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Ken Kalesnikoff visits Twin Rivers Elementary’s STEM Program & Provides Financial Support for Local Learning

On Wednesday, March 11 2020, Kalesnikoff was thrilled to be part of furthering local children’s education by providing Twin Rivers Elementary School in Castlegar, BC with financial assistance for their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Program. As a family-owned, fourth-generation company, Kalesnikoff is committed to making a positive difference for employees, the local community and the environment. One of the ways the company acts on this commitment is by supporting local causes, events and initiatives through our Kalesnikoff Cares program. Each year, Kalesnikoff contributes funding of approximately $50,000, in addition to in-kind items and other support.  Twin Rivers Elementary…

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Our People Inspire: Meet Edwin

Job Title: CNC Operator Years with Kalesnikoff: 10 Q: What is your favourite thing about working at Kalesnikoff? A: Learning, helping people learn and learning from the people I work with. I guess you could say it’s all about the learning with me.  Q: You recently advanced your career here, from an electrician to a CNC operator at the company’s new mass timber facility. Can you tell us a little bit about that change? A: Right now my role as the CNC operator is to get familiar with this machine as much as possible and work with one of our…

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Our People Inspire: Meet Kailee

Job title: Siviculture Supervisor and Geomatics Specialist – Years with Kalesnikoff: 4 – Q: How would you describe a day in the life for you here at Kalesnikoff? A: I spend the spring to fall visiting our previously harvested blocks to supervise various operations which include; tree planting, brushing, site preparation and surveying. I also visit our regenerating harvest areas to ensure they are healthy and doing well. If there are any issues with our young forests, I develop a plan and implement it in future years to ensure we get them back on track. In the winter, I work…

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Kalesnikoff’s Top 10: 2019

From announcing our re-brand and $35 million local investment in our new mass timber facility, to expanding our team, travelling across Canada, the USA, China, Italy, Austria and Denmark, supporting our local communities through Kalesnikoff Cares and We Care donations, to being able to support 50 local families this holiday season with our Hope for the Holidays initiative, you could say we’ve had a good year here at Kalesnikoff. Keep reading to see our top ten stories of 2019! TEN: Our CFO, Krystle Seed, was named in the Canadian Forest Industries’ Top 10 CFOs Under 40 List (see the full…

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Hope for the Holidays 2019: Kalesnikoff Employees Support 50 Local Families with Food, Toys, Gifts

Our team has been busy this month as we head into the holidays, helping bring the spirit of the season to 50 local Nelson and Castlegar families, breaking last year’s record of 47 families. Throughout 2019, our employees have voluntarily contributed $10,000 through payroll deductions which was matched by the Company.  This was supplemented by other fundraising activities including a 50/50 draw to total $25,000, beating last year’s total by $5,000. We have been making lists and checking them twice, shopping, organizing, wrapping and delivering our food hampers and toys. We would like to thank all the local organizations who…

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Our People Inspire: Meet Chelsea

Here at Kalesnikoff, not only do we recognize that our people are our most valuable resource – they are also pretty cool individuals, each with their own story to tell. They are the people who inspire us and make what we do possible.  Today, we are excited to introduce you to our Safety Manager, Chelsea! Originally from Alberta, Chelsea has been with our company for two years. As a full-time employee, mom, weight trainer and MBA student with an active lifestyle, Chelsea is always on the go! We sat down with Chelsea recently to learn a little more about her….

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Our People Inspire: Meet Pete T.

Here at Kalesnikoff, not only do we recognize that our people are our most valuable resource – they are also pretty cool individuals, each with their own story to tell. They are the people who inspire us and make what we do possible.   Today’s team feature is a big one! Pete is celebrating 30 years with our team this year and we couldn’t be more grateful for him and all he has done for our company. Not only is Pete good at what he does, he is also very involved with company events and is always willing to lend…

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Our People Inspire: Meet Emma Perepelkin

Here at Kalesnikoff, not only do we recognize that our people are our most valuable resource – they are also pretty cool individuals, each with their own story to tell. They are the people who inspire us and make what we do possible.   Today, we are excited to introduce you to one of our loader operators, Emma, and the very first member of our team to be featured in our new blog series: Our People Inspire! Get to know our Kalesnikoff family and stay tuned for future blog updates.           Q: What is your job title?…

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Douglas-fir Beetle: A Growing Threat to Our Local Forests

The B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRO) has identified the Douglas-fir beetle as the principal killer of mature Douglas-fir trees in B.C.  While the beetle has historically attacked weakened or dying trees, its population is growing and as a result it is increasingly attacking healthy trees, often the largest and oldest first which are most valued for wildlife habitat and which provide fire-resistance and shade that supports wildfire mitigation efforts and climate change resilience in general.   Infrared aerial image of a forest containing significant Douglas-fir beetle infestation.  Dead and dying trees appear greenish-gray…

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Mass Timber Facility Will Create More Benefits with No Additional Logging

In March, we announced our commitment to a new $35 million mass timber facility which will create North America’s most advanced, fully integrated, multi-species mass timber manufacturing facility, generating 50 new technology-centered jobs in South Slocan.   We’ve been asked if this means we’ll need to harvest more logs to feed this new facility. The answer is easy:  “No”.   Our new Mass Timber facility will not require any additional logging by us or anyone else. We will create more benefits with our existing logs, which is one of the main reasons we’re making this significant investment. In fact, we’ll…