• June 22, 2018

    Tolko gives kids a fun place of their own

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    Tolko’s High Level Division is committed to supporting local youth. After investing in two youth groups last year, the division recently presented a $14,000 cheque to Mayor Crystal McAteer to officially adopt High Level’s Skateboard Park Improvement Project. The park “encourages a positive place for kids...

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  • June 20, 2018

    Tolko sponsors family fun at the Anahim Lake Stampede

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    Tolko is a proud supporter of the Anahim Lake Community Association’s efforts to bring an event that features youth, family fun and games to the local community. Anahim Lake, which is located 319 km west of Williams Lake faced some challenges last year. After receiving an evacuation order last summer due...

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  • June 20, 2018

    Tolko embraces the impact of youth-mentoring in Canada

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    Efforts by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Williams Lake to raise funds for their youth-mentoring programs received the support of Tolko’s Lakeview mill with a donation to sponsor several of the organization’s major fundraisers. Lakeview’s donation will sponsor this year’s Big Night Out, Bowl for Kids’...

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  • June 13, 2018

    At-risk readers program gets Tolko’s support

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    Programming for Mission Hill Elementary’s at-risk readers just got a boost when Tolko HR manager, Ryan Johnson, presented a cheque to Colline Johnson, the school’s principal in Vernon, B.C. "Thanks to Tolko,” says Colline, “Mission Hill will be able to purchase valuable resources targeted towards...

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  • May 31, 2018

    Congratulations to Tolko’s 2018 B.C. Lumber Grading Champions!

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    Congratulations to all our Lumber Grading Champions! Kamaldip Sandhu from Tolko’s Soda Creek Division and Steve Brown from Lavington Division won first and second place, respectively, in the 50th Anniversary B.C. Lumber Grading Championship that took place in Kelowna on Saturday, May 26. Another...

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  • May 24, 2018

    Tolko executive recognized for leadership in workplace diversity

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    The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) has awarded Tanya Wick, Vice President, People and Services, at Tolko Industries of Vernon, B.C, its Women in Forestry Award of Excellence. The award recognizes her leadership and contribution to women in the forest products sector. “Creating a diverse...

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  • May 18, 2018

    Summer just got more fun for families thanks to Tolko

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    Summer in the backyards of some Vernon families got a little more fun thanks to Tolko’s senior leaders who built playhouses for them in a team building event intended to give back to the community. “It’s important to the Thorlakson family that we give back to the communities in which we operate,” says...

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  • May 17, 2018

    Tolko partners with Okanagan Indian Band to promote job opportunities

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    Tolko has provided the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) with funding to support the placement of televisions in their community centres. These TVs will be used to feature employment opportunities at Tolko and other companies.  This is an investment in tried-and-true technology that has the potential to...

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  • May 02, 2018

    Tolko’s High Level Division Supports Hats On! for Mental Health Day

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    Tolko’s High Level employees show their support for Hats On! for Mental Health Day by donning hats to raise awareness of the mental health of children and youth, encourage conversations focused on understanding mental health, and the importance of removing stigma associated with mental illness. For more...

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  • April 27, 2018

    Tolko’s Quest Wood Division helps rebuild Telegraph Trail

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    Tolko’s Quest Wood Division is helping to rebuild part of the historic Telegraph Trail in the Cariboo with a donation to the Back Country Horsemen of BC-North Cariboo Chapter. A lift of 2x10x16’ lumber, valued at $2,000, will be used to rebuild boardwalks and bridges on a section of the trail. Jason...

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  • April 18, 2018

    Tolko celebrates National Volunteer Week - Jim Haxton, Kelowna Division

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    As National Volunteer Week continues, we’d like to introduce you to our next amazing Tolko volunteer – Jim Haxton. Jim, a Sawmill Superintendent, Lumber Operations with Tolko’s Kelowna Division, has made it his mission to help people in need. He has volunteered for the Lake Country Food Bank for over five...

