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TLA appoints executive director

Nov. 25, 2014, Vancouver – Following an extensive search process, The Truck Loggers Association (TLA) is pleased to announce that David Elstone, RPF, has been appointed by the Board of Directors as the new Executive Director as of January 12, 2015.

"We're excited to bring someone as enthusiastic and knowledgeable as David onto the TLA team," said Don Banaksy, TLA President. "We had a lot of interest in the position and we consider ourselves lucky to secure someone who is such a good fit with the association and our members."

David brings a wealth of forestry experience with him. For the last decade, he worked as a Senior Analyst for ERA Forest Products Research focusing on global and local forest products markets. In that role, he was a frequent public speaker at industry conferences, a sought-out source by the media and a regular contributor to forestry publications such as Truck LoggerBC. His insights into the BC forest industry and its markets will be invaluable to the membership.

Before joining ERA Forest Products Research, David owned and operated his own forestry consulting company, Delstone Resources, on the Sunshine Coast. As a consultant, he developed business plans for forest product companies and advised on strategic and operational issues related to forest management. He also represented clients in discussions with First Nations, forest tenure licensees and contractors as well as local and provincial governments. David's background in on-the-ground forestry and business negotiations gives him a depth of knowledge critical to his new role.

The TLA Board of Directors are delighted David is joining the TLA at this critical time. "We are really excited to have David as part of our team," said Jacqui Beban, TLA Vice President. "I know he will move the TLA forward and ensure we represent our members with a strong voice to both industry and government." With contractor sustainability in question, the Forestry Service Providers Protection Act without a funding mechanism and labour shortages continuing to plague the industry as a whole, David's fresh perspective and personal drive are exactly what the TLA is seeking.

We look forward to officially welcoming David at our 72nd Annual Convention & Trade Show in Victoria on January 21-23, 2015.