Log chaser Ernie Hawkins with the outside operations at Tolko’s Soda Creek sawmill in Williams Lake.

Log chaser Ernie Hawkins with the outside operations at Tolko’s Soda Creek sawmill in Williams Lake.

Industrial Update: Tolko named to B.C.’s top employers list

Tolko Industries, a forest industry leader headquartered in Vernon and operating in several communities including Williams Lake.

Tolko Industries, a forest industry leader headquartered in Vernon and operating in several communities including Williams Lake, has been named one of B.C.’s Top Employers for 2016 in an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

Now in its 11th year, the award recognizes employers who lead their industry in offering an exceptional place to work.

The public announcement was made in a special magazine distributed by the Vancouver Sun and online at Eluta.ca, one of Canada’s largest job search websites.

“I am proud of this recognition, as it validates the continued work on our goal of being the employer of choice within the forest sector,” said Brad Thorlakson, president and CEO of Tolko Industries.

“Our people drive our success, and we remain committed to attracting and retaining talented people that reflect Tolko values and possess the right skills and expertise to help us grow.”

Businesses are evaluated by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers based on a set of eight criteria:

• Work Atmosphere and Social

• Health, Financial and Family Benefits

• Vacation and Time Off

• Employee Communications

• Performance Management

• Training and Skills Development

• Community Involvement

“Being named one of BC’s Top Employers is well-deserved recognition for our employees and the work that they have done. We are looking forward to continuing this momentum for the years to come,” added Mr. Thorlakson.

Tolko is a family-owned, private company that manufactures and markets specialty forest products to world markets.

Their products include lumber, plywood, veneer, oriented strand board, unbleached kraft papers, and a growing number of wood products manufactured at operations across Western Canada. Tolko remains a proud supporter of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and is committed to environmental stewardship.