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ITA Saw Trades Update / August 2016
« on: August 04, 2016, 12:00:55 PM »
ITA Saw Trades Update August 2016

   ITA hosted a workshop @ the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna BC on June 12 – 16, 2016 to review 4 test banks. The “team” consisted of Jennifer Booth / ITA, Greg Daykin TRU / Saw Trades Instructor, John Seed Headfiler / Halo Sawmill, Dana Norman Filing Room Manager / Downie timber, John Hebert Headfiler / Gorman Bros Lumber.
  Great progress has been made with ITA facilitating workshops to update our exam banks; helping to make the test questions much clearer and up to date for Apprentices. To summarize the following are the sawfiling exam banks that have been revised / updated:
                                           October /2015    June /2016
                                 Level 1:     1                      1
                                  C of Q:     2                      1
             Bench Endorsement:     1                      2

•   Thanks to Colleen Rogan & Jennifer Booth from ITA for attending filers convention this past April in Kamloops BC; to provide information & updates to the attendees.
•   Fall school dates have been moved to summer of 2016: Year 1: July 18 – August 26
                                                                                                        Year 2: Aug 29 – September23
•   Benchman’s Endorsement / program is still being worked on, and date for a much needed course is yet to be determined
•   TRU is looking for an Instructor(s) for our Saw Trades Program as Greg Daykin will be retiring soon. If you are or know of someone that may be interested, please contact Lindsay Langill @ TRU for more information about the position.
 The Saw Filing Trade school @ TRU is still in need of a small (pony edger) to demonstrate & test the Saw Filer Apprentices on Edger alignments. Any “donations” from a company to our saw trades program can be given a tax receipt from TRU. The Edger needs to be an older machine that does not have pilot flange bearings and under 4000 lbs in weight. If you know of a machine (even in your bone yard that is no longer of use - good project for the students to "clean up / repair & align"), please contact / leave message for:
   Greg Daykin / Saw Trades Instructor @ TRU or
     Trade School: 250-392-8113        Cel: 250-617-9553

Donations to TRU saw trades program: Thanks to Cut Tech / Burton Saw for donating “saw steel” to make straight edges & tension gauges, Simonds International for donating a “pallet” of finished circular saws & Gorman Bros Lumber donation of “120 thin plate saws”. This is a great help providing much need materials for our Instructor & Apprentices while @ trade school.
  I provided handy links & a contacts list below, for the 3 groups that “steer” our Saw Trades Program. The goal is to open & improve the lines of communication between all involved making our Trade better for everyone.

Queen’s Printer – Saw Filer Manuals are available for purchase at:
•   Web –
•   Email –

ITA Regional Advisors:
TRU (Thompson River University)
BC Saw Filer’s Association –
                                                                                                        John Hebert / Gorman Bros Lumber   

List of Contacts
Jennifer Booth   Programs Development Officer
Office   778-785-2434

Tracy MacLennan   Manager Industry Relations
Office   778-327-5891
Cel   604-366-3759

Colleen Rogan   Manager Program Standards
Office   778-327-5889
Cel   778-388-7473

Greg Daykin   Saw Trades Instructor
Office   250-392-8113
Cel   250-617-9553

Julie Dekowny   Apprentiship Co-ordinator
Office   250-371-5659

Thomas Haag   Apprentiship Chairperson
Office   250-828-5119

Lindsay Langill   Dean of Trades
Office   250-828-5110
Cel   250-574-8977

Martin Vatkin   BC Sawfilers President
Office   250-679-3234
Cel   250-833-2452

Trevor Shpeley   BC Sawfilers Secretary
Office   250-470-4310
Cel   250-542-7184

John Hebert   Gorman Bros Lumber
Office   250-768-6231
Cel   250-870-1960

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