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  • April 05, 2018

    Tolko Industries proud to support local career fair

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    Last month, grade nine students from several High Prairie Alberta schools had the chance to meet with industry professionals from Tolko Industries and learn more about the many career opportunities that exist in forestry. The career fair, which took place March 6 at the Edmo Peyre Hall in High Prairie...

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  • April 03, 2018

    Tolko Supports Quesnel BC Minor Hockey Champions

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    The Quesnel and District Minor Hockey Association hosted the final Midget Tier 2 Provincial Championships game at 7:30pm on March 22. You could feel the excitement and anticipation ripple through the crowd as the 15-17-year-old members of the Quesnel Thunder hockey team skated out into an arena packed with...

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  • March 28, 2018

    Welcome to the Wild, Wild West!

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    Howdy Pardner! Tolko Industries is proud to sponsor the 2018 Big Brothers Big Sisters ‘Bowl for Kids’ Sake’ fundraiser being held April 6 & 7 in Williams Lake, BC.  This year’s theme is the Wild, Wild West and will feature up to 70 teams of 4 to 6 people dressing up in western garb,...

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  • March 23, 2018

    Tolko’s Meadow Lake OSB Division Presented with Prestigious Award

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    What a year for Meadow Lake! Safety stars, community investment champs and now they can another title to their growing list of accomplishments. Last night at the 14th annual Meadow Lake Business Excellence (MLBEX) Awards our own Meadow Lake OSB division was named 2018 Business of the Year! The event,...

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  • March 21, 2018

    Tolko Meadow Lake OSB Division Donates $1500 to Help Postpartum Moms

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    Tolko’s Meadow Lake OSB division has proudly donated $1500 to a new non-profit group, A Room of Our Own, to help provide additional resources to moms suffering from Postpartum Depression (PPD) and Postpartum Anxiety. “This donation is going to make a huge impact in our efforts to help moms and dads...

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  • March 21, 2018

    International Day of the Forests: A Reason for Pride in Canada

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    Did you know that March 21, 2018 is the 6th annual International Day of the Forests as designated by the United Nations? To recognize this important day, here are a few interesting facts about Canada’s international leadership role in forestry: 1. Canada’s forest laws are among the strictest in the world....

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  • March 09, 2018

    Tolko Celebrates International Women’s Day

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    March 8 is International Women’s Day – an important day to recognize the talents and contributions of women everywhere.  At Tolko, we’re committed to #pressforprogress by supporting the professional goals and aspirations of the women who work and contribute so much to our teams.  Today...

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  • March 08, 2018

    Tolko Supports Athletes at 2018 BC Winter Games

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    This year’s BC Winter Games, held February 22-25 in Kamloops, brought together the best up-and-coming high performance athletes, coaches and certified officials from across the province. There were 1,800 volunteers from across Kamloops and area, which included Tolko employees and/or family members. Tolko...

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  • March 06, 2018

    Tolko and Whitefish Lake First Nation Sign Agreement

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    A strong, long-standing relationship was the foundation of a new three-year agreement that supports Tolko’s goal of achieving stable, sustainable cuts and the Whitefish Lake First Nation’s goal of developing economic opportunities. The agreement allows Tolko and Whitefish Lake First Nation to cooperate...

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  • February 22, 2018

    Tolko Scholarships Support Aboriginal Students

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    Kellen Harper grew up on a farm near Birch Hills, Sask., and always knew he was better suited to physical, hands-on work. That knowledge led him to power engineering studies at Saskatchewan Polytechnic (formerly SIAST), and now to a Tolko scholarship for Aboriginal students. “My future goal for right now...

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  • February 13, 2018

    Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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    Tolko Valentine’s Day Gift Guide You always take great care selecting the perfect products for your customers and builders. At this time of year, we know it’s important to buy them something thoughtful and we can help. Use our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide below to dazzle the important people in your...

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  • February 09, 2018

    Regeneration Surveys

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    It's Brad's last day on the job and he wraps up his work term experience with something he's never done before - a regeneration survey. It's been fun to follow Brad through his summer of working for Tolko. We look forward to hearing from him again! Brad Constantine was selected as one of Greenest...

