December 2016     VOLUME 14     ISSUE 42

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2017 Conference February 23 - 25, 2017

Register now for the BC Log & Timber Building Industry Association's 20th Annual Conference and AGM being held February 23 to 25, 2017 at the beautiful Quaaout Lodge, near Chase BC.  
We have an excellent program planned for you with workshops and seminars aimed at helping you increase your knowledge and skills in a variety of key business and skill development areas of interest to both log and timber owner builders.

Download your Registration Form Here
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Check out the planned conference workshops and seminars...
Hand Plane Competition with the Daizen Team

How thin do you think you can shave wood?

At last year's conference, many of you had a chance to try out hand planing. This year you can join in the fun of a competition.
The method can be any style, but the planer is the tool made for shaving.
The North American style planer has adjustment functions built in, such as planer mouth, blade angle, amount to stick out and so on. Please bring those to compare with the simple wood block planer.  The concept is still same, but all the adjustments need to taken carefully in the wood.
Team Daizen will lead the event, they may even lend you their planer for competition?
It is all about having fun,  but also we want to open the door for you to explore a new journey as a wood worker. Learning the fine art of hand planing is always the dream of the wood worker. Better to start now than never!

Open to all conference attendees - sign up when you arrive at conference.
Joint testing - with Dai Ona

Joint testing has been done through WoodWorks workshops the past three years and we will bring the same format testing event to BC LTBI.
Testing will include a simple withdraw test with screws and epoxy to feel how much capacity this supplement fastener has. We will also test wood to wood type joints such as a mortise and tenon joint to test and see where and how it fails and when it breaks. This workshop will assist you to gain understanding of how the strength is analyzed and calculated in engineering field.
If anyone wants to test one of their own joints, please contact Dai at to see if the test is feasible and have the requirements confirmed in advance of conference.
Active vs. Passive Marketing with Sproing Creative

When we think about marketing the obvious first steps is to find a great location, put up a sign, place an ad in the local paper, build a website, set up some social media pages and then wait for the clients to walk come running. We call this 'Passive Marketing'. These examples of marketing initiatives are no doubt helpful and necessary but it leave a lot of responsibility with with customer to make the next move.  Today we have so many more tools at our disposal that provide us so many more options. The power of the internet and social media analytics now provide us the ability to be very specific about who we reach and at a very reasonable cost. Best of all these ad campaign are measurable and customizable so we can fine tune the campaigns to achieve different results and increase the ROI. 
Active Marketing Campaigns
  • Creating Campaigns to work with your social media calendar
  • How to target your audience in a campaign
  • Setting up a campaign
  • What content makes for an interesting campaign
  • Blended traditional marketing with social media campaigns
  • Case studies
Top Ten Warranty Claims and How to Avoid Them with Joe LaFleche,
Travelers Canada 

Travelers Canada Presentation will cover the following topic:
  • Underwriting (for licensed Builders)
  • Common Construction Issues (Building Envelope Details)
  • Top 10 Warranty related first year Claim items and Customer service tips
  • Top 5 Structural Claims and Geotechnical issues
Insurance Considerations for Log & Timber Industry Producers with Mark Parry

WOODsure was founded in 2006 after years of research and working closely with a variety of forestry companies and insurance providers across Canada. The goal was to find an Insurance Company that recognized not all wood producers were the same and ultimately provide long term stable and competitive premiums with industry leading coverage, claims service and risk management. We found that partner in AIG and in 2006 we launched WOODsure and today is Canada's only insurance program dedicated to the wood products industry. With this presentation Mark will provide delegates with up to date information on insurance trends and risks that builders should consider when purchasing insurance for their operations and projects.
How the PST is Applied in the Log & Timber Industry
with Curt Brown, CPS, CA,
Ministry of Finance, Consumer Taxation Audit Branch

Following up on last years' workshop, we have brought in an expert from the Ministry of Finance, Audit Branch to provide additional clarity for our industry on how the PST is to be applied. This 90 minute workshop is sure to help clear up your questions and provide you with confidence moving forward dealing with PST.
Builders Energy Panel
A panel of member builders will share details of projects they have completed that have met the new code requirements. They will discuss what they did to meet code, how it worked, and what the results were.
An Energy Expert Explains
In addition, we are bringing an Energy Consultant to conference to discuss what an energy consultant does, the role they play in helping builders make their projects compliant, and how to work in most climatic zones and still be able to meet code.
Timber Grading

Grading rules are similar across the various grading agencies. This workshop will focus on introducing delegates to grading rules and developing an understanding of how interpretation of grading rules can impact the performance of structural timber and structural logs. Examples will be presented with general discussions on grading issues and challenges.
Tech Corner - Makita 18 Volt Impact Wrenches and Hex Driver
Makita has over 160 different tools that use the same battery in their 18 volt platform - (industry leading)  Our new brushless 18Volt impact wrenches have really taken off in the last year. They had just come out at the last log and timber conference.  Pictured are the 1/2" and 3/4" drive impact wrenches with that industry leading torque output.  These are a fantastic tool for any lagbolt function or anywhere, where torque applications are required.
Also shown is our 7/16" Hex driver.  This tool will accept 7/16" hex shank auger bits.  It is a super safe way to drill holes without having a "kickback" possibility.  Our battery charge time is still the fastest with- 22 minutes for 3ah, 36 minutes for 4ah, and 45 minutes for a 5ah battery.
Makita is really looking forward to attending the BC Log & Timber Building Industry Association Conference in February 2017 and having the opportunity to show the membership whats new.
2017 Conference Sponsors

You are Invited to Become a Conference Sponsor
Join Makita Canada, Sproing Creative, Daizen Joinery, Plastifab,
and Lee Valley Tools as Sponsors at the
2017 BC Log & Timber Building Industry Association's
20th Annual Conference and AGM.

The BC Log and Timber Building Industry Association (BC LTBIA) is grateful for the ongoing support of it’s industry Partners and Associates. You are invited to join the BC LTBIA for our 20th Annual AGM and Conference as a Conference Sponsor. We have various sponsor levels available and welcome any monetary or auction item donations. Benefits to all sponsorship levels and options are listed in Sponsorship Information Guide. If your sponsorship needs are not included in this guide, please do not hesitate to contact us at or by calling Patti LeFrancois at 250-574-0562 or toll free at 1-888-720-9212 so we can come up with a sponsorship program that works for you.
It’s easy, it’s affordable and a great way to meet new customers and renew old ones.

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Conference Registration

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Conference Sponsorship

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Please support our 2016 Corporate Sponsors and Members
Click the name to visit their website

Baron Insurance Broker Group                                                 Nicola Logworks
BC Wood Specialties Group                                                     PlastiFab/Insulspan
Daizen Joinery Ltd.                                                                     Roundhouse Forest Products
Dietrichs NA                                                                                 Sansin Corporation
Lee Valley Tools                                                                          Sansin / The Coast Group
Magard Ventures Ltd                                                                  Sproing Creative
Makita Canada                                                                            Timber Tools
My-Ti-Con Connectors Inc.                                                       West-Eco Panalized Building Systems
                                                                                                       Whitehead Carvings

For complete contact information for all our 2016 Corporate Sponsors CLICK HERE to download and print the directory.
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