Women In Forestry: Michelle Nagy, RPF

Michelle Nagy, RPF

Log Purchaser, Mosaic Forest Management


In your role, what are your responsibilities? What does your typical day look like? 

In my role, my responsibilities include safety leadership and safety management for contract services providers where applicable; supporting the maintenance of the Mosaic’s ISO, SFI and PEFC certifications; developing and maintaining production forecasts by sort within my area of responsibility; sourcing timber; undertaking timber assessments, pro forma analysis, bid package development and maintain supplier and local customers relationships, along with project and contract management.

My day may consist of one or more of the following, meetings, field tours, negotiating new contracts, monthly price forecasts, proformas, bidding on projects or drafting bid proposals, reviewing new and upcoming projects with other departments to ensure resourcing potential, supporting our purchase program and operations in crown tenure planning, all of this while developing and maintaining the relationships we have with current and new suppliers and more.


How did you get your start in forestry? 

I started my career in forestry by working for a small silviculture company based out of Alexis Creek, BC, in 1999. After graduating from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), this was my first forestry job. I later graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Northern British Columbia.  Forestry has always felt natural to me, a perfect fit, having grown up in a forestry town  Prince George. As much as I enjoyed my time in Alexis Creek, I had hopes of working on the Coast, and in late 1999, made my way down to Gold River. I now work out of Campbell River and have been here for several years.


Are there any accomplishments that you are really proud of? 

After a few decades of working in forestry, I am proud to say I am a Registered Professional Forester with a long-standing career in forestry and proud to serve on multiple committees, internal and external, that involve many skilled and talented workers within the forest industry, various stakeholders, and other interest groups.


What advice would you have for other women who might be considering a career in forestry?

My advice to any other woman considering a career in forestry would be to find a good mentor, one you look up to and can learn from. This could be one person or multiple people you work alongside or an instructor or professor if you are still in school.

I have been very fortunate to work alongside many individuals I looked up to and learned from, personally and professionally. I would not be where I am today in my career without the support and advice from many other talented and experienced foresters/contractors and consultants I have met throughout my career.

Most of all, I would say to follow your passion. The forest industry has so many different paths to choose from. Dig deep to understand what you are most passionate about and open that door… don’t be afraid to walk through it. It just might be the best decision you ever made.