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  • January 30, 2018

    Helping Create Positive Futures for Indigenous Youth

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    Making dreams come true… that’s what Saskatchewan Polytechnic does, by helping Indigenous students achieve their educational and career goals. And Tolko has partnered with them to create an Indigenous activity book to promote Indigenous youth entering skilled trades. Recognizing that the average...

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  • January 29, 2018

    3 things you didn't know about ULAY

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    ULAY is our most popular plywood product, but as with any celebrity, there are still somethings you may not know about this superstar. Dazzle your friends with these three facts about their favourite underlayment. ULAY meets PS 1 and CSA 0121 underlayment requirements standards as requested by...

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  • January 26, 2018

    Technology in Forestry

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    As we near the end of Brad's work term with Tolko, he reflects on how technology impacts his daily life in the forest industry. There's no doubt, technology has a large role to play in forestry and we're looking for great people, like Brad, who bring new ideas to the field. We're changing and we want the...

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  • January 17, 2018

    Friendly Food Bank Wager Ignites Do Good Rivalry in High Prairie

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    What's a friendly wager between competitors? If you're our High Prairie Division, it's good fun that does good in the community. Recently, High Prairie challenged West Fraser to a friendly Food Bank off. The mill that received the most donations (by weight) won. The second place mill had to wear the...

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  • January 17, 2018

    Tolko and Tsi Del Del Celebrate 25-years of success

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    Tolko and the Tsi Del Del recently celebrated yet another milestone in their historic partnership – 25 years of successful collaboration and community building. At an event held in Williams Lake in December, Tsi Del Del President, Otis Guichon, presented commemorative drums to Vice President, Forestry and...

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  • January 17, 2018

    If these walls could talk...

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    In the busy building season, there is little time to brush up on proper installation methods and share the wisdom gained over years of experience. But, a small tip - 1/8" to be exact - can save you time consuming call backs and costly repairs. Interested? We thought so. In a Builder Tips article by APA...

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  • January 12, 2018

    This Summer in a Nutshell

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    This week, as Brad heads into the last few weeks of his work term, he reflects on why he chose Tolko; how our values match with his own; and how much he enjoyed his work term experience over the summer. Co-op and summer students are an important part of the fabric of Tolko. They bring new insights and...

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  • December 28, 2017

    The Perks of Boundary Ribboning

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    This week, as winter bears down on us all here in the great frozen north, Brad takes us back to a warm summer of ribboning in the forests surrounding Meadow Lake. Setting boundary ribbons is an important part of mapping out cutblocks for contractors. When you see the ribbons are hung, you know harvesting...

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  • December 21, 2017

    History of Meadow Lake

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    This week, Brad talks about a few of the many positives of living in Meadow Lake, Sask. Our OSB mill in Meadow Lake is a great place to build a career and a life. The town is a great place to raise and family and enjoy the great outdoors. As Brad tells us, it has all the amenities of a city with the heart...

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  • December 20, 2017

    Recognizing Safety Excellence at Tolko

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    Congratulations to our employees at Lavington and Meadow Lake! They are the first divisions to be recognized under Tolko's new Safety Recognition Program for surpassing 250,000 consecutive hours without a recordable safety incident! President and CEO, Brad Thorlakson has sent commemorative certificates and...

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  • December 15, 2017

    Working With LiDAR

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    This week Brad teaches us a little about using LiDAR to map the forest resource so we can have a better understanding of timber volumes, elevation and terrain of the land, and percentage of hardwood and softwood in various areas. This information helps us improve the planning process for future cut...

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  • December 08, 2017

    A Perfect Evening

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    This week Brad takes us canoeing on the Waterhen River in Saskatchewan. Sounds like a perfect evening to reshare as we head into the holiday season. Brad Constantine was selected as one of Greenest Workforce Green Dream bloggers during the summer of 2017. Brad shared some great insight into what it's like...

