The Show Must Go On: BC Saw Filers Convention Returns to Kamloops

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the BC Saw Filers Association convention and trade show is back on the schedule this year with nearly 30 suppliers confirmed to show off their latest saw file products.

The convention will take place May 27-28 at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Center in Kamloops, BC.

Organizer Bryan Glaister and association president Marty Vatkin expect good turnout, especially since the province recently dropped mask and vaccine mandates for indoor gatherings.

There could still be challenges for unvaccinated international travelers. Federal travel restrictions remain in place as of publication, requiring proof of vaccination or a 14-day isolation period.

But for domestic viewers, organizers hope the green light will stick. And with some pressing issues in the saw file world making themselves felt more keenly over the past few years, it’s high time the filers and factory management got together and discussed the future of the craft. .

Shortage of registrants

For many years, the convention has included conversations about the registrant shortage felt in British Columbia and beyond. This year, the question is back on the agenda, but with a new concern to report:

“I know of seven chief filers who have resigned in the past five years,” Vatkin says. “20 or 25 years ago, chef filer was a prestigious profession. Now, that is no longer the case. It’s more of a scapegoat job now and it’s a big deal.

Vatkin says there is a perceived (or real) disconnect between plant management and the filing room that can lead to chief filers resigning. He hopes to bring the two parties together to expose these issues.

“It’s been going on for a while, but it seems to be getting worse,” says Vatkin. “We want someone to share, from a management perspective, why he makes some of his decisions. And then, from a leader’s perspective, how difficult is it to train new people when your hands are tied. »

Registrants will also hear an update on the saw sharpening program from the Williams Lake campus of Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia, the only school in Canada to offer a saw sharpening program.

Agenda Highlights

The convention will kick off on Friday, May 27, with the show beginning at noon and continuing until 6 p.m. The salon will reopen Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The conference portion of the event will take place on both mornings. Vatkin expects to have speakers on supply chain and labor shortage issues as well as new technological advancements, including innovations in lubrication systems and a saw-tracking system. tape by camera.

Friday night will feature the usual buffet dinner and entertainment, this year with hypnotist Wayne Lee followed by dancing to music by live band Shattered Blue.

This year’s convention is the last for Glaister and Vatkin, who are stepping down from their respective roles.

Glaister retired after 40 years as a declarer. His father was a spinner and owned a sawmill where Glaister was trained at age 19. He holds installer, circular saw and expert tickets. He worked as a spinner in numerous mills across British Columbia for Weyerhaeuser, Terminal Forest Products, Interfor, Tolko Industries and Gorman Brothers.

Vatkin recently closed the chapter on a 25-year leadership career to focus on his consulting firm, Sawline. He is also now a sales representative for Saw-ADD. He is stepping down as president of the BC Saw Filers Association after six years at the helm.

“We’ve had a lot of success these half a dozen years,” says Glaister. “We were able to bring more gear and it was a good race. I think we did well. It’s time for new blood.

Vatkin agrees. “It’s time for some young people to pick up the torch and go in a direction that they see it moving in.”

File Week 2022

CFI is excited to attend the 2022 Kamloops Show and will be sharing live updates and product news from the show as part of our File Week cover. Follow the File Week homepage or on social media #FileWeek for all the cutting-edge action.

View Suppliers

  • Brunson
  • Andritz
  • JD saw and supply
  • DK-Spec
  • Williams & White Equipment
  • HMT Canada Machine Tools
  • Saw-ADD
  • Thode Canada
  • Industrial Autolube International
  • Wood Fiber / USNR Group
  • Streifel Industries
  • Promac
  • Precision machinery
  • Unequaled saw
  • Hodgson Saw
  • Voestalpine
  • Fuchs lubricants
  • Chevron – Northern Metallic
  • Supersaul Chemmex
  • key knife
  • Optimil
  • pointed tool
  • Premier steering wheel and equipment
  • Western forest products
  • SiCam systems
  • Canadian forest industries
  • Journal of Logging and Sawing

To register to attend the show or for vendor inquiries, contact Bryan Glaister at [email protected]

Elizabeth J. Harless