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Spotlight on excellence: Molly Hudson

CFI's Top 20 Under 40 awardee

October 26, 2023  By  Jennifer Ellson

Molly Hudson

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 Molly Hudson, vice-president, sustainability/chief forester, Mosaic Forest Management in Nanaimo, B.C.

Molly’s passion for forestry was sparked in 2002 when she planted her first tree in northern B.C. After five years of tree planting, the RPF and registered professional biologist realized she could combine her love of science and the outdoors in a forestry career. After working a stint in research at the Ministry of Forests, she reinvented herself as a timber cruiser.

After joining Mosaic’s predecessor TimberWest in 2013, she soon stepped up to apply her experience in science and forestry to stewardship and community work. Her dedication and skills saw her rise in the company, and most recently, she was appointed VP of sustainability and Mosaic’s first female chief forester.


The 39-year-old’s leadership guides Mosaic’s work in forest management certifications, operations, community relations, sustainability initiatives, environmental performance, fish and wildlife management, and the species at risk program. Her work helped Mosaic win the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s 2023 Leadership in Conservation Award for its early adoption of climate-smart forestry objectives.

Molly is committed to helping change the face of the forest sector so it is a safe, welcoming place for all, where different voices are at the table and are valued.

Next week we will showcase the achievements of winner Igor Lafaeff.

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