AFPA awards dinner recognizes forestry excellence

Alberta Forest Products Association
September 29, 2017
By Alberta Forest Products Association
Sept. 29, 2017 – At its 75th Annual General Meeting and Conference, the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) recognized the excellence of AFPA member companies, contractors, and employees. Awards were presented in several categories, including health and safety and lumber grading.  

AFPA president and chief executive officer Paul Whittaker said, “Our industry has come so far when it comes to safety. We’re celebrating our 75th anniversary this year, and it is incredible to look at how practices have changed to the point where a workplace with no incidents is no longer a dream, but a reality in many cases. People are both the past and present of our industry and we are very proud to recognize the tremendous commitment of companies and their employees to safety.” Whittaker was joined by Alberta Minister of Labour Christina Gray. “We were very grateful that Minister Gray joined us to recognize safety excellence and celebrate the strong partnership between government and industry.”

Alberta’s forest products industry directly employs 19,600 people and creates employment for an additional 38,000 through its economic activity.

The Health and Safety awards, co-sponsored by Alberta Labour, recognize superior performance in forest industry health and safety. Recipients are chosen based on criteria that include participation in the Partnerships in Injury Reduction program, audit results, and on-the-job performance.

Health and Safety Excellence (2016)

Company/Location

Award Sector

La Crete Sawmills Ltd., La Crete

Sawmill/Planer Mill (40,000 to 400,000 phw*)

Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, Drayton Valley

Sawmill/Planer Mill (more than 400,000 phw*)

Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, Grande Prairie

Pulp and Paper Mill

Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, Edson

Panelboard Mill

Pineridge Logging Inc., Whitecourt

Woodlands Contractor

Next Generation Reforestation Ltd., Beaverlodge

Silviculture Contractor


Outstanding Achievement in Health and Safety (2014 -2016)

Company/Location

Award Sector

Northland Forest Products Ltd., Fort McMurray

Sawmill/Planer Mill (40,000 to 400,000 phw*)

Canadian Forest Products Ltd., Grande Prairie

 Sawmill/Planer Mill (more than 400,000 phw*)

Slave Lake Pulp (a Division of West Fraser Mills Ltd.), Slave Lake

Pulp and Paper Mill

RangerBoard (a Division of West Fraser Mills Ltd.), Blue Ridge

Panelboard Mill

Coleman Forest Products Ltd., Sundre

Woodlands Contractor

Infinite Forestry Consulting Ltd., Grande Prairie

Silviculture Contractor

Dean Gordon Trucking Ltd., Edson

Small Employer Woodlands or Silviculture Contractor

Weyerhaeuser Company Limited (Timberland Operations)

President’s Award for Health and Safety Performance 2014-2016

 Bushmen Enterprises Ltd., Slave Lake   

 Director’s Health and Safety Award

*phw is person hours worked

 “The commitment of member companies and their employees to health and safety is remarkable," said Carola von Sass, the AFPA’s director of health, safety and transportation. “It is extremely satisfying to know that people are returning safely to their families, every night, because of the work we are doing.”

Lumber Grading Awards
A lumber grade is the quality control standard seen on every piece of dimensional lumber, engineered wood applications, finger-joined and other glued lumber products. Lumber grading is linked to building codes, safety codes and CSA standards. Skilled employees at the mill site inspect and grade each piece of lumber produced. The AFPA is the primary certification agency in Alberta, responsible for ensuring the quality control of each piece of stamped lumber originating from its members. Each year, the AFPA recognizes lumber graders that attain the highest certificate exam marks in three categories. The awards are for the highest marks achieved in the AFPA Lumber Grade Schools held in the fall 2016 and spring 2017.

Grader Name

Company/Location

Award Category

Mark Bradford

Blue Ridge Lumber (a division of West Fraser Mills), Blue Ridge

Novice Category

Michelle Johnson

Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, Drayton Valley

Grader Category

Shawn Moulun

Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, Grande Prairie

“AA” Category

 
Norm Dupuis, director of the AFPA’s grade bureau, congratulated the winners. “Lumber from Alberta goes all around the world. Our customers can be confident knowing that grading is carried out by people with exceptional skill and dedication to their craft.”

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