Members of the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau met at the Weston Resort & Spa in beautiful Whistler, BC on June 27th and 28th for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Members. It was the 110th annual meeting since the Bureau’s incorporation in 1906 (PLIB was founded in 1903) and a memorable one at that.
At the Annual Meeting of the Members, the members received the annual President’s report and were updated on the activities and programs that PLIB oversees, reviewed and approved the 2015 auditors report and elected new directors for the 2016-2017 term. John Neels, Executive Director of the National Lumber Grades Authority (NLGA), was a featured speaker and provided a thorough overview of the role NLGA plays in the Canadian and U.S. lumber systems. Following the Annual Meeting of the Members, the new Board of Directors met and considered a wide variety of items critical to the function of the organization including reviewing the core business activities, finances, regulatory issues, activities with affiliated organizations and a new lumber grading training tool that staff rolled out at the meeting.
Besides tending to the business matters of the Bureau, members took advantage of the spectacular weather by enjoying many outdoor recreational activities including golfing, biking, hiking, zip-lining and touring Whistler Village, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. One of the highlights of the meeting was the walking dinner tour where members were treated to vintage wines and culinary specialties from a variety of excellent restaurants and specialty desert shops in Whistler Village. During the tour, members were treated to a hands-on demonstration of wine sabering, complete with audience participation.
By all accounts, the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Members was a great success and members and staff are looking forward to next year’s meeting in Banff, Alberta.