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ILBA 50th Anniversary Conference and Trade Show

APRIL 25–28, 2024

Montebello, Quebec· Canada
Chateau Montebello
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PRE-CONFERENCE PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION WORKSHOP APRIL 23-25 2024: Learn from experts in preservation and restoration as they focus on the historic Chateau Montebello. 


PRESENTATIONS: The 50th Anniversary Conference presentations will cover a diverse range of topics within the log building industry.  Renowned experts share insights into innovative techniques, sustainable practices, and emerging trends.  Attendees gain valuable knowledge about log construction, from design principles to project management.  These presentations foster a dynamic exchange of ideas, promoting continuous learning and skill development within our community. 

LOG GAMES: Our traditional log games event offers a unique blend of skill, camaraderie, and heritage.  Participants engage in friendly competitions showcasing their prowess in traditional log crafting techniques.  It’s a dynamic and entertaining aspect of our conference, fostering a sense of community and celebrating the artistry inherent in working with logs. Features Axe Throwing, Notch Cutting and Log Slabbing

**Proper safety equipment (PPE) and Footwear MUST be worn to participate in the log-building games


LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION: The 50th Conference will offer both live and silent auctions, creating an exciting atmosphere for participants.  Attendees have the opportunity to bid on a variety of log-related items, tools, unique pieces crafted by experts.  The live auction adds an element of suspense and competition.  These auctions not only serve as a fundraising opportunity for the Association, but also contribute to the sense of community by showcasing and exchanging valuable log-built creations and resources.

Sharing of History: There will be plenty of open mic opportunities at the conference, for individuals to share short rich stories and insights of 50 yrs. of the ILBA’s history.   These sessions will provide a unique platform for veterans to reflect on the evolution of log construction, the industry, shared valuable experiences, challenges, and lessons learned.  It will create a continued sense of community by bridging generations and offering a platform for collective wisdom within our rich history in the Log Building profession.

Special thanks to our supporting sponsors
The ILBA is pleased to announce that the 50th Anniversary, Conference & Tradeshow will take place at the Chateau Montebello.
Join industry leading Builders, Contractors, Suppliers, Manufacturers, Designers and more

It is fitting that we celebrate our 50th Anniversary in this magnificent Chateau!

The ILBA is proud to be celebrating its 50 years of excellence in supporting the craft of well-crafted log homes. We are especially proud that the industry is thriving, and we remain a significant part of its success.

The Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, also known as Chateau Montebello, is a historical resort that is located in Montebello, Quebec, Canada. It is famous for its unique architecture, rich history, and picturesque surroundings.

The construction of the Chateau Montebello began in 1928 under the guidance of Swiss-American architect Adrien Dufresne. Dufresne aimed to create a rustic yet luxurious lodge using locally sourced materials, such as cedar logs. The building process was labour-intensive, requiring the assembly of over 10,000 red cedar logs, resulting in the world's largest log cabin structure.

Today, the Chateau Montebello remains a popular destination for travelers who are looking for a blend of history, luxury, and natural beauty. Its legacy as an exceptional architectural gem and an emblem of sophistication in the heart of the Canadian landscape endures.

Preservation & Restoration Workshop at Chateau Montebello

Learn Rot Repair/Preservation Techniques & Products from the Experts

We are thrilled to announce an upcoming preservation workshop at the illustrious Chateau Montebello,
set amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Quebec. This workshop represents a significant opportunity for
preservationists, and enthusiasts to come together and collaborate on safeguarding the rich heritage of
this iconic landmark.

Scheduled to take place from April 23-25, 2024, the workshop will delve into various aspects of
preservation, restoration, and sustainable practices tailored specifically to the unique needs of Chateau
Montebello. Participants will have the chance to immerse themselves in the rich history and architectural
marvels of the chateau while engaging in hands-on activities and insightful discussions led by experts in
the field.

The workshop agenda will encompass a range of topics, including:

1. Historical Exploration: Delve into the captivating history of Chateau Montebello, tracing its origins
and evolution through the years. Participants will have a glimpse into the chateau’s storied past.

