20 – 21 May 2020
27 – 28 May 2020
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
The Forest Industry Safety & Technology conference showcases new practices, systems and tools for improving forest safety – focused on local and practical outcomes.


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#1 People and Culture

People and culture are a strong driver of safety improvement. Our keynote speakers focus on how CEOs need to initiate and own changes in safety attitudes. A major theme is what drives culture change and how everyone in the workplace can benefit from learning from incidents in a informative and positive way.

#2 Technologies and Systems

At the same time as software is making safety administration easier, machinery technologies are changing fast at the leading edge of primary and extraction industries. Our focus is to bring leaders with relevant experience in exciting new technologies that can help us in forestry. Technologies from within (think Waratah’s developments on chainshot) and autonomous control from outside (think Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future at Pilbara) will be showcased. Many of these innovations, which have already been successfully adopted by the industry, will be highlighted throughout the event.

Event Dates & Locations

20-21 May 2020
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
27-28 May 2020

Who Attends?

  • Forestry contractors
  • Forestry managers
  • Forestry owners
  • Forestry consultants
  • Health & safety leaders
  • Harvest planners
  • Transport operators
  • Government representatives

Keynote Speakers


ROGER HARRIS, Ombudsman, BC Forest Safety, Canada

Roger Harris has experience in many areas of the forest sector. He has worked as a dishwasher in a logging camp, been a board member for a Local of the IWA and has owned and operated his own phase logging contract business.

Harris knows firsthand the importance of safety and the impact that injuries and fatalities can have on workers and their families. In 1986 while working as a falling contractor, his right hand was nearly severed when his chainsaw kicked back. His brother-in-law was killed in a forestry accident at age 18.

"I have a passion for the woods becoming a safe place because I've been there. I've lived the worst side of it, but I think it's still the greatest occupation in the world. I want the Ombudsman's office to be a vehicle that deals with issues before we have incidents."

LANCE BURDETT, Founder & Director, WARN International, New Zealand

With 22 years critical workplace safety experience including time as a crisis negotiator, protection officer, and emergency responder, Lance brings a unique approach to workplace health and safety.

He combines an understanding of how psychology can be used to enhance safe practices, ways to mitigate dangers through teamwork, and personal resilience tips to boost energy and stay alert to risk.

Returning for a second year, Lance will bring an extension to last year’s presentation on important topics including; why it is that we reflect on ourselves when speaking with others, the different ways in which we ‘think’ about events, what are these thoughts that we keep having, and how to significantly reduce our worry. He will also show us how to identify when a mate is struggling, why it is that they are reluctant to reach out for help, and what to say and do to help them. This promises to be another engaging presentation with yet more practical tools for us all to use.


Speaker Expressions of Interest

If you are keen to be a speaker at our conference and you are an early adopter, developer, innovator, technology supplier, service provider or researcher within the forestry sector specifically around safety, our conference team would like to hear from you.

Contact the FIEA Office on 07 921 1382 and ask to speak to John Stulen, Programme Manager for this event. Alternatively, email John at


Conference Day 1 | Wed 20 May 2020

7:00amRegistration opens

7:45amWelcome from Conference Hosts
John Stulen, FIEA and Sheryl Dawson, McFall Fuels

8:00amLessons Learnt Over A Decade: An independent view of key drivers and outcomes for improving forest workplace health and safety
Roger Harris, Ombudsman, BC Forest Safety Council, CANADA
8:45amSAFETREE: What has shaped our experience, where we are heading and what's planned
Fiona Ewing, Chief Executive, Safetree
9:20amHealth & Safety - Pamu's central plateau dairy journey
Bruce Hunter, Senior Business Manager, Landcorp
9:50amCoffee Break + Networking


10:30amBringing Maori Culture To Workplaces For Improved Outcomes
Carl Stent, Health & Safety Manager, Timberlands and Stephen Thomas, Te Kupenga Mahi, Toll New Zealand
11:15amTurning The Safety Triangle Over: Putting workers first
Carla Seymour, Director, Seymour Transport Services
11:45amCase Study: Putting Te Kupenga Mahi into practice at KiwiRail
Reuben Araroa, General Manager, Upper North Island Operations, KiwiRail

12:30pmLunch & Networking


1:30pmPeople-Centred Outcomes - Part 2
Lance Burdett, Founder, WARN International
2:15pmPutting Drivers First - Fonterra's Fatigue Management Program
Barry McColl, GM National Transport & Logistics, Fonterra and Terry Buckingham, Head of Health & Wellbeing, Fonterra
2:45pmMcFall Fuel - Driver Case Study: Learning outcomes from a rollover incident
Tony Davies, Fleet & Forestry Operations, McFall Fuel and Michael Crandon, Training & Safety Manager Operations, McFall Fuel
3:00pmAfternoon Tea & Networking


