BC Wood Specialties Group 2022 Annual General Meeting 

When: 9:30 - 10:00 AM, Thursday, Sept 8, 2022 
Where: Whistler Conference Centre 
BC Wood will be holding its 2022 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 8th, 9:30 AM at the Whistler Conference Centre in Whistler, British Columbia. All BC Wood members are encouraged to attend. 
To register or for more information, please contact Brian Hawrysh at or by phone at 604-882-7100 (toll free 1-877-422-9663). We look forward to seeing you in scenic Whistler, BC for BC Wood's 2022 Annual General Meeting on September 8th, 2022. 
2022 Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM) Update
Randi Walker |

The in-person 19th annual Global Buyers Mission is fast approaching, and we are happy to announce that almost all the booth space is sold! There is still time to apply for the remaining spots if you are interested in meeting buyers, connecting with colleagues and networking at the GBM.

Registered buyers, many new to the GBM are coming from Andorra, Germany, Netherlands, Nigeria, France, Indonesia, Belgium, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Pakistan, the United States, Canada, India and Mexico!

We are also accepting registrations for our Participant category, which gets you access to all the activities and the showroom from September 8-10. Hotel rooms are becoming quite scarce, so we encourage anyone interested to sign up ASAP to get access to GBM hotel rates before they sell out.

As usual, pre-registration is required to attend. To the many of you already registered, we look forward to seeing you on the Mountain!
Wood First
Kiln Drying Seminar
Jason Chiu |

October 24 – 28, 2022

The UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) will be hosting a 5-day Kiln Drying Seminar. This is a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to drying technology taught from a practical, real-life perspective and backed with solid explanations into the scientific background of drying.

This highly-regarded workshop discusses the key processes and concepts involved in drying wood. Beginning with wood properties and moisture movement, students become familiar with kiln design considerations, drying schedules and kiln loading considerations. Other topics include drying with air, drying degrade, lumber storage and handling, control systems and power plants.

For more information & registration, please visit: Kiln Drying Seminar | Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (

If you have any questions, email
WMC Management Skills Training Program
Jason Chiu |

UBC – Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) will be offering the following “online” courses; Quality Management & Control (September 9 to October 24)  and Human Resources and Safety (September 9th to October 24).
WMC Management Skills Training provides on-line learning modules specifically developed for business managers and owners of value-added wood products companies. These custom-developed modules include numerous case studies and industry examples and are designed to upgrade the managerial skills of existing managers, entrepreneurs, supervisors and management-track employees. 
These are not academic courses and the skills learned can be applied immediately to the work place. Each part time course is led by a tutor with extensive industry experience. 
For more information on the courses, please click on the following link: Management Skill Training or call Jason Chiu at 604 822-0082.
BC Timber Building Tour
Jason Chiu |

October 3 October 7, 2022

Approved for 16.5 HPO CPD Credits
17.5 AIBC LU's
The Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in collaboration with the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is pleased to announce the British Columbia Timber Building and Technical Tour to showcase leading manufacturers of mass-timber building components, prefabricated energy efficient homes, and modular building systems fabricators.
The UBC CAWP has been leading tours to Europe for over 15 years. This tour is an opportunity for participants to visit some of BC’s leading mass-timber building component and prefabricated building systems manufacturers, many of whom have attended our past tours to Europe and have adopted and implemented principles and technologies into their manufacturing practices.

These companies provide building solutions to meet the sustainability and green building requirements of advanced energy efficient materials, and mass-timber products for single family, multi-family, and non-residential construction.
The following companies have been confirmed:
  • Daizen Joinery
  • Paradigm Panels
  • Adaptive Homes
  • Spearhead Timberworks
  • Yasodhara Ashram - Temple of Light
  • Kalesnikoff
  • Structurlam
  • Nicola Logworks
  • Purcell Timber Frame
  • …additional companies to be confirmed
For more information please contact Jason Chiu at
UBC Industrial Wood Finishing Certificate Course
Jason Chiu |

January 9 to April 14, 2022
(5-day practical session April 10 to April 14, 2022)

Part-time online training program with a one-week hands-on practical session.North America’s most comprehensive wood finishing certificate program. 
The certificate program provides participants with a broad understanding of the field of wood finishing. Its designed for individuals who have some general experience in wood finishing and would like to expand their knowledge.  
Once completed, learners will have knowledge and experience to do the following:
  • Understand why finish is applied to wood and how wood properties affect finishing
  • To be able to identify the best finishing system based on the end us
  • Trouble-shoot wood finishing problems
  • Design a safe and efficient finishing facility
This course will provide you with the knowledge and tools to start a finishing business or to improve an existing one.

