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December 19, 2016

Ladies' Luncheon

Treat the women in your life to the Ladies' Luncheon during the TLA Convention & Trade Show! 
Date & Time: Friday, January 20, 2017, 11:30am - 1:30pm 

The TLA Ladies' Luncheon event will feature:

  • An exciting raffle with impressive prizes.
  • A delicious meal prepared by the Westin Bayshore's head chef.
  • This year’s speaker, Lotte Davis, philanthropist and CEO and Co-Founder of AG Hair.
After the luncheon, a complimentary shuttle will take our guests to see the newly renovated Holt Renfrew where they will be greeted with a surprise gift!  

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Learn how this entrepreneur co-founded the only manufacturer of professional hair care products in Canada, with distribution in over 15,000 salons and beauty stores across North America, Taiwan and Australia. 
In addition to building her company, Lotte Davis has worked tirelessly to demonstrate that AG Hair cares. In 2008, she began building schools for girls in some of the poorest regions in Africa with funding from AG Hair promotions and AG’s salon partners. Lotte is the 2016 winner of the YWCA Women of Distinction award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

To make a donation towards the Ladies Raffle, please complete this form.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to BC Children's Hospital

December 14, 2016

National Forest Week - Art Contest Winners!

National Forest Week - Art Contest Winners!

Art Contest For Kids
In honour of National Forest Week, hundreds of children got out their crayons and pencils to show what the forest means to them. The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) and the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) were thrilled with the creative pictures entered in their art contest.
Age Category 9-12 Years

Winner: Luke Block, Age 10, Terrace

Runner Up: Alicja Grymuza, Age 10, Parksville (left)
Runner Up: Alexander Alguire, Campbell River, Age 10 (right)
Age Category 6-8 Years

Winner: Jordyn Meville, Age 7, 100 Mile House

Runner Up: Sophia Neilsen, Age 8, Campbell River (left)
Runner Up: Ayla Block, Age 8, Terrace (right)

Age Category 4-5 Years

Winner: Odetta Muise Bissett, Age 5, Queen Charlotte

Runner Up: Elencia Hazelton-Plante, Age 5, Francoise Lake (left)
Runner Up: Linden Chewter, Age 5, Nelson Hazelton-Plante (right)

December 14, 2016

Loggers Dinner & Comedy Club

Loggers Dinner & Comedy Club

Thursday, January 19, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Treat your clients, employees and friends to a hilarious night out during the TLA Convention and Trade Show! 
Tim Nutt is a comic who can’t be judged by his cover. Long-haired, bearded and “rough around the edges”, audiences expect Nutt’s mater
ial to match. But he surprises with razored-down punch lines and well conjured-up premises that place him as one of the top comics working today.
Check Tim out on YouTube!

Tim Nutt in Kandahar - YouTube
Tim Nutt at Halifax ComedyFest - YouTube

Tim is hilarious! Enjoy a delicious dinner and laugh the night away. Afterwards, there will be time for a drink out on the town.

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(NOTE: Loggers Dinner & Comedy Theatre is not included in Gold Passports.)

November 15, 2016

Obituary - Terry Mulligan

Terrance (Terry) Mulligan

May 28, 1933 - November 6, 2016
Terry Mulligan sat on the TLA Board as an Associate Director for many years and was a strong supporter of the TLA. He was a long-time CIL powder salesman and a mentor to many others in the industry. He was also the brains behind the hilarious Raven Lumber statue caper at the TLA auction many years ago.
Official obituary published in the North Shore News:
Terry passed away peacefully on November 6 at the age of 83. It was not part of his plan to leave us so soon—he still had things to do at home, at Hotel Lake, at the office and money left on his Compass Card. He leaves behind Joyce, his loving wife of 61 years, children Kelly (Tony), Ryan and Erin, grandchildren Corey, Keara and David, sisters Pat (Barry) and Colleen (Lionel) and many other relatives and lifetime friends. Terry was pre-deceased by his sister Valerie (Bob). Terry worked tirelessly for the mining industry for most of his very long career and for the past 22 years at the helm of the Mining Suppliers Association of BC as President, CEO and all around go-to-guy. His knowledge of the mining industry and its people was extraordinary. His stories were and are legendary. Retirement was not part of his long range plans. Terry had an enthusiastic positive outlook on life and his sense of humour was one of his greatest gifts. We will smile and remember fondly each time we think of some great stunt, joke or scheme he managed to pull off on family, friends and colleagues. Terry had many talents but one of them was not winemaking. He made his special blend and designed his own wine label under his infamous "Onard" brand—Drano spelled backwards—it was a fitting name. He wouldn't wish for anyone to mourn him but do raise a glass of cheap red wine and have a toast or two in his memory. That would make him laugh. In lieu of flowers, if desired, please make a donation on his behalf to the BC Cancer Agency or BC Children's Hospital. We will miss him greatly. 

November 10, 2016

Convention Program is Live!

Get all the details of the 74th TLA Convention & Trade Show here. Speakers, session topics, entertainment! It's going to be a packed three days!

Open the convention program here.

BC Forestry – In it for the Long Run
The forest industry is the economic backbone of BC’s rural communities. TLA members live in these towns, build their businesses in and around them, support local community groups and are vital to the economic health of the entire province. This year’s convention will examine the current state of the industry and what needs to change in order to strengthen and ensure sustainability for contractors and their suppliers. Our strength is in our roots and we want contractors to be in it for the long run!

October 18, 2016

Press Release: Lack of contractor sustainability confirmed by third-party analysis

PRESS RELEASE: Lack of contractor sustainability confirmed by third-party analysis

October 18, 2016 Vancouver – Today, Canadian Forest Industries published third-party confirmation that BC’s independent timber harvesting contractors are struggling the most compared to their colleagues across Canada. 
This national survey confirms the advocacy position the Truck Loggers Association (TLA) has taken for more than two years. “More than 25 contractors have had to seek insolvency protection in communities throughout coastal BC in the last decade and many continue to struggle to remain sustainable,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “We must level the playing field between contractors and licensees.”
The survey results show a variety of challenges facing coastal contractors. The age of the current workforce, difficulty in recruiting new workers, tenure consolidation, heavy workload and lack of profitability are all key factors in the lack of contractor sustainability. However, the TLA believes solutions are possible. “It’s going to take some out-of-the-box thinking,” said Elstone. “But I’m confident we can find a way to level the playing field between timber harvesting contactors and the major licensees."
Elstone believes there is no choice. “We must find solutions. Independent timber harvesting contractors are the economic backbone of coastal rural communities where they provide family sustaining jobs,” said Elstone. “The success of these contractors is reflected in the success of BC’s coastal communities and the provincial economy as a whole.”
Link to Canadian Forest Industries article: 
The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents over 450 independent forest contractors and their suppliers operating on the coast of 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 on the coast. The TLA promotes a thriving, sustainable coastal forest industry in BC. 
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For more information: Brenda Martin, Director of Communications, The Truck Loggers Association 
Phone: 604.684.4291 ◦ Cell: 604.339.7554 ◦ Fax: 604.684.7134 ◦ Email: 
Twitter: @truckloggerBC ◦ Website: ◦  View this press release as a PDF.