A local Dryden resident is taking home some hardware for her contributions to the forest industry.

Janet Lane of Domtar Corporation in Dryden has been announced as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I have been privileged to work a meaningful profession that strives to meet society’s needs while maintaining the ecological balance of the forest,” said Lane. “I am truly honored to receive this award.”

This award is part of the annual Awards of Excellence program given each year by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), and is fitting as this week is National Forest Week. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to current or former industry leaders who have made exceptional, sustained, and significant contributions to the forest products sector.

“FPAC introduced the Lifetime Achievement Award as a means to pay tribute to the incredible people who have made it their life’s work to drive Canadian forestry forward,” said FPAC President and CEO Derek Nighbor. “The unwavering vision and leadership of Janet and Marc over the course of their respective careers has been an inspiration to the companies and individuals that were fortunate to work with them.”

In a released statement Lane said that forests have always been part of her life.

“I grew up sliding down a sawdust pile and mingling with bush workers at the family sawmill near Slave Lake, Alberta, picking white spruce cones for Christmas money with my family and then tree planting for seven years,” added Lane

After the early introduction into the forest industry as a kid, she pursued it as a career graduating from the University of Alberta with a BSc.

She started her career with the Alberta Forest Service as a Research Forester before starting with Weyerhaeuser as a silviculture forester and Renewal Manager.

Lane retired from Domtar in June of 2021 as a Sustainable Forestry Team Leader after 36 years in the profession.

Domtar is the largest integrated producer of uncoated free-sheet paper in North America and the second-largest in the world based on production capacity and is a manufacture of papergrade pulp.