Doing Business in Mexico Workshop and One-on-One Sessions with Nora Gonzales, our In-Market Expert on the Mexican Wood Products Industry!

On November 1st, 2016, posted in: BC Wood Activities, Industry News by Comments Off on Doing Business in Mexico Workshop and One-on-One Sessions with Nora Gonzales, our In-Market Expert on the Mexican Wood Products Industry! 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.

Nora Gonzales, our expert on Mexico’s wood products industry, will be flying in from Mexico to share her insights on the many opportunities for BC’s value-added wood manufacturers in Mexico.
Nora recently brought a number of enthusiastic buyers to the Global Buyers Mission and together with our last successful trade event and mission to Mexico in August, we are very optimistic that the interest from this market will continue to grow. Participating members have already seen sales growth and our goal is to continue the momentum, while finding further new opportunities.
Experts from Livingston International will be flying in to discuss customs clearance and regulations specific to wood products into Mexico.
The Trade Commissioner from Guadalajara , as well as our local office specialist  will be on hand to talk about additional programming, funding, and incentives that may be available for you to lower your risk while exploring the possibilities.

Join us to discover if your product is right for this market.


Workshop Date: Monday, November 14, 2016
Workshop Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Workshop Location:
Third floor of KPMG Building – 8506 200 Street, Langley, BC


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 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.

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tall wood

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


  • Private tour of the 18-story Brock Commons, the world’s largest wood building
  • Private tours of a spectrum of mass timber structures at the University of British Columbia, the epicenter of innovation in mass timber construction
  • Private tour of the iconic Audain Art Museum in Whistler, BC led by John Patkau, the design Architect of Whistler’s newest world class attraction
  • Interact with the design team of every visited building
  • Participate in the WoodTALKS Programs and social events at the world class Global Buyers Mission in beautiful Whistler, BC
  • Earn AIA learning units

To REGISTER now, please contact



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:

  • Breakfast with introductions and program overview
  • Site tours of mass timber structures:
    • Brock Commons and the adjacent ‘Living Lab’ – Learn about this game-changing structure from the owner, architect, structural engineer, and construction manager
    • UBC Student Union Building – Meet the architect of this advanced hybrid structure
    • UBC District Energy Centre – Explore a landmark example of industrial CLT structures in North America
    • Wesbrook Community Centre – Tour this spectacular facility with exposed glulam and CLT
    • Virtuoso – Visit and learn about the 300,000 square foot, light wood frame and mass timber hybrid structure – the future of multi-family residential
  • Lunch & Learn Seminar: CrossLam Design Guide and Mass Timber Testing.
    • Learn the basics of designing in CLT using Structurlam Products’ new CrossLam Design Guide,
    • Witness live destructive tests to support the design specifications for CLT developed at FP Innovations (Canada’s premier wood products laboratory)
  • Travel to Whistler, BC
  • Welcome Reception at the Roundhouse atop stunning Whistler Mountain


  • Hot Buffet Breakfast
  • Trade Showcase
  • Lunch & Learn Seminar: Material Operations. Presenter John Patkau, Principal, Patkau Architects (1 LU/HSW*)
  • Exhibitor Mini-Seminar Series (1.75 LU/HSW*)
  • Site Tour: Audain Museum, with design Architect John Patkau (1 LU /HSW*).  The Audain Museum is an iconic 55,230-square-foot museum that houses a unique collection of British Columbia art in Whistler Village
  • Reception at the Audain Museum


8:30 AM Transportation to Vancouver

Or stay another days programming for no additional charge:

  • Hot Buffet Breakfast
  • Trade Showcase
  • Lunch & Learn Seminar: Carbon, Construction and COP 21 – What designers need to know about wood and carbon, with WoodWorks educator Peter Moonen (1 LU/HSW*)
  • 2:00 PM Transportation to Vancouver

* Total Potential Credits: 4.75 LU/HSWs; AIA approval pending


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WoodTALKS at the Global Buyers Mission

On August 10th, 2016, posted in: Architects, Global Buyers Mission, Uncategorized by Comments Off on WoodTALKS at the Global Buyers Mission

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:

  • Meals during the GBM including: hot buffet breakfasts, lunches and evening receptions with lots of great food
  • Social / networking events – Casual Thursday evening atop Whistler Mountain & dressier Friday evening at the Audain Museum
  • Spousal program for the Thursday and Friday evening events is $100 for each event.
  • Complementary round bus trip available.  Please contact GBM@BCWOOD.COM

To register or to find out more about the program, please contact Randi or Jake at (604) 882-7100 or email

If you have any other questions, or require additional information, please contact Roy Manion, directly at 604-882-7100 or e-mail

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! 

