Steep Slope Logging

Mechanisation & Automation


Harvest Plannning

March 12, 2019 - Networking Function March 13, 2019 - Conference Day March 14, 2019 - BC Forest Safety Council Field Day
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel Vancouver, BC, Canada

HarvestTECHX provides an essential and independent platform to showcase new innovations and operating practices suited to our North American harvesting operations.

Very informative and a world-class well-run event! Thank you!Steep Slope Logging 2016 attendee
Great range of information; Good to hear from all key aspects: logging, health & safety, forest land-management and research.Steep Slope Logging 2017 attendee

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21 January 2019

Logging lift from technology


Leading loggers in Canada & USA have been quick to take up new mechanised harvesting machinery for forests on steep slopes. Now a new set of remote operation technologies is set to be unleashed.  Labour and safety gains will result and p...

21 January 2019

Logging lift from technology


Leading loggers in Canada & USA have been quick to take up new mechanised harvesting machinery for forests on steep slopes. Now a new set of remote operation technologies is set to be unleashed.  Labour and safety gains will result and p...

Event Details


The conference team at Innovatek, Logging & Sawmilling Journal and TimberWest are pleased to announce their newest industry conference for leading loggers and forest managers for 2019.

Formerly called the Steep Slope Logging Conference, the new name – HarvestTECHx – covers all machined based forestry and logging operations for west coast operations in North America.

The conference theme for 2019 is “Smarter Logging Automation & Technologies”.

HarvestTECHx 2019 is scheduled for 12-13 March 2019 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, Vancouver, Canada.

This conference will be highlighting how automation and technology are advancing operational safety and productivity for operators, contractors and foresters within the North America’s forest industry.

What's Covered?

  • Keynote presentations on key paradigm shifts to logging and forestry technologies.
  • Experts detailing key development, technologies, issues and new opportunities impacting the sector. This will include a full line-up of award winning technologies, innovative new platforms, exciting application and early adopters.
  • Technology start-up entrepreneurs discussing how best to connect and collaborate with early adopters and other operators.
  • Case studies by passionate early adopters highlight how they have integrated technology in their business.
  • A panel of young leading loggers to outline what they would like to see next in technology and future equipment trends.
  • Short, sharp updates on commercial services and innovative products for loggers and forest managers. Speakers are allowed 5 minutes each to get their message across.

Winch Assist Logging Workshop – March 14, 2019

Sponsored by WorkSafeBC and BC Forest Safety, this one day workshop will provide the latest information on the safe operation of winch assist logging equipment. Trainers will include international experts that will share their experiences from New Zealand and the United States.  The workshop will include presentations and in-the-field sessions with winch assist equipment at the UBC Research Forest in Maple Ridge.

 Appropriate for logging contractors, operators and supervisors, this workshop will provide training on:

  • wire rope use, inspection and maintenance
  • best operational practices for safe and productive steep slope and winch assist logging
  • results from the latest research and technology advancements
  • regulatory requirements for winch assist logging

Who should Attend?

  • Forestry managers
  • Forest owners
  • Harvest planners
  • Harvesting contractors
  • Technical foresters
  • Forestry H&S managers
  • Forestry consultants
  • Plantation forestry researchers


