Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

56th Annual Conference and Trade Show

Written by Wayne Lintott
image caption image caption 56th Annual Conference and Trade Show

Once again Vernon will host this year’s ILA Annual Conference and Trade Show on May 8, 9 and 10. The theme for our 56th conference is “Associations Working Together.”

We’re holding some excellent informational sessions on Friday and Saturday. Come learn about the industry and network with other forest contractors. Here’s what we’ll be talking about:

  • Bullying & Harassment in the Work Place
    Presenter: Lisa Houle, Industry Specialist (Forestry), WorkSafeBC
  • Friday Luncheon
    Guest Speaker: Minister Steve Thomson, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
  • Prime Contractor Roles & Responsibilities
    Presenters: Gerard Messier, Training and Development Manager, BC Forest Safety Council; Bjarne Nielsen, Senior Regional Officer, WorkSafeBC
  • Incident Investigation Essential Skills
    Presenter: Gerard Messier, Training and Development Manager, BC Forest Safety Council
  • Surviving the Next Recession
    Moderator: Jim Girvan, RPF, MBA, MDT Ltd.
  • Environmental Spill Kit Training & Regulations
    Presenter: Robert Graziotto, Sales Manager, Western Equipment Ltd.

This year 63 companies will set up inside display booths at our trade show in the Vernon Curling & Athletic Club for viewing on Friday and Saturday. The trade show is open to all attending and the general public. There is no charge to attend the trade show―everyone is welcome!

Other highlights this year include the Western Night Dinner & Dance featuring Lee Dinwoodie and his band, the Canadian Women in Timber’s silent auction as well as the ILA annual general meeting. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our co-sponsors and suppliers for helping and supporting this year’s conference. The conference couldn’t happen without you!

Moving on to another important topic, there is an article about ABS brakes, driver safety and our continued lobby effort on page 18 of Truck Logger BC magazine in the Spring issue. A further article will be published in the next issue of the Canadian Forest Industries magazine. Both articles speak directly to our concerns regarding ABS brakes on logging trucks in British Columbia. The ILA, CILA and BC Forest Safety Council and local forest contractors met with CVSE and ABS manufacturers in February at Inwood Logging Shop in Quesnel. All concerns where addressed at the meeting and we are awaiting a final summary report from CVSE. We have also been in contact with Transport Canada but they continue to insist that this is a provincial exemption concern not a Transport Canada one.

If you have any concerns or comments on ABS brakes, please give me a call at 250 503 2199 or email me at wayne@

We look forward to seeing you all at the 56th ILA Conference and Trade Show so mark your calendar and join us for the three-day event. For more information call the ILA at 250 503 2199 or visit our website at

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