BC Wood Specialties Group 2022 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 2022 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, June 28th at 10:30 AM PST. All BC Wood 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 |

The 19th Annual GBM is fast approaching, and we are happy to announce that this September 8th to 10th, we will invite international buyers and specifiers to meet our Canadian suppliers in Whistler for our first live meeting since 2019.  We expect new Buyers again this year, with the help of our very own overseas staff and the continued assistance of the federal International Trade Commissioner Service and the provincial Trade & Investment Representatives abroad.

Registration from the specifiers community is expected to surpass our last live WoodTALKS @ the GBM Program.  For those of you whose business will benefit by access to this influential sector, call us to see how you can participate with your company presentation.

To apply for booth space or to inquire about registration, email  Discounted hotel rooms will go fast so if you are interested, sign up ASAP to get your hotel link(s).
Export Readiness Training Program (ERTP) Announcement
Randi Walker |

What is the ERTP?

The ERTP is a 10 module, 1.5 hour per module live, interactive webinar-based program specifically focused on evolving the exporting and international sales capabilities of Canada’s wood product companies. Specialists & industry representatives offer real-life examples on the do’s and don’ts of exporting throughout. Crucial topics that help you determine if you are ready and if not, how to go about preparing yourself for a successful launch into a new market.
Wood First
Innovation in Infill - A Spotlight on a High Performance Office Building

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
8:00am – 4:00pm Pacific Time

Named for its location near the intersection of Ontario Street and East Fifth Avenue in Vancouver, oN5 is a four-storey office building built on a narrow, difficult-to-access, mid-block site with only a 7.54m (24.7ft) wide street frontage. The commercial project overcomes many challenges using prefabricated cross laminated timber (CLT) components that form the floors, walls, and roof and elevator shafts. In this workshop, the project team will share detailed technical information about the design and construction of this project. 
The topics and lessons learned will include the design strategies, building code requirements and solutions, high-performance building envelope details and the integrated project delivery process used. The permitting process including plan reviews and ultimate approval, and other interactions with the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) will also be discussed.

British Columbia Timber Building Tour – AIBC LU’s tbc!

October 3rd - 7th, 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.

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.

For more information please contact Jason Chiu at
UBC Forestry: Advancements in Engineering Mass Timber Buildings Online Seminar Series

This four-session online seminar introduces the latest developments and innovations in mass timber technology. Global research leaders in the field will discuss recent scientific findings in connections, seismic design, hybrid solution, and fire resistance of mass timber addressing design applications in modern timber structures. Attendees will learn about current advancements in material and technologies, and further integrate them to design-engineering applications. This seminar series is geared towards professional engineers and architects in BC.

May 25th 2022 – Andreas Ringhofer | 2pm – 3pm PST
June 1st 2022 – Haibo Feng | 2pm – 3pm PST
June 8th 2022 – Felix Wiesner | 2pm – 3pm PST
June 15th 2022 – Minghao Li | 2pm – 3pm PST
BC WOOD has started its new season of the WOODTALKS LUNCH & LEARN PROGRAM 2022-23 and is inviting industry speaker participation

The 2022-23 program provides BC value-added wood manufacturers the opportunity to provide accredited educational presentations directly to the Specifier Community including architects, designers, engineers, developers, and builders in British Columbia. It also provides opportunities to capture specifiers in Alberta, Ontario and the United States. The BC Wood Lunch & Learn program centers on increasing knowledge and experience related to designing and building with wood – with a desired outcome that the architectural development community accelerates the adoption of existing and innovative wood-based products and building systems, as well as maximizing the appropriate use of wood in design and construction.  
The 2022 TWIG Perennial 
Patrick Christie |
Celebrating innovation and creativity with wood.

TWIG as an organization occupies an essential space in the value-added wood sector. We’re a hub, a network, and a space to learn and discover with a focus on helping the industry become more collaborative We want to grow the community and the culture around wood innovation, by helping people in the industry find each other.

In 2021 we hosted our first TWIG Perennial online and facilitated feedback from 25 people from a cross-section of the industry. Last year we asked the question “What do you think is the most valuable contribution TWIG can make?”. Unanimously the answer was echoed by participants, stating that TWIG should focus on connecting people across the industry, and creating events that inspire. 

This year we take our yearly gathering in-person to CBR Products for an engaging schedule of events on and we’d love you to join us on Friday, June 10th. 

Welcoming - 2:30 - 3:30
Our opening message kicks off at 3:00. 

Quick Pitch - 3:30 - 4:30
What is one project, product, idea or service do you believe can advance the use of BC timber and increase value within our sector?

TWIG Hackathon - 4:30 - 6:00
Multidisciplinary groups will be challenged to come up with a feasible wood product within 1 hour. 

Perennial Social - 6:00 - 7:00
As a buffer between the industry program and evening performances with food and drink.  

Performances - 7:00 - 9:30
Giorgio Magnanensi will showcase his collection of wood resonators for a series of musical performances by guest artists.

For more details and to participate in the 2022 TWIG Perennial please register here. You can get tickets for the whole event or separately for the afternoon or evening events. 
BC Wood Program Updates
BC Wood Proposed Trade Activites 2022-23
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.
Specifying Value-added Wood Products from British Columbia
Kit Crowe |
Building more with value-added wood products from BC can deliver significant emission reductions for the province while supporting an estimated 16,888 full-time British Columbian workers.
BC Wood would like to thank the following companies for their help in making this video possible: Dürfeld Log and Timber,International Timberframes,PowerWood,Weyerhaeuser,Timber Tiles 
New Program Launch: “Client Direct: Japan”
Jim Ivanoff |

Earlier this year, BC Wood developed an all-new online program for the Korean market that allowed participating companies to reach new potential customers without leaving home. Based on the tremendous success of this first run, we will now offer the same opportunity in the Japanese market.

