BC Wood Specialties Group 2021 Annual General Meeting
Brian Hawrysh |

When: Thursday, June 28th, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM PST
Where: Virtual event via Zoom

BC Wood will be holding its 2021 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 28th at 10:30 AM PST. All BC Wood manufacturing members are encouraged to attend.

To register or for more information, please contact Brian Hawrysh directly at or by phone at 604-882-7100 (toll free 1-877-422-9663). We look forward to seeing you at BC Wood’s Annual General Meeting!
Randi Walker |

GBM registration is now open! 
If you haven’t applied for exhibit space yet, now is a good time. We have started our recruiting for new Buyers again this year, with the help of our own overseas staff and the continued assistance of the federal International Trade Commissioner Service and the provincial Trade & Investment Representatives abroad. Many of these Mission Leaders will be joining their buyers this year, to find out more about our Canadian wood products manufacturers. Get on their radar! 
Register Now for the Export Readiness Training Program (ERTP)
Randi Walker |

Bringing on New Staff and Need to get Them Familiar with the Process of Exporting? Looking to Expand/Diversify Your Client Base?

The Export Readiness Training Program by BC Wood can benefit your company by providing in-depth knowledge of exporting wood products. You may already have some experience in exporting from work in another sector, but with the focus on wood products and specific target markets, the ERTP helps you identify the next suitable market and how to get into it, with a much lower risk than the typical “shotgun” approach.

Thanks to our generous support from our funders, the ERTP only costs $39 CAD + GST per weekly module, or $195 CAD + GST for all 10 modules. Sign up quickly, the new start date for the ERTP is June 22, 2022! Attend all modules or pick and choose which one's suit you. We hope to see you at the ERTP!
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
BC Timber Tour
Jason Chiu |

October 3 October 7, 2022

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.
BC Wood Program Updates
Back to Business, Back to the Japan Home Show
Jim Ivanoff |

With fears over Omicron receding and the world trying to return to normal, Japan too has slowly but surely begun reopening its borders. In March, business travel with visas was given the green light. On June 1st, on arrival COVID testing from certain countries, including Canada, was dropped, with only a pre-flight test now required. Even organized tour groups are now allowed entry as of June 10th. These moves have also led the government increase the daily arrival limits, and as the number of tour groups increase, it is expected that these limits may even be eliminated to increase the number flights serving routes to Japan.
Prior to COVID, many members visited Japan on a yearly basis and after a long two years this has become possible again. As before, the BC Wood Japan Office is ready to assist our members to make their trips as productive as possible. One option we are excited to offer again is an in-person presence and the Japan Home and Building Show from October 26th to 28th. This is the most important industry focused trade show covering everything from lumber and log homes to finished products. BC Wood will once again be organizing the Canadian Pavilion on behalf of industry, and it will be the first time since November 2019 that Canadians will be able to directly participate in it. Trade shows have been held in Japan throughout the pandemic, but as the JH&BS has always been a very international show, we are looking forward to it coming back in its full-energy form.
Canada Market Update 
Kit Crowe |

The 2022 Assembly of First Nation's (AFN) Conference and Circle of Trade Show will take place July 5 -7 in our own backyard. Circle of Trade provides manufacturers the opportunity to meet, network and showcase products to over 4,500 key decision makers and influencers within the First Nations communities across Canada. This event is an excellent opportunity for BC Industry to develop inroads working with First Nations. 

The Provincial Government’s new vision for forestry ensures First Nations are full partners in forest management, and communities and workers benefit from secure, innovative jobs for generations to come. This event provides a unique opportunity for partnering with communities on fibre procurement and development of small manufacturing enterprises. 
BC Wood will organize and coordinate a "Wood Products Pavilion" at this year's Circle of Trade. If this event sounds of interest, please contact me at to further discuss. As usual space is limited and is expected to sell out.
Delta Cedar Specialties
Ahnika Genge

Delta Cedar Specialties has been operating in the Lower Mainland for over 60 years. Today, Delta Cedar is a vertically integrated company that includes Delta Cedar Specialties, Delta Cedar Sawmill, Halo Sawmill and Delta Timber. The company offers on grade, sustainably sourced Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, and Yellow Cedar lumber products. 

Delta Cedar began as a small sawmill on the banks of the Fraser River in Delta, British Columbia in 1958. In 1994, the company added their first major expansion by adding a small log line to the Delta Cedar Mill. The Delta Cedar Mill is a multifunctional mill and can run small logs as well as larger logs. In 2000, Delta Cedar purchased another mill in Pitt Meadows which is known today as the Halo Sawmill. The Halo Sawmill is predominantly a 14 inch plus saw log mill. 

Delta Cedar Specialties, Halo Sawmill, Delta Cedar Mill, and Delta Timber operate as an integrated unit.  The company oversees the entire process in house, from sourcing logs on the timber floor, through manufacturing, to delivery. Because of this, the company offers flexible and reliable service to customers around the globe with consistent, on grade products. 