Or Email:
BC Wood Program Updates
Export Advisory Service
Randi Walker |

BC Wood is proud to launch a new advanced exporting program focused on helping BC wood product companies that have completed the Export Readiness Training Program or are already exporting outside of Canada. All services are performed remotely and virtually at times that best suit the company’s availability and only require a time commitment ranging from 1-4 hours depending on the service.

Introductory Exporting Advisory Service:
Even having completed a comprehensive export training program, many companies still experience challenges with finding critical market research, completing an Export Plan, or negotiating initial shipping contracts with new customers.

As part of the introductory service, our trainer Greg Henderson from Exportspark will engage with company executives or owners to review issues, questions, or draft Export Plans and provide recommendations. The services will consist of a short review of the company’s product, an initial call to review what is required with a second call to review final recommendations or suggestions.

Advanced Exporting Advisory Service:
Even for companies that are export ready or currently exporting to the US, it is still vital to create a solid strategy and an action plan for entry into any new market. For BC Wood members planning on meeting with buyers from these new markets at upcoming events, simply having something to sell won’t be enough for success.

Exportspark will work together with company executives or owners to review the company’s marketing & product, validate best fit markets, develop a strategic plan for market entry along with an HR plan and review best practices around meeting with specific buyers at upcoming BC Wood events.

These services are highly cost-shared by our government funders and there is still time to get some valuable training and advisory services in before you attend the GBM!

For costs and more information on these services, contact Randi Walker at
New Export Markets: Opportunities in the UK, Europe, Japan, Korea, Australia, & the Asia Pacific
Rumin Mann |

Date: Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM PST
Cost: $55 per person or $29 for GBM Participants
Location: Zoom

Greg Henderson from Export Spark
Jim Ivanoff, BC Wood Japan Rep

With global shifts in wood product procurement in the past two years, new opportunities for BC wood product companies have surfaced in the UK, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Australia, as well as in a number of countries in the Asia Pacific. 

The New Market Opportunities workshop is the second workshop in a series of Exporting workshops BC Wood is presenting this summer. Participants will learn about new wood product sales opportunities & market entry strategies for:

  • the UK
  • Europe
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Australia
  • Asia Pacific


  • opportunities in these markets
  • buying patterns and wood product segments that are growing in each market
  • key importing requirements
  • a short review of local cultures & sales techniques that help prepare for any meetings with buyers from that market
In-Person BC Wood Technical Training Program Resumes in Japan
Jim Ivanoff |

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have implemented a hybrid strategy for our seminar programs that allows us to deliver them through the Zoom Webinar platform, even during periods of high case numbers. This strategy has been very effective in also increasing the overall reach of these programs. Conversely, it did take away our opportunity to build stronger bonds with the participants, as such in-person exchanges are particularly important in regions outside of Tokyo where we cannot deliver programming as often. Luckily with the COVID-19 situation in Japan improving over the spring, BC Wood was able to move forward with its plan to deliver in-person technical training seminars on designing with Western Red Cedar in both Hiroshima and Fukuoka.

It has been almost ten years since we have delivered seminars in either of these cities, so we were very excited to finally go back again. As an up-and-coming hub city for East Asia with a lot of commercial as well as residential development to support its growing population, we had high expectations for Fukuoka in particular. With the two seminars back-to-back, we were also able to offer designers and architects from over a wide region of Western Japan, stretching from the Kansai region to the southern part of Kyushu, the option of taking part in either location. This strategy worked well and helped us recruit almost 80 participants.
IDS Vancouver Returns Live & In-person September 22-25, 2022 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West! 
Kit Crowe |

IDS Vancouver attracts thousands of attendees over 3.5 days at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. This includes an anticipated 7,050 guests to the Party on Opening Night; 7,500 designers, architects, buyers, builders/developers and other industry professionals during Trade Day; and an additional 24,000 consumers interested in design, on the weekend.

