Prepping Both Pre-DEMO Conference and Live Logging Event
Organizers and planning committees for DEMO 2012 met in Quebec City in late October to work on details of both the pre-DEMO conference and the actual live logging event itself. Planning for both events is well underway.
By Scott Jamieson
The organizing committee met in Quebec City near the Loews Le Concorde hotel to flesh out the program. Co-sponsored by the Canadian Woodlands Forum and the Canadian Institute of Forestry, with co-operation from the Quebec Order of Forest Engineers, it covers a wide rage of topics in concurrent sessions over two days, Sept. 18 and 19, 2012. The event features simultaneous translation with sessions in both official languages. Topics include:
- Markets: Traditional and new products
- Biomass: Harvesting, sustainability, markets, fibre chain and more
- Ecosystem management: Flora, fauna, case studies
- Climate change: Its effect on Canadian forests, scenarios, fire, adaptive mechanisms
- New product development: Biotechnology, nanotechnology, building materials
- Tenure systems: Changing regimes throughout Canada
- Forest ecologies: Who pays for the environmental value of a growing forest?
- Silviculture systems: Innovative approaches, including roads
- Carbon balance: What it means for business costs
- Workforce: Finding the next generation of forest industry talent
Conference registration will include a pass to the DEMO International 2012 live logging event. Look to Canadian Forest Industries and our new website www.woodbusiness.ca for more details as speakers are finalized.
|Both mulchers and biomass grinders will be working at DEMO 2012. Here the Duchesnay Forestry School’s Rotobec forwarder clears timber off the CMI-GB Equipment site where the manufacturer’s mulcher line will run.|
DEMO live logging
Following the conference, DEMO International 2012 will hit the hills outside Saint-Raymond from Sept. 20-22. Situated a pleasant one-hour drive from Quebec City, the Portneuf region is one of the province’s best-kept secrets, and will be ablaze with fall colours during the show. The event is presented by the Canadian Woodlands Forum, hosted by the Solifor Group, and produced by Master Promotions. The official media partner and exclusive showguide provider will once again be Canadian Forest Industries and Opérations forestières et de scierie.
The DEMO 2012 organizing committee and exhibitors were on site Oct. 26-27 to detail plans for everything from hotel blocks and shuttles to parking, safety and activities. At the same time, students from the local Duchesnay Forestry School and logging contractor Foresterie CHB Ltd. were on site clearing timber and making landings according to Solifor Group specifications.
Once again in 2012, Komatsu Forest and SMS Equipment will run the DEMO Forwarder Operator contest, where candidates run a selected series of tasks in a race against the clock.
For a list of active and static exhibitors to date, see the sidebar. Once again, news and more details will be published in Canadian Forest Industries and on our new forest sector website www.woodbusiness.ca. Sign up for our free bi-weekly e-newsletter to stay informed.