This year’s International Women’s Day celebrations saw the Australian Forest Products Association bring people from across the forestry and timber industry to Canberra to participate in a Women in Forest Industries workshop.
Officially opened by the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Minister Richard Colbeck, and with over 110 people participating, it was the largest gathering of people to discuss gender and diversity issues in forestry and timber industries to date.
Five employees from across the OneFortyOne business were amongst those who participated in the event. Industry Career Champion, Green Triangle, Linda Cotterill was one of those participants, “It’s important that as an industry we focus on diversity of gender, and workshops such as these are a vital step in having those conversations and working together to find solutions”.
CEO, Linda Sewell was the keynote speaker at the industry dinner following the workshop – sharing her experience and insights as a senior woman in a male dominated industry.
“We know the most successful companies in the world have a diverse and inclusive workforce. I would like to congratulate AFPA on taking the lead in this area as I don’t believe change will happen unless all of the workforce, men and women, are engaged on this issue”.