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Spotlight on excellence: Jeff Doerksen

CFI's Top 20 Under 40 awardee

September 11, 2023  By  Jennifer Ellson

In our 11th edition of the Top 20 Under 40 award, Canadian Forest Industries is shining a spotlight on the next-gen leaders who are making waves in our industry. These young champions are not just rising stars – they’re innovators, change-makers, mentors, and community builders. Over the next 20 weeks, we’ll introduce you to each of the 2023 winners.

Today, let’s get to know Jeff Doerksen, mobile equipment supervisor at Edgewood Forest Products, Sask.

Jeff joined the Edgewood Forest Products team in 2015 as a young Red Seal heavy duty mechanic who loved to rebuild and repair engines and transmissions. At the age of 33, Jeff has demonstrated tremendous initiative and leadership in transforming Edgewood’s mobile equipment strategy from a reactive to a proactive maintenance approach, while driving operational efficiency gains by utilizing technologies.

“As a result of Jeff’s efforts, several of these strategies are now being implemented across our other operations within our company. The end result has Jeff and his team achieving more than 95 per cent uptime on a triple shift, five-day-per-week basis on our core fleet of mobile equipment,” says his manager Trevor Reid.


Jeff continuously seeks out professional development opportunities to in order to further improve his craft. In his spare time, Jeff is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys coaching minor hockey, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family, as well as being a part-time musician playing in several local bands as an accomplished bass guitar player.

Next week we will showcase the achievements of winner Anne-Marie Faucher.

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