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  • December 02, 2017

    Balancing Out the Forestry Workplace

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    Tolko is proud to support diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Our Vice President of People and Services, Tanya Wick wants Tolko "to be the leader of the pack in our industry...to be the pioneers of attracting, recruiting and retaining women." She recently spoke to Logging and Sawmill Journal about...

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  • December 01, 2017

    To the Land of the Living Skies

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    Brad Constantine was selected as one of Greenest Workforce Green Dream bloggers during the summer of 2017. Brad shared some great insight into what it's like to work in the forest industry. We'll be re-sharing Brad's summer of blogs over the next several weeks so you can share in his adventure and...

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  • November 27, 2017

    The Value of Mentorship

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    This past April I was meeting with one of my team members about her career goals. Catherine Bariesheff is a young, confident human resources and marketing graduate who we’ve identified as having high potential. My team jokes about how often I give them homework, and this meeting was no exception. I asked...

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  • October 02, 2017

    Men want to see us thrive at work, too.

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    Over the course of my career, I’ve been hired, managed, supported, mentored and sponsored almost entirely by men. This isn’t unusual. Many industries, and certainly forest products, are male-dominated. If you work in one of these industries, and even if you don’t, you are likely to be supported on your...

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  • September 27, 2017

    Build each other up and inspire one another to be our very best

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    As our Women in the Workplace Strategy begins to take shape, I’ve had some opportunities that I’m truly grateful for. I’ve been part of discussions with employees who are new in their careers who are asking me for advice. I’ve had women I’ve never met reach out for support. I’ve had colleagues share their...

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  • September 27, 2017

    Ready to lead: three skills to accelerate your leadership skills

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    There are a few things I’ve learned along the way that have helped me move forward in my career. I lean on these skills today in an Executive role, but I’ve also relied on them every step of the way. These are concepts that I believe are applicable in every role and every project as you work to build your...

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  • September 27, 2017

    Make it count: improve your career, improve your community

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    I had a difficult time when I first started at Tolko seven years ago. I was in a new industry and had moved away from my family, friends, and network. The Vice President of Human Resources was a newly created role, so expectations were unclear and I had not been an executive before. Becoming a contributing...

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  • July 04, 2017

    Take the Lead: Five easy ways to advance your leadership skills

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    As we prepare for our first dedicated training session under the banner of Tolko’s Women Strategy, I’ve been reflecting on the development opportunities I’ve had throughout my career. Of course, my formal education was a great experience and certainly laid the foundation for my understanding of business...

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  • June 29, 2017

    Tolko Celebrates Canada 150

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    For those of you familiar with our company’s story, you know Tolko’s history embodies much of what is great about Canada: With hard work, integrity, and respect for the land, we can achieve big things. As Canada turns 150, this is a time for reflection and celebration. Our story begins with Harold...

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  • June 21, 2017

    Tolko Celebrates National Aboriginal Day

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    On a cold day last March, six members of the North Peace Tribal Council (NPTC) at High Level, Alberta, arrived at Anahim Lake, a remote community in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia, and home to the Tsi Del Del logging operation. For over 25 years, the Tsi Del Del (Alexis Creek First Nation) have...

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  • June 02, 2017

    In It Together: Tolko’s Women Strategy is About All of Us

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    By: Tanya Wick, VP Human Resources/Corporate Services I came across this quote recently in a thriller novel I was reading last weekend: “Feminism isn't simply about helping a fellow sister... it's about an equal playing field. It's about giving women choices, not guarantees.” That sentiment really...

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  • June 02, 2017

    Women at Work: What Part Will You Play?

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    By: Tanya Wick, VPHumann Resources/Corporate Services As Tolko launches its Women Strategy, we are asking women to step up and take ownership of their careers. There are many things women can do to advance or change their work lives, from finding mentors and sponsors to seeking enhanced training and skill...

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  • April 20, 2017

    Women in the Workplace: Why It Counts at Tolko

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    by: Tanya Wick, Vice President, Corporate Services It’s not a new idea. Industries from tech to mining and electricity to forestry are talking about the need to increase numbers of female employees. There are solid reasons businesses need to be more attractive employers to women. At Tolko, our female...

