UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing Co-op Presentation Evening

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Please join us for our Co-op Presentation Evening on Thursday,September 25th, 2014.

Intermediate co-op students in the B.Sc. Wood Products Processing degree program at the University of British Columbia will be delivering presentations on their recently completed co-op work terms in the wood products industry.

An extended intermission is scheduled to provide a valuable networking opportunity to meet our industry partners, UBC faculty members as well as the students.  You will be able to meet co-op students in all years of the program, including those available for upcoming work terms.

Date:

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Time:

6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Venue:

Forest Sciences Centre
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC

Map: http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=353

Please RSVP to sudeh.jahan@ubc.ca by September 12th, 2014

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Technical Tour to Norway and Holzbau Nordic Conference – September 2014

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CAWP is pleased to announce that it will lead a technical tour to Norway in September 2014 to visit sites that showcase innovative wood design and construction, culminating in attendance of the Holzbau Nordic “Building our Future with Wood” conference. The tour will run during the week of September 21st to 27th and will focus on the sustainability and energy-efficiency benefits that wood can bring to contemporary construction practices in both the residential and non-residential sectors.

A wide range of innovative contemporary architectural projects will be visited, and the group will also look at some examples of traditional wood architecture to consider the lessons such structures can teach us about durability and protection. The influence of modern engineered building materials such as cross-laminated-timber will also be of interest.

The group size will be limited to 20 people, and we currently have 15 slots remaining. More info can be found at http://cawp.ubc.ca/technical-tour-to-norway-and-holzbau-nordic-conference-september-2014/

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Notice of BC Wood’s AGM

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BC Wood Specialties Group 2014 Annual General Meeting
9:30 – 10:15 AM, Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Whistler Conference Centre

BC Wood will be holding its’ 2014 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 4th, 9:30 AM at the Whistler Conference Centre in Whistler, British Columbia. All BC Wood members are encouraged to attend.

To register or for more information, please contact me directly atbhawrysh@bcwood.com or by phone at 604-882-7100 (toll free 1-877-422-9663). We look forward to seeing you in scenic Whistler, BC for BC Wood’s Annual General Meeting on September 4th, 2014.

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Spotlight: Kettle River Timberworks

On July 18th, 2014, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on Spotlight: Kettle River Timberworks

Kettle River Timberworks designs, manufactures, and installs architectural timberwork, post and beam, and timber frames throughout the Pacific Northwest. It was founded in Vancouver, BC in 2004 by David Petrina, a mechanical engineer with a diverse background in construction, sawmilling, and manufacturing in the technology sector.

Kettle River specializes in building and installing timber frame structures on remote islands including those with no ferry access.  As a licensed general contractor, Kettle River provides a full range of services to their clients, particularly for unique setting projects. They recently completed a stunning 1,000 square foot off-grid timber frame cabin on Nelson Island helicoptering all the materials to the site.  The cabin was featured on the cover of the January 2014 issue of Cottage magazine.

Kettle River Timberworks recently moved to a new location in Burnaby. Be sure to attend their 10th anniversary open house in the Fall to view their new showroom showcasing their high-end work that won them the best in Houzz for Customer Satisfaction Award in 2013. To view their Houzz page,click here.

For more information on Kettle River Timberworks, visit their website:kettlerivertimber.com

 

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Planning: The Hidden Key to Successful Event Marketing

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Skyline Tradeshow Tips – July 7, 2014

There are countless information sources both online and off (many produced by Skyline around the globe) outlining what you need to do to be a successful event marketer. Topics range from booth design, promotions, choosing the right booth staff, selecting the right shows, and so on.

I was recently asked what I thought was the key to successful event marketing. My first thought was, “Jeez that is a tough question.” My second was, “This answer is not going to be popular!” In my opinion, the key to successful event marketing is planning. Boring, right? But bear with me, because if you create the plan you can then spend more time on all the fun stuff and do it in a strategic and rewarding fashion!

Here are some reasons why you need to create a forward plan for ALL of your events for the next 12 months:

1. Consistent Branding & Messaging

Your plan will outline what you want to communicate for each event. You will know what graphics you need on your display and what they will promote and highlight at your events. This will tie in with the promotional materials, uniforms, and entertainment you will use at each event. This will ensure a consistent message and look and feel across your entire show schedule.

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Log Home Bootcamp

On July 18th, 2014, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on Log Home Bootcamp

Do you want to learn how to build log homes?

Join us for our Surelog Homes Boot Camp. During this Boot Camp you will be learning the fundamentals of log home building not in a classroom but on an actual log home building work site.