This event is specifically targeted for designers, architects, buyers/developers and other industry professionals who attend Trade Day for free. Over 20,000 avid design enthusiasts visit IDS Vancouver to source design products and services on the public days.
IDS Vancouver is a high-profile event that sells out quickly. With only limited space still available, please contact Kit Crowe for more information and to confirm your participation.
Hive Growth Partners Inc.
Ben Magnuson |

Hive is a BC-based business development consultancy, and new BC Wood Associate Member, focused on finding solutions to help drive organic growth for B2B companies throughout North America. They have a substantial network of partners specialized in unique areas to help support clients and relationships across multiple verticals (web, marketing, social media, blockchain, recruitment, sustainability, etc). Their President, Ben Magnuson, has past experience as a wildland firefighter prior to transitioning to marketing and business development-related work for B2B companies. Having launched Hive at the start of 2022, Ben has leaned into his passion to support companies with business development tactics while niching their work to purpose-driven industries with an emphasis on sustainability. BC Wood provides exciting opportunities for companies to make significant growth gains and Hive looks forward to playing a part in supporting this process for members throughout the province. 
Industry News
Forestry Innovation Investment Year in Review 2021/2022
Forestry Innovation Investment

Please click the button below to read FII's 2021/22 Year in Review which showcases achievements across the year in expanding opportunities for B.C.’s sustainably sourced wood products within international markets, and in positioning the province as a leader in innovative mass timber building systems.
Lynn Embury-Williams, Executive Director, Wood WORKS! BC is Retiring
The Canadian Wood Council

Lynn Embury-Williams, Executive Director, Wood WORKS! BC is retiring effective August 12th. The Canadian Wood Council and Wood WORKS! program would like to thank Lynn for her dedication and tremendous achievements over the past 8 years. 

A Note from Brian Hawrysh, CEO, BC Wood Specialties Group:

On behalf of BC Wood, I would like to offer my congratulations to Lynn on her well-deserved retirement and thanks for the many years of support to BC’s forest industry. It has been a real pleasure working with Lynn. Her intelligence, leadership, passion and keen wit have been an inspiration to all who know her. Lynn… All of us at BC Wood wish you the very best in the coming years.
New Demonstration Projects Showcase BC’s Growing Expertise In Advanced Mass Timber Construction

The second intake of the Province’s Mass Timber Demonstration Program continues to expand BC’s expertise to advance wood construction, all the while boosting local economies and the province’s competitive advantage. From a multi-purpose civic space to a taller timber residence pioneering prefabricated Passive House technologies, these five projects show what is possible with mass timber.
Sunrise Kitchens Announces New 85-Foot Automated Cefla Paint Line
Sunrise Kitchens

We are pleased to announce the addition of our new 85-foot automated Cefla paint line to our finishing process. This new finishing line increases our capacity to 1,300 doors (50 kitchens) in 8 hours.

Sunrise Kitchens is the only kitchen cabinet manufacturer in Western Canada to own this high-performance paint line with the revolutionary Sun-Spot paint drying system. The Sun-Spot provides accelerated drying and curing with catalytic infrared heaters that efficiently and cleanly cure coatings to a more robust finish.

We have also made the decision to switch to polyurethane coatings instead of the traditional conversion varnish coating. Sunrise Kitchens is the only kitchen cabinet manufacturer in BC to use polyurethane coatings as standard. This significantly increases durability and resistance to moisture, scratches, and spills for our painted products.
Provincial Funding Gives New Life to Dead Wood
BC Gov News
A company that transforms trees damaged by mountain pine beetles and other elements into value-added engineered wood products is expanding, thanks to a boost from the Province.

The Province has provided Deadwood Innovations, a joint venture with the Nak’azdli Whut’en First Nation, $200,000 over the past two years to support the creation of jobs in rural communities, and to accelerate Indigenous participation in the forest sector. 
Call for Proposals Open
Mass Timber Demonstration Program

Are you working on a mass timber project? The call for proposals for Intake 3 of the Mass Timber Demonstration Program is now open. This funding program aims to help qualified mass timber or mass timber-hybrid projects by offsetting some of the incremental costs associated with these types of projects.
Intelligent City Puts Scaffolding in Place to Scale Sustainable Building Solution

The startup sits at the centre of cleantech, automated manufacturing, and sustainable prefabrication of buildings, all with the aim to make the urban housing construction industry more efficient and environmentally friendly.
Fort St. James Mill to Turn Forest Waste Into Engineered Wood Products
Prince George Citizen

A Fort St. James company is looking to turn low-quality, damaged and under-utilized wood into engineered wood products, according to information released by the B.C. Ministry of Forests.
Investing in Mass Timber Education Supports Clean Growth
BC Gov News

A new program is helping experienced carpenters, ironworkers and builders gain the in-demand skills needed to succeed in the growing field of mass timber innovation. Investing in mass timber education supports B.C.’s workers through expanding the mass timber sector.
Turning Skyscrapers Into Trees
Trek Magazine

After years of research, a wood scientist, a mechanical engineer, and a chemical engineer have invented a new way to protect cities from climate change: turning buildings into giant trees. Or at least, their invention can make some buildings do some of the things that trees can.
BC Wood Trade Activities
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.