cwf spring meeting
April 1-2, 2020  - Moncton, NB

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Tuesday - March 31, 2020

  • CWF Board of Directors Meeting & 101st AGM (2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
  • Registration (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Wednesday, APRIL 1, 2020

Plenary Session (8:30 am - 12:00 pm) 

  • Registration (7:30 am - 10:00 am)
  • Welcoming Remarks and CWF Update.
  • Love Paper: Telling the Sustainability Story of Print and Paper. Phil Riebel, Two Sides North America Inc. How the latest consumer research about print and paper is busting myths. 
  • Wood Construction is the Future. Matthew Babineau, Atlantic Woodworks, Maritime Lumber Bureau.
    Why the outlook for wood construction is positive and the reasons why we need to use wood to build the cities of the future.
  • Attracting Top Talent. It’s Not What You Think. Mark & Merv Symes, Simplicity Design.
    What are the driving factors that allow you to attract and retain top talent in such a competitive landscape.
  • Awards Luncheon - Contractor of the Year.  ( 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm). Join us as we recognize the nominees and recipient of the Atlantic Outstanding Logging Contractor of the Year.

Plenary Session (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

  • Nova Scotia’s Forest Sector; Facing An Uncertain Future. Jeff Bishop, Forest Nova Scotia.
    Decisions were made. Lives were affected. A forest sector looks to plan for next week, next month and next year.
  • Canada’s Shifting Perceptions of its Resource Industries: From a Recognized Source of Jobs and Wealth to a Shameful Stigma. Herb Emery, Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics, UNB
    Canada today is a high income, high standard of living country because of the wealth generated from the exports of its abundant natural resources. Since the early 2000s, however, the perception of the value of natural resource sectors for the economy has changed. Resource sectors are viewed as not important for the economy; devoid of innovation and productivity growth; a limiting factor on the growth of the knowledge based industries that the nation wants; and increasingly, an embarrassing environmental legacy. How did we get to this point of being so wrong and what are the implications for our region and country if we continue down our current path?


Concurrent Session 1 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

Logging Operations Group
  • The Power of Simulators: Why We Need to Pay More Attention to This Technology.
    Carl Tingley, Forest LiasIon Inc.
  • The Sectors and Settings Initiative: Unlocking the Potential of Human and Machine.
    Jim Ketterling J.D. Irving, Limited
  • Using LiDAR to Build Logging Maps for Machine Operators. Jean-Philippe Gaudreau, FPInnovations

Concurrent Session 2 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

Forest Management

  • Positive Results of an Early Intervention Strategy to Suppress a Spruce Budworm Outbreak After Five Years of Trials. Dave MacLean, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, UNB
  • Individual Tree Species Classification Using Low and Mid-density airborne LiDAR. James Farrell, Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, NRCan
  • Digitalisation of the Forest Value Chain and Sector Priorities. Adam Dick, Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, NRCan

Concurrent Session 3 (3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)


  • Backhauling - Working Examples from Across the Atlantic Provinces.
  • Super Singles - Save Weight, Fuel – The Time has Come. Michelin
  • Engines and Drive Trains for Forestry in 2020 and Beyond. (Cummins, Detroit)
  • Tridrives – JDI Tridrive Quad Project, One-Year in / Tridrive Tridem with TL Loader.
    Gerald Battist Trucking
  • Engines and Drive Trains for Forestry in 2020 and Beyond. (Paccar, Volvo/Mack)
  • Reception and Log a Load For Kids Dinner and Fundraiser
  • Reception - ”Wet Your Whistle”. Join us for something different as we have invited some of the best beer, cider and wine producers for a great sampling journey!hat better way to end a great day of sessions!
  • Log a Load for Kids Fund Raiser - Dinner and Auction with Ritchie Bros. Enjoy a fun filled evening in support of the Log A Load for Kids program. All proceeds will benefit Log-A-Load For Kids Canada!

Thursday - April 2, 2020

  • Complimentary Buffet Breakfast (7:00 am - 8:30 pm)

Concurrent Session 1 (8:30 am - 12:00 pm)

Trucking/Logging Operations Group

  • Progress Report on Workforce Development Across the Region.
  • Updates on Forest Sector Workforce Strategies.
  • Forestry Training and Certification for Entry Level and Experienced Forestry Professional Drivers.
    Kelly Henderson, Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic.
  • College and Career Pathways: An Innovative Approach to Attracting Youth to the Forest Sector - A collaborative partnership between NBCC and ASD-N ICE Centre. Rob Lehnert, Anglo-phone School District North Centre of Excellence
  • Adapting Forest Practices; A Look at Harvesting Practices and Prescriptions as a Result of Changing Regulations, Social License. Examples from: AV Group, H.J. Crabbe & Sons, J.D. Irving, Limited, and North Nova Forest Owners Co-op Ltd..

Concurrent Session 2 (8:30 am - 12:00 pm)

  • Forest Management – Landscape-level Effects of Intensive Forest Management on Biodiversity. Project Overview. Dave MacLean, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, UNB
  • Habitat Selection, Migration Patterns, and Energy Use by White-tailed Deer in Response to Silvicultural Practices and Feeding by Humans. Philip Wiebe, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, UNB
  • Birds as Indicators of Forest Integrity in Managed Landscapes. Lisa Venier, Canadian Forest Service
  • Modelling Bryophyte Biodiversity Patterns in a Highly Managed Landscape with LiDAR Derived Indices. Maurane Bourgoin, UniversitĂ© du QuĂ©bec en Abitibi-Temiscamingue
  • Response of Flying Beetle Communities to Landscape-scale Effects and Forest Succession in Plantations and Second-growth Stands. Gaetan Moreau, Billie Chiasson and Louka Tousignant,
    University of Moncton
  • Assessing Influences of Forest Management Practices on Aquatic Ecosystems at a Landscape Scale.
    Erik Emilson, Canadian Forest Service
  • Use of Project Results in Forest Management. Greg Adams, J.D. Irving, Limited
  • NB Forest Technicians Association AGM    (Thursday, April 2 •  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

April 2-3, 2020 - Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show

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