A unique aspect of Delta Cedar is that they are a private company, and therefore are a close-knit group that's able to react very quickly to market changes, compared to a larger corporation. Several of Delta Cedar’s employees have been at the company long-term. Most of the partners have worked together for 25 years, some even longer. Dean Garofano, the President, COO, and partner, started working at the sawmill during the summer while in school and has over 30 years’ experience in the industry. 

From sustainably sourcing fibre to prioritizing scientific knowledge and personal touch, Delta Cedar has been successful in stick handling the challenges of the lumber industry for over 60 years. Overseeing operations from the forest floor to the sales desk enables a personal control of the process and a special ability to consistently deliver on grade products to trusting customers around the globe. 

To learn more about the company, please visit
Industry News
Tsawwassen First Nation Youth Centre Tour
Ahnika Genge

BC Wood was fortunate to have the opportunity to join a tour of the recently completed Tsawwassen First Nation Youth Centre organized by Dürfeld Log & Timber. The 2-storey, 12,000 sq. ft. Youth Centre utilizes various materials, while prominently displaying the use of both heavy log and DLT components.

The architecture and design of the Youth Centre highlights the cultural values of the Tsawwassen First Nation and showcases it in a way that can be enjoyed by everyone.

One major component of the project was to integrate cultural and historical meaning and art into different building elements and design. An example of this is how the project displays the importance of cedar to the Tsawwassen First Nation. Since time immemorial, Coast Salish Peoples lived so well and for so long using almost exclusively the materials of their environment. Today, teachings are being brought back and revived with the re-emergence of new art forms. Cedar is often central to those art forms, being used to create Longhouses, canoes, house posts, weavings, and now being used to create Tsawwassen First Nation’s state of the art Youth Centre.
Sawmills in Northwest Russia Begin to Curtail Production
The decline in export volumes due to EU sanctions against the backdrop of rising transportation tariffs and a stronger ruble made the production of lumber unprofitable in the Russian North-West. 
Western Hemlock and Yellow Cedar Are a Perfect Fit Within India’s Hospitality Sector
Forestry Innovation Investment
As part of Forestry Innovation Investment (FII)’s strategy to expand awareness and uptake of wood use in India, FII India has been working with local designers, architects and manufacturers to incorporate Canadian wood species in hospitality projects.

Recently, FII India worked with architecture firm, Wings the Design Studio and interior design company, Minimal Stroke on a restaurant project in Pune, India. The project–Celesto Bar & Restaurant–has a seating capacity of 300 and incorporates western hemlock and yellow cedar into a variety of applications including interior panelling, ceiling fixtures and both indoor and outdoor furniture.
Free EDC Webinars
Export Development Canada Team
Export Development Canada Team

Now is the time to learn how to grow your business from world-class trade professionals.

Our webinars delve into an array of must-know trade topics, including how to target and win new customers, where to find your next market (and trustworthy agents within it), how to get more money to grow, and more.

These expert-led sessions will provide the knowledge you need to confidently make wiser business decisions. And new webinars are added regularly!
If You Like Wood, You’ll Love West Coast First Nations Architecture
Construct Connect

The extensive use of wood is one of the characteristics of First Nations architecture in B.C., and what makes it stand out from other kinds of building design.
West Kelowna Sawmill Firm Gorman Group Gives Workers Extra $5,000
Kelowna Daily Courier

The owners of a West Kelowna sawmill will give their hourly employees a bonus of up to $5,000 to help with the rising cost of living.

High lumber prices have benefited Gorman Group and the company is in a good financial position to provide the additional support to its workers, chief executive officer Nick Arkle said Tuesday.
Van Urban Timber Presents Builders Fest '22.
Ryan Milbourn |

September 17th & 18th
1126 Resolution Way, Squamish, BC. V8B 0L3

A collaborative 2-day event with local builders, using local wood, building live on location at Van Urban Timber with final projects being donated to the Squamish community. 

Save the date!
Gorman Sawmill Branching Out With New On-site Vineyard
Kelowna Daily Courier

A new 24-acre organic vineyard is being planted on Gorman family-owned land right next to the mill in West Kelowna, reclaiming part of a hillside burned in a forest fire last August.
New Process Turns Pulp Industry Waste Wood Into Plastic Products
CTV News

Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) have found an environmentally friendly way to turn waste softwood from the pulp industry into plastic products like nylon.

“The idea is to use the bacteria in a fermentation-like process to convert aromatic compounds derived from the lignin to something useful,” said microbiologist Dr. Lindsay Eltis.
Timber Fabrication Robot to Show Off Its Moves at UBC Workshop
Construct Connect

Using a state-of-the-art eight-axis industrial robot, the workshop will demonstrate to participants the technical and conceptual foundations of robotic wood milling by getting them to design and build a full-scale plywood prototype.
New High-Performance Cross-Laminated Timber Office Building Welcomes Occupants
News Wire

Effective and innovative utilization of Canadian forest products has the potential to transform the construction industry. With our abundant forest resources, low-carbon wood building systems, such as mass timber projects, present a significant environmental and economic opportunity.
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.