Social Responsibility

Acadian’s principal value is the health and safety of our employees and contractors. Acadian takes its commitment to health and safety very seriously as we believe that emphasizing and achieving a good safety record is a leading indicator of success in our broader business.

We encourage ongoing open and honest dialogue about health and safety across our business. We maintain and update an annual health and safety plan and ensure that all levels of management and employees are aware of their roles and responsibilities for implementation. All operators participate in safety training and all members of management participate in visiting our worksites to bring awareness to and champion our health and safety agenda. We report our performance to all employees and contractors monthly and to our investors quarterly.

Our culture of safety is reinforced through recognition of safety achievements through employee and contractor recognition, bonuses and awards. Acadian’s short-term incentive program is tied to safety performance. 

In addition, Acadian supports the overall health and wellness of our employees through:

  • A comprehensive benefit plan.
  • Access to counselling services.
  • Subsidized fitness memberships.
  • Healthier Acadian Timber Initiative wellness group.
  • Recreational land use passes for all employees.
Photo: New Brunswick precommercial thinning crew recognized for five years without a safety incident.

Please refer to our financial reports here for more information on our safety performance.


We are committed to providing a work environment that offers opportunities for learning and personal growth. We operate as a team where collaboration, creativity and innovation are encouraged.

To facilitate personal growth, we offer training, rotation opportunities, set stretch goals and offer professional development. We also set clear annual objectives with our people and aim to support their success by providing regular feedback.

Our compensation program provides employees with base salaries consistent with regional industry norms while offering additional short-term incentives in relation to Acadian's financial and safety performance and personal performance against employee-specific metrics. The compensation program is designed to encourage retention while rewarding strong financial, safety and personal performance.

Our employee benefits package is equal or better than other employers in the regions in which we operate and are benchmarked to ensure we are providing value to our employees.

Positive contractor relationships are key to the business of Acadian. We work cooperatively and support our contractors through:

✓ Competitive rates
✓ Safety and production incentives
✓ Recognition of excellence via our contractor of the year award and nominations to regional contractor of the year award
✓ Providing opportunities for contractors to find efficiencies in their business through workshops


We recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion. This is supported by Acadian’s Code of Conduct and its Diversity Policy which ensure the minimum moral and ethical standards are met and level of diversity achieved.

With respect to gender diversity, our leadership team includes women who comprise 60% of the Board of Directors and 50% of executive management. Women represent 22% of our total employees.

We continue to strive towards a more diverse workplace, in all areas of our business and at all levels, through our hiring practices. Our charitable giving program also aims to support diversity and encourage the development of a more diverse future workforce. For funding requests, please click here.


Dialogue with relevant stakeholders is important for Acadian to understand the communities in which we operate. In addition to regular reporting of our environmental performance, Acadian consults with stakeholders within its region to better understand their values and views relating to activities on our forest lands. In part, this consultation is achieved through regularly scheduled meetings of regional Forest Advisory Committees (FAC) which have been in place since 1994. These FACs are structured with a co-chair from both Acadian and the public where we can share information about our plans, practices, and operations as well as to receive and respond to concerns about any aspect of our land management.

The stakeholders Acadian consults may include groups such as:
  • Associations and organizations with forest interests
  • Camp/Cottage owners
  • Forestry companies
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Other industrial groups
  • Outfitters, hunters, anglers, campers, trappers and other users
  • Provincial, state and municipal agencies

We also work constructively with government regulators and non-governmental organizations to ensure that requirements or regulations for our operations are scientifically and economically sound.


Advisory committee field tour. 

Tobique Forest Advisory Committee meeting. 

Acadian’s lands are accessible to the public for a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities. Each year we host thousands of visitors to our lands, including school tours, university groups, hunters, hikers, bird watchers, snowmobilers and ATV riders.
 
Our lands feature many recreational opportunities including cabins for rent, campgrounds, thousands of kilometres of forest roads, streams and lakeshore, as well as 270km of recreational trails. 


Katahdin Forest Cabins
To visit the Katahdin Forest Cabins website for more information on lodging, recreational information, access, maps, local information and more, please click here.


New Brunswick Operations
To visit the New Brunswick Operations website for more information on camping, recreational information, access, maps, local information and more, please click here.


We strive to be an active and supportive member of the communities in which we operate. We do this by encouraging our employees to volunteer in community organizations and by maintaining a responsive and purposeful charitable giving program. Our charitable giving program is led by our employees and supports our communities through giving focused on:

  • Health and Well Being
  • Education
  • Diversity
  • Innovation

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