Your instructors Terry Hall, the Surelog Homes crew, and guest instructor, Gary Young Chief will walk you through:

  • Log home safety
  • How to choose your logs, both in the forest and in the yard
  • Log preparation
  • Introduction to tools and terminology
  • Foundation basics
  • Scribing methods
  • Basic Notches, windows and doors
  • Assembly and disassembly
  • Intro in basic roof systems
  • And ‘Micro Log Homes”

Watch this video for additional details and to meet your instructors:

 http://vimeo.com/100434492

Surelog Homes 'Log Home Boot Camp 2014'
DETAILS

This boot camp is being held at the Surelog Homes Log Yard in Tappen, British Columbia Canada from August 25 to 29, 2014. 

COST
The cost of the boot camp is $2,600.00 Canadian. This does not include flights, accommodations, and meals.

For more information or to register for this event, please contact Terry Hall at surelog@airspeedwireless.ca

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UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing Co-op Presentation Evening

On July 18th, 2014, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing Co-op Presentation Evening

Please join us for our Co-op Presentation Evening on Thursday,September 25th, 2014.

Intermediate co-op students in the B.Sc. Wood Products Processing degree program at the University of British Columbia will be delivering presentations on their recently completed co-op work terms in the wood products industry.

An extended intermission is scheduled to provide a valuable networking opportunity to meet our industry partners, UBC faculty members as well as the students.  You will be able to meet co-op students in all years of the program, including those available for upcoming work terms.

Date:

            Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Time:

            6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Venue:

            Forest Sciences Centre

            2424 Main Mall

            Vancouver, BC

Map: http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=353

Please RSVP to sudeh.jahan@ubc.ca by September 12th, 2014

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Can You Build A Safe, Sustainable Skyscraper Out Of Wood?

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Climate Progress – June 18, 2014

North America’s tallest modern all-wood building is nearing completion in Prince George, British Columbia, but it might not hold that high rank for long. Other wood buildings are in the works across the world as it gains a reputation for climate friendliness, beauty, and yes, even fire safety.

The Wood Innovation Design Centre will be a six-story building, the maximum for a wood building under British Columbia’s building code, but the Centre’s high ceilings mean it will be about as tall as the average 10-floor building. It’ll join the current highest and second-highest modern wood buildings, respectively, a ten-story Melbourne residential building and anine-story London apartment building.

But no new wood building yet has surpassed the world’s tallest, built in the 18th century. The Kizhi Pogost is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on an island in northern Russia, and has a central cupola 37 meters high, a few meters above the tops of the new wood high-rises. But it likely won’t hold onto the title of tallest wood building for long.

One all-wood building in northern Norway will be 17 stories high, and there’s also talk of a more theoretical 34-story wooden skyscraper in Sweden.

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Up to $1000 of Funding Available for Small Businesses

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The Micro-Business Training Pilot Program (“MBT Program”) offers eligible, small business owners funded training programs in general business skills such as bookkeeping, marketing, social media, management and other areas with the goal of improving productivity, decreasing costs and generating new revenue.

Eligible micro-business owners receive up to $1000 of funding support for courses in a variety of formats (online, classroom and/or one-on-one) offered by training institutions across the province including universities, colleges, PCTIA accredited institutions and Private Trainers.

This program is available to every eligible business owner across the province, and training options are available in every region, including online or elearning options.

For more information or to apply online, click here

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The Benefits of Wood in Building Construction

On June 19th, 2014, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on The Benefits of Wood in Building Construction

Wood is an abundant and renewable natural resource which is suitable for many types of building construction. The Government of Canada Supports the research and development of wood-based construction. Watch this quick video on the benefits of wood in building construction.

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2014 BC Creative Achievement Awards

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The Carter Wosk BC Creative Achievement Awards for Applied Art and Design celebrate British Columbians who through their creativity contribute to the cultural and economic fabric of the Province.

Both established and emerging artist and designers are invited to apply.Up to three awards of $2,500 each will be presented to applied artists and designers whose work has a practical function. Individuals who work in jewellry, glass, wood, fibre, clay and metal in such areas as, but not limited to, textiles, furniture, weaving, ceramics, fashion and industrial design are eligible.

Deadline for Submissions: July 10, 2014

For complete information, contact the BC Achievement Foundation or visitwww.bcachievement.com/creative/info.php

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Ronald McDonald House Grand Opening

On June 19th, 2014, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on Ronald McDonald House Grand Opening

On June 11th, we were invited to attend a special reception for suppliers, whose support helped build the new Ronald McDonald House® BC. Many BC Wood members generously donated their time, products and materials to the new RMH. We had an exclusive sneak peek at BC’s new home-away-from-home for BC and Yukon’s sick kids and families – capable of handling up to 73 families at one time. The previous house could support only 13 families, so this new facility, designed by architect Michael Green, is one of the top 5 in the world.

