FEBRUARY 2016     VOLUME 14     ISSUE 38

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FEBRUARY 18 - 20, 2016

Get your registrations filled out and submitted and plan to attend the BC LTBIA's 19th Annual Conference and AGM February 18 to 20, 2016.  This years conference has an excellent mix of hands-on workshops, technical seminars, and business and marketing management presentations. We can all learn something more about building and energy codes, PST, tool sharpening, post and beam production, branding , marketing and photography. The time you spend at conference will enhance your skills, build your peer network and refresh your enthusiasm for the art and business of log and timber building. Day rates are available if you can only attend one day or if you are already committed somewhere else, how about sending a valued employee. The investment you make in sending your employees to conference will come back to you tenfold with your employee filled with pride for representing you at conference and renewed enthusiasm for the job. Check out the attached Workshop Preview and download and complete your registration today.

Workshop Preview

Conference Registration Form

Photo - Some of the Participants at the 2015 Conference
The BC Log & Timber Building Industry Association is grateful for the ongoing support provided by our Corporate Sponsors for our Annual Conference and AGM.  The success of our annual conference and our ability to carry on work for the log and timber industry in BC is made possible by their generous support each year.  Please support our sponsors, visit their websites, use their products and services and refer others in the industry to them for products and services.
Annual General Meeting - We Need Your Input!
One of the very important topics to be discussed at this year's Annual General Meeting  Saturday, February 20, 2016 is how we as an industry can set a value on some of the work we do.

What is the going charge out rate for you and your workers? What is your shop rate? Chances are your business is like many of your colleagues - you are underpaid when charging out yourself and your crew's time and even shop rates as low as $50.00 per hour often result in complaints from customers.  Other industries have standardized shop rates for the various jobs and positions within their industry, so it is feasible that a standardized schedule of shop rates could be established for our industry.  We will be holding a general discussion on how we can establish the value of our skills and establish minimum recognized charge-out rates.  It has been suggested that the rates could be different for the various activities and job functions.e.g Conventional Carpenter; Timber Framer; Project Management; Designers etc.

We need your input so please plan to attend the Annual Conference and AGM February 18 to 20, 2016 at the Quaaout Lodge.  Registration Form available here.

New Marketing Funding Available

The Department of Foreign Affairs has funding available to assist companies in expanding their marketing activities into new international markets e.g. no sales in that area for 2 years.  The PEMBE program has been mandated to spend 10.5 million dollars by March 31, 2016.  For further information follow this link:

This is the link to the DEFAIT website which explains the funding and has the application.

Photo: 2015 Conference -Dai Ona shares pictures of his work with fellow builders

We want your stories.

Do you have an idea for a story? Have you completed a really amazing and interesting project that you want to share with others in the industry? Then we would like to hear from you.  Send us your story ideas or write an article about an interesting build you have done and we will work with you to include it in a future issue of our Newsletter.
In Memory of Ann Miks
It is with sadness that we advise you of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Ann Miks who left us on December 20, 2015. Ann was the voice and glue of the International Log Builders Association for many years and during her time with them she championed the trades of log and timber building to all that she met. Many of us have had the pleasure of working and visiting with Ann at the annual ILBA conferences. She was a dedicated and passionate worker that always had a smile, a positive word and an enormous hug for all. Our thoughts and prayers and condolences go out to her dedicated husband Willi and her children.Ann will be sadly missed by all her friends and extended family. A Celebration of Life was held on January 3, 2016. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, that those wishing to honour Ann's life may make donations to the North Okanagan Hospice Society in Vernon BC. (Photo by Chris Dancey 03/14)
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