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The WSCA 2005 Conference Program. Watch this site for updates and additions.

Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association

Draft Program WSCA Annual Conference, AGM and Trade Show

Inn of the North, Prince George, B.C. January 19-21, 2005

January 19, 2005 Wednesday Afternoon Plenary Session

12:00 am: Registration

1:00 pm: Introduction to the BC Safe Silviculture Program by Chris Akehurst WSCA President Introduction to the BC Forest Safety Council by Tanner Elton BCFSC Executive Director

2:00 pm: Draft Workplan BC Safe Silviculture Program by John Betts WSCA Executive Director

3:00 pm: Coffee break

3:30 pm: Presentation of Memorandum of Agreement: Silviculture Employment Standards by Pat Cullinane Director Employment Standards Branch

4:00 pm: Discussion Session facilitated by John Betts 5:00 pm: Adjournment

6:00 pm Working dinner and informal strategy session at Coast Inn of the North (Costs not part of registration)

January 20, 2005 Thursday Plenary Sessions and Workshops

7:30 am: Registration and Trade Show

8:30 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks, Chris Akehurst WSCA President

Morning Plenary Session: Corporate Concentration and the Market for Silviculture Services

9:00 am: Competition Law in Canada by Competition Bureau Canada

10:00 am: Coffee and Trade Show

10:30 am: Economic Laws of Competition and the Silviculture Sector by UNBC Economics Department

11:30 am: AGM: President’s Report and Directors Nominations etc.

12:00 am: Buffet Lunch and Trade Show

Afternoon Plenary: BC Timber Sales Contract Tendering and Management Practices

1:30 pm: Organizing BC Timber Sales by Larry Pedersen ADM in charge BCTS

2:30 pm: Coffee and trade show

Afternoon workshops (concurrent):

3:30 pm: Results of field study of treeplanter attitudes and behaviour towards safety by Jordan Tesluk

Analysis of distribution of silviculture work and injury trends over last five years; by Jo Graber

BCTS Contract Tendering and Management with BCTS Contract Advisory Committee, Brian Wesleyson

Fire Service Contract Policy Changes; MoF Protection Branch

The National Forest Strategy and the silviculture sector; by Dirk Brinkman

4:30 pm: AGM Continues

5:30 pm: Hosted Bar

Evening Banquet

7:00 pm: Prize Draws, Banquet

8:00 pm: Banquet Speaker to be announced. We have invited a major provincial political personage to speak and will confirm their attendance soon.

January 21, 2005 Friday Morning Plenary Session

8:30 am: Opening Remarks

9:00 am: Forest Funding 2005 by Ken Baker Ministry of Forests

10:00 am: Coffee Break

10:30 am: Government’s Response to Filmon Review by MoF Protection Branch

11:30 am: AGM conclusion, Introduction of 2005 board, summary of WSCA strategic priorities, conference ends.

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