Seasons Greetings from BC Wood!

From everyone at BC Wood, happy holidays! Thank you for a busy and successful 2022. Put your feet up and have a well-deserved rest this season. We’ll see you again next year!
Wood First
Design For Manufacturing and Assembly
Jason Chiu |

Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) is a design approach that focuses on ease of manufacturing and efficiency of assembly. In North America, due to the fragmented nature of construction whereby the designers, engineers, manufacturer, and contractors all work independently, bridging this knowledge gap will help improve the success rate of projects. DFMA will improve projects by reducing time, waste, cost and labour, while increasing quality and efficiency. 

3–Day Workshop
This 3-day hands-on workshop will be held in a lecture-design-build format.  It will be led by faculty and staff at the UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) and the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA). 
The expertise from industry leaders in design, engineering, fabrication, and installation will also be called upon to discuss lessons learned in mass timber construction. Participants will be guided through the process of designing mass-timber projects with the consideration of manufacturing technologies.  
The use of digital technology in design and manufacturing are aiding the realization of mass-timber projects.  The participants will be supported through a design-build exercise utilizing Computer Aided Design (CAD) software for design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software for manufacturing of components. The project will culminate with the fabrication of components and the assembly of a mass-timber structure. 

Who should attend?
This workshop is geared towards architects, engineers, and construction professionals interested in participating in a hands-on, design-build challenge with the goal to gain a better understanding of the processes required to efficiently design mass-timber structures. 

$695.00/person      (Registration is limited due to the hands-on nature of this course)
Industry Sponsors
Mass Timber Schools: A 21st Century Solution
Canadian Wood Council - Wood WORKS! BC

Workshop and Tour of Bayview Elementary

  • DATE: Monday, January 16, 2023
  • TIME: 8am Registration; Workshop 8:30am – 2:00pm; Tour 3‐4pm 
  • WORKSHOP LOCATION: FPInnovations, 2665 E Mall, Vancouver, BC – The Assembly Room – free parking available
  • TOUR LOCATION: Bayview Elementary School, 2251 Collingwood St COST: $129pp – EARLY BIRD RATE $99 until January 6TH!

DESCRIPTION: Timber technologies and techniques are rapidly evolving, opening new possibilities for school design. From hybrid‐mass timber construction to factory‐built prefabrication, the opportunities for the use of wood in schools are quickly expanding. This workshop explores how wood‐built schools can boost students’ well‐being, cut carbon, speed up construction and offer flexible, earthquake‐resistant design.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This workshop is designed for architects, engineers, building officials, school planning officials, facilities managers and contractors who have a role in designing, planning, and building tomorrow’s centres of learning today.
UBC Industrial Wood Finishing Certificate Course
Jason Chiu |

January 9 to April 14, 2023
(5-day practical session April 10 to April 14, 2023)

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. It's designed for individuals who have some general experience in wood finishing and would like to expand their knowledge.  
Once completed, participants 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.

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BC Wood Program Updates
Announcing New Export Training Program in 2023
Randi Walker |

The newly upgraded BC Wood Export Training Program now offers members the ability to take courses throughout the year while earning a Certificate of Completion. There are several options and whether you have never exported before, or you are currently - but looking to open new markets, or just need a refresher on the latest Incoterms, this program will fit your company’s needs. 
Cost: $90 per individual session OR $399 to enroll in all five.  
Start Date: January 26th, 2023 at 8:30 AM PST 
Knowing the ins and outs of exporting is important for all members and departments of your team. The BC Wood Export Training Program is a series of affordable and flexible virtual courses that provide critical information on exporting and selling into international markets. 
Each 2-hour long course will be offered up to three-times per year and can be taken individually, or as a complete program to earn a Certificate of Completion. The sessions will be recorded so if you must miss any, you will still have the course and all follow-up data, if you had pre-registered. 
The BC Wood Export Training Program focuses on preparing wood product companies for selling into international markets by reviewing best practices around exporting including, researching new markets, selling into international and through distributors, managing international logistics, dealing with the complexities of international finance and learning how to price your products in different markets. 
Also, throughout the year, we will offer courses that include reviews of specific markets where BC Wood can help exporters enter and grow sales. 
Register here. Please email for more details and information.  
One Spot Left: WRLA Building & Hardware Showcase
Brian Hawrysh |

BC Wood will be organizing industry participation at the WRLA Building & Hardware Showcase at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, on January 19 – 20, 2023.

The WRLA Building & Hardware Showcase is one of the largest gatherings of the lumber and building materials industry in Canada, bringing together the industry’s top decision-makers and opinion leaders. The show provides networking opportunities where exhibitors and suppliers can get their products in front of a diverse range of buyers in the industry to develop new markets, generate sales leads, and gain national exposure.

This event is an excellent opportunity for participating BC Wood industry to connect with:

  •  Lumber and Building Material Associations (Building Material Council of Canada, Atlantic Building Supply Dealers Association, Quebec Hardware and Building Supply Association, Lumber and Building materials Association of Ontario, Building Supply Industry Association of BC),
  • Buying Groups (Home Hardware, Castle Building Centres, Federated Co-Operatives, Rona, Timber Mart, Ace Canada, Windsor Plywood, Section Group, Independent Lumber Dealers Co-operative, United Farmer of Alberta Co-operative),
  • Plus, other potential distribution partners from across Canada. 

These retailers feed the construction and renovation markets that are targets of many of our value-added manufacturers.  The distribution partnerships allow BC manufacturers to supply stock across the country, creating favorable pricing, on-demand availability and servicing options.

Exhibition space is limited, so for more information regarding participation at the WRLA Building & Hardware Showcase in BC Wood’s pavilion, please contact Brian Hawrysh at
Nikkei Show 2023: Virtual and In-person Opportunities to Develop Business in Japan
Jim Ivanoff |

As Japan reopened its borders in October, the BC Wood Japan Office is welcoming members back to in-person events. The 2023 Nikkei Architectural and Construction Materials Show, which will be held from February 28th to March 1st, is a great option to get back in front of Japanese customers. This is the biggest construction industry trade show in Japan, covering everything from lumber to finished products. Nikkei attracts large numbers of architects and designers working on commercial projects, so it is a great event to promote high value wood products and finishing materials. Prior to COVID, this show welcomed over 200,000 visitors over its four days and with other recent shows in Japan being busy again we have high hopes for Nikkei.
BC Wood will help take the stress and uncertainty out of exhibiting at the show. We can assist with all the logistics required for setting up your display. Leveraging our database of over 20,000 industry contacts in Japan, we can also support your pre-show marketing efforts and of course, match-make for preset meetings at the show with qualified buyers for your product.
Building on what we learned during the pandemic, BC Wood is also creating more opportunities for members to reach wood product buyers without having to directly attend trade shows. One initiative is a cost-effective, multi-pronged, promotional campaign that will market your products both directly to over 8,000 of our industry contacts across the country, as well as on your behalf within the BC Wood space at the Nikkei Architectural & Construction Materials Show. As a virtual participant, we will promote your product in our pre-show marketing campaign to solicit inquiries. During the show we will create a display for your company and then work that space on your behalf to collect leads. Full contact lists will be provided in English after the show and we will also follow-up with contacts to set-up Zoom meetings for you so you can speak to them directly. Act fast to be a part of this unique, hybrid virtual trade show opportunity.

For pricing and more information on participating in-person or virtually, please contact Jim Ivanoff (
Buildex - One Spot Left!
Ken Hori |

Join us in person at BUILDEX VANCOUVER at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, February 15 & 16, 2023. Register now to exhibit within the featured BC Wood Pavilion and Wood Products Showcase.

BUILDEX VANCOUVER is the largest building industry trade show in Western Canada which features 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, Builders, Developers, Property Managers, and Industry professionals.

The event will be organized in accordance with official government and local authority guidelines, as well as any venue or location-specific regulations. BUILDEX Vancouver aims to deliver the highest levels of hygiene and safety, providing the community reassurance and confidence that they are participating in a controlled environment.

For information on attending at cost-shared rates, please contact Ken Hori at
Upcoming Events in the US
Dave Farley |

It’s been a busy fall, with the return of the in person GBM and the Building Connection “speed dating “ event. After Whistler, BC Wood and member companies participated in trade events and market missions meeting buyers and key influencers from across the United States. Even with all the economic uncertainty, market opportunities are strong across nearly all the wood product and construction sectors. Most buyers we met with are hoping for a gradual slowdown rather than a nasty crash landing. 

In the new year the US program will have a select group of activities that offer our industry the same opportunity to reconnect face to face with US buyers and decision makers. These events include the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, the Building Connections event in Hawaii, and the Mass Timber Conference in Portland Oregon. If these events are of interest, please reach out to me by email at dfarley@bcwood.comor on my cel at 604 728 8786. 
Here is wishing everyone a happy holidays and a prosperous New Year!
Mexico In-Person Trade Mission & Show 2023
Ken Hori |

BC Wood will be organizing a tradeshow and mission of BC lumber exporters and value-added wood manufacturers to Mexico, March 5 – 11, 2023.

