Our research shows that Mexico is the fastest growing and greatest potential new market for our wood products export. We know there are some new challenges to overcome in this market, so we will be bringing in all the experts to help you learn more about the growing opportunities; how to meet the new border and access regulations; and funding and incentives that are available to get your product to this market.
Join us to discover if your product is right for this market.
For more information or to register for this workshop, click here to download the registration form.
Please contact Rumin Mann at 604-882-7100 or email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Nora Gonzalez, G&G
Ms. Gonzalez is founding partner of G&G, specializing in helping Mexican companies to export its products and services and in assisting international companies to enter or expand into the Mexican market. Over the past 15 years, Ms. Gonzalez has been dealing with international companies in Mexico and with different markets around the world. Prior to becoming partner of the firm, Ms. Gonzalez worked as a market specialist in CIDUE (Center for the European Union at Jalisco’s Secretariat of Economic Promotion). Ms. Gonzalez has coordinated and completed diverse market studies and developed trade missions for the Canadian Consulate in Guadalajara, Jalisco’s Government, and for diverse Canadian Associations (Pulse Canada, BC Wood, QWeb, STEP) and provinces (Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership, Manitoba Trade and Investment), as well as for private companies for different countries, including: the U.S., Chile, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Peru, Brazil, Japan, in the food, forestry, environment, energy, education, ICT, industrial machinery, and automotive industries among many others. Ms. Gonzalez has attended different trade shows in different countries including the U.S., Japan, Germany, France, Spain, as she has coordinated the promotion of different Mexican products, in international markets, but has also conducted different market research studies to identify trends and new tendencies in different business sectors.
Rene Cobos, Livingston International
Rene Cobos is an International Trade Executive and Supply Chain professional working for Livingston International since 2006, he leads the Livingston commercial effort for Mexico and Latin-America and the solutions design for Livingston Global Trade Management, he has more than 22 years of experience in multicultural environments working in multiple countries.
Prior to Livingston, he has worked in a variety of executive positions, in companies as GE, KPMG, Abbott, PwC and JPMorgan, He also has participated in multiple initiatives as executive sponsor and also as a business consultant in the areas of International Trade, Customs Compliance, Special Trade Programs, Supply Chain, Inventory Control, Planning, Procurement and Technology. Also he has ample expertise in International Trade Regulations, Project Management, reengineering, startups, Facilities, Business integration and is Six Sigma proficient
He has structured thinking and has managed profitability, growth, service, and operational improvement initiatives at companies across multiple industries including automotive, consumer products, pharmaceutical, industrial, chemical, construction, manufacturing, services, logistics services providers and telecommunications.
He has been speaker at multiple forums including Expologistica in Mexico and also has published some articles related to International Trade (IMMEX, NAFTA, Mexico Trade) and Collaborative Planning Strategies as VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory) and CPFR (Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment)
He holds an Accounting Bachelor Degree at the ITESM (Tec de Monterrey) an MBA (MEDEX) at the IPADE (Instituto Panamericano de Alta Direccion Empresarial) also possess APICS certifications. He is active Member of the IMEF (Instituto Mexicano de Ejecutivos de Finanzas) and has hold positions a President and Vice-president for the German College parenthood association in Mexico. Also he is a proud husband and father of 3 wonderful kids.
Rody Camacho, Livingston International
As a Director for Livingston, Rody is responsible for international trade compliance analysis and solution implementation in client organizations. Upon review of client’s international activities and requirements, Rody provides feedback regarding risk assessments, steps for process improvement and implementation.
Mr. Camacho has extensive expertise in trade compliance and Mexico import and export regulations. Prior to joining the Trade Management Consulting group in December of 2013, he spent ten years with the Global Trade Management team of Livingston (formerly Vastera/JPMorgan), where Rody began working in the Broker Administration organization. His responsibilities included managing the relationship between clients and Customs Brokers, assuring the service providers Key Performance Indicators were met, and developing procedural gaps to avoid potential violations through respective Compliance Improvement Plans (CIP) and/or Corrective Action Plans (CAP). As Client Operations Manager, he was directly responsible for leading operational transitions, managing multiple client relationships, managing operational staff and delivering services through adherence to contractual obligations. His role required direct communications with clients to ensure customer satisfaction and issue resolution, identification of compliance risks and opportunities through data analysis, preparation and presentation of written status reports and metrics, and the facilitation of periodic meetings with clients and executive-level sponsors.
In addition to the management of client operations, Rody has provided guidance and assisted clients with the establishment and implementation of processes and procedures to execute international transactions in accordance with the applicable jurisdictional regulations and best practices. Although Mexico import and export operations management and regulations remain Rody’s principal area of expertise, his understanding of other countries compliance principles has given him the opportunity to serve clients in South America (Brazil and Argentina).
Before joining Livingston in November of 2002, Rody worked in BANCOMEXT (Mexico’s National Foreign Trade Bank) as a trade analyst, carrying out market research on potential products for foreign investors in Mexico and Brazil, and providing guidance to customers for participating on international trade fairs to promote their products.
