Tree Frog Forestry News

First woman to lead B.C. logging group feels she has the chops

February 9, 2016
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Jacqui Beban is used to being the only woman in the room. Practically since birth, she has been exposed to the male-dominated and macho logging business. And last month she became the first female president in the 73-year history of the organization that speaks for the B.C. coast’s forestry industry. Nanaimo-born Beban, 40, was vice-president of the Truck Loggers Association for two years before her Jan. 14 election as president, for a two-year volunteer term. The non-profit represents more than 450 companies including independent sawmills, industry suppliers and independent harvesting contractors. A 10-year member of the board, she and a partner own Nootka Sound Timber on Vancouver Island. Her family has been in the business for more than 100 years — her great-grandfather, two grandfathers and her father all owned logging companies.