Safety Conferences

The annual Vancouver Island and Interior Safety Conferences are industry driven safety conferences covering topics of interest to the forestry sector.

The conferences are led by steering committees made up of representatives from labour, industry, BCFSC and WorkSafeBC with industry sponsorships that allow for free admission for delegates.

Upcoming Conferences

2023 Vancouver Island Safety Conference

Date: Saturday, October 28th, 2023

Location: Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo, BC.

Registration details will be available in 2023.

VISC is a FREE, full-day, in-person conference that includes refreshments and lunch for all conference attendees and features a variety of speakers as well as a trade show with targeted safety products and services.

Please consider sponsoring this year's conference.  Sponsorship Letter and Form.  For sponsorship inquiries, contact the VISC steering committee at training@bcforestsafe.org or call 1-877-741-1060.

Leadership in Safety Awards

Leadership in Safety celebrates individual safety achievements in forestry. Award recipients are showcased during the Vancouver Island Safety Conference.

We invite you to nominate a leader in forestry safety. Your nomination can be an individual, crew, team, division, contractor, company, supplier, consultant, trainer, etc. that deserves to be recognized for outstanding safety leadership or achievements.

There are three award categories for Leadership Safety.

1. Cary White Memorial Award

This special award is presented to someone who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to improving safety awareness, expanding safety knowledge, developing safety skills at ground level and building a lasting culture of safety among BC’s forestry workers. It is someone who goes the extra mile to help others reach their safety goals with a helping hand, proven experience and knowledge.

2. Forest Safety Most Valuable Player (MVP)

This award recognizes an individual or group that has made a notable contribution to forest industry safety within their operation or company.

The MVP could be a worker whose idea resulted in improvements to workplace safety, a supervisor who communicated regularly with their crew spearheading safe work procedures, a crew that found a way to work more safely and productively, a manager who demonstrated commitment to worker safety, a committee that achieved safety improvements through persistent efforts to seek changes, or a company that has demonstrated leadership in integrating health & safety into their business practices.

3. Manufacturing Safety Most Valuable Player (MVP)

This award recognizes an individual or group that has made a notable contribution to wood products manufacturing safety within their operation or company.

The MVP could be a worker whose idea resulted in improvements to workplace safety, a supervisor who communicated regularly with their crew spearheading safe work procedures, a crew that found a way to work more safely and productively, a manager who demonstrated commitment to worker safety, a committee that achieved safety improvements through persistent efforts to seek changes, or a company that has demonstrated leadership in integrating health & safety into their business practices.

How to Nominate

Simply email us your nomination to info@bcforestsafe.org. Within your email, include:  

  • Nominee’s name (first and last)
  • Nominee’s Job Title
  • Nominee’s location and employer
  • Nomination Category (Cary White Award or MVP)
  • A description of the reason for the nomination (please provide as much detail as possible)
  • Your name and email address

Nominations are now closed for 2022.