• 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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