Government Invests To Grow Wood Market

On April 27th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on Government Invests To Grow Wood Market

On April 9 the Government of British Columbia announced that it is investing $6.2 million to support the forest sector in expanding global markets for B.C. wood products. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson made the announcement on behalf of International Trade Minister Teresa Wat, while attending the Council of Forest Industries annual meeting in Prince George.

“B.C. succeeds when the province has a strong and vibrant forestry sector, and promoting this industry is a key priority for our government. Combining the skills and resources of industry and both levels of government allows us to deliver more comprehensive market development efforts in priority markets in Asia, the U.S. and Europe and generates higher returns on our collective investments,” Wat said.

The funding is being made available to nine industry trade associations that deliver market development programs on behalf of government and industry. Association activities will focus on expanding markets for B.C.’s solid wood products, with investment priorities reflecting evolving market opportunities in Asia, the U.S.A. and Europe. Activities will be delivered on a cost-shared basis, with additional funding provided by industry and the federal government, through Natural Resources Canada.
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2015 Wood design awards presented

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The best designed wood projects in British Columbia were recently honoured at a gala in Vancouver. The 11th Annual B.C. Wood Design Awards took place at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

This year, there were a record 107 nominations in 12 different categories from all over the province, as well as an international nomination of a B.C. project by a New York-based designer.

“Each and every one of these projects is spectacular in its own right and demonstrates how wood can be used in innovative ways as an architectural and structural building material,” said Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director of Wood WORKS! BC.

The winner of the Wood Champion Award was Marie-Odile Marceau, the principal at McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd.  The awards jury said that Marceau has a long and distinguished architectural career in both the public and private sectors. Her portfolio of sensitive and profound school projects in many First Nations communities has provided a lasting and significant positive learning impact on the students and communities alike.

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WIDC gets architecture award

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The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in downtown Prince George is one of two recipients of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Innovation in Architecture award for 2015.

The award recognizes projects that highlight new ways to use wood and steel.

WIDC was recognized for its economical and safe features, focusing on wood as an attractive and sustainable material. The architect, Michael Green, is from Vancouver.

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Specifier’s Program Update

On March 13th, 2015, posted in: Architects, BC Wood Activities, Canada, Industry News, Markets, Trade Events, Trade Shows, USA by Comments Off on Specifier’s Program Update

In mid-January, I remember saying that the next 10 weeks through to the end of March would be a very busy time for the Specifiers Program. It has actually been all that and perhaps a little more.

In mid-February, we took 5 companies into the Pacific Northwest and held group seminars in Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland; the following week we worked the Buildex show; and now we are preparing for our Alberta architect tour in a couple of weeks’ time with companies from industry. All the while, we are continuing with lunch & learn seminars. There really aren’t very many “office days” to get caught up lately. All this is testament to the success of the program and those who are participating in it.

US Specifier Workshops

BC Wood, joined by 5 companies from industry, gave presentations to groups of architects and designers in Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland. Each company’s representative gave a 30 minute educational presentation on their respective products or programs. Judging from survey results and comments from the attendees, the program was very well received. My take on the program is that there were two benefits of participating: one being the opportunity of meeting specifiers in these 3 key cities in the Pacific Northwest; and the other being the opportunity of spending considerable time with representatives from 4 other companies, (all of which were non-competing) and learning about their products and services. One never knows, but this could be useful information for future projects. All in all, we had a great group and it was very gratifying to see everyone get along so well.

Buildex Vancouver

BC Wood was once again joined by several companies to form the “BC Wood Pavilion” at Buildex. Although we don’t have the latest attendance numbers, the show historically draws 12,000 – 13,000 professionals and attendance appeared similar to other years. While booth activity at this two day show was at times sporadic for our exhibitors, they all came away with several good leads, made new contacts, or simply renewed relationships. As a result, they felt it was a good show for their company or association.

Alberta Specifiers Workshops

Everything is in place, invitations have been sent and registrations are coming in for this 3 day BC Wood “road show”, where 5 BC companies will be giving seminars to groups of architects, designers, and contractors in Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge, March 24th, 25th, and 26th respectively.

Lunch & Learns

As usual, while all the other activities are taking place, we continue to deliver lunch and learn sessions. This month, we have six lunch and learn sessions and two group seminars booked over and above the Alberta program.

This is just a heads up that we are nearing the end of our current fiscal year (March 31) which signals the end of the current Specifiers Program. This means that shortly we will be offering participation in the 2015 – 2016 program. If you have not participated in the past years but are interested in exposing your products to architects, designers, or contractors, April 1st would be a good time to sign up as you can take advantage of a full year of activity.

Should you wish additional information on any of the foregoing, please contact me at  or call me at the office. I would be pleased to discuss it with you

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11 Ways to Build Your Brand at Trade Shows

On March 13th, 2015, posted in: Industry News by Comments Off on 11 Ways to Build Your Brand at Trade Shows

Once you know what your goals are for building awareness at your upcoming trade shows, how do you do it?  Here are 11 ways to help build your brand into an industry powerhouse:

1. Get a bigger exhibit:  There’s a reason everyone wants to see the Grand Canyon: it’s really big! Similarly, one of the key factors in which exhibits attendees remember most is booth size.  So get a bigger booth space, and then fill it with a bigger, taller exhibit that demands attention and fills their senses.  A caveat: if the key audiences you want to meet can’t be found at one single show, you may do better to go with smaller booths at various regional or vertical market industry shows.