On June 16th, Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon reached a milestone seven years in the making, with the grand opening of the brand new facility on the grounds of BC Children’s Hospital.

“This is a momentous day for seriously ill children and their families in British Columbia,” said Richard Pass, CEO, Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon. “We are extremely grateful to each and every person who made this new House possible – from our donors, to the public to the Province of BC and McDonald’s® Canada. With the new Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon, over 2,500 families each year will have a home-away-from-home while their child is receiving medical care in Vancouver.”,

Click here for views of the construction process

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Tolko to celebrate Grand Opening of Athabasca Mill

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Tolko Media Advisory – June 18, 2014

On Thursday, June 19, 2014, Roland Twinn, Chief of the Sawridge First Nation, Pearl Calahasen, Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Slave Lake, Tyler Warman, Mayor of Slave Lake, and other dignitaries from the federal and provincial government and the communities of Slave Lake and High Level, will join Brad Thorlakson, Tolko President and CEO, to celebrate the Grand Opening of Tolko’s Athabasca Mill.

The celebration kicks off at 11:00 am (MST) with a BBQ and mill tours for guests and then continues with an official ceremony beginning at 1:30pm (MST).

The reopening of Tolko’s Athabasca Mill represents the company’s commitment to the vitality of the Slave Lake Region. The mill has provided approximately 150 direct and indirect jobs in the community, including salaried and hourly positions at the mill, contractors and suppliers, and related community employment opportunities.

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B.C. investing $2.14 million to put wood first

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Ministry of International Trade News Release – June 10, 2014

 

The B.C. government is investing $2.14 million to advance the use of wood in British Columbia with a focus on expanding the use of wood in non-residential construction, strengthening manufacturing capabilities, and positioning B.C. as a global leader in wood design technologies.

Funding is being provided to industry trade associations and research institutions with proven records in wood products marketing, training, wood products development and research. The funds are being distributed through the Wood First program, an initiative to grow the culture of wood throughout B.C. and to develop world-leading technologies and building systems that can be used to promote B.C. wood sales both at home and in foreign markets.

The Wood First program is delivered by Forestry Innovation Investment, the Province’s market development agency for wood products. The funding announcement was made June 10th by Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat at Viceroy Homes in Richmond, a leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of custom wood buildings.

Click here to read the entire article

Click here to learn more about Wood First

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Two great tools for the residential housing industry: Houzz and TODL

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A few comments, suggestions, and ideas that may be of interest…

This past while I have been reviewing a number of marketing and sales websites that purport to connect manufacturers to buyers. Some are obviously better than others but two that I think really standout in the North American residential and hospitality sectors are Houzz and TODL.

Houzz targets the residential housing market and is a site designed to help trade professionals including builders, architects, interior designers, and home owners. This platform provides design inspiration, project advice, product information, and professional reviews to help homeowners, designers, and trade professionals turn their ideas into reality.

Watch this quick video on how Houzz has helped companies:

(video link: http://vimeo.com/53188990

TODL (Trade Only Design Library) is a portal that services professionals in the Hospitality and Design sectors. TODL has built the largest pre-qualified group  of design professionals in the world providing over 70,000 interior designers, architects, retail purchasers, facility managers, builders, landscape designes, and other professional purchasers access to more than 300,000 products for their residential, contract, commercial, hospitality, and LEED-certified projects.

I think that it’s worth your time to have a look at these sites and see if they are worth the investment. They are not for every company, and very much product dependent; however, they do provide another avenue of sales and an increased exposure of your product in the market. If you decide to go down this road, I believe that high resolution professional photography is an absolute must.

As always for more information on the US market and opportunities throughout the States please contact me at dfarley@bcwood.com

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Sticks and Stones Furniture receives the IIDA Best Product Design – Outdoor Seating award at the HD Expo.

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The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has named the winners of the 18th annual IIDA/HD Product Design Competition. Presented in partnership with Hospitality Design magazine, Contract magazine’s sister publication, the awards recognize innovation, functionality, and aesthetics in the hospitality industry. The competition is open to exhibitors at HD Expo 2014.