3:30pmSmart Shirt Could Help Prevent Fatigue Accidents
Annike Hinze, Associate Professor Computer Sciences, Waikato University and Dr Judy Bowen, Professor Computer Sciences, Waikato University
4:00pmThe Merits And Key Considerations Of Saliva Drug Testing
Anne-Louise Anderson, Director, Inscience
4:30pmClearing The Haze - Emerging drug use and detection trends: How can we make this happen? Where to from here?
Errol Brain, General Manager, The Drug Detection Agency
4:45pmTECH Talks

5:00pmNetworking Session + Refreshments & Canapes

Conference Day 2 | Thurs 21 May 2020


8:00amSafety And Efficiency - New Technology For Log Scaling
Ben Reyngoud, Product Leader, Port Logistics, Robotics Plus
8:40amAssess, Trial, Implement - How to improve technology adoption to ensure a safe and sustainable workforce
James Tibbett, CEO & Founder, SeePilot
9:50amTDDA - Update From Our Sponsor

10:00amCoffee Break & Networking


10:30amUsing Technology To Monitor, COach And Improve Driver Performance And Behaviour
Daryl Hutton, Managing Director, ANC Forestry Group, AUSTRALIA
11:30amYoung Foresters' Perspectives - A present and future view of health & safety at work
Future Foresters Panel
12:15pmLunch & Networking


1:30PMSAFETREE Workshop
FIEA conference delegates are invited to attend a half-day participation workshop organised by Forest Industry Safety Council on Thursday 22nd May also at the Distinction Hotel.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The Forest Safety 2020 Conference offers a tremendous opportunity for companies involved in forest safety to maximise their exposure to New Zealand and Australian forestry companies. This is a major event for this regions forestry sector.

Exhibition spaces for these events are at a premium. FIEA has a well-deserved reputation of providing both sponsors and exhibitors with a unique platform for promoting their products and services to the industry in BOTH New Zealand and Australia.

For a full range of sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gordon Thomson.

Gordon Thomson, Sponsorship & Marketing Manager, (+64) 7 921 1384,

2020 Principal Sponsors

2020 Event Sponsors

FIEA Partners

Media Partners

Supporting Organisations



Distinction Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand

390 Fenton Street, Rotorua | Tel: +64 07 349 5200 | Visit website

With its beautiful garden setting, the affordable Distinction Rotorua Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind after enjoying the wealth of attractions and activities that Rotorua has to offer.

Distinction Rotorua is located just minutes from the city centre and offers guests a range of mountain bike facilities including bike hire and a wash down facility as well as a purpose built, individual locker bike storage unit, FREE unlimited WiFi and complimentary guest car parking making the hotel a superb base for exploring the Rotorua area.


Bayview Eden Hotel, Melbourne, Australia

6 Queens Road, Melbourne | Tel: +61 3 9250 2222 | Visit website

Surrounded by green parks and minutes from the beach yet within easy reach of buzzing downtown Melbourne, Chapel Street shopping and nightlife, the Bayview Eden Melbourne has the best of both worlds. Many of our hotel’s 192 comfortable, stylishly refurbished rooms and suites overlook the picturesque Albert Park with its lake and golf course, while the rooftop spa and gym provide panoramic views of the Central Business District skyscrapers.



Since 1998 the Forest Industry Engineering Association (FIEA), a division of Innovatek Ltd, has run an extensive series of technology related events for Australasian forest products companies. Over 200 conferences, trade shows and exhibitions have been run for local companies.

FIEA’s objective is to improve the performance and productive capability of forestry and wood products companies in the region. It is now recognized as one of the most effective information providers for the Australasian forestry & wood products industries.

FIEA Contact Details

  (+64) 7 921 1382
  1800 126 398 (from Australia)

  • Rotorua Office

    Forest Industry Engineering Association
    Building X91, Sala Street,
    Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

    PO Box 1230,
    Rotorua 3040, New Zealand

    Ph (+64) 7 921 1382

  • Dunedin Office

    Forest Industry Engineering Association
    c/o Distinction Dunedin Hotel,
    6 Liverpool Street,
    Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

    PO Box 904,
    Dunedin 9054, New Zealand

    Ph (+64) 3 470 1902

Forest Industry Engineering Association: A division of Innovatek Ltd

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