By: The Working Forest Staff
VANCOUVER – Mike Richardson was elected President by the Truck Loggers Association membership at the association’s recent annual meeting.
Richardson has 42 years of experience in the forest industry. He is currently a partner in Tsibass Construction Ltd., a stump-to-dump logging contactor based in Campbell River, B.C. However, he spent 14 years of his career working for both a major licensee and a First Nations licensee. “I’ve worn a few different hats over the years and I believe there is common ground that can be reached so all parties can be successful,” said Richardson.
“The Contractor Sustainability Review must be our main advocacy focus in 2018,” he said when asked about his focus as president. “The TLA has worked hard to have the Review happen and we look forward to working with government and industry to implement any recommendations that improve the lot of timber harvesting contractors in B.C.”
Richardson has called Campbell River home for 37 years. “There are 100 TLA member companies based in Campbell River, which is just over a fifth of our membership,” said Richardson. “I see people in the industry every time I leave my house—grocery store, golf course, boat ramp—Campbell River is full of people making their living in forestry.”
The Truck Loggers Association represents 489 independent forest contractors and their suppliers operating in British Columbia.