Mike Obrist, Vice-Consul and Trade Commissioner
Mike Obrist has been with the Department of Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service since 2009 and is currently serving as the Vice Consul and Trade Commissioner for the Forestry sector out of the Consulate of Canada in Guadalajara, Mexico. Before moving to Guadalajara, Mike held several positions at GAC headquarters, ranging from organizing trade missions to conducting consultations, all in support of Canada’s trade promotion. Mike holds an MBA from the Telfer School of Management and is fluent in English, French, German and Spanish.read more
BC Wood is pleased to invite US based PNW architects to attend an exciting new event “Tall Wood and Beyond” as part of this year’s Global Buyers Mission (GBM).
Tall Wood and Beyond tour will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016 and was developed specifically to educate Architects, Contractors and Engineers on mass timber construction options and provides an excellent opportunity to not only learn about mass timber products, but actually see them under construction and in use.
Brock Commons, located on the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC is currently under construction and when completed in early 2017, will be the tallest hybrid wood construction building in the world.
You are invited to tour this structure (and others on the UBC campus) and meet with the architects and engineers that designed it and the fabricators and builders constructing it.
The UBC tours begin a three-day event in Vancouver and Whistler that is filled with educational and social programs.
The most extraordinary and comprehensive three-day learning opportunity for mass timber construction ever offered to designers and specifiers
TALL WOOD & BEYOND ITINERARY
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH: UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, VANCOUVER, BC
In partnership with Structurlam Products, North America’s leader in mass timber fabrication, BC Wood presents a tour that will immerse you in mass timber technology:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH: WHISTLER, BC
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH: WHISTLER, BC
8:30 AM Transportation to Vancouver
Or stay another days programming for no additional charge:
* Total Potential Credits: 4.75 LU/HSWs; AIA approval pending
WoodTALKS AT THE GBM in Whistler, BC September 8 – 10, 2016
“The Greatest Wood Show in Canada”
Beginning at 2:30 PM on Thursday, September 8th be prepared to enjoy 2 full days of education, exhibits, inspiration, networking, great food, and fun – for which the GBM has become famous
Total Learning Units Approved:
AIBC: 6.75 Core, AIA: 6.75 LU/HSW, AAA: 5.75 Structured; 1 Non-Structured
If you have never attended this event this is a great year to start; you will be glad you did!!
Details re registering for this great event are shown below and in the provided links including event and hotel registration and finalized agenda
Cost of Registration fee is $235.00 and includes all the above plus:
To register or to find out more about the program, please contact Randi or Jake at (604) 882-7100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any other questions, or require additional information, please contact Roy Manion, directly at 604-882-7100 or e-mail email@example.com.
You can also find short videos from last year’s GBM on YouTube:
We look forward to welcoming you to the 2016 Global Buyers Mission!read more
How Much is Your Rework Costing You?
September 13, 2016 in Surrey, BC
Having to rework products ends up costing you money! Turn worst practices into best practices by determining your quality and how you can improve it. REGISTER HERE
Job Instruction Training for Supervisors
October 12 & 13, 2016 in Surrey, BC
Supervisors play an important role in creating and training standard procedures. Companies need a sure and reliable method to ensure quality, productivity and costs.Standardized work is the key to ensuring quality of product or service to every manufacturer. REGISTER HERE
Productive Maintenance – An Overlooked Opportunity for Small Businesses
January 25, 2017 in Surrey, BC
A lack of regular maintenance of equipment results in costly machine downtime, productivity loss and expensive repairs.Through Visual Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), lean how your employees can become problem solvers through better understanding of equipment and processes. REGISTER HERE
First, if there is any commentary that the US Economy is not firing on all cylinders, you wouldn’t have known it visiting PCBC. The builder and architect community that I spoke to at the event were all crazy busy. The general comments were along the lines of “we haven’t been this busy since 2005″ and ” we are having a hard time keeping up”.
The show itself is experiencing somewhat of a resurgence with a reported attendance reaching the 20,000 mark for the first time in over a decade. The cautious optimism, experienced at last years event in San Diego has been replaced with a “we’re going full throttle” as one Napa based residential builder commented. With the relatively weak Canadian Loonie and pent up demand, sales potential in the California market remains strong for BC producers.
Based on the feedback from our members and Sector Advisory Groups, BC Wood has put together a comprehensive list of market development activities for the coming year in Vancouver. Follow the links for information on a few we have limited space for our members in now:
If you are looking to market your products and connect with designers, architects, builders/developers and consumers , join the BC Wood Pavilion at Interior Design Show Vancouver (IDS West) , Sept 22-25th, 2016. Click here for more information on this show.
If you would like to exhibit in Western Canada’s largest trade show and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries, join the BC Wood Pavilion at Buildex Vancouver, Feb 15-16th, 2017.
Click here for more information.
Have you booked your space at the 2016 GBM EVENT yet?
If you haven’t experienced the GBM, or have had to miss it this past year, you should be aware that this is the greatest opportunity of the year to showcase your products to over 300 pre-qualified international buyers and North American Architects, Designers, Builders, Contractors, Developers & Engineers. One architect said: