The Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM) Continues for September 2021
BC Wood is pleased to announce that the Global Buyers Mission (GBM), the largest and most important wood show for international buyers and Canadian sellers of value-added wood products—is now scheduled for Asian Market Buyers September 14-15, and North & Latin America Market Buyers, September 29-30, in a highly productive virtual format. 
After the last GBM, it was determined that the most productive time was spent in the pre-scheduled face-to-face video meetings. Therefore, the format for this coming GBM will be solely based on B2B Building Connections* meeting schedules. Buyers and Mission Leaders will have advanced access to the online company promotional materials, to facilitate the scheduling of meetings that will take place during the live events. Industry participants in turn will have access to all the attendee listings for pre-and-post event outreach.

Wood First
Investing in the New World of Trade Events
August 25th, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:30pm | $29
We are all excited that trade events are slowly going back to in-person, but what is that going to look like?! Many things have changed over the past year and a half, and trade events are no exception. How will these events be different moving forward? What is a hybrid event? Most importantly, what as exhibitors should we be prepared for to ensure the greatest return on our investment? This hour and half workshop will address these questions and more to ensure you’re ready to get back to face-to-face trade shows!

Speaker 1: Patrick Adams, President of 526 Media Group, Inc. | 11:00am – 11:45am
Speaker 2: John Connell, Informa | 11:50am – 12:10pm
Speaker 3: James Gray, Skyline Exhibits | 12:15pm – 12:25pm
Wood First: Company Projects

There is cost-shared funding support available for BC’s value-added wood products industry to help build capacity!

Company Specific Projects use information gained from assessments to help improve competitiveness, address gaps, and strengthen your company’s supply chain. With this help, you will learn to manage your business and market your product more efficiently and effectively: ultimately growing your company.

Projects could include such things as:
  • marketing and sales coaching
  • assistance with developing marketing strategies and business plans
  • company/product branding strategies
  • social media strategies/implementation
  • business diagnostics
  • how to create video content for marketing
  • and more! 

Access to company specific support is governed by a set of guidelines that strongly promotes skills development within each company. Ask us how we can help your needs/ideas fit our criteria for funding.

Contact Kit Crowe at to secure your project cost-share funding.
British Columbia Timber Building Tour – New Companies Added
October 19th to 22nd, 2021
Registration is Open!

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:
  • Mitsui Homes Canada Inc.
  • StructureCraft
  • Daizen Joinery
  • 5th C Building Solutions
  • Spearhead Timberworks
  • Kalesnikoff
  • Structurlam
  • Nicola Logworks
  • …additional companies to be confirmed
For more information please contact Jason Chiu at
Knot Another Wood Panel #1: Alternatives and Methods of Creating Space
Patrick Christie |
Our relationship to space - our homes, public spaces, and semi-private spaces have changed during the pandemic. Certain venues for interactions, personal well-being, entertainment, and celebration were not accessible, but within these restrictions, some unique stories have emerged. Businesses have transformed, companies have innovated, and new possibilities for creating space across digital and physical realms are now here. A fair number of us had to create some sort of office space or studio within our home that had us isolated enough to log into zoom meetings. Many of us had to keep distanced from one another in our places of work as we needed to keep production going, and services active for our customers. 

The first edition of Knot Another Wood Panel features a 4 sided discussion from people who are part of the space-making process and are utilizing wood as part of realizing their designs. 

AnnaLisa Meybook - UBC Sala
James Higgins - Van Air Design
Landon Sheck - Aux Box
Paul Hennessey - Circle Wellness Studios 

Each of the guests on the panel will share recent projects they are working on, and what shifts have occurred for them because of Pandemic conditions. This will open a conversation with everyone into some of the specifics of their service, product or research. This event kicks off the next stage of our TWIG programming, as does the first semester at post-secondary spaces.