The trade event will include:
  • Business-to-business meetings with potential buyers throughout Mexico
  • Manufacturing site visits, including driver and interpreter
  • Participation at the MEM Industrial tradeshow in Mexico City

If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact Ken Hori at
Industry News
BCIT receives $2.5M towards new trades and technology complex
Burnaby Now

Notable forestry sector leaders have donated $2.5 million towards BCIT's new Technology and Trades Complex, the school has announced. 

The contribution was given to its INSPIRE campaign, which will help benefit more than 20 trades and technology programs. 

“With ongoing innovation and growing demand for climate-friendly building solutions, Canfor is excited to support BCIT’s growth as an interconnection between the forestry and construction sectors," Canfor CEO Don Kayne said in a news release. 
Business Scale-up and Productivity in British Columbia
Government of Canada

The Business Scale-up and Productivity program will be accepting Expressions of Interest from November 23, 2022, at 12:00 pm PST through to January 31, 2023, at 12:00 pm PST. Details of program information sessions for interested applicants will be announced soon.

PacifiCan makes strategic investments in growing companies through its Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program, in both established sectors creating value now and emerging sectors growing quickly. We are working to strengthen British Columbia’s position as a domestic and international leader in these sectors.
Roadblocks in B.C. to moving up forestry’s value chain

As B.C.’s forestry sector faces the next half century with a much smaller timber basket than has been historically available, the BC NDP government has been telling the forest industry and forestry-dependent communities that they will need to learn to do more with less: Less timber, more higher value-added wood-based products.

At the upper end of the wood value chain is mass timber engineered wood products like glue-laminated timber (glulam), cross-laminated timber (CLT) and dowel-laminated timber (DLT). It’s an evolving market with good growth prospects, in no small part because engineered wood products are a renewable resource that can dramatically lower carbon intensities in buildings when it displaces more emissions-intensive concrete and steel.
Sinclar Group president Stewart named chair of BC Council of Forest Industries
Prince George Citizen

The longtime president of Sinclar Group Forest Products will succeed Canfor president and CEO Don Kayne, who held the position on the COFI board since 2019.

“I am excited to take on this role and continue the work with fellow COFI members, government, Indigenous Peoples, labour, communities, supply chain partners and others to help shape the future of the forest sector in B.C.,” said Stewart in prepared release.
New Sooke library wins building award
Victoria News

The new branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) in Sooke turned another page in its latest chapter.

Capital Region Commercial Building Awards named the newly constructed building a merit award winner in the Community Institutional category. The $7.5-million library opened earlier this year.
Mass Timber Opportunities: When Innovation and Nature Merge

From timber long houses in Europe to temples in Asia, wood has been a primary construction material in buildings since the Stone Age, with some still standing more than a thousand years later. Today, modern technology and engineering is turning wood into a “new” building material, mass timber, which is set to transform the North American lumber industry.
Premier David Eby's new cabinet: Here's who he picked to run B.C.
Vancouver Sun

Premier David Eby unveiled a new cabinet Wednesday that places women and people of colour in high-profile roles and promotes rising stars to two new ministries for housing and emergency preparedness.
Homegrown opportunities abound in facing B.C.’s housing crisis
The Globe and Mail

The onset of the pandemic in 2020 exposed weaknesses in global supply chains. More than two years later, supply chain challenges persist in B.C., particularly in the construction industry.
Mass Timber a Key Component to Kelowna Airport Terminal Expansion
Construct Connect

A large, multi-year expansion project planned for the terminal at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) in B.C. promises to transform the gateway to the Okanagan into a flexible, future-ready venue that will give departing passengers a panoramic view of the runway and surrounding mountainous landscape.
B.C. accelerates support for Indigenous-led forest innovation
BC Gov News

The Province is supporting the growth of an Indigenous-led forest bioeconomy with new funding for First Nations to develop innovative forest-based products that will reduce the use of petrochemicals and store carbon for the long term.
UBC embraces mass timber with $180 million Gateway Building
UBC Journal of Commerce

Gerry McGeough sees mass timber as an ideal building material to represent the values of the University of British Columbia.

That’s why more than $180 million has been invested in the university’s new Gateway Building, a six-storey, 267,000-square-foot mass timber building designed to be an iconic welcoming place for students, faculty and visitors. Excavation for the building has been finished and work on the foundation has just begun.
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.