16-18 June 2020
Online Webinars
The Forest Industry Safety & Technology conference showcases new practices, systems and tools for improving forest safety – focused on local and practical outcomes.

The Forest Industry Safety & Technology 2020 series became an online event.

Given the directives from the New Zealand and Australian Governments on running events and the current COVID-19 global pandemic, we decided that this year's Forest Industry Safety & Technology 2020 conference be transformed into an online webinar series! Details were sent to all delegates, speakers and sponsors.

While it was disappointing that we could no longer hold the physical event, the online event proved to be an engaging and informative format - especially during the ongoing pandemic.

Event Details

#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

Online Webinars
Tuesday 16 June 2020
Thursday 18 June 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.


Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

The Forest Safety 2020 Conference offered 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 upcoming event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gordon Thomson.

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