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FPInnovations Upcoming Workshops

On August 9th, 2016, posted in: Industry News, Resources, Seminars by Comments Off on FPInnovations Upcoming Workshops

Join us at these valuable Workshops & Events starting this September!!

–      Delivered by our FPInnovations experts

Build skills, expand your team’s knowledge, increase overall productivity, and lower your manufacturing costs!

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

Did You Know?

  • Register now for these workshops and take advantage of the Early Bird Offers !
  • View Youtube videos from other BC companies and their success in implementing new ideas – click here:
  • The technical resources of FPInnovations are available to small businesses in BC. Contact directly for more info.
  • Need help to develop or test a product – we can help! (604) 222-5672

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FPInnovations Presents

On August 8th, 2016, posted in: Industry News, Resources, Seminars by Comments Off on FPInnovations Presents


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USA Market Update – PCBC Show Report

On July 21st, 2016, posted in: Industry News, Trade Events, Trade Shows, USA by Comments Off on USA Market Update – PCBC Show Report

Few comments, suggestions, and ideas…

BC Wood and member companies participated in the annual Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Francisco this past week and upon reflection, one could come away with a couple of ideas and thoughts.

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.

Secondly, the trend towards contemporary or modern aesthetic in residential housing was evident at PCBC. Gone are the California monster homes of the mid 2000s’, replaced with smaller, well designed, thoughtful homes that incorporate modern aesthetic and the latest in technology. This was probably best evidenced by the latest offerings showcased by the numerous “cultured stone” companies at PCBC. Firms such as Eldorado Stone and Boral had displays that were completely different from years past. The stacked stone and rustic designs have been replaced with clean lined brick and stone offerings better suited for today’s modern designs. How this push to a contemporary aesthetic impacts the wood industry and in particular the BC secondary wood products sector is, I think interesting, and will be further explored in the next Wood Connections Newsletter. As always, for more information on the US market please feel free to contact me at

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Upcoming Trade Events in Vancouver

On July 21st, 2016, posted in: Industry News, Trade Events, Trade Shows by Comments Off on Upcoming Trade Events in Vancouver

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.

Space is generally limited, as we have to make commitments in advance.  If you are interested in any of these trade events, please contact me as soon as possible for more details at or 604-882-7100.

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Global Buyers Mission

On July 21st, 2016, posted in: Global Buyers Mission, Industry News, Trade Events by Comments Off on Global Buyers Mission

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:

“I’ve been attending BC Wood’s GBM for several years and always look forward to it. [The] event is exceptionally well organized and I always come away with a new appreciation for wood: The materials available, wide variety of product lines, applications, fabrications and installation techniques. The trade show and mini-seminars make for effective learning and first hand observation.” – Neale Staniszkis Doll Adams Architects
Last year, over $34 million in new business was developed at this event alone. Click here to see who has signed up to exhibit already. A returning exhibitor expressed that:
“GBM is an excellent show for Conifex. Every year we meet new accounts and get a chance to spend some time with other suppliers and existing customers in a wonderful environment. BC Wood does a terrific job in qualifying the buyers and introducing us to their markets. This is the best Export Show in North America.” – Conifex Marketing
Meet the local industry stars in a short video from last year’s event: (if video link does not work, click here:

