Save The Date:
Global Buyers Mission 2022
Randi Walker |


We cannot wait to see you in person! This September 8th to 10th, we will invite international buyers and specifiers to meet our Canadian suppliers in Whistler for our first live meeting since 2019. The 2022 GBM will feature industry exhibits, networking activities, 1:1 business meetings at Building Connections at the GBM™ and educational opportunities through WoodTALKS™ at the GBM.

Come and meet some new folks and renew old acquaintances. We know your time is limited so let us make this GBM one that exceeds your expectations for making new business connections.

For more information visit:, email or call Randi at 604-309-6683.
Specifying Value-added Wood Products from British Columbia
Kit Crowe |

Building more with value-added wood products from BC can deliver significant emission reductions for the province while supporting an estimated 16,888 full-time British Columbian workers.
BC Wood would like to thank the following companies for their help in making this video possible: Dürfeld Log and Timber, International Timberframes, PowerWood, Weyerhaeuser, Timber Tiles 
Wood First
Wood First: General Assessments

General Assessments are a free, confidential conversation with BC Wood that will help identify the specific areas limiting your company’s growth. Typically, there are three general areas of concern for most value-added wood manufacturers: Marketing and/or Business DevelopmentTechnical Expertise, or Product Development and Design.

Once the assessment has been completed and gaps to growth identified, we will work to develop programming intended to build the skills and capabilities within your company. BC Wood can help by providing cost-shared professional business development services at your company level, or to groups of companies with like needs, either related to business organization, marketing, product development, or enhancing manufacturing processes.

For now, all assessments are done virtually, but once it is safe to travel, we would be happy to meet you at your place of business! Please contact Kit Crowe at to arrange your general assessment.
17.75 AIBC Core Learning Units Approved!

Robot Made: Large-Scale Robotic Timber Fabrication in Architecture
June 4th to 8th, 2022

Assistant Professor David Correa from the University of Waterloo and Associate Professor AnnaLisa Meyboom from UBC SALA, will hold a technical workshop on robotic fabrication, in collaboration with UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP). While many industries have made leaps and bounds in adopting highly flexible and fully automated fabrication workflows using robotics, the construction and design industry is only just starting to open the door to these technologies. 
Recent developments in robotics combined with more accessible design-to-fabrication tools can now offer architects, designers and fabricators unprecedented access to a new design paradigm. 

We are pleased to welcome two experts to UBC, to share their knowledge and experience with students and practicing architects. Using a state-of-the-art eight-axis industrial robotic work cell in the CAWP manufacturing pilot, the workshop will guide participants through the unique technical and conceptual foundations that underpin robotic milling in wood, through the development and construction of a full-scale fabrication project.
BC WOOD is now starting its new season of the WOODTALKS LUNCH & LEARN PROGRAM 2022-23 and is inviting industry speaker participation

The 2022-23 program provides BC value-added wood manufacturers the opportunity to provide accredited educational presentations directly to the Specifier Community including architects, designers, engineers, developers, and builders in British Columbia. It also provides opportunities to capture specifiers in Alberta, Ontario and the United States. The BC Wood Lunch & Learn program centers on increasing knowledge and experience related to designing and building with wood – with a desired outcome that the architectural development community accelerates the adoption of existing and innovative wood-based products and building systems, as well as maximizing the appropriate use of wood in design and construction.  
The Wood Innovation Group - TWIG
Patrick Christie |
April kicks off a new season of programming for TWIG as we enter our third year operating as The Wood Innovation Group. What started as an informal meetup group in 2012 established by the Center for Advanced Wood Processing, has evolved into a series of recurring monthly events to support and develop a wood innovation network. Our goal at TWIG is to advance the value-added wood product industries in BC by creating spaces to connect, exchange knowledge and develop an awareness of others working in the sector. Below is a list of our offerings and brief descriptions. 

TWIG Monthly
The Monthly is our core programming and where it all started for TWIG. This event is focused on sharing stories and ideas from people who contribute to advancing the use of fibre from BC. We organize guests in consideration of four themes - Woodcraft, Structures, Bioproducts and Ecology.  

Next event - May 10th - 7:00 - 9:00pm

The event is simple. Meet on the first Wednesday of each month at a different brewery somewhere in Vancouver to have an informal, yet professional mid-week social gathering for those who choose “Wood First” in building applications and projects.

