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Clint Parcher, Coastland Wood Industries

Vice President, Fibre Supply
Phone: 250-741-5953
Clint started at Coastland in 2006 and now manages all of the sorting facilities and purchasing of fibre for the mill.  Clint is a third-generation forestry worker who has worked in all phases of logging, log handling, timber valuation and marketing. In May 2012, he completed his bachelor of commerce degree in entrepreneurial management from Royal Roads University. At Coastland, Clint is responsible for handling over 3 million m3 of logs through three custom sort and mill yards. With no tenure or guaranteed access to fibre, understanding log markets and maintaining relationships with timber companies are key objectives for Clint.

Clint is currently a board member the Timber Sale Advisory Council and the Truck Loggers Association, where he is also alternate chair of the Pricing & Marketing Committee.

Adam Wunderlich, Fall River Logging

Board Member
Phone: 250.792.2259
Adam Wunderlich is a managing partner in Fall River Logging based out of Courtenay.  Fall River offers full phase harvesting and road construction services on Vancouver Island. Adam initially pursued an engineering degree but soon switched to Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. “The interesting career opportunities within the forest industry appealed to me and I loved the outdoors,” said Adam. “Forestry also offered excellent summer jobs that helped me pay for my education.” 

Throughout his career, Adam has had the opportunity to work in many diverse aspects of the sector both internationally and across BC.  Adam is a registered professional forester as well as a logger.  “There are a lot of different aspects to this business. That’s what drew me to forestry and that’s why I stay.” said Adam.

Don Banasky, Western Canadian Timber Products

Immediate Past President
Phone: 250.668.7746
Don began his career with an entrepreneurial spirit as President of Untamed Industries Inc. providing customers with a variety of labour-related services.  In 1994, he joined TimberWest Forest Corp. and gained experience as a Chokerman, Rigging Slinger, Hooktender, and a mechanical processor operator. In 2002, along with Bryan Gregson he launched FallTech Logging Ltd., which provided mechanical falling and bunching services of upwards of a million cubic meters a year. At this time he also began D. Banasky Logging Consultants Ltd., which focused on project management, safety, and systems development, team building and training.  

In 2011 FallTech Logging Ltd. was purchased by The Gregson Group where Don provided consulting and management service to both companies.  Don acted as Operations Manager for Copcan Contracting Ltd.; involved in many capacities including estimating, project and systems management, strategic business development and safety implementation.  

As well as serving his current role as TLA President, he served as a Director of Practicum Placement at VIU, sits on numerous committees including the BC Forest Safety Council Board of Directors, Steep Slope Advisory Committee, Incident investigation Advisory Committee, and various other industry committees. In 2013 Don was awarded the BC Forest Safety Council MVP in Safety Award.

Don currently works as Senior VP Operations for Western Canadian Timber Products.

Carl Sweet, Inland Group

TLA Director
Phone: 250.287.8878
 Carl Sweet works for Inland Group in Campbell River. He stopped by with a resume right out of high school and worked his way up from pushing the broom as shop sweep to his role now in equipment sales. Carl knows that Campbell River is the heart of the coastal forest industry and estimates that 75 per cent of his equipment sales are forestry related. 
The forest industry has allowed Carl to find a good, secure job in Campbell River so he and his wife can raise their children in their hometown. And it’s that hometown feel that Carl likes about the forest industry. “It’s a close knit community,” said Carl. “I have lots of friends in forestry and we all love the outdoors lifestyle and the community.”

Mark Ponting, Ponting Contracting Ltd.

TLA Director
Phone: 250.897.8494
Mark Ponting is the owner of Ponting Contracting Ltd. which operates out of Campbell River and does forest road construction and bridge installation. Mark is fourth-generation—his dad, grandpa and great grandpa worked in BC’s coastal forest industry. “My family came over from Sweden during the WWII to fall spruce trees for airplane construction and we’ve been working in forestry ever since.” Mark runs the company with his wife Nancy. They also have three sons working in the industry.
Ponting Contracting Ltd. has teams operating across the Island and on the mid-coast in places like Bute Inlet and Bella Bella. “We do a lot of travel by boat and airplane,” said Mark. “We’re always seeing whales and bears. I’m lucky. It’s a landscape few British Columbians get a chance to see.”