Information on our events can be seen at To get updated information directly, sign up for the mailing list on the website and/or follow TWIG on LinkedIn.
BC Wood Program Updates
The Wood Olympics
Jim Ivanoff |
Before COVID-19 brought international travel to a halt, Japan was almost being overwhelmed by unprecedented growth in inbound travel and basking in the pre-Olympic spotlight that was sure to bring even more. Even as borders closed in March 2020 and tour cancellations piled up, Japanese resorts were confident that “JAPOW” (Japan’s abundance of power snow) would bring back their patrons by the following season and many developers kept building in anticipation. However, a recovery in cross-border travel still seems far off so I went to Hakuba, one of Japan’s leading resorts, to research the current situation, as BC Wood prepares another round of technical seminars targeting wood use in resort properties. I was able to meet with local builders, developers, and operators, as well as government officials and what I heard was a lot of pain but realistic optimism for a strong comeback in 2022.
The pain is a result of having lost last ski season and the realization that this one could be even tougher. Japan has kept its borders firmly closed, except for the Olympic bubble, but is expected to reopen to those with vaccination passports this fall or winter, after national elections have been held. Unfortunately, Asia-Pacific nations that handled the initial outbreaks so well have been flatfooted in vaccinating their populations. This includes Japan, as well as its top sources of inbound winter clients such as Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Meanwhile, ex-pats living in Japan that supported local destinations when they could not go home this past year, can now get home in most cases. This all leads to speculation of an even harder 2021-22 winter season.
Virtual UBCM Exhibitor Showcase, Sept. 14th-16th, 2021
Brian Hawrysh |

BC Wood will be organizing industry participation at the Virtual UBCM Exhibitor Showcase, from Tuesday to Thursday, September 14-16th, 2021.

The show provides a unique opportunity for suppliers to promote and connect with a myriad of municipal and local governments, as well as regional district representatives - all in one locale! The UBCM presents the best single opportunity to meet, exchange ideas with and forge new relationships with those tasked with planning community wood-based construction projects, as well as communicating the singular importance that the forest products sector has for rural BC communities.

The Virtual UBCM Exhibitor Showcase’s primary attendees are elected local government officials, including Mayors, Councillors, and Regional District Directors. Many non-elected decision makers such as Corporate Administrative Officers, City Managers, Finance, Purchasing and Community Services Managers, in addition to several Provincial Ministers and MLA's also attend.

Exhibition space is limited, so for more information regarding participation at the UBCM Trade Show under BC Wood's umbrella, please contact Brian Hawrysh at 604-882-7100 or email
Vancouver Convention Centre West
Plus BUILDEX AMPLIFIED, opportunities for pre-show online & in-person promotional activities, September 28-30, 2021

Join us In-Person at BUILDEX VANCOUVER at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, February 16-17, 2022. Exhibit your booth within the featured BC Wood Pavilion and Wood Products Showcase at Buildex. We are now reserving booth spaces for our members on a first sign-up, first-location-choice basis.

BUILDEX VANCOUVER is the largest building industry trade show in Western Canada – featuring products, services, and technologies relevant to those designing, building, and managing real estate of all kinds. The audience includes Architects, Designers, Engineers, Construction Managers, Contractors, Developers, Property Managers, and Industry professionals. The 2022 show will see new and innovative products for the built environment, diverse speakers and continuing education seminars, installations focused on the future of design and construction, industry networking and meaningful dialogue, an enhanced online experience, a safe and secure face to face event, and a reconnection experience.

While Buildex Vancouver will return to face-to-face in February, you will also have an option to participate in BUILDEX AMPLIFIED, September 28-30, 2021. This will be a pre-show hybrid experience that is a combination online and onsite forum - connecting BC & Alberta’s Design, Construction and Property Management industry. It will host online educational programming, networking and micro events, and explore topics impacting the industry including Future Work, Carbon Reduction & Wellbeing and Digitalization & Industrialization.

For more information please contact Ken Hori at
Industry Videos
Wood and Human Health
Evidence-based design points to the use of wood construction, both as an interior and structural building material, to promote health and well-being in health care facilities.
Industry News
Mass Timber Demonstration Program i
Application Deadline is Friday, October 8, 2021.

Forestry Innovation Investment is seeking Expressions of Interest as part of the Mass Timber Demonstration Program (MTDP or Program). The Program will dedicate $2M to advance mass timber innovation.

Successful applicants may be eligible to receive up to $500,000 towards the incremental costs in the design and construction of buildings that showcase emerging or new mass timber or mass timber hybrid building systems and construction processes.

The program will support the expansion of mass timber use in British Columbia and jobs and employment recovery in the design, engineering, construction, and product manufacturing sectors. It will also play an important role in sharing lessons learned, results, and research findings to help support future mass timber projects in the province.

