GBM Like No Other! Continue your international marketing efforts through BC Wood’s virtual Global Buyers Mission

“When things do not go your way, remember that every challenge — every adversity — contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth.” Roy T. Bennett 

Take this opportunity to grow your business! The thing the GBM does for you every year is bring you new buyers to meet, from all over the world. This year is no exception. Canadian manufacturers will meet new, PRE-qualified international buyers of wood products.   

  • Short, 3-hour meeting days so you are not overburdened with workload 
  • Meet one-on-one “live” with more qualified buyers than ever from the United States, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, India, Mexico, Vietnam, Poland, Spain - plus 20+ other invited countries 
  • The sooner you register, the sooner you and Mission Leaders can start pre-setting meetings 
  • Fantastic analytics and downloadable Mission Program Guide with all delegates listings 
  • Multiple time zones to reach the maximum number of qualified buyers 

With reduced participation costs, you can get more of your staff involved.
Wood First
Winning at Virtual Sales – Practical New Techniques to Engage Your Customer

This event is included in your GBM Exhibitor Registration fee.
Date: January 12 & 19
Time: 10:00 am to 11:15 am
Where: Zoom
Join BC Wood for a two part online seminar, live via the Zoom platform, on how to adapt to virtual selling, as well as help you craft a professional setup. The following topics will be covered:

January 12: Psychology & Research - Adapting to Virtual Selling:
  • Whether it’s building rapport, identifying needs, or presenting professionally, Part 1 will dive into how you need to shift your sales strategy to win over prospects (using research-based insights available during these early days of virtual selling)
  • Defining the virtual opportunity - what leading sales professionals tell us about the new opportunities for growth in a Zoom-first world.
  • How the psychology of sales can be adapted from the physical world to the virtual space. 
October 19: Selling on the Small Screen/ Crafting a Professional Set-up:
  • Whether it’s designing slides, building surprise, or staying engaged, Part 2 will focus on how to present and perform on your web camera for the biggest impact and best experience D2D (device-to-device)
  • How to tell your company’s story
  • How to create a presentation framework
  • How to weave your story into your framework for a dynamic presentation
  • How to turn a simple web cam call into a professional pitch
UBC Wood Products Processing Virtual Co-op Presentation Night

Due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions, the next co-op night will be virtual. Please join us for our UBC Wood Products Processing (WPP) Virtual Co-op Presentation Night on Thursday, January 28th, 2021.
Intermediate and senior students in the B.Sc. Wood Products Processing degree program at the University of British Columbia will be delivering presentations on their most recent co-op work terms. This is a fantastic opportunity to see what the students are able to accomplish in the work place.
When: Thursday, January 28th, 2021, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Anywhere! Those who RSVP will receive a link to the event closer to the event date.
Please RSVP here by January 25th, 11:55pm.
Please note that the program for the evening, as well as the presenter list, will be distributed in January.
Wood, Weather, Water, Whatever Webinar


Date: Tuesday - Thursday, January 12, 13, 14, 2021
Time: 10:00am - 12:15pm PST
Registration: $75pp for the series of 3

This first-of-its-kind workshop will draw on experts with first-hand experience on building with wood in adverse conditions – including lessons learned on addressing weather challenges which will save time and money on your projects. Don’t miss this event – it’s an essential learning opportunity for every member on a building and design project team!
BC Wood Program Updates
WoodTALKS at the GBM
Ken Hori |
WoodTALKS at the GBM has solidified an exciting line-up of speakers, which is quickly bringing in a great crowd of Specifiers. One of the biggest draws for Specifiers is meeting value-added manufacturers and learning more about their products. Opportunities are still available for exhibiting companies to host pre-recorded accredited seminars.

If you would like to learn more about participating in WoodTALKS at the Global Buyers Mission, please contact Ken Hori at

Schedule of Live Webinars:
Thursday, January 28

9:00am - 10:00am: Commercial/Multi-residential Mass Timber Projects
  • Robert Cesnick, HDR; Steve Bartok & Mark Robertson, Keystone

10:15am - 11:15am: Community Mass Timber Projects
  • Gary Lahnsteiner & Matthew McKay, Design Build Services; TBA, Office MB

11:30am - 12:30pm: Small Mass Timber & Residential Projects
  • Tracey Mactavish, MOTIV; Arthur Lo, Insightful Healthy Homes
Friday, January 29

9:00am - 10:00am: Health + Cultural Heritage Projects
  • Shelley Craig, Urban Arts; Lubor Trubka, Lubor Truka Associates

10:15am - 11:15am: Tall Timber Seismic and Passive House Projects
  • Martin Nielsen & Ryan McClanaghan, Dialog; Brian Wakelin & Jamie Harte, Public Design

11:30am - 12:30pm: Timber Advancements and Characteristics in Projects
  • Gregory Borowski , Merrick; Yehia Madkour & Alysia Baldwin, Perkins + Will
Industry News
Brent Comber Unveils Newest Art Exhibition – “Discovery” At The Brent Comber Atelier Studio In North Vancouver
World-renowned, Pacific Northwest artist, Brent Comber, to exhibit new works, focusing
on the process of discovering and the identity behind Discovery, at his oceanfront

Brent Comber, a renowned artist known worldwide for his thought-provoking wood sculptures and alluring designs is preparing to unveil his newest exhibition on December 10 at the Brent Comber Atelier Studio in North Vancouver.

Discovery highlights the sparse emotions that culminate in a desire to explore endless possibilities as we transition from the unknown into the known. Within this process is where we are introduced into a world of components that contribute to the shorelines, eco-system, and the life forms that inhabit the intersection of land and ocean.
B.C. Deconstruction Company Ignites Dragons' Den Interest
Nanaimo News Bulletin

A B.C. entrepreneur had all six Dragons’ Den judges opening their wallets after pitching them a business that makes money from salvaged supplies.

Unbuilders is a deconstruction company that is working to save thousands of homes – including one in Vic West – from going to landfill each year by “unbuilding” them instead.
Trade Accelerator Program - Indigenous Cohort
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

Become export ready. Are you ready to take your business to the next level? Let us help you create a customized business and export plan to tap into international markets. 
Revamped CanExport Program Goes Virtual to Help SMEs Compete Abroad
Government of Canada
This program offers SMEs up to $75,000 in funding for specific types of expenses to explore new opportunities to sell their products and services outside of Canada. The new changes take into consideration the evolving activities businesses are investing in during the pandemic.
The Wood Innovation Group (TWIG)

The UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing is proud to launch The Wood Innovation Group (TWIG), formerly known as the Outside the Box meet-up group. The new format will feature monthly online meet-ups along with the TWIG ( website, which will be a resource for wood related professionals focused on facilitating creative projects and product development using local resources. TWIG's goal is to provide time, space, knowledge, skills, experience, and people, for the local design and wood communities to connect, learn, innovate, and build projects - all for the love of wood.
Foundations in Diversity and Inclusion Certification
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

In partnership with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), Greater Vancouver Board of Trade are excited to announce the return of the Foundations in Diversity and Inclusion Certification. This training is designed for individuals with little or no background on the topics of D&I Fundamentals, Unconscious Bias, and Respect in the Workplace.

  • Three-day workshop
  • January 26, 27 & 28, 2020
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.