GBM Like No Other! Continue your international marketing efforts through BC Wood’s virtual Global Buyers Mission

“When things do not go your way, remember that every challenge — every adversity — contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth.” Roy T. Bennett 

The virtual GBM is fast approaching and if you haven’t signed up yet, you will be missing the event of the year! Join exhibitors from across Canada in meeting pre-qualified international buyers registered to attend from the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Jordon, Mexico, Peru and France, plus 120+ Architects, specifiers and builders from all over North America. It’s not too late to arrange live meetings from your online booth space, participate in educational programming through WoodTALKS @ the GBM, and network with your customers and peers during the daily socials.

Don’t miss a GBM Like No Other! Email for your invitation NOW.
Wood First
Future of Prefabrication Building Symposium
February 19 & 26, March 5 & 12, 2021
Registration is Open!
10 AIBC LU’s approved
Prefabrication in mass timber buildings is fast becoming a reality and, through digital design and manufacturing processes, is bringing forth a disruptive effect on the building industry. In order to maintain BC’s lead in innovation in wood and to promote value added processes within the province, it is timely for BC to lead a symposium on the state-of-the-art in Wood Prefabricated Buildings. This symposium is held jointly by University of British Columbia in collaboration with British Columbia Institute of Technology and University of Northern BC.

The 4-day symposium will focus on aspirational outcomes for prefabrication bringing together architects, engineers and fabricators who are interested in the potentials for their disciplines using prefabrication in wood. The future of design in prefabricated building necessitates the integration of disciplines and thus the symposium will focus on multiple viewpoints of the same projects. The conference will be focused around three key themes;(1) Architectural innovation (2) Structural engineering considerations, and (3) integrated manufacturing processes and technologies. As such the event will appeal to architects, engineers, manufacturers and building professionals seeking more information on prefabrication that will enable them to fully participate in the growing market for prefabricated mass timber, tall wood, passive house and large multi-family wood structures.

For more information on the conference please visit
WMC Management Skill Training Program
UBC - Online Managements Skill Training Courses

UBC – Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) will be offering two “online” courses; Sales & Marketing, and Factory Planning and Equipment Justification Both these courses will run for 6 weeks starting February 22nd, 2021 to April 5th, 2021. These wood products industry specific courses are designed for owners, managers, supervisors or management tracked 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 trainer 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.
Essential design considerations for a new generation of low-rise commercial wood buildings

Essential design considerations for a new generation of low-rise commercial wood buildings


Date: January 21, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Registration: $25pp

This comprehensive workshop will recreate the design thinking, technical challenges and advanced BIM/VDC work that was behind two new innovative offices using a mass timber structure. 
Presentation #1: BCBC: New Prescriptive Allowances for Low-rise Commercial Wood Buildings
Presentation #2: PH1: Integrated Design and Construction in a Mixed-use Office
Presentation #3:  Fast + Epp Headquarters: Close-up with a Head Office under Construction
BC Wood Program Updates
We Need Your Input
Brian Hawrysh|
In response to growing concerns within our industry, BC Wood has moved into Phase Three on a project and plan to address future shortages of skilled workers in the value-added wood products sector. This project will bring together employers from across BC representing the value-added and advanced wood manufacturing sectors, to provide input and comment on their strategic priorities. The engagement will focus on identifying actions and implementation strategies to raise awareness of the value-added wood products industry, and improve attraction, retention, and training opportunities that will meet the upcoming needs of this important BC Industry Sector.

BC Wood is leading the project, along with a broad industry advisory group. For more information or to learn how you can contribute to the development of a skilled labor strategy, contact Brian Hawrysh at BC Wood:
To read the backgrounder and results of Phases One and Two, click on Learn More below. 
“Zoom-in On Japan”: Lead Generation Campaign PART II
Jim Ivanoff |
While Japan has fared better with COVID-19 than most countries and is even holding in-person trade shows, international travel restrictions still prohibit Canadian companies from attending directly. For this reason, BC Wood is creating more opportunities for members to reach wood products buyers in Japan without directly attending trade shows. One new initiative is a cost-effective, multi-pronged, promotional campaign that will market your products directly to over 8,000 of our industry contacts across the country, as well as at the industry leading Nikkei Architectural and Construction Materials Show from March 9 to 12.

Participating members will only need to submit their contact information, brief company/product profile, logo, and image/ product shot. BC Wood will use this information in several mediums to help promote your products. First, we will produce a 1/4 page company introduction in our soon to be updated, professionally produced Japanese language brochure, which will be used at all BC Wood organized trade events over the next two fiscal years (5,000 copies). 
BC Wood Announces Export Readiness Training Program Cohort 3 Webinar February 3rd To March 31st, 2021 8:30am–10:00am
The BC Wood Export Readiness Training Program is an in-depth webinar based 9-module program developed for BC’s wood products industry that will guide participants through the complete process of exporting.

I wish you would have been around 12 years ago when we started out operation, I ended up learning from the school of hard knocks - this would of save me so much pain. Many of the points you brought up were not foreign to me but organizing this into a structured workflow was extremely helpful. Thanks again for all the assistance you have been giving me and ThermalWood Canada. Bob Lennon, International Marketing & Sales Director, ThermalWood Canada Inc

The modules are broken into three phases, starting with determining export readiness, then offering tactical lessons in performing research, learning about key markets, building Export Plans and identifying the best fit partners, followed by a number of hands-on webinars with experts on dealing with logistics, international finance, virtual selling and other trade topics that will provide specific and actionable advice on expanding internationally.

