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February 19, 2015

Letter to the Editor

Who to believe on state of our forestry sector?
Re: Forest Industry stands tall again, Opinion, Feb. 10
I am puzzled by the optimistic piece on the forest industry. In contrast, the winter 2015 Truck Logger BC magazine, reported that:
  1. The Central Interior Logging Association office closed in the fall of 2014;
  2. There are fewer buyers of yellow cedar logs at any price, with booms of inventory languishing in Lower Mainland storage locations;
  3. Two prominent logging contractors, sold their equipment by auction in Chilliwack, last fall;
  4. A logger’s grandson, “…had recently entered the business as a skilled equipment operator ... left logging and gone north to work in other industries.”
Is someone seeing things better in The Vancouver Sun, or worse in the Truck Logger BC magazine, than they really are?
 
RAY TRAVERS, RPF (RET.)

February 11, 2015

Carihi Forestry Education Bus

Premier Christy Clark with Carihi Forestry Education Association Bus
Premier Christy Clark took time to admire Carihi Secondary's Forestry Education Bus during the TLA convention in Victoria last month. The TLA made a $10,000 donation to the Campbell River Forestry Education Association last year toward the purchase of this bus. Jason Kerluck (third in from the right), a Carihi teacher, uses the bus to transport his forestry students to and from the forest and other forestry edcuation sites. 

Left to right: David Elstone, TLA Executive Director; Jacqui Beban, TLA Vice President; Premier Christy Clark; Jason Kerluck, Carihi Secondary School; Bill Nelson, Holbrook Dyson Logging Ltd.; Don Banaksy, TLA President
January 27, 2015

BC Forestry Contractors Optimistic About Industry's Future, Workforce


By Andrew Duffy, Times Colonist

B.C.’s coastal forest industry may be feeling optimistic after a few years of improving sales and economic conditions, but the organization that represents industry contractors warns there are still major challenges on the horizon.
 
David Elstone, executive director of the Truck Loggers Association, said the overriding theme of this year’s annual convention, which wrapped Friday in Victoria, was the long-term health of the industry and the TLA’s membership.
 
“The health and sustainability of contractors is reflected in the sustainability of the communities in which they work. They are the backbone of those communities,” he said.
 
Elstone said improving the competitiveness in the industry, continuing to improve the playing field for independent contractors and tackling issues such as an aging coastal workforce will go a long way to ensuring the long-term health of the industry. “We’re working to make sure our contractors have an industry they can pass on to their children,” he said.
 

January 23, 2015

TLA and Chevron Create New Scholarships for Nanaimo Heavy Equipment Operator Students


(Left to right: Adrien Byrne, Policy, Government & Public Affairs Representative, Chevron; Breanna Thompson, VIU student; Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations; Jesse Crighton, VIU student; Rolf Braun, Business Consultant, Chevron)

Two new $5,000 scholarships funded by the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) and Chevron have been awarded to students in the Heavy Equipment Operator program at Vancouver Island University (VIU). BC’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson presented the awards to VIU students Jesse Creighton and Breanna Thompson at the TLA Convention & Trade Show in Victoria today.
 
The new scholarships for VIU’s Heavy Equipment Operator students were created by the TLA and Chevron in response to the TLA’s labour market analysis, which predicts the coastal forest industry will need 4,700 skilled workers over the next decade.
 
“We know equipment operators are in demand and will be even more so in coming years,” said Don Banasky, TLA President. “It makes sense for the TLA and Chevron to get behind this program and support students interested in working as machine operators in the coastal forest industry.”
 
“Chevron recognizes that the forestry industry is a critical segment of the BC economy and that accessible, high quality skills training is instrumental to supporting this industry,” said Adrien Byrne, Chevron spokesperson. “That is why Chevron is proud to partner with the TLA in creating this new scholarship program and congratulates the two deserving recipients at Vancouver Island University.”
 
In her application letter to the TLA, Thompson said she looks forward to using her new skills in “such a diverse and dynamic industry,” and hopes to inspire other young women to pursue careers in industrial trades. 
 
 “The chance to be a positive role model for other women aspiring to a career in this field is incredibly important to me,” said Thompson, who is from Gabriola Island.
 
Creighton, who grew up in Sooke, said in his application letter that it has long been his goal to train as a heavy equipment operator and work in the forest industry on Vancouver Island. 
 
“Forestry, to me, is a chance to live and work on the Island with a career that I love. It’s also an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of B.C.’s coastal forests,” he said.
 
“We’re thrilled to see the hard work of two of our top students in the Heavy Equipment Operator program recognized, and we’re grateful for the ongoing support and partnership with the TLA and Chevron,” said Paul Mottershead, VIU’s Associate Dean of Trades and Applied Technology. “We recognize the demand for skilled workers in the forest industry in BC and work closely with industry to support their needs.” 
 

January 19, 2015

Convention Media Package

Our convention media package is live! Check it out here. On this page we'll keep track of all convention press releases and background information. The Media Package page will be updated as we move through the week with the latest information and press releases.

It's going to be a great show! The 72nd TLA Convention & Trade Show theme is “Investing From The Ground Up." It takes a hard look at how forest contractors—running small, locally owned businesses—can invest in themselves as they build a diverse workforce, develop lean operations and ultimately a strong forest industry. See you on Wednesday!

January 12, 2015

James Byrne Invites You

James Bynre is a Chartered Accountant with MNP (Meyers Norris Penny) in Courtenay on Vancouver Island. He will be speaking and moderating panels on financial and investment matters related to the sustainability of forest industry businesses at the 72nd Truck Loggers Association Convention and Tradeshow.

Dates for this year's event: January 20-23, 2015 in Victoria, BC. For more information about the TLA Annual event, please see www.tla.ca/convention.