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BC Saw Filers Association cancels May conference due to COVID-19


March 23, 2020
By Maria Church
Maria Church

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The 2019 BC Saw Filers Association convention and trade show included education sessions to update filers on the evolving trade.

The BC Saw Filers Association has cancelled its 2020 spring conference, trade show and annual general meeting in light of containment measures from the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The annual sawfilers’ get-together was set for May 1-2 in Kamloops, B.C., and is widely known as the largest gathering of its kind, attracting filers and suppliers alike from across North America and even overseas.

“In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and in the interest of everyones health and safety, the associations executive has decided to cancel the 2020 BC Saw Filers Associations Annual Convention and Trade Show,” Bryan Glaister, vice-president of the association, said in an email. “For those that have paid for their booths and dinner tickets, a refund will be issued in the near future.

“Like everyone, we hope this difficult situation can be brought under control and we look forward to seeing everyone at next years show,”

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This year’s convention was expected to include much-needed discussions about trade challenges, including a shortage of young people entering the trade, the state of the B.C. forest industry, and increasing filing room automation.

The annual trade show brings out suppliers from around the world to showcase their latest saw filing wares and technology.