This program has been developed using best practices of other export marketing training programs, but focused on wood products manufacturers specific needs, and will be delivered with input from industry members representing each region and product sector in BC.
17th annual Global Buyers Mission set to kick-off January 25-29
Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog News
The Global Buyers Mission (GBM), the largest and most important wood show for international buyers and Canadian sellers of value-added wood products—according to a survey of those attending the annual Whistler affair—is set to kick-off January 25–29 as a custom “live” virtual event.

A temporary solution to the current travel and other covid-related restrictions, tradeshow event companies, vendors and buyers alike have been pursuing their marketing and sales objectives via online tradeshows, webinars and events since mid-March. So is it working? Are people planning to participate in the virtual GBM? And what’s their outlook for the event?

To find out, we reached out to three high-profile, regular GBM participants as well as the virtual tradeshow-event company. These participants includes Murakami Lumber—one of Japan’s oldest and largest importers of lumber and value-added wood products; Daizen Joinery—a high end custom log home and timber frame manufacturer in Kamloops, BC; and Fraserwood Industries—an innovative provider of heavy timber products and timber fabrication services based in Squamish, BC. We have calls into other participants as well and will update you on what else we learn in January.
Runabout Technology Services 
Founded in 2017, Runabout Technology Services is a New Westminster-based technology partner. A small, capable team, Runabout’s senior IT professionals, apply their extensive experience with large organizations to meeting the needs of small businesses. Offering managed IT services to SME’s in the Lower Mainland, the team provides planning, budgeting, IT support, and security guidance so that companies get the most from their technology investment.

Runabout helps wood manufacturers elevate their technology use by adapting their existing IT solutions to meet today’s needs, such as the support of a new distributed and remote workforce.

Interested in modernizing your IT infrastructure? Hayden Carbis, Owner of Runabout can be reached at or at 604 239 4555. You can also learn more about the company at or follow them on LinkedIn at
Industry News
New Export Navigator webinars
February 11, 1:30 – 3:00 pm PST Building Your Export Plan – free

A key element in planning to sell outside of B.C. is an export plan. It will assist you in establishing goals, clarifying your target market, and assessing the steps needed to expand your business footprint. Join us for this interactive seminar where we’ll help you craft an effective Export Plan, and answer your questions associated with planning to export to another province, or another country.
March 9, 9:30 – 11:00 am PST Exporting for Artisans

As an artisan in B.C., have you ever wondered what it would be like to export your craft to another province or country? You can respond to global enquiries by discovering how to start exporting. Learn the basics from shipping terms to regulations and grow your sales beyond B.C. in this interactive seminar. Ideally suited for arts and crafts makers, such as jewelry, clothing, visual arts and wood carvings.
UK firm designs tree-inspired towers for Vancouver proposal (RENDERINGS)
Kenneth Chan, DailyHive

Heatherwick Studio is behind a tree-inspired mixed-use redevelopment with two towers in downtown Vancouver’s West End, with the goal of breaking Vancouver’s longstanding conventional form of glass towers.

The renowned architectural firm, based in London, UK, is responsible for notable designs such as the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron, the new Routemaster double-decker bus for Transport For London, and the Vessel in New York City.
Russ Taylor Global

RUSS TAYLOR GLOBAL is pleased to announce a second complimentary report that summarizes Japan’s wood industry and consumption trends. The Japan Part 1 report (released in December) covered log and wood products imports and domestic production and supply trends, including some historical perspectives back to the 1960s and 1970s. The new Japan Part 2 report discusses trends in business, demographics, housing, other end uses, and lumber prices.
The shift to smaller community, online marketing efforts is here to stay
Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog News
Remember the days when you spent untold dollars travelling to a convention, setting up your booth, and spending the majority of your time making small talk with the other exhibitors? And when finally enticed by free food and beverages, the delegates would arrive burnt out from information overload and your only engagement beyond a short discussion as they passed by, is when they use your booth as a place to leave their empty glass. In part, this is why the use of big industry events as the primary marketing tool has been in decline for several years, and sales reps surveyed by the Tree Frog News are increasingly discerning about which events they attend.
Making a mark: Inside Kalesnikoff’s $35M mass timber facility
Ellen Cools, WoodBusiness

In March 2019, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced the province would be the first in the country to allow the construction of tall wood buildings up to 12 storeys. Shortly thereafter, Kalesnikoff Lumber, a fourth-generation family-owned company based in Castlegar, B.C., announced it was investing $35 million to develop a new mass timber facility, which came online this summer.
The Construction Record Podcast: naturally: wood Special – An interview with architect Ray Wolfe

In today’s episode I’m speaking with Ray Wolfe, an architect and partner at ThinkSpace Architecture Planning and Interior Design and a contributing author of “Design Options for Three and Four-Storey Wood School Buildings in British Columbia,” a report prepared by thinkspace and fast + epp for the Canadian Wood Council and Wood Works! BC.
Waste not, wontons: innovator recycled 32m restaurant chopsticks
Ashifa Kassam, The Guardian

The idea was born over trays of sushi. Felix Böck, then a PhD student at Canada’s University of British Columbia, was venting his frustration over the scant interest in his proposal to use waste wood from demolition and construction sites. How, he wondered, could he convince people that there’s no such thing as waste, but rather just wasted resources?

Chopsticks in hand, Thalia Otamendi, the woman who is now his fiancée, looked at him. “She said: ‘Felix, maybe you just have to start with something small,’” said Böck. “And maybe it’s the chopstick.”