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B.C. Saw Filer’s Association Convention preview

Perfect blend of education, business, and socialization

March 25, 2024  By CFI Staff

Photo: Annex Business Media.

Filing experts are set to converge once again in Kamloops, B.C., for the highly anticipated 2024 BC Saw Filers Convention. Scheduled for May 24th–25th, this event promises to be a gathering of industry leaders, suppliers, and experts, offering a platform for networking, learning, and exploring the latest advancements in sawmilling and filing room technology.

Building upon the success of previous conventions, including the resounding triumph of the 2023 show, anticipation is high for another remarkable event. Last year’s convention saw an impressive turnout, with vendors, filers, and industry veterans coming together to make it an unforgettable experience. Despite challenges posed by market conditions, the unwavering support from the community, including numerous sawmills, contributed to the event’s success.

The 2023 BCSFA Convention. Photo: Annex Business Media.

One of the highlights of the convention is the informative presentations held in the mornings. Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights into emerging trends, technological advancements, and best practices shaping the forestry industry. With a tradition of excellence and a commitment to the strength of its membership, the BC Saw Filers Association is dedicated to delivering yet another exceptional event.

Event organizer Scott Courtney has confirmed that this year’s convention will feature approximately 30 exhibitors, with all booths expected to be sold out once again.


“The industry as a whole has been constricting with sawmills closing and curtailing across the province. Still mills are struggling to keep a full complement of filers, which has created more of a demand for new innovative ways to fill the gaps,” Courtney tells CFI.

One of the prevailing challenges facing the forestry industry is the shortage of skilled filers, amidst said sawmill closures and cutbacks. However, this adversity has sparked a wave of innovation, with robotics and automation emerging as key solutions to fill the gaps. The convention presents an unparalleled opportunity for attendees to witness firsthand the latest advancements in sawmilling technology and filing room automation.

“Robotics and automation are becoming more common in the remaining filing rooms to aid and fill the gaps. Come down to the convention to see the latest in sawmilling and filing room technology as well as network with the industries’ top suppliers and service providers,” adds Courtney.

While a finalized agenda is still in the works, attendees can look forward to speakers taking the stage from Friday morning until noon. Following the presentations, the trade show will be open until 5 p.m., offering attendees ample opportunities to explore the latest products and services. A sumptuous buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m., providing a perfect opportunity for networking and camaraderie. The evening’s entertainment will feature the return of comedian Howie Miller, followed by live music to keep the festivities alive.

Saturday, May 25th, will see the convention resume at 9 a.m. with more insightful presentations from industry experts. Burtons Mill Solutions has generously sponsored a lunch at 11 a.m., allowing attendees to refuel and recharge for the remainder of the day. The trade show will once again be open until 5 p.m., giving attendees ample time to connect with suppliers and explore innovative solutions.


(L-R): Sean Wright and Scott Courtney giving away donated door prizes. Photo: Annex Business Media.

In addition to exploring cutting-edge technology, attendees can expect to network with the industry’s top suppliers and service providers. Door prizes will be up for grabs, with tickets distributed at registration. Be sure to hold on to your tickets, as prizes will be drawn both days, adding an extra element of excitement to the event.

As the forestry industry continues to evolve, the 2024 BC Saw Filers Convention stands as a beacon of innovation, collaboration, and resilience. Whether you’re a seasoned industry professional or a newcomer looking to stay ahead of the curve, mark your calendars for May 24th–25th for an unforgettable experience at the forefront of forestry excellence.

File Week 2024

 CFI is excited to be attending the 2024 BCSFA convention and will be sharing live updates and product news from the show floor as part of our annual File Week coverage. Follow along on our website and on social #FileWeek for all the cutting-edge action.

Register for the event by visiting www.bcsfa.ca.

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