Sticks and Stones Furniture received the award for Best Product Design – Outdoor Seating for their Social Circle fire pit and bench design. Coming in at just under 10 feet in diameter, this fire pit and bench ensemble sits up to six people. With its moving seats, guests can snuggle up together, or enjoy a few solitary moments alone with the fire. This solid yet comfortable piece can be installed both indoors and out. Out of doors, this piece is often seen in gardens and on patios and runs on either natural or propane fuel. Indoors, this ensemble makes for an elegant addition to lobbies and lounges, and runs with an ethanol burner from eco smart fire.

For more information on Sticks and Stones Furniture, visit

sticks-and-stones.ca

For a list of the winners, click here

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2014 BC Creative Achievement Awards

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The Carter Wosk BC Creative Achievement Awards for Applied Art and Design celebrate British Columbians who through their creativity contribute to the cultural and economic fabric of the Province.

Both established and emerging artist and designers are invited to apply.Up to three awards of $2,500 each will be presented to applied artists and designers whose work has a practical function. Individuals who work in jewellry, glass, wood, fibre, clay and metal in such areas as, but not limited to, textiles, furniture, weaving, ceramics, fashion and industrial design are eligible.

Deadline for Submissions: July 10, 2014

For complete information, contact the BC Achievement Foundation or visitwww.bcachievement.com/creative/info.php

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Furniture inspiration from the art of Japanese flower arranging

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Globe and Mail – May 28, 2014

Vancouver furniture designer Brent Comber, whose elegantly simple pieces exploring the materials of the Pacific Northwest have won him international renown, has a new furniture collection that takes him back to a new art form. The collection, called Ikebana, is, as the name suggests, based on the Japanese art of flower arranging.

“Before I decided to get into woodworking full time, I thought maybe I would open a flower shop, actually. I’ve always liked flowers and the discipline of how they’re arranged,” says the man who has been dubbed the “wood whisperer”.

“When I learned more about the Japanese point of view, and the discipline of ikebana, I really appreciated the negative space that they liked and also I liked the idea of honouring the leaf and the stem and the flower all with equal importance,” Comber adds.

The exploration of negative space is highlighted in the ends of occasional tables, and Comber’s interest in materials runs throughout the entire collection, composed of one console table, called Seika, and three solid wood pieces, called Shin, Soe and Hikae, that can be configured – arranged like flowers, in fact – in multiple ways.

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Digital Design and Construction of Timber Structures – 2 Days of Workshops at CAWP, June 12th and 13th 2014

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On June 12th and 13th CAWP  invites you to two days of workshops on advanced computer-controlled fabrication of timber building components and structures. The event will discuss current and emerging technologies used to fabricate wood elements such as posts, beams, floor and wall panels and other building components. Specialists with expert technical knowledge and practitioners with significant experience using the technology will present in an informal environment that will encourage two-way Q&A and knowledge sharing throughout each day.

Who Should Attend?

  • Existing users of CNC-controlled timber processing equipment and those considering investing in such technology (for Day 2 in particular)
  • Architects, designers, and engineers wishing to better understand how digital design and manufacturing tools are impacting the design-fabrication-construction continuum (for Day 1 in particular)

We invite participants to sign up for one or other of the two workshop days – or both – depending on their specific interests

For more information and a full agenda call 1-866-822-2297 or visit the CAWP website: http://cawp.ubc.ca/digital-design-construction-of-timber-structures-workshop-2014/

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Free Anti-Spam Legislation Webinars

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There are two free upcoming webinars to educate you on the new Anti-Spam Legislation:

Opt-in Canada (Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation): How to Make it Work for Your Business – June 9 at 10:00am to 11:00am

Join us June 9 at 1:00 PM ET to learn all about the law and its implications for you as a small business or nonprofit organization. Lisa Kember, our Eastern Canada Regional Development Director will be hosting a live discussion with special guest Shaun Brown, a Canadian lawyer and expert on CASL. Shaun speaks and writes regularly about CASL regulations and he has recently published a book entitled A Complete Guide to e-Marketing under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation.

Click here to register.

Get Ready for CASL with Constant Contact – June 12 at 10:00am to 11:00am

CASL (the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation) will go into effect on July 1, 2014. Are you ready for it? Do you know what you have to do to be compliant with the law after July 1st? Join us for this webinar which will review some of the core components of the legislation and provide you with some simple guidance on what you can do today to prepare your business and your marketing efforts for the new guidelines. Attendees will learn:

  • The core components and key language of CASL
  • The impact of CASL on non-Canadian businesses and nonprofits
  • What you can do today to set yourself up to be compliant with the law
  • Why all of this matters to small businesses in the context of growing your contact lists

Click here to register

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