Event Date/Time: May 17, 2004 End Date/Time: May 18, 2004
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Hear the latest on new developments in forest policy and law and gain insight into how these changes will affect the forestry industry. Attend this two-day conference and learn:

The new Forestry Revitalization Act and what it means for B.C.’s industry
How will licensees be compensated for harvesting rights returned to the Crown?
Tenure Reforms in the Forestry Revitalization Plan
Cut controls will be adjusted, allowing licensees to decide when prices and market conditions are suitable for logging. How will these new controls be administered?
AAC Reductions: quantifying the impact of the 20% take back
The new Forest and Range Practices Act and its impact on forest practice, forest planning and enforcement.
The new role and responsibilities of forestry professionals
The Forestry Revitalization Act and First Nations
The new Environmental Management Act and the Integrated Pest Management and Pest Control Products Act

and much more…


Caroline Findlay
Blake, Cassels &
Graydon LLP


The Honourable Michael de Jong
Minister of Forests, B.C.

From Forestry Companies:
- Presidents and Vice-Presidents
- Directors and Managers
- Department Heads
- Chief Foresters
- In-house Legal Counsel
Forestry Lawyers
Environmental Lawyers
Environmental Consultants
Resource Economists
Policy Advisors
Industry Analysts

Dear Colleague:

During the last year, B.C.’s forest policy and law has undergone the most comprehensive set of changes in over 50 years .

As these various pieces of legislation are implemented, many of the changes challenge the forestry industry to transform some of its business practices to not only comply with the province’s new forestry agenda, but ensure that B.C.'s industry thrives in a more competitive and global market.

As Canada and the U.S. continue to negotiate the softwood lumber agreement, the province continues to forge ahead – by unrolling its market based timber pricing system along with other legislative changes: the Forestry Revitalization Act, new environmental legislation and, shortly expected, new regulations under The Forest and Range Practices Act, along with many other legal changes.

All of these changes to B.C.’s forestry legislation represent new opportunities for the forestry industry. As these regulations are in the midst of being introduced, Insight Information has assembled leading experts from government, academia, industry, First Nations and the legal profession to address these issues in detail at their upcoming conference in Vancouver on May 17th and May 18th.

Each session will offer participants the opportunity to explore the most important pieces of new legislation in greater depth, to provide a greater understanding of how they will impact business practices today and in the very near future.

This is a conference not to be missed. We look forward to seeing you there.

Caroline Findlay
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Monday May 17th, 2004

8:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 Conference Chair Opening Remarks
Caroline Findlay
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP


9:00 Opening Keynote Address
The Honourable Michael de Jong
Minister of Forests, B.C.


9:45 The Forestry Revitalization Act:
An Overview of the New Forestry Regime
Bob Friesen
Assistant Deputy Minister
Tenure and Revenue
Ministry of Forests, B.C.
This session will provide an overview of the major changes to B.C.’s forestry legislation and policies including:
The need for changes in forest policy
An overview of the changes focusing primarily on the Forest Act (tenure and pricing) future

10:30 Coffee Break
10:45 Industry Panel: Market Forces and the Impact of Legislative Changes
on the Forestry Industry
Anthony Ryan
Lawson Lundell
Barristers and Solicitors

Peter Affleck
Vice-President, Forestry
Council of Forest Industries

Peter Baird
Chief Forester

Mark Bishop
RBC Capital Markets

Softwood lumber dispute and market pricing
Consolidation and competition
Quota-based settlement and allocation
Regulatory burden and costs
Environmental pressures
Tenure take-back

11:45 Compensation and Revitalization: How It Works
Julian Paine
Executive Director
Tenure and Revenue
Ministry of Forests, B.C.

Peter Voith
Hunter Voith Litigation Counsel

Through legislation certain licensees will be required to return about 20% of their replaceable tenure to the Crown. This session will discuss the proposed framework for these takings and the proposed compensation scheme that is being advanced.
Traditional compensation principles
Recent trends in compensation arising out of "takings" in the forestry context
The likely scope of compensation claims under the Forestry Revitalization Act
The "compensation" being advanced by the Provincial Crown: How will this compensation work?

12:30 Networking Lunch


1:15 Keynote Luncheon Address:
The External/Internal Environment and Policy Change
John Allan
Council of Forest Industries
This discussion will give participants a better understanding of the context for policy change in the present and future.
B.C. forest industry economics
Other internal issues such as the pine beetle epidemic
The softwood trade file
External issues such as exchange rates


2:00 Tenure Reforms in the Forestry Revitalization Plan
Billy Garton
Bull, Housser & Tupper
Through a series of bills and regulations the B.C. Liberal government has dramatically changed the forest tenure system in B.C. This session will describe those tenure reforms and consider the practical implications for the forest industry.
Elimination of timber processing requirements
Consolidation and subdivision of tenures
New forms of tenure and conversion of old ones
Tenure replacement
New tenure-related offences
Cutting permit time limits

2:45 Refreshment Break
3:00 AAC Reductions: Quantifying the Impact of the 20% Take Back
Paul Quinn
Research Analyst, Forest Products
Salman Partners
Quantifying the impact - valuation metrics
Withdrawals - Interior vs. Coastal B.C.
Operational concerns - Bill 13, harvest plan
Mitigation and legal strategies
Implications on future timber pricing system (TEP’s)

3:45 The New Act: Changes of Control and Tenure Transfers
Cliff Proudfoot
Lawson Lundell Barristers and Solicitors
The New Forestry Revitalization Act introduces different processes for changes of control and tenure transfers. How are they different? "Unduly restricts competition" in the standing timber market, log market and chip market.
What tests are applied in determining "unduly restricting competition"
Will there be a competition regulation
What is the current policy regarding competition?
Has this policy been applied in recent transactions under the new statutory regime?
Stakeholders: what rights and input do they have?