Next event - May 4 - East Van Brewery - 5:30 - 8:00pm

Seed Night
Created as a pairing with the TWIG Monthly series, we ask someone from the TWIG network to host a Friday after work social event. Seed night is as space to meet others from the TWIG Network and to learn about the group hosting the evening. 

Next Event - April 29 - Space - 5:00 - 7:00pm

TWIG Perennial
Our yearly event in May aimed at celebrating new growth, deepening relationships within our network and reimaging a shared vision for the future of BC's value-added wood industry. This years event will feature a wood product hackathon, presentations from the TWIG network and a music performance.

May 28th @ CBR Products - More details TBA

To stay in touch with us please sign up for our mailing list at for our monthly newsletter. Information for our events can be seen at You can also follow TWIG on LinkedIn.
BC Wood Program Updates
BC Wood Proposed Trade Activites 2022-23
BC Wood’s programs are open to all value-added wood product manufacturers in British Columbia. By participating with BC Wood, you will be adding our staff of business development experts to your sales and marketing team. If you are ready to grow, call BC Wood at 604-882-7100 or 1-877-4BC-WOOD for more information on our programming.
Dürfeld Log and Timber
For over 40 years Dürfeld Log & Timber (DL&T), located in Williams Lake BC, has been handcrafting log and timber structures. The company’s specialty is log post and beam construction, primarily using Western Red Cedar. They have recently been developing a patent-pending 4-axis notching machine that is an addition to their existing mill and mill-bed.

The existing mill is an innovative design that cuts up to 50’ logs and provides a layout platform for precise notching. The new mill will be able to handle and notch logs/timbers as long as 70’ with a diameter up to 72”. The Dürfeld Mill is based on center line layout principles, supported by theoretical knowledge with a construction/shop drawing process, which enables machine assist manufacturing to occur. This machine-assisted manufacturing process maintains the highest standards of craftsmanship, while increasing productivity and reducing the amount of manual labour required.    

The company began when Matheo and Ric Dürfeld started building log homes in and around their hometown of Williams Lake, BC. In 1978 they built their first prefab log cabin which was disassembled and shipped to Whistler, BC. At that time, there was little more to Whistler than the Mountain Gondola and a Husky gas station, with a convenience store and laundromat. In the early years of building for the Whistler market, clients started requesting Western Red Cedar be used for their homes. It was in these formative years that the Dürfeld brothers were introduced to building with cedar. They recognized the superior physical properties and cultural significance of these magnificent trees, which continue to be their preferred choice of species for building. Architects designing for the Whistler market challenged and pushed the parameters of log crafting. Dürfeld’s desire to develop skill sets, their willingness to collaborate with architects, and their appreciation and incorporation of the natural free form of trees, has influenced the heavy log and timber building style that the world-class ski resort is known for.

BC forests yield trees that are recognized worldwide for their size and magnificence. These amazing trees, paired with DL&T’s master craftsmanship showcased in Whistler, are the ingredients that influenced international recognition for the company. DL&T’s product has been shipped as far away as Japan, throughout the United States, and across Canada. Over the years, they have been fortunate to work with top builders and finishing carpenters from around the world. The company recently supplied the log post and beam structure for the iconic Tsawwassen First Nation Youth Center, which can be seen in the accompanying video.   

While valuing the importance of technology and machining, DL&T are always looking for ways to invest in people, understanding and respecting individuals’ creativity, and believing that it will drive a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

The company is going through a new phase, with skills and knowledge being transferred to two of Ric’s children, Caius and Chiara, who are excited to lead Dürfeld Log & Timber forward into the future.

To learn more about the company, please visit  
Industry Videos
New Mass Timber Capabilities in Fall 2022
Canadian Timberframes

Canadian Timberframes (CTF), a premier design, manufacturer in the timber frame industry, announces that it has purchased Canada’s most equipped Hundegger K2 1300 machine. The largest and most advanced K2 to come to Canada, this machine will increase CTF’s timber size capacity by 500 per cent; enabling them to cut large scale engineered wood products. This machine is scheduled for installation in Fall 2022.
Industry News
B.C. Forest Industry Bracing for the Impact of Old-Growth Timber Crunch
Derrick Penner

Second-generation entrepreneur Jake Power believes in the province’s vision for a value-added future for British Columbia’s forestry industry but needs to get past the problem of where the timber for his specialty mill in Agassiz is going to come from.

