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Since so much in the industry has changed lately, NAWLA has recognized that its members and the industry are looking for ways to learn about current issues.

Webinars have been particularly effective lately, as companies have cut back both their travel and training budgets. The webinars allow employees to get the information they need without having the time and expense of an onsite program. It also has enabled companies to have multiple employees to attend, which always helps with the takeaways and long-term implementation of the knowledge.

If you have any questions about our webinars and online learning materials, please contact

Upcoming Webinar

Members Only

A Story of Logs and Timber: How the Pine Beetle Led to Devastation of BC’s Interior Log Supply and that Province’s Supply of Lumber into the Global Timber Market, An Epilogue

Presenter: Murray Hall
Date and time: Thursday, April 23 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CDT

For 15 years from the late 1990’s the pine beetle wreaked havoc in BC’s interior timber supply. Almost 20 years later, BC’s mills and manufacturing operations are still feeling the beetle’s effects. As 2020 enters its second quarter, available log supply in the BC Interior interior has declined 30% since the beetle population grew exponentially with climate change.

Join BC fiber supply expert and consultant Murray Hall as he explains the history of the pine beetle, reviews current and forecasted fibre supply circumstances in BC and the forecast of additional sawmill closures. This will be followed by an open Q&A to discuss the implications on how this account impacts the BC Interior sawmill sector and by extension, timber market.

In this member-only webinar the presenter will discuss:

  • Physical and historical review of the pine beetle and the impacts on the timber industry in the interior of BC area
  • Strategic models used for forecasting the effects of the pine beetle on annual allowable timber harvests and the implications for BC interior sawmill lumber manufacturing levels
  • And more!

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Past Webinars

Past webinar recordings are only available to members. 

Employer COVID-19 Response - An Overview of the CARES Act

Presenter: Claudia St. John, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President, Affinity HR Group Inc.

This webinar will provide the latest updates on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (In effect Wednesday April 1, 2020) and present an overview of the CARES Act. Additionally, Claudia will address COVID-19 Employer responses and legal requirements. 

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act - What You Need to Know

Presenter: Claudia St. John, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President, Affinity HR Group Inc.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act established two new federal laws: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and the Emergency Family & Medical Expansion Act. In this webinar, Affinity HR Group's Claudia St. John will go over the provisions of the new laws, what they cover, what they don't, and what employers need to know. We will also be taking questions from participants on topics such as:

  • How to comply with the new Families First Act
  • Issues relating to telecommuting 
  • Impacts of "Remain in Place" requirements, definitions of "essential businesses" and more

Download the webinar PowerPoint. 

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Unable to Wash Your Hands of This: How the Coronavirus has Effected the Import and Export Wood Products Industry

Presenters: Paul Owen, President, Vanport International, Inc.; Pete Malliris, Associate Editor, Random Lengths; David Cox, President, Richmond International Forest Products; Zach Yan, Trader, Olympic Industries 

Macro-economic impacts such as tariffs and an increase in imports have impacted the lumber environment. And these shifts continue to ring out with the new developments related to the coronavirus. As COVID-19 continues to take center stage of our public’s health conversation, Lumber organizations and businesses are also getting involved in terms of the health of the global timber and wood market. Zooming in, the confidence surrounding imports and exports change daily, disrupting trading operations from trading frequency to the pricing of lumber composites. Zooming out, at the speed and reach of the virus’s current form it could cause multiple challenges across the entire global wood supply chain.

In order to stay prepared join this panel as they discuss the impacts of COVID-19 in the industry, and how we can remain responsible as we navigate these times.

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Workplace Response: COVID-19 How to Plan

Presenter: Claudia St. John, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President, Affinity HR Group Inc.

With the COVD-19 virus' impact on people and businesses growing more serious every day, many companies are left trying to figure out their best options for how to protect their employees, balance business needs, and satisfy client demands.

To help you prepare, Affinity HR Group has compiled some important information for you to consider. In this free webinar, they will:

  • Advise on how to manage sick, vulnerable and at-risk employees
  • Offer suggestions on establishing various PTO & sick leave scenarios
  • Cover work-from-home, leave-of-absence and other temporary workplace policies
  • Review federal and state laws that may impact your preparations

Most importantly, they will answer your questions as you craft your own response plan.

