Schedule of Events

 Saturday, March 9

  12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.  Executive Committee Meeting
  2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  NAWLA Board of Directors Meeting
  5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception

 Sunday, March 10

  8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration Open
  8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Committee Breakfast
  8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. NAWLA Committee Meetings
  5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Registration Open
  5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Networking Reception

 Monday, March 11

  7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration Open
  7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.  Breakfast & Table-tops
  8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 

Industry Leader (Pro Yard)
Speaker: Coming soon

Attend a straightforward discussion led by a Pro Yard leader, tackling shifts in the home building industry. Gain insights into navigating changes in the supply chain to support labor constraints, including offsite fabrication. Learn how to stay relevant and efficient in an evolving market.

  9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Beverages & Table-tops
  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Spouse & Companion Brunch
  9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  

Navigating the Future: A Five-Year Outlook on the North American Lumber Industry
Speaker: Ian Fillinger, President and CEO, Interfor

Interfor's CEO addresses crucial aspects of our wood products supply, emphasizing strategic diversity across production regions. He will highlight the significance of sustainable and collaborative practices in the industry, including the respect for First Nations' allocations in Canada. Additionally, the CEO will discuss anticipated changes in softwood lumber supply by region.

  10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  Beverages & Table-tops
  11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. 

Mindshift — Preparing Your Culture For The Workplace Of Tomorrow
Speaker: Claudia St. John, President, Affinity HR Group

Unemployment rates are historically low. Talent is hard to find. Compensation is on the rise, and the trends of the Great Resignation and Silent Quitting are continuing. Business leaders are beginning to realize that creating an enriching workplace culture is the key to future organizational success. Join Claudia St. John to discuss some of the root causes of these trends, to explore how leaders, managers and supervisors can create a sustainable culture for the future, and to engage in a lively discussion about the workplace of tomorrow.

  12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon
  1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Open Networking Time

  1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 10 Group Meetings
  6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Chair's Party

 Tuesday, March 12

  7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration Open
  7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast & Table-tops
  8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

State of the Housing Market and Wider Economy
Speakers: Ali Wolf, Chief Economist, Zonda

The U.S. housing market has slowed in response to rapidly rising home prices and a historic mortgage rate shock. The days of the turbocharged pandemic housing market are behind us as uncertainty with interest rates abounds and access to capital is more difficult. This session with Zonda’s Chief Economist will decode the latest data on the housing market, explore demographic shifts, and highlight opportunities and challenges.

  9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Beverages & Table-tops
  9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

Crowd Share: Turning Failure into Success
Speaker: Coming soon

This session is designed to help industry leaders embrace the wisdom inherent in setbacks. Through a round-robin format, participants engage in candid storytelling, recounting personal failures and the invaluable lessons derived from them. In these insightful 10-minute narratives, speakers share not only their missteps but also the subsequent successes born out of resilience and newfound knowledge. Attendees are not just passive observers; they're encouraged to volunteer their own stories, fostering a highly interactive and collaborative environment. Join us for a session that celebrates the transformative power of failure and the collective journey toward success.

  10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Beverages & Table-tops
  10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. 

Private Working Forests “State of Play”
Speaker: Brian Luoma, President and CEO, The Westervelt Company

With all the attention currently being paid to climate change, Green House Gas emissions and carbon reductions, it is important for our society to better understand the role of private working forests as a natural climate solution. Private working forests, and public working forests to some degree, have always been critical in providing a sustainable supply of wood products that Americans rely on every day. They also play a pivotal role in providing clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, recreation and soil and cultural resource protection. Outside of the forestry industry, most people have little knowledge about how working forests work or the multiple benefits they provide. With the recent interest in carbon sequestration and storage as a part of the climate discussion, working forests are getting increased attention. This attention is driving the development of new forest management approaches and focuses on creating additional carbon sequestration and storage in working forests. Some of these approaches are relatively new and may impact traditional forest management decisions, leading to the need for more understanding and careful oversight. Working forests have and will continue to play a vital role in fighting climate change. However, forest management decision making is complex, and the industry needs to work to ensure that there are no negative, unintended consequences to the long-term health and productivity of working forests.

*As of November 8, 2023.