Timber for the operation, which he and his partners invested $26 million in relocating from Surrey in 2019, has become increasingly scarce and expensive due to a confluence of events including the government’s announcement last fall on logging deferrals in 2,600 square kilometres of critical old-growth forests.
Sansin Corporation Announces Global Expansion with New Locations in Europe & U.S.
The Sansin Corporation

The Sansin Corporation, a global leader in environmentally friendly, high-performance wood protection, today announced that it is expanding operations in Europe and the United States.

The company, which is family-owned and headquartered in Ontario, Canada, has opened a new facility, centrally located in the Netherlands, that will be the European hub for sales, operations and distribution. Jan Willem Bos has been tapped as Managing Director of the European facility that will be operating under the name TimberTek Solutions B.V.

A European sales and operations team will be formed to service dealers, OEMs and architectural projects with products, samples and custom requests. Learn more at or contact TimberTek Solutions B.V. at +31 85 747 0051/
A Tiny Home With a Big Impact

In recent years, the tiny homes architectural and social movement has been gaining popularity. It was being presented as a solution to modern day problems including rising construction costs of houses and their negative environmental footprint. The obstacles surrounding mainstream construction of tiny houses has involved issues such as land acquisition and deceiving true costs per square footage. But the truth is, a tiny home can definitely be a smart, sustainable, and affordable choice.
What Do Canadians Think of Canada’s Forest Products Sector?
David Coletto

Everyday, Canadians interact or use products produced by Canada’s forestry sector. Yet, despite this, few really understand how the sector works. That’s not surprising considering that more than 80% of Canadians live in or near a city, far from the managed forests that are the source of so many of the essential products they use every day.
Industrial Update: West Fraser – Focusing on a Sustainable Future
Local Business

At West Fraser, sustainability is core to our business – in Williams Lake and beyond. Everything we do is predicated on maintaining healthy, productive forests for generations to come while the renewable building products we produce store carbon for the life of the products and have an integral part to play in the global effort to address climate change.

As a company, we are committed to leaving the world better than we found it by focusing on sustainable forest operations and minimizing the environmental footprint of our mills like Williams Lake Plywood and Williams Lake Sawmill, where we live and work.
B.C. Investing in Future of Mass Timber with 4 New Structures, Long-Term Action Plan
Victoria News

B.C. is hoping to position itself as a key supplier of forward-looking construction materials, with a new action plan and investment into mass timber.

The province announced the move April 7, with an initial $1.2 million in funding to construct four new mass-timber structures.
City Hall Taking Shape
Darren Handschuh

The City of Armstrong certainly got its money's worth out of its current City Hall.

The building was constructed in 1916 and is still in use.

It has been renovated and expanded over the years, but the time has come for a new City Hall, which is currently under construction right across the street.

“It's going to be a feature for the City of Armstrong,” said Mayor Chris Pieper of the $4-million building.
Vancouver’s ‘On Five’ a Mass Timber Build Showcase
Peter Caulfield

A one-of-a-kind light-industrial/commercial building in mid-town Vancouver is set for substantial completion by May 2022.

A pilot project whose soft costs are supported in part by Forestry Innovation Investment and Natural Resources Canada, the four-storey, 840-square metre building is intended to demonstrate high-performance mass timber construction and design.
San Group Named Business of the Year in Vancouver Island Excellence Awards
Black Press Submitted

San Group of Port Alberni was named Business of the Year, and Ignition Motorsports of Duncan the Small Business of the Year at the 21st annual Grant Thornton LLP Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards Thursday, March 17 at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort in Victoria.

San Group was one of three Port Alberni winners: Mark Anson of Timber Tiles earned Manufactured Wood Products Business of the Year honours, while Dave Koszegi Group of RE/MAX of Nanaimo won Real Estate Business of the Year.
Fast + Epp Unveils Concept Lab

Helping accelerate innovation in the architectural, engineering and construction industries, Fast + Epp's newly launched Concept Lab is a 5,500 sq. ft. collaborative research and workshop space in the company's 
Vancouver home office.