2. Create graphic impact: Ensure attendees don’t ignore your exhibit by using bright, bold colors, big images such as photos and illustrations, and easy to read messages.  The fewer elements you put on your exhibit, the larger you can make them, and the more impact they will create.  Large, taller exhibits can have branding at 2 to 3 heights for as visitors approach from far away, just down the aisle, and in the booth.

3. Design for 3 dimensions: Create impact and messaging for all public-facing sides of your booth, especially for island exhibits that can be viewed from 4 sides.  Consider making your biggest brand impact on the exhibit side that faces the aisle that will get the most traffic.  Some of the most memorable exhibits use shape that conveys the brand personality, even the company logo in 3 dimensions.

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Wood in Midrise Buildings & Health Care

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Wood in Midrise Buildings

In cities across North America, the low-density sprawl that has characterized development since the mid-20th century is giving way to a growing landscape of mid-rise buildings; five- to six-storey structures that are more environmentally sustainable and cost effective because of their increased density – while still blending with existing neighbourhoods and helping to create livable communities that accommodate growing urban populations.

There is a boom in mid-rise wood-frame construction across the province. Today in B.C. there are over 153 midrise projects in various stages of development – from project planning through to design, permitting and completed construction.

Recently published by Forestry Innovation Investment, this case study explores the expansion and popularity of mid-rise wood-frame residential design across the province of British Columbia.

Click here to view the Mid-Rise Wood-Frame Residential Construction in B.C. case study.



Wood in Healthcare

Commissioned by Forestry Innovation Investment, FPInnovations has released a report that draws the link between the use of wood in the built environment and pro health outcomes. While the study of wood and health is relatively new in the field of environmental psychology, a clear relationship between the presence of other natural elements has been established in built environments.

Early evidence suggests that the human relationship with wood is similar to previously investigated responses of our species to other natural materials and nature cues. That is, wood is a biophilic material that reduces stress reactivity when present.

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2015 Wood Design Awards in BC honour the best in architectural and structural design

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Innovative architectural and structural design in large wood buildings headlined the 2015 Wood Design Awards in early March. The 11th annual event, organized and hosted by WoodWORKS! BC and sponsored by COFI, honoured excellence in wood building and design, and recognized leadership and innovation in wood use.

“Wood products and systems have become the material of choice in mid-rise residential as well as for the institutional, commercial and industrial sectors,” said WoodWORKS! BC executive director Lynn Embury-Williams. “Here in BC, designers and builders are leading the way by using wood because it is cost-effective, is renewable, has a smaller carbon footprint, and because it creates beautiful and comfortable spaces where people love to live and work.”

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Moulder Audit – New from FPInnovations!

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One-day Moulder Audits are now available to BC manufacturers at no cost!

If you’re experiencing issues with your level of finish quality, throughput, changeover times, and general safe work practices, a Moulder Audit could be a good initiative for your organization.

What will the Audit tell you?

The results of the Audit will provide an indication on the operational level of your moulder and it can be the foundation for increasing your profitability on this machine center. The Audit will summarize ways to:

  • Improve your level of manufacturing quality.
  • Reduce rework and scrap.
  • Catch quality issues before they reach your customers.
  • Help to improve machine productivity
  • Set up best practices in you grinding room.

What’s Included?

Our trained personnel will perform a one day Moulder Audit at your plant and provide a summary report to you. The audit involves an evaluation of the mechanical condition of your moulder, best practices on grinding room setup, as well as tips on material handling and flow.

How do I book an Audit?

FPInnovations is working directly with Jim Strathern from J.S. Moulder Technology to provide this one time offer.

Spots are limited – contact Jim Strathern at now to set up a time for your Moulder Audit, or Roland Baumeister at FPInnovations –

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Continuous Improvement Workshop

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Now more than ever, organizations need to be continuously improving to be competitive in their market. This one day workshop will provide you with the tools you need to establish gains in Productivity, Quality, Cost, Safety, and Morale.

Through a “Learn by Doing” approach, participants will conduct a practice exercise and make improvements with Continuous Improvement principles of Spaghetti diagram, 6S, and Value Stream Mapping.

Date & Time: March 27, 2015, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Holiday Inn Express & Suites – 8750 204 St, Langley, BC

To register, please click on the following link: www.eply.com_CI_Workshop_2015  

For more information, please contact:
Brian Ehrecke at 250-462-4000,

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Wide Belt Sanding: Best Practices Workshop

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Wide Belt Sanding: Best Practices Workshop

If you have a wide-belt sander and want to reduce your operating costs and increase your sanding quality – then this seminar is for you!

Items that will be covered in this Workshop

* Machine operation and abrasives selection
* Scratch and how it relates to finishing
* Standardized Work / Job Instruction
* Trouble shooting and Testing your machine
* Q&A Session

Start Time and Agenda:

* Theory – 8:30am – 11:30am
* Lunch – 11:30am – noon
* Hands on Session – noon – 2:00pm
Lunch will be provided

Choose from Two Locations:

Surrey, BC
March 19, 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm
Merit Kitchens – 12158 86 Ave, Surrey

Kelowna, BC
March 25, 2015 – 8:30am – 2:00pm
Cucina Cabinetry – 2-677 Willow Park Rd., Kelowna

Registration fee is only $25.00 (+GST) per person. To register, click the following link:

For more information, please contact:
Brian Ehrecke at 250-462-4000,

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