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February 27, 2018

TLA Welcomes New Board Member

Sig Kemmler was elected to the TLA's Board of Directors at the 75th AGM in January.

Sig Kemmler owns Alternative Forest Operations Ltd. The company employs seven to 10 people and specializes in harvesting really sensitive sites often shared with other resource users such as watersheds, high visually sensitive areas and urban/rural interface areas.

Sig came to Canada from Germany as a child and right out of high school he joined the Forest Technician program at Malaspina College. He graduated in 1979 and soon after joined the Forest Service and the Rapattack Helicopter firefighting team. After five years fighting fires, he decided to become a logging contractor and he’s never looked back. “There’s nothing like wood,” said Sig. “The smell. The look. Everything about it is perfect to me. And I love the challenge of finding ways to harvest difficult areas."

February 21, 2018

Event Manager Opportunity

Event Manager Opportunity

Truck Loggers Association
The Truck Loggers Association was formed in 1943 as a non-profit society to give independent timber harvesting contractors a collective voice in the changes taking place in BC’s forest industry. Now in its 75th year, the TLA’s advocacy has attracted a diverse membership including timber harvesting contractors, suppliers, independent forest product producers, small tenure holders, and communities located throughout BC. With a growing membership of more than 490 member companies, the TLA is known as an influential grassroots voice for the small business interests of BC’s forest industry.
The Truck Loggers Association is seeking an Events Manager, who must be able to effectively craft and deliver a series of TLA events, many of which have a long and storied reputation of being both fun and professional. 
The position is based out of downtown Vancouver where you will be a key member of a small professional team. Some minor travel is required to attend TLA functions and events around BC.

A detailed job description can be found here. Applicants should be prepared to provide compensation expectations with their application.

February 09, 2018

Buy Timber Forever! Online

Timber Forever! is now for sale online. A commemorative book that looks back over the TLA’s long and storied history using the TLA’s 40 presidents as the framework, it is part of the TLA’s 75th anniversary celebrations. Every TLA member company will receive one free copy of Timber Forever! However, if you would like additional copies or if you are not a TLA member, additional copies are available for purchase here.

Check out these teaser pages from the book:

January 26, 2018

TLA Elects New President from Campbell River


TLA Elects New President from Campbell River
January 26, 2018, Vancouver – Mike Richardson was elected President by the Truck Loggers Association membership at their AGM last week.
With 42 years of experience in the forest industry, Richardson will represent TLA member interests to both government and industry. He is currently a partner in Tsibass Construction Ltd., a stump-to-dump logging contactor based out of Campbell River. However, he spent 14 years of his career working for both a major licensee and a First Nations licensee. “I’ve worn a few different hats over the years and I believe there is common ground that can be reached so all parties can be successful,” said Richardson.
“The Contractor Sustainability Review must be our main advocacy focus in 2018,” said Richardson when asked about his focus as president. “The TLA has worked hard to have the Review happen and we look forward to working with government and industry to implement any recommendations that improve the lot of timber harvesting contractors in BC.”
Richardson has called Campbell River home for 37 years and that’s no surprise—Campbell River is the heartland of forestry on BC’s coast. “There are 100 TLA member companies based in Campbell River which is just over a fifth of our membership,” said Richardson. “I see people in the industry every time I leave my house—grocery store, golf course, boat ramp—Campbell River is full of people making their living in forestry.”
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents 489 independent forest contractors and their suppliers operating in British Columbia. Our membership supports thousands of workers and, along with other independent contractors, accounts for close to 90 per cent of the trees harvested in BC. The TLA promotes a thriving, sustainable forest industry in BC. 
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For more information: Brenda Martin, Director of Communications, The Truck Loggers Association 
Cell: 604.339.7554 ◦ Email: ◦ Twitter: @truckloggerBC ◦ Website:

January 24, 2018

Social Media Contest Winner at TLA Convention 2018

Congratulations to Melissa Macadam of Pro-Fix Mobile Maintenance Ltd. in Campbell River! She won our social media contest at this year's convention and is now the proud owner of two Loggers' Dinner tickets for next year's convention. 

January 15, 2018

Social Media Contest at TLA Convention

Be sure to take part in the social media contest at the TLA 75th Convention & Trade Show this week! Post an exciting photo of the TLA Convention & Trade Show on social media and tag it with the hashtag #2018TLA.