Emile Bergeron

Reforestation – Crew Leader

I am originally from Montreal, Quebec. I had originally heard about tree planting from a couple of friends who had done it the previous summer. I found interest in the job myself and started doing some research. After applying to a few companies, I landed a job and before I knew it, I was heading out west to BC.

My first season of tree planting was difficult, and with all new things, took time and effort to learn various techniques to tackle different types of land. Having a supportive crew and a positive attitude helped me have a successful first season with many great experiences.

Outside of tree planting I also participate in vegetation management work with Spectrum in the fall. Last year was my first year managing my own crew with much success and plan on returning again after planting. When I am not working, you can find me residing in the Okanagan going on hikes and having laughs with friends.

What Planters Can Expect From Me

This season, I have been offered the opportunity to run a crew of six. After my past couple of years of planting and seeing how various tree planting crews operate, I am excited for this opportunity. I believe my hard work from previous seasons and having a successful season last year running a vegetation management crew has gotten me to this point and will continue to provide a safe, successful and supportive work environment for my crew during tree planting.

What I Expect From Planters

Tree planting can be a difficult job for all positions, both tree planter and crew leader. It’s important that everyone is on time to the trucks at the start and end of the day and respects the time of everyone else. Having a positive attitude, setting goals for yourself, and contributing and promoting safety within our crew will help us all be successful this season.