4:30 Conference Ends for the Day

Tuesday May 18th, 2004
8:30 Continental Breakfast
9:05 Opening Remarks Conference Chair
Caroline Findlay
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP


9:15 Keynote Address: A Progress Report on the B.C. Liberals
"New Era of Sustainable Forestry"
Dr. George Hoberg
Professor and Head of the Department
of Forest Resources Management
University of British Columbia
Origins of the Liberal agenda
Comparison of changes made by previous governments
Political analysis of forces promoting and blocking change with a focus on:
- working forest
- market-based pricing
- results-based code
- forest revitalization plan
- First Nations issues


10:00 The Forest and Range Practices Act
Larry Pedersen
Chief Forester
Ministry of Forests, B.C.

Garry Mancell, (R.P.F.)
Davis & Company

The Forest and Range Practices Act has been passed and will ultimately replace obligations previously specified or held under the Forest Practices Code Act of B.C. A suite of new regulations have been developed to bring the new Act into force which affect forest practice, forest planning, practice and enforcement.
Why these changes were made?
How this new results based regime works
Examples of how this new regulatory regime differs from the old one
The implementation challenges for government, licensed resource users and resource professionals
How these key changes will impact industry and the benefits of the new approach

10:45 Coffee Break
11:00 The Role of Forestry Professionals
Caroline Findlay
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
One of the cornerstones in building the new results-based forest management regime is the philosophy that forestry professionals should be relied upon to help deliver these results. New legislation empowers this professional reliance. Ms. Findlay recently co-taught a module in "law and ethics in the practice of professional forestry" at UBC's Faculty of Forest Sciences and will address the following:
What do licensees and their RPFs need to know about this changing role and their respective responsibilities?
What systems and standards of practice need to be in place to ensure and improve performance?
Where do law and professional ethics collide.....
or co-exist?
What does due diligence mean in this new results-based world?

11:45 The Revitalization Act and First Nations Rights
Caroline Findlay
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Anne Giardini
Assistant General Counsel

Louise Mandell, Q.C.
Mandell & Pinder

Justa Monk
Northwest Tribal Treaty Nations

Glenn Ricketts
Director, Aboriginal Affairs Branch
Ministry of Forests, B.C.

In the Budget Speech on February 11, 2003, the B.C. Government announced its intention to pursue two specific initiatives with First Nations. Firstly, the government announced that it would pursue revenue sharing with First Nations. Secondly, the Government also announced that it would seek greater opportunities for First Nations to participate in the forest sector, specifically through access to timber.
What does this shift in legislation mean for First Nations? To industry? And to First Nations’ participation in the forestry industry?
How will these changes to legislation influence joint ventures and negotiations with First Nations?
First Nations' objections to the legislation
First Nations/Crown initiatives taken pursuant to the legislation
Recommendations for the future
The Ministry's policy approach to providing these economic benefits and the steps taken to meet the Crown's obligations to consult and accommodate First Nations' interests when making forest management decisions

12:30 Networking Lunch


1:30 Keynote Luncheon Address: Getting It Right
Brian Zak
Coast Forest and Lumber Association
Basic intent for change and re-structuring has to be "getting-it-right-on-the-ground-level"
Theme of "emerging legal issues" needs to be moved from a legal constraint mode to one of positively enabling restructuring and moving forward
Operational realities are out-of-sync with low-risk tolerance and legal words are only part of the solution
Companies, foresters, and government can work differently together on how to best manage risk versus managing legal entanglements
How we can work together to "get-it-right" the first time


2:15 New Environmental Legislation Impacting the Forestry Industry
Janice Walton
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
The potential impact of the Federal Species at Risk Act on operations
The new Environmental Management Act and Codes of Practice
Integrated Pest Management and Pest Control Products Act

3:00 Refreshment Break
3:15 The Timber Harvesting Contract and Subcontract Regulation (Bill 13)
As amendments to the regulation will soon be introduced, this session will cover Bill 13 from two very different perspectives and explain its importance to industry:
Jim Girvan, (R.P.F.)
Executive Director
The Truck Loggers Association
What Bill 13 is and why it is important to the industry
Why Bill 13 became an issue in the industry
Summary of changes which will be implemented in 2004
Will the changes help bring the industry back to life – a contractor’s perspective

Stephen Ross
Miller Thomson LLP
Mediation and arbitration of disputes under the new legislation
Criteria to be applied by the arbitrator
Issues arising from an industry perspective
Issues arising from a contractor perspective

4:00 The New Cut Control Regime
Richard Grieve, (R.P.F.)
Manager, Policy Development and Legislation
Strategic Policy and Planning Branch
Ministry of Forests, B.C.

Dennis McPhail, (R.P.F.)
Senior Timber Tenures Forester
Ministry of Forests, B.C.

Cut controls will be adjusted, allowing licensees to decide when prices and market conditions are suitable for logging. How will these new controls be administered?
Rationale for the new cut control regime
Key features of the new regime for:
- major licences
- woodlot licences
- other tenures
Changes to Ministry of Forests’ cut control administration likely because of the new regime
Future changes to the cut control regime

4:45 Conference Ends

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