For more information about the funding opportunity, please visit the program website at
Get well with wood

More and more, science is confirming the merits of the emerging concept of biophilia: that being exposed to nature not only calms our mind, it can contribute to a sense of health and well-being. So, it makes sense that designers are increasingly looking for ways to incorporate more natural materials and a connection to nature into buildings.
Often referred to as biophilic design, the idea is to make ample use of daylight, views and greenery, fresh air and exposed wood to create a warm, inviting aesthetic that promotes health. Read more about how this concept is increasingly being used in health care facilities. 
B.C. awards recognize excellence in wood
REMI Network

“With wood now recognized for its ability to significantly reduce greenhouse gas impacts in our built environment and increase construction efficiency, it now plays a leading role in the current design and building revolution. The continued exploration of new frontiers with wood is the foundation of our awards program and the projects presented here provide a view into the future,” said Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director of Wood WORKS! BC
Mass timber builder welcomes ‘net zero’ bylaw
Frank O'Brien

On June 1, the City of North Vancouver and West Vancouver became the first B.C. municipalities to legislate Step 5 of the B.C. Energy Code, which mandates that residential buildings must produce more energy than they use, resulting in buildings with net-zero energy requirements.

City of Vancouver council recently voted down a recommendation from its city manager to delay implementation of its own net-zero code for a year to help clear a backlog of building permits.
Wood-Frame Schools: Durability Techniques for Interior High Traffic and Moisture Areas
Richard McLain

Ask any group of design professionals, school facility planners or maintenance personnel to discuss the primary design objectives for school construction, and the topic of dura­bility will arise. Specifically, they point to the challenge of creating structures that last (a common goal is 50 years or more), while minimizing the time and cost associated with maintenance and repairs, and allowing the school to remain open and safe at all times.
How To Choose The Best Incoterms®
August 18, 2021 | 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM PT | Live Webinar

Are you a buyer, shipper, importer or exporter responsible for your company’s or customers’ customs documentation? Do you wish to better understand the internationally recognized terms of sale known as Incoterms® 2020 in the trade and logistics world and how to select them in the best interest of your company? If yes, then this course is for you. You will receive a term-by-term walk through with examples and use cases of how and when each would be a benefit or potential detriment to you. Additionally, you will know how they may influence your customs valuation that will in turn help your bottom line so you can ship with confidence.
Family Enterprise of the Year Award – BC Celebration
Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM PDT | Zoom

Family Enterprise of the Year Award (FEYA) season is back! Join us online for the BC FEYA celebration. It’s time to come together to honour and celebrate this year’s finalists - Kalesnikoff and Prestige Hotels & Resorts!

Show your support for these families, and be a part of this remarkable evening with your community. Reserve your virtual seat today!
San Group donates lumber to help rebuild Lytton, BC
Ellen Cools

San Group is sending enough siding material for 50 homes to help rebuild the town of Lytton, B.C., after the majority of the community was destroyed by a wildfire.

According to Victoria News, the donation comes after Teal-Jones announced it will be donating 500,000 board feet of lumber to assist with reconstruction efforts.
PHOTOS: PowerWood’s grand opening celebrated in Agassiz
Adam Louis

The emerald green ribbon has officially been cut.

On Wednesday, July 7, PowerWood managing director Jake Power hosted a grand opening of the company’s new Agassiz plant.

The event featured a virtual appearance from B.C. Minister of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Katrine Conroy, and in-person speeches from Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon MP Brad Vis, MLAs Garry Begg (Surrey-Guildford), Dan Coulter (Chilliwack) and Kelli Paddon (Chilliwack-Kent) and District of Kent Mayor Sylvia Pranger. In addition to the employees and a number of stakeholders, Couns. Kerstin Schwichtenberg and Susan Spaeti, as well as Cheam First Nation Chief Andrew Victor attended the event.
Accelerate your international expansion with Startup Global

The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is partnering with Startup Canada, Export Development Canada (EDC), and UPS to launch Startup Global (formerly the Canadian Export Challenge), to help entrepreneurs and small and medium‑sized enterprises prepare to build globally competitive businesses.

You are encouraged to apply and submit your pitches until September 1, 2021