Aaron Service, Peninsula Logging

TLA Director
Phone: 604-989-0716
Aaron Service owns Peninsula Logging in partnership with George Fallis and Dan Scott on the Sunshine Coast. The company does stump-to-dump harvesting mostly on the Sunshine Coast and up coastal mainland inlets. They employ around 15 people including sub-contractors. Aaron splits his time equally between managing the crews and working on a machine himself.

Aaron grew up on the Sunshine Coast and became interested in forestry when he joined the Junior Forest Wardens in grade six. In high school, he worked for a family friend who was a logger. Later on, he completed a Bachelor of Science in Forestry at UBC and became a registered forest professional. “After school, I went back to logging and about ten years ago decided to do something on my own,” explained Aaron. “So I bought a processor and got started.” 

Bill Nelson, Holbrook Dyson Logging

TLA Director
Phone: 250-287-0045
Bill Nelson is partner in Holbrook Dyson Logging based in Campbell River. Holbrook Dyson offers full phase harvesting and road construction services. Bill works as a project manager, running the two camp operations with his partners. Holbook Dyson employs 55 people and operates on mid and northern Vancouver Island.
Bill is a third generation logger. In fact, he completed elementary grades one and two in logging camps before moving to Campbell River. He worked in Norie Bros. Logging’s shop every summer in high school and started setting chokers at 17. He did one year of university at SFU before the forest industry called him back. “I liked the challenge of working hard and I loved being outside,” said Bill. “I grew up in logging. So it was like coming home.”

Dorian Uzzell, Wahkash Contracting

TLA Director
Phone: 250.202.6146
Dorian Uzzell is an owner of Wahkash Contracting in partnership with Rob Moretto. The company does road building and logging and they have 75-90 employees depending on the season. While their head office is in Campbell River, they have remote camps in Johnstone Strait, Broughton Archipelago and Bonanza Lake. 
Dorian is a third generation logger. His grandpa, Chick Uzzell, owned logging companies from 1950 until he retired in 1990. Dorian started out at a dryland sort and as he moved around in the early years, he took every opportunity to run equipment. He’s happy with his career choice. “Forestry will be here for the next generation,” said Dorian “It’s a renewable resource but it wasn’t always seen that way. In 1993, miserable old guys were convinced there was no future in it but they were wrong.” 

Tim Lloyd, Forestech Equipment

TLA Director, Membership Committee Chair
Phone: 250.286.6200
For Tim Lloyd, being a Director of the TLA Board wasn’t so much a choice as it was an upholding of tradition. “The TLA and Forestech Equipment have been working together since I can remember,” said Tim. When Tim was in elementary school he remembers his grandparents coming to stay while his parents disappeared for four days to attend the TLA’s annual convention and trade show.

But Tim’s commitment to the TLA goes beyond tradition. Forestech Equipment is completely dedicated to serving the forest industry. “We live, eat and breathe forestry,” explains Tim. “Our TLA membership and my time spent being a TLA board member are ways Forestech gives back to our customers who support us.”
Simply speaking, Forestech Equipment offers a niche service, helping contractors monetize the value in their logging equipment. In other words, Tim specializes in the brokerage of pre-owned coastal forestry and forestry road building equipment. Based out of Campbell River, Forestech Equipment has sold approximately $20 million of equipment over the last five years and usually has over thirty machines for sale at any given time. He serves an area where the majority of TLA members operate: Vancouver Island and the central coast up to Prince Rupert, Haida Gwaii and on the mainland—out to Hope, up to Pemberton and the Sunshine Coast. 

Founded by Tim’s dad, Jon Lloyd, in 1985, Forestech Equipment has maintained its success through highly personalized customer service, word-of-mouth and repeat business. However, since the internet came along they’ve always had a strong, cutting-edge website. “We’re in the process of upgrading our website again,” said Tim. “And these days we’re focusing on social media to help broaden our reach.” 

Interestingly, Tim didn’t originally plan to buy his Dad out and take over Forestech Equipment. He earned a tourism business administration degree from Capilano College, but he saw the opportunity that the forest industry offered and took up the reins of the family business, just like so many of the independent logging contractors in this province. While being here and there and everywhere to help his customers, Tim has served as a Director on the TLA Board for seven years.  Tim has a key role on the Board, chairing the Membership Committee, which works to recruit new members and make sure the TLA maintains its value proposition to existing members.