ForestTECH has proved to be one of New Zealand and Australia’s most popular conference on new technology and innovation in the forest industry. In 2018, we brought ForestTECHx to Vancouver, Canada. ForestTECHx will return once again in 2020! This is an invaluable chance to meet and hear from the latest innovators in the North American forest industry.
March 2020
Vancouver, CANADA

Event Details

ForestTECHx is one of the region’s leading forest management technology series, providing companies with the latest technologies, innovations and practical tools to increase forest operations productivity. The ForestTECHx 2018 programme focused on:

  • The age of disruptive innovation: Just how is it changing the way we do and will be doing business?
  • How can forest managers best harness improvements in mobile connectivity and satellite imagery?
  • Big Data: Effective storage, processing and management or information being collected through remote sensing.
  • Harvest planning tools: How can harvester head data be utilised?

The ForestTECHx 2020 event programme will be developed with a wide range of key international and local technology providers, forestry companies and researchers. If you are interested in participating as a speaker, or would like to help in some other way, please contact the programme director, John Stulen via

Past Programme: ForestTECHx 2018

Wednesday March 7th, 2018

7:30am: Registrations

8:00am: Welcome & Introduction by conference hosts
Anthony Robinson, Logging & Sawmilling Journal and John Stulen, Innovatek Ltd

SESSION 1: The age of disruptive innovation: just how is it changing the way we do and will be doing business?
8:15am Keynote Address: Disruptive innovation: Brought to you by big data
Garret Mullooly, Chief Operating Officer, TreeMetrics, IRELAND

8:50am: How Timbeter is streamlining costs, sales and logistics
Vallo Visnapuu, Chief Executive Officer, Timbeter, ESTONIA

9:20am Case Study: Disruptive innovation
Kevin Lim, President and CTO, Lim Geomatics, CANADA

10:00am: Coffee break and Networking

Wednesday March 7th, 2018

SESSION 2: How can forest managers best harness improvements in mobile connectivity and satellite imagery?
10:30am: Practical utilisation of satellite imagery for resource and operational management
David Herries, General Manager, Interpine Innovation, NEW ZEALAND

11:00am: Case Study: Experiential learnings to avoid pitfalls when integrating UAVs into your forest management and inventory systems
Philip Reece, President and CEO, InDro Robotics and Remote Sensing, CANADA

11:30am: Frontline deployment of UAVs in Australian forest operations
Mike Sutton, Manager of Forest Information and Planning, Forestry Corporation NSW, AUSTRALIA

12:00pm: Lunch and Networking

Wednesday March 7th, 2018
SESSION 3: Big data: Effective storage, processing and management of information collected by remote sensing
1:00pm: Individual tree inventories using LiDAR
Cam Brown, Forsite, CANADA, and Mike Parlow, Object Raku Technologies, CANADA

1:30pm: Advanced forest inventory techniques using high spatial resolution optical remote sensing imagery and LiDAR
Dr Nicholas Coops, Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, University of British Columbia, CANADA

2:00pm: How not to waste money with remote-sensing
Zack Parisa, Founder and President, SilviaTerra, UNITED STATES

Wednesday March 7th, 2018
SESSION 4: Focus on harvest planning tools

2:30pm: Forest manager perspectives on using harvester head data
Ian Wilson, Harvesting Performance Services Manager, Interpine Innovation, NEW ZEALAND

3:00pm: Coffee break and Networking

3:30pm: Contractor business perspectives on management by harvester head data: ‘Nice-to-have’ or critical tool?
Ian Reid, Director, Austimber Harvesting, AUSTRALIA, and Jules Larsen, Distribution and Operations Manager, Waratah, AUSTRALIA

4:15pm: Increasing log value with collaborative harvest planning: Real time work scheduling and resource allocation
Juha Käppi, Service Manager, Trimble Forestry, CANADA

4:35pm: LiDAR and imagery-derived enhanced forest inventories in 2018
Riley Côté-DeMerchant, Forestry Account Manager, Leading Edge Geomatics, CANADA

5:00pm: Networking and refreshments

6:30pm: Conference concludes

Who will Attend?
  • Forestry managers and owners
  • Harvest planners
  • Harvesting contractors
  • Technical foresters
  • Forestry H&S managers
  • Forestry consultants
  • Plantation forestry researchers


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 at a later date.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

ForestTECHx offered a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in forest harvesting and management to maximize their exposure to North American forestry companies.

Exhibition space at ForestTECHx 2018 SOLD OUT!

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 future sponsorship options and benefits please contact John Stulen at Innovatek.

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About Us

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.

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.

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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.

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Key Contacts

LSJ / TimberWest
Anthony Robinson

(+1) 604 990 9970

PO Box 86670
BC V7L 4L2

Tahlia Hopkins

(+64) 7 921 1382

PO Box 1230
Rotorua 3040
New Zealand

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