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  • April 04, 2017

    Pat O'Flynn takes us through his job as a millwright

    Congrats to Pat O'Flynn from our Kelowna division. A few months ago he was asked to participate on Career Trek, a web based episodic information show that takes viewers on a tour of a wide variety of careers available in B.C. Pat did a great job showing us all what it's like to be a millwright at Tolko and...

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  • March 22, 2017

    HR manager finds welcoming role at Tolko

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    A great piece from the Williams Lake Tribune featuring our own Tina O'Neill that shines a light on why diversity in the forest industry is important and why we're tackling the issue through our Women's Strategy. We want more women to see the forest industry like Tina does - a welcoming, open workplace...

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  • March 17, 2017

    #BeBoldForChange Tolko celebrates International Women's Day

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    International Women’s Day was last week, but that doesn’t mean we should stop celebrating women around the world. The mom’s, aunt’s and grandmother’s that raised us, the teachers that taught us, and the strong women we work with; the women that are trying to be successful striving for excellence and are...

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  • January 31, 2017

    A Road Less Travelled: Three Interesting Tolko Careers #3

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    Dustin Douillard, Registered Professional Forester In our final interesting career segment, we introduce you to Dustin Douillard, Registered Professional Forester (RPF). Dustin’s career with Tolko has taken him from summer student to Harvesting Superintendent with a few interesting stops along the...

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  • January 20, 2017

    A Road Less Travelled: Three Interesting Tolko Careers #2

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    Sari Cox, Maintenance Planner/Supervisor In our last installment, you met Rhys, our accountant turned logistics guru. Today you’ll meet Sari Cox, who began her career implementing JD Edwards and now serves as a Maintenance Planner/Supervisor at our Heffley Creek division. “My first exposure to the...

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  • January 06, 2017

    A Road Less Travelled: Three Interesting Tolko Careers

    The forest industry is evolving. Once rooted in traditional thinking and careers, the industry is moving into tomorrow and everything is on the table! To remain competitive, the industry is exploring new technology as well as existing technology that can be applied in a new way to the forest industry....

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  • January 03, 2017

    The Reluctant Rising Star: Catherine Bariesheff shines for Tolko

    When Catherine Bariesheff, Tolko’s HR Advisor, Recruitment, isn’t on the road trying to entice candidates to Tolko, she can be found tucked away in a cubicle on the third floor of Tolko’s office in Vernon, B.C. making plans on how to attract candidates to Tolko.  “This is what I spend the majority of...

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  • December 02, 2016

    Five reasons to like Tolko’s latest website updates

    Tolko.com looks a little different today as phase 2 of the development plan goes live for all to see. So what’s new about the site and what does it offer visitors both internal and external?  1. New and improved menu function The menu has more real estate at the top of the page, and it’s also changed...

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  • November 28, 2016

    Tanya Wick: Blazing Trails for Women in Forestry

    by: Janice Lockyer, Communications Advisor When I came to Tolko four years ago, Tanya Wick was one of the first people who took me under her wing. I was a new arrival from the East Coast, and she made sure my family was settled and doing well after our big move. She was younger than me by a few years,...

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  • November 28, 2016

    Meet Paul Rosher, Harvesting Supervisor – Roads, OK Woodlands

    Paul Rosher takes the phrase ‘a rolling stone gathers no moss’ rather seriously. In his role of Harvesting Supervisor, Roads, Paul travels approximately 5000 KM, or the equivalent of driving from Vernon, BC to Moncton, NB, on a monthly basis. He spends most of his time reviewing silviculture, harvesting,...

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  • November 28, 2016

    Tolko continues to support Heavy Metal Rocks

    These days the Cariboo is the place to be if you’re a student looking to gain hands-on experience operating heavy equipment. For the past three years, Tolko has participated in Heavy Metal Rocks, a School District 27 initiative that offers students from Williams Lake and 100 Mile House supervised,...

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