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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

January 09, 2015

Carihi forestry class gets new wheels

Carihi Secondary School's Forestry Education Bus

Carihi Forestry Class Gets New Wheels, Campbell River Mirror
Jan 8, 2015

The Carihi Forestry class now has transportation to get in and out of the woods thanks to the Campbell River Forest Education Association.
The Forest Education Association purchased the 24 passenger bus through a donation by the Truck Loggers Association. Logo space on the bus was offered to local companies and associations connected to forestry through a sponsorship donation.
As many as 20 different groups contributed, showing their support for forest education: Truck Loggers Association, Blue Thunder Contracting, Interfor, Western Forest Products, Strategic, Holbrook Dyson Logging, TimberWest, Probyn, Boyley Auto Body, Finning, Carmac Diesel, the Association of BC Forest Professionals, Capacity Forest Management, Bailey Western Star, Dyer Logging, Wahkash Contracting, MNP Accounting, Campbell River Auto Center, and Newcastle Timber.

Read the whole article here.

January 06, 2015

Don Banasky Invites You

Here's TLA President, Don Banasky, inviting you to our 72nd Annual Truck Loggers' Convention & Trade Show in Victoria. He gives three reasons why he thinks anyone interested in the forest industry should be attending. See you in Victoria, Jan. 21-23!

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