Women In Forestry

Spotlight on excellence: Kate Schilling

December 14, 2023
By Jennifer Ellson Avatar photo
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Women in Forestry

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 Kate Schilling, maintainence coordinator at Gilbert Smith Forest Products (GSFP) in Barrier, B.C.

Kate has played a pivotal role in the success of GSFP. She started as an electrical apprentice in the maintenance department, tending to the everyday upkeep of the operation.

Kate’s organized and diligent approach saw her taking on more and more responsibility. In 2018, she took on her current role, overseeing a 25-person department. Parallel to being part of the lead management team at GSFP, she has continued to pursue her education. She is a ticketed level three electrician working towards her Red Seal.

On top of her already impressive workload, Kate is a member of the staff safety committee and has worked on multiple projects, including the installation of a brand new all hydro-electric dry kiln, implementing multiple worker engagement initiatives, being a champion for continuous improvement, and even co-plans the staff Christmas party.

“Kate is a shining example to all young women and men in the forest sector and at just 28 years old she will undoubtedly continue to break molds and be successful in all aspects of her career,” says collegue Aidan Coyles.

Kate and her husband Chad are expecting the birth of their first child.

Next week we will showcase the achievements of winner Gary Sihota.