BC Wood’s New Membership Programming Combines the Best of Virtual, In-Person and Hybrid Platforms
  • NEW North America Based Membership Option
  • NEW Multi-Year Membership Activity Bank - A significant source of value and a major change in our offering
  • Access to the best virtual business matching-making programming in the industry.
  • A full slate of cost-shared in-person trade events ready to go as COVID-19 restrictions ease
  • The most actionable list of client contacts in Canada, the USA, and East Asia
  • Quality educational programming tailored specifically for the value-added industry
  • Your voice on access to fibre issues
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
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
October 19th to 22nd, 2021 (AIBC & HPO credits)

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:
  • StructureCraft
  • Daizen Joinery
  • Spearhead Timberworks
  • Kalesnikoff
  • Structurlam
  • Nicola Logworks
  • …additional companies to be confirmed
For more information please contact Jason Chiu at
Think you got a sticky idea? Join us for our first ever Pitch Night
Patrick Christie |
At TWIG we are investing our time into creating connections for those in the industry who are starting up. Our group includes independent or two-person operations seeking to find the right support and connections to move projects to the next step. It's amazing when 15 of these people are in a room together, navigating similar challenges in their development process, and can share resources and connections. Over the years at TWIG we have seen the value of creating this space for people to connect, to discover, and to be inspired by others who are working in wood. As Monty from Calmura walls spoke about in our recent Monthly event, the innovation process is moved forward step by step, with a lot of experiments, and testing is done along the way. No one individual's steps towards innovation are the same, and so having a network of connections can help you manage the challenges you could face in developing an idea. 

As we look ahead to in-person TWIG events and plan towards community get-togethers, we wanted to preview one of the series we are planning. We wanted to give people a place to openly share an idea and get real-time input and feedback, from a broad base of people working in a wood-related industry. Pitch Night invites people with a concept, a sketch, or a prototype to share with the group their idea, the story behind it, and where they are in the process. Developing an idea is not a manufactured process, but an iterative process and one that is nurtured over time, with a balance of inputs and outputs that create growth. For those pitching, the input you will get might be what you need to inspire and inform the next stage of actions. In our world today we face rising challenges affected by climate, energy, conversation, and human development. We need to see more minds investing time in the use of forest-based resources, and combining ideas in different ways.

Let us know by email if you have an idea you want to present and we will spend 15 minutes talking about it together.

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 |
As parts of the world continue re-opening after their battles with COVID-19, the opening ceremonies for the Tokyo Olympics will be held on July 23rd. In the aftermath of the Great Tohoku Earthquake of 2011, they were originally planned as the “reconstruction Olympics” to show the region’s recovery. Of course, COVID-19 forced their postponement to 2021 and also re-framed their meaning in the context of humanity’s struggle with the pandemic. Unfortunately, continuing surges in many parts of the world as well as Japan’s own slow vaccination roll-out means that a “mission accomplished” declaration is not yet in sight. Furthermore, the barring of spectators from the stands and the cancellation of Olympic related public events have left many in Japan wondering what the legacy of these games will be.
One of the intended legacies that will actually be realized is the high-profile promotion of wood used in the Olympic facilities. The new USD$1.4 billion 68,000 seat national stadium was designed by the wood loving, Japanese rock-star architect Kengo Kuma. Approximately 2,000m3 of wood was sourced from all 47 of Japan’s prefectures to be used in the stadium’s roof assembly and interior. However, it was not just the centrepiece of the Olympics that received the wood treatment. There are many others including the Ariake Gymnastic Centre used 2,200m2 to create what is said to be one of the largest wood roof structures in the world, while the expansive Village Plaza in the athlete’s village was constructed with traditional Japanese construction methods using domestic larch, cedar, and cypress.
US Program: Looking Forward
Dave Farley |

A few comments suggestions and ideas.

I’m sure that I am like most of you in wanting to put this pandemic far in the rear-view mirror. The past 16 months has certainly been a challenge from both a personal and a business perspective and here is hoping that we will be able to get back to some sense of normalcy over the next few months.

With this in mind, we have been actively planning our US market development activities heading into the fall of this year. We are going under the premise that fully vaccinated folks will be able to travel back and forth between the US Canada border by October. Upcoming events that we are planning on participating “live and in-person” include; two Bond Events for both the custom home and interiors communities, the NAWLA Traders Market for the remanufacturing sector, and a Pro-CONNECT event for manufacturers that target the multi-family sector. We are exploring the possibility that if an attendee is not wanting to participate in person, we may be able to offer a hybrid option, where direct pre-set meetings between buyers and suppliers will take place online. We are working with our trade event partners to develop this alternative and will review further in an upcoming Wood Connections article.

If you are interested in these upcoming events this fall either live or online, please feel free to reach out to me at In the meantime, I hope you get some time to get out and enjoy your summer.
BC Wood Specifiers Guide

Reach hundreds of architects, designers, and contractors throughout BC, Alberta, Ontario and Western United States by featuring your company in the Wood Products Specifiers Guide!

Last year, the online version of the guide was viewed over 350 times with the average viewer spending almost 7 minutes reading it, whereas the average webpage is viewed for less than 10 seconds.

This year, the Wood Product Specifiers Guide will be shared with all attendees including architects and other specifiers of our many WoodTALKS™ Seminars - which include the BC Wood Events Calendar live webinars and the lunch & learn live webinars, now also viewed by members of the OAA.

