Faced with the challenge of attracting a new generation of front-line leadership to the sawmilling industry, Jennifer Irving played a pivotal role in establishing and executing a new campus recruiting program at Interfor. By building relationships with Interfor’s operating groups, Irving was able to identify the types of students who would be successful in a co-op program. She used this knowledge to build a structured co-op program with a focus on safety, student mentorship and helping participants develop a general knowledge of sawmilling.
Thanks to Irving’s on-campus recruitment efforts, Interfor hired a record number of students this year and was able to secure multiple returning students for next year. Irving was also responsible for designing, coordinating and organizing a student event that brought co-op students together with senior leadership so the students could better understand the employee development programs available at Interfor. “Her work has been recognized from the mill floor right up to the executive table,” says Kimberley Adkin, director of recruitment and HR at Interfor.