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Thank you for attending the conference. Speakers presentations have been uploaded and can be found on the Program Page under the Speakers tab.

Why is it important for you to attend this conference?

Wildfire: Managing the unavoidable; avoiding the unmanageable.

If you are a business, community leader or a resource manager with assets or interests in and around the forests of the West, then you have an interest in wildfire and attending this conference.

Managing wildfires is not just about suppression. It’s about many other things: Land use decisions, resource and utility operations, home design and insurance, municipal priorities, resource policy and jurisdiction, etc.

The 2013 Western Wildfire Conference is about how all these imperatives can work together to avoid unmanageable wildfire events and their consequences.

You have a stake in that.

Who should attend the conference?

  • Mayors, Councillors, Chief Administrative Officers & Fire Chiefs of communities with a community wildfire urban interface protection plan in place & for those without a plan in place
  • Real Estate developers & subdivision planners
  • Companies involved with fuel management programs
  • Companies who have an interest in transmission, communication and transportation corridors
  • Contractors that have an interest in providing consultant & or labour services to communities

A scan of headlines from Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest over the past ten years clearly demonstrates that wildfire hazards are increasing in our wildland-urban interfaces. The goal of the Western Wildfire Conference is to bring together delegates, exhibitors and sponsors from Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest to discuss and explore past fire catastrophes, lessons learned and strategies for the future. If you are impacted by wildfire, we encourage you to attend.  

Australian temperatures cool but fire rages on
CBC News, January 2013

Wildfire devastation sets new record in U.S.
USA Today, August 2012

Slave Lake: A town hit by an inferno
National Post, May 2011

'Angry fire' roars across 100,000 California acres
CNN, August 2009

BC wildfire forces tens of thousands to flee
CBC News July 2009 



Presented by

The Western Wildfire Conference 2013 is hosted by the Western Silvicultural Contractors' Association (WSCA). The WSCA presented the province's first international conference on wildfire and communities in 2004 in Whistler B.C. The conference attracted 300 participants, including leading experts, politicians, fire chiefs, government managers, planners and practitioners from Canada, the U.S. and Australia. For more information on the WSCA visit or contact our office at 604-736-8660.








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Grand Okanagan

On the shores of majestic Okanagan Lake, The Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre provides memorable guest experiences and inspirational food and beverage, in the heart of Canada's Wine Country. One of BC's finest resorts, they offer 390 guest rooms, villas and suite accommodations boasting lake, city or mountain views.


The Western Wildfire Conference will bring together delegates, exhibitors and sponsors from Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest.