At J.D. Irving, Limited we are proud to have more than 4,000 women working across our diverse organizations.
From building the next fleet of Canadian Navy ships to running tissue making machines, women continue to be an integral part of our businesses success and are paving the way for many more women to follow in their footsteps.
We recently reached out to a variety of women across our businesses to hear their career journey and advice.
Tara Coleman has been with JDI for 4.5 years, holding various positions over the course of her career such as Harvesting Supervisor, Newcomer Settlement Officer, Trucking Supervisor and most recently Woodlands Facilities and Property Manager.
"I see a lot of men realizing there is a real role for women to play in the Forestry industry. We bring a different skill set, perhaps a listening or communication skill. We look at problems differently and having another perspective can help solve the problems. Diverse workforces are more successful, and everyone benefits from workplaces that are inclusive. Gender equality is important in all areas of life, but especially important in an industry that has always been male dominated."
"My advice to a young female considering whether or not to go for a non-traditional role would be to get out of your own head. I was my worst enemy in creating a fear of entering the Forestry industry. I think the most important thing is to set yourself up with good mentors and for me that has been the most important part of being successful in the industry. JDI provided me with people who taught me, educated me and advocated for me."
Source: JD Irving
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