2022 Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM) Update
Randi Walker |

You are invited to participate in the 19th Annual Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM) - an invitation only trade event developed to bring together pre-qualified international buyers of wood products from around the world, with Canadian manufacturers of products that include finished materials, building supplies, mass-timber components and panels, remanufacturing products and service suppliers.

To apply for booth space, email or you can see the program costs and proposed program schedule below. Discounted hotel rooms are going fast so if you are interested, sign up ASAP to get your hotel link.

Once registration is complete, you will receive a link to the Exhibitor Resource Package, with information on the program, hotels and Whistler venues.   
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 - BC Housing Education Registry
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
2022 Export Workshop Series
Rumin Mann |

When: July 21 | Aug 17 | Sept 20 & 22

BC Wood is proud to launch a new set of advanced exporting courses focused on helping Canadian wood product companies expand to even more markets outside of Canada and the US. 

  • Workshop 1: Finding Good International Distributors
  • Workshop 2: New Export Markets - Opportunities In The Uk, Europe, Japan, Korea, Australia, And Asia Pacific
  • Workshop 3: Selecting Incoterms® For International Contracts & Shipping

Register for all three and save! 
$149/person for all three workshops OR $59/person per workshop

Special rate for GBM Participants!
$75/person for all three workshops OR $29/person per workshop
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, 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.
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 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 attend Trade Day for free. Over 20,000 avid design enthusiasts visit IDS Vancouver to source for 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.    
BC Wood Association Members Reserve and Save
on Airport Parking
Park'N Fly

With a network that spans coast-to-coast, Park’N Fly is focused on providing our customers with cost-effective parking options while enjoying a park happy experience with every stay.

BC Wood members can use the code "1121086" to save. Click the button below for more details and instructions.
BC Wood at the AFN and the Return of In-person Events
Dave Farley |

As we are busy preparing for this year’s Global Buyers Mission in Whistler, I was thinking on how nice it will be to once again see everyone in person and reconnect. Last week, BC Wood and 6 member companies got to meet in person and participate in the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Circle of Trade event in Vancouver. This event provided an excellent opportunity to meet with representatives from Indigenous and First Nations communities from across Canada. There were lots of discussions between members and communities around forestry, housing, manufacturing, and numerous other important issues.

We even had a special guest stop by to meet with our exhibitors. The billionaire and philanthropist Mr. Jimmy Pattinson. Jimmy, who is still going strong at the young age of 93, met with our manufacturers and seemed keenly interested in the value-added wood products sector. Like the upcoming GBM, the AFN Circle of Trade is an important and valuable event in large part because it is live and in person. The value that we place on meeting someone face to face cannot be underestimated and I’m looking forward to seeing you all soon in Whistler.
Industry Videos
oN5 Building

This innovative four-story project demonstrates what is possible with mass timber construction. Located in Vancouver, BC Canada, and built on a narrow mid-block site with only a 7.54-metre wide street frontage, this commercial project has an all-timber structure as the cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels form the floors, walls and roof. It also features new approaches to insulative cross-laminated timber (CLT) assemblies and damage-resistant seismic design.
Industry News
NAWLA 2022 Traders Market
BC Wood Specialties Group

The North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA) was founded 127 years ago and is comprised of three unique groups: Wholesalers, Manufacturers and Service Affiliates. Wholesalers make up most of the membership, followed by manufacturers such as BC wood mills and Service Affiliates that cover everything from logistics to HR and IT services. Since 1996, the association has hosted an annual trade show called the Traders Market, which focuses almost exclusively on the lumber supply chain. The next Traders Market will be held this November 9-11th in Phoenix, Arizona.
Canada Digital Adoption Program Grant
We Make Stuff Happen
In a world where businesses are now competing with their digital presence, it’s important for your company to have good face value online. We Make Stuff Happen is a digital marketing agency based in Abbotsford, BC, and offers services beneficial to BC Wood members and companies in the wood industry alike. 
We Make Stuff Happen is excited to assist small and medium-sized businesses across Canada apply for a Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) grant and is qualified to provide services that help create a customized Digital Adoption Plan for your company. This program is aimed to help Canadian businesses meet the demands of the digital era. The CDAP can help your business receive the funding and guidance you need to fully leverage your business online, boost your e-commerce presence, and help digitize your business’s operations. 
We Make Stuff Happen also offers a varied list of services such as web design, branding, strategy planning, training, and are the first certified They Ask, You Answer coach in Canada. If you want to be found online and deepen business relationships with your current and potential ideal clients, please contact Jonathan at We Make Stuff Happen by emailing
Reman Redefined: Checking in on San Group’s Port Alberni Operation
Canadian Forest Industries

San Group has been pouring millions of dollars into creating a tight ecosystem in Port Alberni, B.C., to keep costs for the business and the environment down and make the best use of every log they can get their hands on.
Forestry Innovation Investment is seeking Expressions of Interest as Part of the 3rd Call for the Mass Timber Demonstration Program (MTDP or Program).
Forestry Innovation Investment

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. 
In an effort to promote the new funding opportunity to our target audience, we are requesting your support by sharing information regarding the MTDP through an email to your members, an announcement on your social media accounts, a section in an upcoming newsletter, or a mention on your website. Please let us know if you can support us with our outreach efforts.

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

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at
The Beauty of Wood Reunites Randy Bachman with his Beloved Guitar
BC Wood Japan
As you may have seen in the news, Randy Bachman recently made a pilgrimage to Japan to be reunited with his Gretsch guitar, which was stolen from his Toronto hotel room in 1977. Bachman had searched for it ever since with no luck, but in an amazing turn of fate in an antique guitar shop in Daikanyama (which is just a five-minute walk from the BC Wood Tokyo Office), it was bought at a guitar auction in Dallas, Texas, not knowing it had been stolen, and then sold it to the Japanese musician TAKESHI in 2014. TAKESHI of course had no idea who the previous owners might have been, but he felt it was a special guitar as soon as he picked it up in the store. He loved his new guitar so much that he used it to write his music and perform.
Navigating Tax Requirements in International Markets
Export Development Canada Team

Learn what you need to know about the rules of foreign sales tax and how they apply to your business.
Kelowna International Airport Will Use Mass Timber in Terminal Expansion
BC Gov News

People travelling through the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) will benefit from an expansion and upgrade of the terminal, which will use mass timber through the Province's Mass Timber Demonstration Program.
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.
Teal-Jones Group Implementing Fuel Allowance for Employees
Teal-Jones Group

"It is a challenging time for working families facing rising costs. In recognition of this, we’re implementing a temporary fuel allowance of up to $100/week for eligible employees travelling to work – many to sites without other transportation options."
Western Forest Products Continues To Demonstrate Its Commitment To Value-Added Manufacturing With $29 Million Investment Towards B.C. Operations
Western Forest Products

Western Forest Products Inc. announced capital investments totalling approximately $29 million towards its B.C. operations.
The Home Front: Motivated To Do Good Work
The Province

Vancouver architects Tracey Mactavish and Asher deGroot, of Motiv Architects, both grew up on farms. MacTavish is originally from Alberta and deGroot from Langley. The projects their design firm takes on reflect their love of agriculture and interest in food security.
2020 Report Shows $4.3 Billion in GDP from Northwest Alberta Forestry Operations

The Alberta Forest Products Association has released an economic report for the province’s forestry sector in 2020.
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.