19th Annual WSCA General Meeting

A summary of the 2000 WSCA AGM held in Vancouver, Feb 2000.

Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association

Annual Convention and Trade Show Conference Program

Parkhill Hotel, 1160 Davie Street, Vancouver, B.C.
2,3,4 February 2000

The 2000 WSCA conference was a great success. The conference was particularly well timed as government is in the middle of its policy review and needs some fresh ideas. We got a well rounded input from contractors on issues like licensing silviculture firms and media coverage for three days (another first!). Everyone’s brain power was put to use trying to understand what a strategic approach to enhanced forestry should be.

Hot issues for the new board of directors to deal with are: negotiating the licensing of silvicultural contractors, defining a transition and replacement for New Forest Opportunities and reconfiguring FRBC, working with the worker association CREWS to define a relationship with the WSCA, and examining First Nations forestry and its impact on our industry while continuing to attract first nations contractors to our association.

See the link to “President’s Report” and “Active Committees for 2000” below.

Agenda

The agenda went as follows:

WEDNESDAY, February 2

12:00 – 1:00 pm Registration
1:00 – 1:15 pm Official Opening, Chairman¹s Remarks
1:15 – 3:30 pm ENHANCED FORESTRY PANEL: Is enhanced forestry worth the investment?
Les Reed, Professor Emeritus UBC Faculty of Forestry
Dr. David Haley, UBC Faculty of Forestry
Dr. Gordon Weetman, UBC Faculty of Forestry
Ralph Winter, Ministry of Forests
Reid Carter, National Bank Financial
3:30 – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 – 5:30pm ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING All members invited to attend.

THURSDAY, February 3

7:30 – 8:30 am Registration and Trade Show
8:30 – 9:00 am Opening Remarks, Introduction to sessions and workshops
9:00 – 10:00 am LICENSING SILVICULTURAL CONTRACTORS: Plenary Session; How would it work?
Patti Stockton, Director, Employment Standards Branch
10:00 – 10:30 am Trade Show, Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:30 am FOREST POLICY REVIEW: Plenary Session; How will the policy review affect silviculture?
Garry Wouters, Jobs & Timber Accord Advocate
11:30 – 1:00 pm Buffet Lunch, director elections, workshops sign-up, trade show
1:00 – 2:00 pm contractors and the IWA: Plenary Session; Would unionization benefit contractors?
Dave Haggard, National President, Industrial Wood and Allied Workers of Canada
2:00 – 3:00 pm WORKSHOP I (various break out rooms, topics below)
3:00 – 3:30 pm Break, coffee, trade show
3:30 – 4:30 pm WORKSHOP II (various break out rooms, topics below)
4:30 – 5:15 pm WORKSHOP REPORTS AND ACTION SUMMARIES
5:30 – 7:00 pm Hospitality Suite, Passport to prizes draw
7:00 – 10:00 pm BANQUET, Special Guest Speaker Mike Apsey

FRIDAY, February 4

9:00 – 10:30 am FORESTRY FUNDING PANEL: Forest Renewal BC – End it or mend it?
Al Gorley, COO Forest Renewal BC
Dirk Brinkman, Brinkman & Associates
Rod Simpson, Alberta Forest Resource Improvement Association
10:30 – 11 am Break
11:00 – 11:30 George Abbott, MLA Liberal Party Forest Critic
11:30 – 12:00 noon MINISTER OF FORESTS ADDRESS: The Honourable David Zirnhelt
12:00 Closing Remarks

Workshop Topics

Contract Law – Getting good value from contractors without breaking the law.
Maureen Sullivan, lawyer
First Nations Forestry – How will First Nations shape forestry in the future?
Wood Product Certification – Forest Stewardship Council report.
Marty Horswill
Forest Practices Code – So, what is a results-based Forest Practices Code anyway?
Keith Moore, Chair, Forest Practices Board
WCB Regulations – Update.
Dave Rowe, WCB
Repetitive Strain Injury – Preventative strategies.
Dr. Delia Roberts, Selkirk College
Silviculture Industry Collective Agreement – Do we need one?
Canadian Reforestation and Environmental Workers¹ Association

Speakers’ Notes

Below are links to the collection of notes of speakers from the 2000 WSCA AGM held in Vancouver in February 2000.

Dinner speeches and remarks

“WANTED: LEADERS…MUST HAVE VISION…” – T.M. APSEY, RPF

ENHANCED FORESTRY PANEL: Is enhanced forestry worth the investment?

  • Les Reed, Professor Emeritus UBC Faculty of Forestry
  • Dr. David Haley, UBC Faculty of Forestry
  • Dr. Gordon Weetman, UBC Faculty of Forestry
  • Reid Carter, National Bank Financial
  • Ralph Winter, Ministry of Forests

FORESTRY FUNDING PANEL: Forest Renewal BC ” End it or mend it?”

  • Al Gorley, COO Forest Renewal BC
  • Dirk Brinkman, Brinkman & Associates
  • Rod Simpson, Alberta Forest Resource Improvement Association (KPMG)

Background

“A Contemporary Perspective on Silviculture Investments” – F.L.C. Reed / G.L. Baskerville
“Forest Trust” – Honorable David Zirnhelt, Minister of Forests
“Forest Stewardship Council – British Columbia Regional Initiative” – Marty Horswill