A GBM Like No Other! 

New Online Format Capabilities

  • Interactive booth with space for product videos/brochures/information/product displays and a link to your website, as well as “Live zoom meetings” direct from your booth space during show hours (can also be pre-scheduled with interpreter, or live drop-in style)
  • Increased attendance of pre-qualified international buyers and decision makers
  • More international buyers visiting GBM site since there will be no visa issues or travel costs
  • BC Wood will continue to verify every buyer’s qualification to ensure you are seeing the best of the best
  • Buyer/specifier access to tradeshow floor and company content two weeks prior to live launch plus two months post-live event, with anytime messaging feature

  • Live Socials/Networking with up to 12 tables/topics to jump in and out of. Visit with your peers and customers in either a topical or market-based conversation (Can be “sponsored by” for instance “Join our ABC Company sponsored Wines of the World table and win “tickets for two to Whistlers famous Cornucopia + two nights in the Westin Whistler”, or “Japan Market Social hosted by Jim Ivanoff & leading industry Buyer.)
BC Wood Announces First Export Readiness Training Program Webinar October 27th, 2020 - 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Brian Hawrysh |
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.

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.
Wood First
Learn How to Produce a High Quality Promotional Video In-House!
Date: Nov 4 - Dec 16 (every Wednesday except Nov 11)
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Where: Zoom

Due to popular demand, we are offering the Video Production Workshop again in November!
Join BC Wood and Jayne Akizuki for a six-week online course via Zoom platform to learn basic information, tips, and tricks to help you create more effective communications videos that connect with your audience(s).
Call for Submissions for the Wood Design Awards in BC
WoodWorks! BC

Wood WORKS! BC has partnered with the Wood Design & Building Awards program to offer BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba project proponents double the chances of winning!

Submissions are sponsored by Wood WORKS! BC (a program of the Canadian Wood Council). Please enter the code ‘WOOD’ as the entry fee to bypass payment.

One application submission to apply for TWO wood design award programs!
WMC Management Skill Training Courses

UBC – Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) will be offering two “online” courses; New Product Development, and Supply Chain Management Both of these courses will run for 6 weeks starting October 26th, 2020 to December 7, 2020. 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 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.
UBC - Industrial Wood Finishing Certificate Course
A Unique Industry Training Program

Part-time online training program with a one-week hands-on practical session -
North America’s most comprehensive wood finishing certificate program.

This program provides participants with a broad understanding of the field of wood finishing. It's designed for individuals who have some general experience in wood finishing and would like to expand their knowledge.

Once completed, participants will have the knowledge and experience to do the following:
  • Understand why finish is applied to wood and how wood properties affect finishing
  • Identify the best finishing system based on the end use
  • Trouble-shoot wood finishing problems
  • Design a safe and efficient finishing facility

This course will provide you with the knowledge and tools to start a finishing business or to improve an existing one.
Starts January 4, 2021– April 9, 2021
One week intensive practical – April 5-9, 2021
BC Wood Program Updates
NAWLA Goes Virtual for 2020 - October 27 to 29
Dave Farley |
Join BC Wood and members at the 2020 NAWLA Exchange – a Virtual Trade Event. Cost-share is available to participate in this Virtual Experience and connect with customers that need your products and services. You can also engage in educational programming and fun networking sessions during the three day program.

For more information and to receive the full information package, call Dave at 604-728-8786 or email for more details.
The 2021 BAU Fair Goes Virtual – January 13th -15th, 2021
Brian Hawrysh |
The organizers of the BAU Fair just last week announced their decision to shift their tradeshow to a virtual platform. In keeping with these new realities, BC Wood is working to create an opportunity for its’ members to promote their products and services to European buyers at the new virtual BAU fair in a safe and secure manner. 

The BAU fair, the largest and best-known building products show in Europe has long been an important market development event in BC Wood’s calendar. The high-end European markets for log and timber frame homes, as well as high-quality finished building materials such as decking, siding, roofing, flooring and millwork continue to be in strong demand. In addition, specialty Western Red Cedar, Douglas-Fir and Hemlock lumber are also highly sought after by manufacturers in Western European markets.
“Zoom-in On Japan”: Lead Generation Campaign 2020
Jim Ivanoff |
Japan has fared better with COVID-19 than most countries and recently lifted almost all remaining restrictions leading to a strong economic rebound. Unfortunately, international travel restrictions are still in place, so 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 both directly to over 8000 of our industry contacts across the country as well as at the all-important Japan Home Show from November 11th-13th.
2021 WRLA Showcase
Brian Hawrysh |
WRLA Building & Hardware Showcase is Western Canada’s leading lumber and building materials show. Rather than an in-person event, WRLA’s publication, Yardstick, and app will provide a new platform to engage vendor and dealer connections, offer education opportunities, and build industry awareness in an effective and efficient way. WRLA recognizes that the in-person event is important to industry’s business development and these alternatives will allow everyone to still collaborate, network and showcase innovation to the industry.

BC Wood will be providing cost-sharing opportunities for BC industry to actively participate through their on-line publication and complementary app.
Join BC Wood at the Virtual Wood Solutions Conference
Ken Hori |
Presented by the Canadian Wood Council/ WoodWORKS BC, the Wood Solutions Conference is dedicated to design and construction with wood products and building systems, including mass timber. This year, the event will be held virtually from November 16 – 20, including both virtual booth space and live educational sessions.

