Of course there will also be several traditional 2×4 builders who have been using Canadian products for years. However, they too are looking for new ideas and products. Several GBM repeaters will also be coming. They seem to be happy with the products they added from previous GBMs and are interested in finding additional ones to carry.
For the first time we also have some furniture manufacturers. They have been using Japanese and South East Asian wood for years, but do to environmental concerns and supply constraints they are looking to Canada as a potential new source of lumber.
On the media side, two very different publications from Japan will be covering the GBM this year. One is the major lumber newspaper in Japan, Nikkan Mokuzai, who is sending their new staff writer for the North American lumber market. We also have writers from Shoten Kenchiku which is one of the main commercial building design magazines in Japan. They have covered many European shows in the past, but this is their first time to attend a Canadian event so they are looking forward to seeing what our members have to offer.
I am very excited about this Japanese delegation and I think many new relationships will be built with members. Please feel free to contact me directly for more information on our delegates and I’ll see you in Whistler!