“Client Direct: Japan” will be a two part match-making program that leverages our in-market staff and the power of online meetings. The Zoom Webinar based event will offer participating members the opportunity to introduce their products to an audience of importers and distributors that we recruit from our database of over 18,000 Japanese industry professionals. Simultaneous translators will be hired for this event so that the members can speak normally without interruptions, while getting their message across clearly. 

After each member has given their company overview, they will then take part in a panel discussion to further show their expertise and make a connection with the audience. Unlike other such online programs, Client Direct: Japan will be limited to a small number of Canadian participants so that the members can make a memorable impact on the audience. For the second part of this program, BC Wood will ask the Japanese buyers which companies they would like to hold one-on-one Zoom meetings with and we will host and translate those. 

This event is tentatively scheduled for the 3rd week of June and it will be held from 17:00 to 19:00 PST. For more information, please contact Jim Ivanoff at
BC Wood Returns to PCBC this June
Dave Farley |

When: June 22-23, 2022
Where: Moscone Centre, San Fransisco, CA

After a long two year hiatus, BC Wood and member companies will participate in the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco. The event takes place June 22 -23 at the revitalized Moscone center in downtown San Francisco and will be an exciting and valuable in person event.

The event historically draws 25,000 to 30,000 builders, architects and distributors from across the West Coast of the United States, including the key markets of the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and the US Southwest. Based upon our last few events there is certainly a pent-up demand for people to attend live events and to meet face to face.
There are a few spots left, so join us and member companies (including Woodtone, San Group, Fraserwood and Vista) at the PCBC event this year. You develop great contacts and quality sales leads through your participation at PCBC.

If you have any questions please contact Dave Farley by email at or by cell at 604 728 8786.
Industry Videos
Wood WORKS! Alberta Awards Winners Announced
Wood WORKS! Alberta

Wood WORKS! Alberta is excited to announce the winners of the 2022 Prairie Wood Design Awards program. This prestigious group of leading architects, engineers, and project teams are being recognized for their contributions in advancing the use of wood in construction through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation. This year’s winners showcased projects using locally sourced wood, architecturally appealing and sophisticated designs. “The winning projects demonstrate design excellence and innovation in their use of wood as a building material,” says Rory Koska, Program Director of Wood WORKS! Alberta. “They help us to showcase the importance of using wood in construction to embrace sustainable and ethically sound building techniques".
Industry News
Mirax Group to acquire Avalon Dryland Sort in Port Mellon, BC

Mirax Group

Mirax Group announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Interfor Corporation’s Avalon Dryland Log Sort assets located in Port Mellon, B.C., and will operate through a wholly-owned affiliated company, Avalon Log Sort Inc.Pursuant to the Agreement, Mirax Group will acquire all real property assets of Avalon and will retain all employees.

Avalon is situated on an approximately 14-acres of fully-paved waterfront land in Port Mellon, BC, which includes approximately 55-acres of foreshore leases for log handling, booming and tie-ups. The acquisition of Avalon will provide another asset that would enable the Mirax Group to fulfill its goal of becoming a more vertically integrated forest company.
MOU Strengthens Secwepemc Value-Added Supply Chain

Adams Lake Indian Band, Gilbert Smith Forest Products, & Woodtone Specialties
Gilbert Smith Forest Products

Adams Lake Indian Band (ALIB), Gilbert Smith Forest Products (GSFP), & Woodtone Specialties (WSI) are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the three parties.

The agreement between ALIB, a primary lumber manufacturer in GSFP, and a secondary remanufacturer in WSI will reinforce existing relationships and guide work going forward to achieve mutual objectives. The three parties’ objectives include increased development of regional & local economies, supporting ongoing forest management and manufacturing/remanufacturing work, sustainable utilization and management of the environment and its natural resources, and exploring ongoing opportunities for future development. The MOU establishes a framework for the three parties to identify opportunities for cooperation, joint ventures and shared decision making. This relationship will promote fibre security, value-added manufacturing, and long-term local employment.
BC’s Value-Added Wood Industry Accepts Minister of Forests’ Challenge

British Columbia’s value-added and specialty wood producers

the Honourable Katrine Conroy, BC Minister of Forests made a public challenge at the Council of Forest Industry (COFI) convention calling upon the value-added wood producers, the major tenured forestry companies, and the BC Government to work together to find solutions for the value-added industry.

“Now is the time for industry to work together to form new partnerships and come up with ideas for how we can provide BC’s value-added manufacturers with access to the fibre they need,” said Conroy. “Government will be doubling our efforts to support innovation across the sector and accelerating the transition from high volume to high value production. This will mean more wood products made in BC, fewer raw log exports, and more jobs created per tree harvested.”
Innovate BC Now Accepting Applications for $300,000 R&D Grant

Applications are open for the Innovate BC Ignite program.

The Ignite program funds B.C.-based innovation projects in the areas of natural resources, applied science and engineering.
Multimillion-dollar Mill Upgrade Underway
The Chronicle Journal

The project, which was announced last August, is to improve log and lumber handling capabilities, create 30 new jobs and increase the mill’s capacity by as much as 40 million board feet, an earlier news release said.

Fort William Chief Peter Collins, who attended Friday’s ceremony, remarked earlier on the community’s continued “mutually beneficial” collaboration with Resolute.
Mill Opening Expected to Create Almost 1,700 Jobs
PA Now

The opening of the Paper Excellence pulp mill is expected to add almost 1,700 jobs directly and indirectly to the local economy.

Many of the jobs will be targeted towards hiring Indigenous people, including those who will be employed at One Sky, a new OSB mill that will share a site with the pulp mill.