Pre-Conference Ice-Breaker | Tuesday March 12th, 2019

6.00pmRegistrations, Refreshments + Meet the Speakers

Conference | Wednesday March 13th, 2019

8:00amWelcome & Introduction by conference hosts
Anthony Robinson, Logging & Sawmilling Journal and John Stulen, Innovatek Ltd
8:15amTaking a Leadership Role in Logging Safety Technology - The Future is Closer Than You Think
Dale Ewers, Director, Moutere Logging & DC Equipment, New Zealand
9:00amYarder System Applied Technologies: Bringing Flexibility and Safety on Slopes - Contractor Learnings
Vince Wilbur, Product & Sales Support Manager, Technical Forest Solutions
9:30amMore Automation/ Less Labour: How a new 110 ft Hydraulic Yarder delivers High-Production & Safe Logging Outcomes
Eric Krume, Owner, Krume Logging
10:00amMorning Tea & Networking
10:40amPeople-Centred Outcomes
Lance Burdett, Director, WARN International
11:10amCritical Components for Safe and Productive Steep Slope Harvesting Cable Assist Operations: The Importance of Company/Contractor Relationships to deliver Success
Les Bak, Health & Safety Facilitator, OneFortyOne Plantations, New Zealand
11:45amTECH Talks
From our Principal Sponsors
12:00 pmLunch + Networking
1:00pmCase Study - Combined Benefits to Contractors and Forest Managers from using Harvester Head Data via STICKS
Leisa Small, RST Forester, Hancock Forest Management
1:30pmForestry 4.0 - Implications for Harvesting Planning: Overview of the Initiative with a more detailed look at some recent projects that have progressed
Dzhamal Amishev, Researcher, Harvesting Operations, FP Innovations
2:00pmMaximizing Value from LiDAR Investments in BC - Forest Planning and Inventories
Cam Brown, Resource Management & Technology Group Manager, Forsite
2:30pmTigercat RemoteLog Telematics System
Rob Archibald, Project Engineer, Tigercat
3:00pmAfternoon Tea + Networking
3:30pmForestry Automation: On Slopes, Landings, and Sort Yards-Research company developments of in-forest technologies to improve harvesting and logistics profitability and environmental sustainability
Keith Raymond, Harvesting Research Leader, Forest Grower Research, New Zealand
4:00pmNew Developments and Technologies: TimberMatic Maps and TimberManager
Matt Flood, Foresight Manager, John Deere
4:30pmTraining a New Generation of Forestry Workers
Gerard Messier, Manager Program Development, BC Forest Safety Council
4:55pmBriefing – Day 2 Forest Workshop
Workshop Location: UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest, hosted by BC Forest Safety Council
5.00pmRefreshments & Networking - Drinks and canapes will be provided

Post-Conference In-Forest Workshop | Thursday March 14th, 2019

Full dayFull day field tour and workshop focussing on winch-assist operations. Sponsored by Worksafe BC and Hosted by the BC Forest Safety Council at UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest.
Numbers are strictly limited.


Super Early Bird Ended December 20, 2018

$495 + tax

Per Person

Early Bird Ends February 14, 2019

$560 + tax

Per Person


Red Lion Hotel

510 Kelso Drive, Kelso, WA 98626, USA

Accommodation: Special Steep Slope Logging 2017 room rates are available to delegates at the Red Lion Hotel Kelso/Longview. Please state you are attending the Steep Slope Logging 2017 conference when booking.

For online accommodation bookings go to the hotel website or call
 Tel: +1 (360) 636-4400
Contact Innovatek for the code to get special accommodation rates.


  • In-Forest Workshop
    Sponsored by:

  • In-Forest Workshop
    Hosted by:

Sponsorship Opportunities

HarvestTECHx 2019 offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in forest harvesting and management to maximize their exposure to North American forestry companies. Be part of another major event for this regions forestry sector. Exhibition spaces are always at a premium and Innovatek has a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry. For a full range of sponsorship options and benefits please contact John Stulen at Innovatek.


Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC, Canada

The Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel offers guests the best of many worlds—the luxury of an upscale experience just 7 km from Vancouver International Airport, the convenience of being situated near Richmond’s many business districts and accessibility to Vancouver.

Accommodation: Special room rates will be available to conference delegates. Details for accessing these rates will be included in your confirmation email once your registration has been confirmed.

Hotel Website


About Us

HarvestTECHx is presented by the Logging & Sawmilling Journal and TimberWest Magazines in cooperation with Innovatek Ltd
Innovatek specialises in connecting and supporting businesses with the latest intelligence, technologies and innovations best suited to their operations. Innovatek also produces Australasia’s two leading newsletters for the forest products industry, Friday Offcuts and WoodWeek.
TimberWest Magazine
Since 1975, each issue of TimberWest has been packed with valuable job stories on successful mechanized harvesting, wood processing techniques and equipment. Also inside you'll find timely information on legislation, industry news, annual events, people profiles and products reviews. Click HERE to view our current issue online
Logging & Sawmilling Journal
Established in 1969, Logging and Sawmilling Journal covers both woodlands and timber processing sectors from the small logging contractor to the senior executive building state-of-the-art mills, wood energy and wood pellet facilities. Click HERE to view our current issue online


Key Contacts

TimberWest / LSJ
Anthony Robinson
  (+1) 604 990 9970

PO Box 86670,
North Vancouver,
BC, V7L 4L2,

Tahlia Hopkins
(+64) 7 921 1382

PO Box 1230
Rotorua 3010
New Zealand