for young professionals to assume management positions and take on higher levels of responsibility.

Having the right forestry operations team is essential to keeping an efficient and happy workforce, how will you celebrate your team of forestry tradesmen this week?

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Graham Lade, Woodland Operations & Technical Services


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Michael Persson, Trades & Maintenance


604-648-1689 X 4323


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