By Catherine LaFlamme
A career in the forest products industry offers as many rewards and opportunities as it does challenges. That’s what participants in Resolute’s Engineering Graduate Program and Forest Products Association of Canada’s (FPAC) Green Dream Internship Program are discovering on the job at Resolute.
We are pleased to share a series of blogposts written by the new interns on their work experience and adventures.
My name is Catherine Laflamme. I am 19 years old and currently studying industrial relations at Laval University. I chose this course for various reasons. Firstly, human relations have always been an essential factor in my choice of career. In addition, having worked last summer at a Resolute Forest Products sawmill, I learned about workplace health and safety, a subject that really spoke to me! I also explored the managerial and legal aspects of the job. This drove me to venture further.
I am currently working at the Girardville sawmill, north of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, alongside Jean-Pierre Bélanger, the sector’s Human Resources supervisor. Despite having limited experience, I was allowed to attend important events, notably the non-monetary negotiations of the sector’s collective agreement, several interviews, and a very interesting talk about the vital role of health and safety at Resolute. I am learning so much and the passionate employees involve me in their meetings and activities.
The sawmill industry is not well-known, particularly among women, so I will be happy to spend the summer sharing my enriching experiences with you and showing you that everyone can find their place at Resolute Forest Products.