Pre-qualified Buyers will come from the US, Australia, Western Europe, China, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Taiwan and some newer markets like Malaysia. One buyer had to say,
“I was very pleased to have been invited to attend the BC Wood Global Buyers Mission as a delegate of the Consulate General. It was important for our organization to learn more about Canadian expertise in the construction of wood buildings and to develop important contacts that will help us import Canadian wood products, hire Canadian consultants and grow the demand for Canadian products in our region. I came away not only impressed by Canadian knowledge in this sector, but inspired to learn more.” – Mithun, USA
GBM Program Schedule
Thursday – September 8th
  • BC Wood AGM; Exhibitor set-up
  • Evening Welcome Reception at the spectacular Roundhouse Lodge at the Peak of Whistler Mountain for all participants
Friday – September 9th
  • Breakfast with Opening Ceremony and Morning Networking/Tradeshow/Meetings
  • Afternoon Sponsored Golf Tournament; Architects (Wood First) in-booth presentations; or Whistler free time
  • Evening Networking Dinner/Reception & Private Showing at the Audain Art Museum
Saturday – September 10th
  • Breakfast and Morning Networking/Tradeshow/Meetings
  • Exhibitor lunch and teardown
Exhibitor Fees
BC Wood, WRCLA, CSSB or other BC Based Wood Products Association Member
10 x 10 booth space – $1,629.00
Outside BC Canadian Wood Products Association Member
10 x 10 booth space – $ 2,199.00
10 x 10 booth space – $ 2,729.00
Each company booth personnel $425
Spousal Program $100 for each Evening event
Exhibit Registration Includes:
  • Basic electrical, pipe & drape, covered table & 2 chairs, carpet & Wi-Fi
  • All meals during the event including the Thursday night Welcome Event at the Roundhouse Lodge & Friday evening Networking Dinner Event
  • Full access to Thursday Association Programs
  • Complete multi-lingual company listing in the Mission Program Guide
Exhibit space is now VERY limited and will be available on a first-come / first-served basis. If you haven’t already registered, contact us for your online registration link at or call Randi at 604-882-7100.

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GBM Information Session in Tokyo

On July 21st, 2016, posted in: Global Buyers Mission, Industry News, Trade Events by Comments Off on GBM Information Session in Tokyo

The BC Wood offices in Asia spend a lot of time and effort on recruiting qualified buyers each year for the GBM. Our promotions usually begin in early May and include mailouts, company visits, and a lot of phone calls and e-mails. This year in Tokyo we also partnered with the Canadian Embassy to hold an information session for people interested in the GBM.
We decided to give this try as we handle a lot of questions every year about the extended mission tour schedules and an information session is an efficient way to provide this. Also, we thought that an official event at the Embassy would also draw out people interested but sitting on the fence. During the planning of this event we expected 10-15 people, but in the end almost forty came!
This year there is tremendous interest in Japan in the Brock Commons 18 storey CLT building going up at UBC. We already had ten people signed up for the extended mission containing this site visit, but as a result of last week’s seminar we are now looking at twenty. Even more impressive is the fact that the Japanese major general contractors will be very well represented in our group of buyers. As a result, exhibitors at the GBM in Whistler will have an excellent opportunity to meet with these key buyers as Japan heads into a commercial building boom ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

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Spotlight: SOFO Kitchens

On July 21st, 2016, posted in: Cabinets, Industry News by Comments Off on Spotlight: SOFO Kitchens

Founded in 2008, by Radu Soos, SOFO Kitchens, produces high-end residential custom cabinetry and millwork. The company made its start in Radu’s garage, and soon after, word got out about the quality of his work and the orders started pouring in. Before long, Radu rented his first commercial space. A year later, SOFO Kitchens was bursting at the seams. SOFO Kitchens is now in at its fourth location, a 12,000-square-foot facility with 1,000 square feet of showroom space, where Radu hopes to stay for at least the duration of their lease.

SOFO’s impressive growth is attributed to a talented team and commitment to having the best in technology. “Most of our people have been with the company since the beginning, and they bring decades of skill and craftsmanship to the table,” Monika, Radu’s wife and business partner explained. “Another contributor to our growth is the fact that we invest in cutting-edge technology and in staying on top of trends,” added Radu.

With services such as in-house estimates, drafting complex CAD drawings and 3D designs, and LIFETIME limited warranties, SOFO has earned a top spot among high-end cabinet manufacturers. They recently were awarded with Best Of Houzz 2016 Award for Customer Service which follows a Best of Houzz 2015 Award and a Best of Houzz 2014 Award. They also won four diamond awards at the Cabinet Makers Association Wood Diamond Awards in Las Vegas for Best Bathroom over $25,000, Best Closet over $25,000, and Best Overall European Kitchen.

For more information on SOFO Kitchens, visit their and Houzz profile:

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