2. Preservation Assessment: Gain valuable insights into the current state of Chateau Montebello and
participate in comprehensive assessments of its structural integrity, materials, and areas of
deterioration. Preservation experts will lead discussions on strategies for conservation and
restoration, ensuring that the chateau’s architectural heritage is preserved for future generations.

3. Hands-on Restoration: Experience firsthand the intricacies of heritage conservation as skilled
artisans demonstrate traditional craftsmanship techniques for restoring woodwork. Participants
will have the opportunity to engage in practical restoration exercises under the guidance of
experienced mentors.

4. Sustainable Preservation: Explore innovative approaches to sustainable preservation, with a focus
on eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient solutions, and strategies for minimizing environmental
impact. Discussions will highlight the importance of incorporating sustainability principles into
preservation efforts to ensure the long-term resilience of Chateau Montebello.

5. Community Engagement: Foster connections and collaboration with preservation advocates who
share a passion for Chateau Montebello’s heritage. Engage in dialogue on the significance in
preservation initiatives and explore opportunities for collective action.

We invite all those passionate about preserving cultural heritage and committed to the stewardship of
Chateau Montebello to join us for this transformative workshop. Together, let us embark on a journey to
ensure that the legacy of Chateau Montebello endures for generations to come.

Atelier de Préservation au Château Montebello

Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer un prochain atelier de préservation à l’illustre Château Montebello, situé
au milieu des paysages à couper le souffle du Québec. Cet atelier représente une opportunité importante
pour les conservateurs et les passionnés de se réunir et de collaborer à la sauvegarde du riche patrimoine
de ce monument emblématique.

Prévu du 23 au 25 avril 2024, l’atelier se penchera sur divers aspects de la préservation, de la restauration
et des pratiques durables adaptés spécifiquement aux besoins uniques du Château Montebello. Les
participants auront la chance de se plonger dans la riche histoire et les merveilles architecturales du
château tout en participant à des activités pratiques et à des discussions approfondies dirigées par des
experts en la matière.

L’ordre du jour de l’atelier englobera une gamme de sujets, notamment :

1. Exploration historique : Plongez dans l’histoire captivante du Château Montebello, en retraçant ses
origines et son évolution au fil des ans. Les participants auront un aperçu du passé du château.

2. Évaluation de la préservation : obtenez des informations précieuses sur l’état actuel du Château
Montebello et participez à des évaluations complètes de son intégrité structurelle, de ses matériaux
et des zones de détérioration. Des experts en préservation mèneront des discussions sur les stratégies
de conservation et de restauration, garantissant ainsi que le patrimoine architectural du château est
préservé pour les générations futures.

3. Restauration pratique : découvrez par vous-même les subtilités de la conservation du patrimoine
tandis que des artisans qualifiés démontrent les techniques artisanales traditionnelles de restauration
des boiseries. Les participants auront l’occasion de participer à des exercices pratiques de restauration
sous la direction de mentors expérimentés.

4. Préservation durable : explorer des approches innovantes en matière de préservation durable, en
mettant l’accent sur les matériaux respectueux de l’environnement, les solutions économes en
énergie et les stratégies visant à minimiser l’impact environnemental. Les discussions souligneront
l’importance d’intégrer les principes de durabilité dans les efforts de préservation pour garantir la
résilience à long terme du Château Montebello.

5. Engagement communautaire : Favoriser les liens et la collaboration avec des défenseurs de la
préservation qui partagent une passion pour le patrimoine du Château Montebello. Engager un
dialogue sur l’importance des initiatives de préservation et explorer les opportunités d’action

Nous invitons tous ceux qui sont passionnés par la préservation du patrimoine culturel et engagés dans la

gestion du Château Montebello à nous rejoindre pour cet atelier transformateur. Ensemble, embarquons-
nous dans un voyage pour garantir que l’héritage du Château Montebello perdure pour les générations à venir.

Networking and Continuing Education can make all the difference in your business and connections.

Gain valuable insights from a series of expert-led presentations and diverse general sessions designed to enhance your business prospects today.

Enjoy networking opportunities during meals, breaks, and receptions, providing plenty of time to forge meaningful connections that could secure your next deal, advance your goals, and establish your influence in the domestic or international market.






Registration tickets include:

50th Anniversary Celebration at the Sucrerie de la Montagne (“Sugar Shack”) – transportation is supplied
3-day Conference – Food & Presentations
3-day Tradeshow
Log Building Games
Preservation Tech Talk



Registration tickets include:

50th Anniversary Celebration at the Sucrerie de la Montagne (“Sugar Shack”) – transportation is supplied
3-day Conference – Food & Presentations
3-day Tradeshow
Log Building Games
Preservation Tech Talk



Registration tickets include:

50th Anniversary Celebration at the Sucrerie de la Montagne (“Sugar Shack”) – transportation is supplied
3-day Conference – Food & Presentations
3-day Tradeshow
Log Building Games
Preservation Tech Talk

Conference 3


Special thanks to our supporting sponsors
Refund Policy for Conference Ticket Registration:


Thank you for registering for our conference. We understand that plans can change, and we strive to accommodate our attendees to the best of our ability. Please review our refund policy below:


1. Refunds will be provided for conference ticket registrations until March 31, 2024.


2. A $100 administrative charge will be deducted from the refunded amount for all cancellations made before March 31, 2024.


3. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after April 1, 2024.


4. Refund requests must be submitted in writing to by the respective deadlines mentioned above. Please include your name, registration details, and reason for cancellation in your email.


5. Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receiving the cancellation request.


6. Any bank or processing fees incurred during the refund process will be borne by the registrant.


7. Transfers of registrations to another individual will not be permitted.


8. In the event that the conference is cancelled by the organizers, full refunds will be provided to all registered attendees.


By registering for our conference, you acknowledge and agree to abide by the terms and conditions of this refund policy.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the refund policy, please contact us at


The ILBA reserves the right to amend this refund policy at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be posted on our website and will be effective immediately upon posting.


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We look forward to welcoming you to our conference.

Canada’s Log and Wood Home Store is pleased to offer up to 15% off of log and timber supplies to ILBA members. Please contact to get your discount codes and get set up for this program. You can also call us at 1-844-714-8187

**Discounts available on almost all products except power tools and siding.

Please contact Charis Babcock - or Christian Ethridge - - and reference the ILBA Members discount.

ILBA members to receive a 5% product rebate for stain purchased from Jan to December in any given year.  The rebate will be applied to a members account in January the year following and they can use any time in that 12-month period. Contact Mark Dunn @ for more details.

ILBA members to receive a one hour virtual consultation. Picture or video analysis along with voice or video chat.  Consultation will address questions, concerns or maintenance. Contact Nate @ for more detail.

Please email Patrick at or call 1-425-952-2061 and mention the ILBA Members discount.  Shipping is not included. Available in continental USA and Canada.

Log Home Home Store is pleased to offer 10% off of log and timber supplies to ILBA members. Please contact Scotty at to get full details, get your discount codes and get set up for this program. You can also call us at 1-800-827-1688


Club 1986 – communication to members

Introducing Sansin’s Club 1986 Loyalty Program

The Sansin Corporation is pleased to announce Club 1986, an exclusive loyalty program
available to members of the International Log Builders Association (ILBA). Club 1986 is
designed to bring log home builders, timber framers and Sansin coating experts together
to ensure your projects receive the best wood coating protection.

What is Club 1986?

Club 1986 – named for the year Sansin was founded – is a prestigious loyalty program
designed to support your wood building with durable, sustainable, and beautiful wood coatings
from participating dealer locations. Club 1986 is available to members in good
standing of ILBA. The card entitles you to a discount at your local participating Sansin registered dealer.
No matter where you build, you can meet a certified Club 1986 Sansin dealer and receive your
Club 1986 professional coating expertise and service.

How Do I Apply?

Attendees of the ILBA Annual Conference can apply for their personalized Club 1986 at the Sansin booth.
Upon approval, you will receive your Club 1986 card by mail. Club 1986 cards will expire annually
on December 31. You can apply to participate in Club 1986 here:
Sansin will review your Club 1986 membership application within 30 days of application. You will
then be connected to a participating Sansin registered dealer to service your wood coating

If you have any questions about Club 1986, please contact us at
Club 1986 will aid relationship building within the log and timber industry and provide cost
effective way for you to purchase high-performing, durable and beautiful wood protection
products from our extensive dealer network.