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No More Lumbering Talent: Best Practices on Hiring and Retaining Talent in The Lumber Industry

Presenters: Natalie Heacock, Corporate Controller, Patrick Lumber Company, and Dr. Tom Schoenfelder, Principal Scientist & Head of Academic Research and Partnerships, Caliper

In a candidate's market, one of the biggest obstacles lumber companies face is how to recruit and retain talent. From finding and supporting new talent, to setting a standard for success, lumber professionals want to know that their people and processes are growing in the right way. Join this panel of representatives from Caliper and Patrick Lumber Company, as they discuss tools, tips and tricks to attracting the right talent, and help you understand what it takes to have a robust talent acquisition plan!

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The Outlook for the U.S. Economy

Presenter: Dan North, Chief Economist – Euler Hermes North America

The U.S. economy has finally escaped from a decade in the doldrums. Pro-growth policies have spurred optimism in both consumers and businesses, and a strong labor market and rising incomes will support the economy through 2019. But headwinds are starting to emerge. Fed tightening, waning fiscal stimulus, a stumbling housing market, and the possibility of a trade war are all significant risks, and in the long-term, workforce demographics are likely to keep growth rates from returning to levels seen in previous recoveries.

The presentation will provide Euler Hermes' forecasts for 2019, and will examine developments in consumption, manufacturing, housing, financial markets and employment, and how fiscal and monetary policies could affect the economy.

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Lumber Grading 

Presenter: Lon Sibert - Renewable Resource Associates, Inc. (RRA)

This webinar will enlighten the audience about basic, but abstract concepts, related to the grading that one cannot assimilate by simply reading the lumber grading rules.

Participants will not become lumber graders by the end of the webinar (this takes weeks to accomplish); however, they will be empowered with new, substantive information & insight about structural lumber and lumber grading.

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Transportation Capacity - Perception v. Reality 

Presenters: Jay McElroy – President, McElroy Truck Lines, Inc
Don Mattocks  COO/CFO and Partner, Big Level Trucking
Jacqueline Bendon – AVP Industrial Products, Union Pacific
Brian Vittur – Director Marketing Forest & Consumer Products, Norfolk Southern 

Capacity is getting a lot of attention in the transportation circles these days, and its implications are starting to evolve the entire industry. This webinar will provide participants with a greater understanding of current capacity constraints as they relate to both truck and rail freight handling, the current and future impacts of these constraints, industry trends and possible operating strategies to provide solutions moving forward. 

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Hiring Entry-Level/Hourly Positions - Tips for attracting and engaging front-line workers 

Presenter: Claudia St. John - President, Affinity HR Group

Do you have the right strategies to attract entry level and hourly talent.  Have you done everything in your power to retain that talent and reduce turnover? This session will provide an overview of the tips for creative recruiting strategies for hourly workers, and the critical components of how to improve overall employee engagement and retention.  Participant outcomes include:

    • Identifying strategies for improving in-house recruiting efforts
    • Learning tips and techniques for successfully onboarding and retaining employees
    • Understanding the components of employee engagement and how to improve employee satisfaction

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Tips for Hiring In A Tight Labor Market 

Presenter: Claudia St. John - President, Affinity HR Group

With the unemployment rate at historic lows and finding qualified employees increasingly difficult, it is now more critical than ever that you deploy the right strategies to attract talent.  Where is the best place to find talent?  What qualities of your search will ensure that you have greater success in finding and landing talent.  And what are some critical not-to-do’s in your recruiting efforts.  Participant outcomes include:

    • Understanding the unique challenges of the current labor market
    • Identifying successful and unsuccessful strategies for posting your position
    • Learning tips for ensuring that your recruiting efforts are as effective as possible

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Lumber Grading 101

Presenter: Lon Siebert, Renewable Resource Associates, Inc.

This presentation was designed to help lumber traders better understand the products they deal with. Lon focused on how to "read a piece of lumber" and appraise and measure abstract structural characteristics

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Leveraging Credit Information for Profit

Presenters: Mark Erickson, Sr. Vice President at Blue Book Services, Larry McDaniel, Vice President of Finance at Blue Book Services, Aaron Lindstrom, the Pacific Northwest Agent for Euler Hermes

Participants learned trade credit policy and procedure best practices, and how to use these to drive business growth. 

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