Spotlight on excellence: Britanny Guimond
By Jennifer Ellson
In our 11th edition of the Top 20 Under 40 award, Canadian Forest Industries is shining a spotlight on the next-gen leaders who are making waves in our industry. These young champions are not just rising stars – they’re innovators, change-makers, mentors, and community builders. Over the next 20 weeks, we’ll introduce you to each of the 2023 winners.
Today, let’s get to know Britanny Guimond, multifunctional harvester operator at Les Forestiers Multi-Sim in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Que.
Britanny says she has always been a bit of a tomboy. “I didn’t know what I wanted to work in, but I was looking for an unconventional job for a girl,” says the 20-year-old who played football in high school.
Britanny was working in healthcare when she saw a YouTube video of a multifunctional harvester in action. “I found it impressive and I decided to take a forestry course in 2021. In the woods, there is never a shortage of challenges.”
Being the only woman in camp was in itself a challenge, which Brittany embraced as she paved the way for women’s increased participation in the program. There are now four other women enrolled in camp, and her company has welcomed another woman into the team.
Brittany works eight days on, followed by six days off at Quebec’s Brooch forestry camp, which she says is ideal because she loves spending time in the forest, even if she has to work 12 hours a day. She plans to work in the forest for at least the next 10 years.
Next week we will showcase the achievements of winner Katherine Gunion.