Global Buyers Mission 2011 Update

Posted by Randi Walker
September 19th, 2011
The 2011 Global Buyers Mission, held September 8th to 10th welcomed almost 700 delegates to Whistler, for the third year in a row. This year we were pleased to welcome 38% new exhibitors and close to 75% new buyers to the event, offering excellent opportunities for Canadian manufacturers to build new business.Pre-qualified international buyers came from Australia, Eastern Canada, China, India, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Vietnam, the United States, and the United Kingdom. We were pleased that the majority of our buyers were new to the GBM again this year,

Minister of Jobs, Tourism & Innovation, the Honourable Pat Bell, joined us at the Roundhouse Event Thursday evening, then welcomed our delegates and officially opened the showroom Friday morning.

Products on display at the 2011 GBM included timber-frame structures, engineered wood products, pre-fabricated housing, treated lumber, windows, doors, cabinetry, flooring, western red cedar products and other value-added and specialty wood building products.

Many thanks must go to our funding Partners this year including our Platinum Partners: Natural Resources Canada Wood Export Program (CWEP), Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd. (FII), and Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC); our Silver Partners: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau (CSSB); and our Bronze Partners; HSBC Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). We were pleased to again have the collaborative effort made by CSSB and the Western Red Cedar Lumber & Export Associations (WRCLA & WRCEA) in recruiting participants and assisting BC Wood with the organization & delivery of the event.

Stay tuned for the full Partners Report which we hope will be available for you in the next Wood Connections.

Comments are closed.