If you would like your company featured in the Wood Products Specifiers Guide, the fee is $950 for a lifetime subscription. Each year, you will have the opportunity to update your page for a fee. If you decide not to update, it will be reprinted as is and distributed.

For more information or to participate in the Specifier’s guide, please contact me at Deadline for submission for this year’s guide is September 1, 2021.

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.

Application Deadline is August 9, 2021.

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
Fraserview Cedar Spotlight

Founded in 1994 Fraserview Cedar has quickly grown to become a premier producer and distributor of lumber products globally. Fraserview specializes in Western Red Cedar, Yellow Cedar and Douglas fir forest products. Their primary product lines include a variety of boards, rough dimension, decking, timbers, export clears, fencing and siding. Fraserview Cedar’s commitment, experience, and ingenuity in sawmilling and re-manufacturing sets them apart from the competition. Log breakdown and lumber remanufacturing is conducted in innovative ways to maximize recovery while creating minimal waste and adding value. Their annual log and lumber production capacity exceeds 80 million board feet.
From its humble beginnings in Surrey, BC, Fraserview has developed into a vertically integrated company. They currently operate two remanufacturing plants and seven distribution facilities across Canada. Fraserview’s original plant is located in Surrey BC and the Gillwood Remanufacturing facility is in Chilliwack. Gillfor distribution operates nationally with branches in Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Winnipeg MD. Woodstock PM, Kemptville ON and Fredericton NB.

Throughout their 26 years in operation, they have maintained their principles of caring for their employees and ensuring meaningful and strong relationships with their clients and vendors.

To learn more about Fraserview Cedar and the Gillfor Group of companies, please contact Ajit Gill at or Jim Brindle at, please visit us at & and please follow us on LinkedIn.
Industry Videos
Join John on the first instalment of 'Tales from the Treehouse'. 
What started as a COVID lock-down project soon blossomed into a treehouse space that has some of johns latest product developments.
Taiyuan Botanical Garden Domes
Fly over waterfalls and trees...underneath a 300ft gridshell built all in wood. As well as beautiful finished clips, take a behinds the scenes look at the timber engineering, full-scale structural testing, and custom parametric geometry and structural analysis engine (developed in-house in C#) which enabled these freeform structures.

Industry News
Accessing CUSMA Markets with E-Commerce: Tools for SMEs to Increase Online International Sales

Thursday July 22, 2021 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

The Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA, USMCA in the United Sates, or T-MEC in Mexico) recognizes the fundamental role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the North American economies and seeks to promote participation of SMEs in digital trade to access new markets. Small businesses can expand their online sales to customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico by utilizing free online e-commerce tools and resources as well as small business counseling services.
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.

Startup Global is a series of free events and resources that help get you export‑ready by connecting you with tools, support, and funding opportunities available in an all‑in‑one online portal. This year, activities include pitching bootcamps, one‑to‑one advisory support, expert panels and a pitch competition with a prize pool of $75,000 in cash and $100,000 in support.\

You are encouraged to apply and submit your pitches until September 1, 2021
Medical Care Wood Buildings on the Rise
Kevin Bews

Work being done by Canada Wood in Japan to expand wood use in medical, elderly care & social welfare market segment continues to progress well, and it is not only the number, but also the height of these buildings that keeps increasing. Latest case in point is Family Hospice Kyoto Kitayama House. This project is a 37 unit 4-storey 2×4 fireproof building with a total floor area of 1,767m².
Is Mass Timber the Silver Bullet?
Ian MacNeill

Is mass timber the shot in the arm needed before commodity prices correct and the BC forest sector faces a tougher reality?

It certainly has momentum. Thanks to an evolution in the product's development and evolving building code regulations allowing taller building structures, mass timber appears to be coming into its own. Its increasing popularity as a building material of choice by architects and developers is an indication that there are value-added success stories in British Columbia. The provincial government is leading the public relation charge, pointing to mass timber as an example of how its "wood first" initiate is bearing fruits.
B.C. species help achieve biophilic designs within India’s resort sector
Nirmala Thomas

Within India’s building and design community, there is a growing interest in biophilia–the increased connection to nature through the incorporation of natural materials, such as wood, into building projects. Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) India is leveraging this growing trend by targeting architects, interior designers, builders and developers to position B.C.’s sustainably sourced, certified wood species as the ideal products to achieve biophilic designs.
Surrey sawmill donating enough lumber to build 50 houses in Lytton, B.C.
Tom Zytaruk

Surrey-based Teal-Jones is doing this to help the fire-ravaged village recover.

A Surrey-based sawmill company is donating enough lumber to rebuild 50 homes and buildings – roughly a half-million board feet – to Lytton and the Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council in an effort to help them recover from the fire that recently burned the B.C. village to the ground.
Mass timber report shows projects reaching new heights across Canada
Don Procter

Mass timber has come a long way since the first two Canadian plants in Quebec and B.C. established cross-laminated timber production lines more than a decade ago.

A recent report produced by the federal government, The State of the Mass Timber Industry in Canada (SMTC) in 2021, displays through an interactive map close to 500 under construction or completed mass timber projects from 2007 to 2019 for a total of 16 million square feet. In that time, domestic manufacturing has soared with 21 facilities in production by 2019.