The event will be dedicated to showcasing innovative advancements and applications for wood products and building systems in design and construction. Leading-edge speakers will inform and inspire attendees at the 2020 Virtual Wood Solutions Conference. Keynote speakers include Michael Green from Michael Green Architecture and Leon Rost from BIG Architects.
Marketing and Sales Tips
Leadership in the New Normal Series
– Leaders Must Learn to Develop New Leaders
Ben Baker |
Are the leaders in your company taking the time and effort to identify, mentor, and train the next generation of leaders?

Great leaders are groomed for success. Yes, there are innate qualities that make someone a great leader, but even those with natural ability need developing.

Great leaders inspire, coach, mentor, and give those around them the ability to test their boundaries and learn from mistakes without fear of retribution or embarrassment.

Someone much wiser than I once said that leaders must provide a safe space for people to learn and grow. I genuinely believe that to be the case.

The worst thing we can do is promote someone without providing them the skills they require to succeed. A tactician who excels at doing their specific task, but does not know how to train and inspire others to do that task better than they can is not a great potential leader. That is a recipe for failure.

A great leader brings people to the team that has skills that they do not. They are people who excel at certain things and are teachable, coachable, and want to be part of the team. From there, it is is about communicating with that person to find out what their aspirations are in the short, medium, and long-term.

Certain people are happy, just being task-oriented; they have no desire to lead a team. Other people want leadership roles assuming that leadership is the way to gain power, prestige, and money. While others want to advance their careers, learn new things, and raise the water to float all boats. Great leaders understand all this and work with people to help them succeed long-term, become more valuable assets for the company, and better versions of themselves.

What are your leaders doing right now to identify where people are in their careers? What are they doing to provide those people with the opportunities, training, and support that they need to go from good to great? What are you doing to support your leaders so they can support their teams effectively?

When you grow our people, your business flourishes because of it.

Invest in your people! They are the greatest asset you have.
Industry News
4 Tips for Successful Wood Finishing

Wood is a beautiful, durable and versatile material, whether it is being used for millwork, cabinets, furniture, decking, or home construction. Selecting the right wood finish, applying it correctly and conducting proactive maintenance are the keys to ensuring lasting beauty and protection. Here are some pro tips for successfully finishing your next wood project.
New Radium Hall Recognized for Wood Design

At the virtual annual convention of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) this week, leading B.C. organizations involved with wood in design and building are applauding local governments for their vision and leadership for wood use in communities.

Wood WORKS! BC together with BC Wood are noting the many community projects in the past few years that have showcased wood products and building systems, including mass timber, in design, technology and construction and front and centre in their praise is Radium Hot Springs’ new community hall and library.
Nelson Considering New Hall Street Pier as Part of COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Plan
Bill Metcalfe, Nelson Star

Nelson City Council is contemplating a major upgrade of the Hall Street pier on Kootenay Lake.

The proposed project would be largely grant-funded and is part of the city’s attempt to create shovel-ready capital projects to stimulate the economy during the pandemic, along with two other proposed projects: a new library and changes to the Civic Theatre building.
We are Pleased to Invite You to Participate in the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)
New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company's reach through the export of goods and services.

The Trade Accelerator Program is designed to help SMEs TAP into their full export potential. It has a proven track record helping participants get results.

Just six months after graduating the program:
  • On average, export revenue increased by 28%
  • Participants forecast their export sales to grow 47% over the next 5 years
Basket-Weaving Tradition Inspires Indigenous Housing Design
Grant Cameron, ConstructConnect

A Passive House social housing project for Indigenous people that will feature a one-of-a-kind wood design is being proposed in Vancouver by consulting firm M’akola Development Services.

When complete, the envelope, architectural articulation and balconies of the building will give it the look of a big basket, testament to the basket-weaving tradition of the Coast Salish Peoples.
Government Funding for International Growth
Export Navigator, Small Business BC

When: Oct. 23, 2020
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Price: Free

If you are looking to expand your sales outside of Canada, there are government programs available to help. This seminar will explore programs that split the cost of attending virtual trade events, establish new research and development collaborations with foreign partners, and conduct market research to find new international customers for your products or services.
New French public buildings must be made 50% from wood
Global Construction Review

The government of France is set to require that all new public buildings must be made at least 50% from wood or other sustainable materials from 2022 as it pushes for sustainable urban development.

The local government in Paris had already pledged a greater use of natural materials such as wood, straw and hemp, and any buildings higher than eight storeys built for the 2024 Paris Olympics must be made entirely of timber.
BCIT Announces Plans to Build First New Student Housing in 38 Years
Cory Correia, CBC

British Columbia Institute of Technology and the provincial government have announced the joint funding of a 12-storey, 464 bed student housing building on the school's Burnaby campus.

The province has committed $108.8 million for the project, while the university is adding $6 million to the first investment in new student housing at the school in 38 years.
Mass Timber Terraced Tower Concept Envisioned for North Vancouver
Kenneth Chan, DailyHive

An architecturally unique green building concept is envisioned for a site at the southeast corner of the intersection of Lonsdale Avenue and 14th Street East in North Vancouver City’s Central Lonsdale district.

Few details are available at this time as the project, named “Forest Hill,” is currently in its preliminary stages, but the concept’s context is designed to replace several single-storey commercial buildings at the prominent corner — located immediately north of Onni Group’s recently built CentreView with Whole Foods as its anchor retailer, and just east of North Vancouver Public Library.