Beban elected president of B.C. Truck Loggers Association
Nanaimo’s Jacqui Beban is the first woman president of the B.C. Truck Loggers Association.
Her election, at the association’s annual general meeting Thursday, makes her the first woman president of any logging association in B.C.
“It’s very exciting,” said Beban, from Vancouver. “I’m really proud of this organization, but I’m also stepping out of my comfort zone. But that’s where growth happens.”
Began, 40, is a partner in Nootka Sound Timber Co., which employs more than 100 people, including contractors, managing a forest licenc near Gold River.
Born and raised in Nanaimo, she has called Qualicum Beach home for 15 years. Her family, which the Nanaimo recreation centre is named after, is intertwined in the Island forest industry.
“I’m a third-generation logger on my mom’s side and a fourth-generation logger on my dad’s.”
The Beban family history is rooted in the Nanaimo area. Fedje and Gunderson Ltd., her maternal grandfather’s company, was formed in 1949 and remains operating today.
She started working at Frank Beban Logging at age 18 and by 24 was a senior manager. She was involved in 2011, when the family company became part of Nootka Sound Timber.
“I love forestry because no two days are the same,” said Beban.
She said a challenge for today’s contractors is sustainability of the industry.
“It’s having enough money so they can pay their employees, maintain equipment, reinvest and at the end of the day have a return on their investment,” Beban said.
The association has elected 37 men as president since its incorporation in 1943.
David Elstone, TLA executive director is pleased to see a woman elected.
“Her experience as a logging business owner and her history with the industry will make her an excellent president,” said Elstone.