Women In Forestry

‘A really great path’: Deanna Exley of Alberta Newsprint Company on #WomenInForestry

March 11, 2020
By Kristina Urquhart Avatar photo
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Pulp and Paper Canada
Women in Forestry

Deanna Exley is in a role at Alberta Newsprint Company that not many people outside the pulp and paper industry understand – and she says that if they did, they just might be interested in it.

In a video for the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA)’s recent #WomenInForestry social media campaign, Exley shares what she does as a reliability engineer for the paper mill.

She says that while many women are excellent problem solvers, they haven’t been shown how they can apply those skills in industries like forestry.

“A lot of females maybe didn’t have the opportunity to understand what mechanical engineering is when they were young,” she says in the below clip. “I didn’t even know that mechanical engineering would be a really great path for myself.”

“We need to be targeting young young kids so they can understand what might be a good path for them.”

Watch her story:


This post is part of CFI, Pulp & Paper Canada and Canadian Biomass’ Women in Forestry project celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8. Find more content here and follow on social media with the hashtags: #WomeninForestry as well as #IWD2020 and #EachforEqual.