The Global Buyers Mission has officially started! Here are a few pictures from earlier today.
British Columbia’s largest wood products show selling a lot more than 2x4s
LANGLEY, BC – BC’s forest industry ‘ain’t what it used to be.’ That’s clear from British Columbia’s largest wood products trade show –– the Global Buyers’ Mission –– which begins next week at Whistler’s Conference Centre, says Brian Hawrysh, CEO of BC Wood, which is hosting the event.
The Sept. 9-11 show’s product focus will be value-added wood products, not commodity lumber, he said.
“This province’s forest industry is changing. We’re no longer just hewers of 2x4s for the USA,” said Hawrysh. “Buyers from around the world are coming here next week because they want to find out about British Columbia’s vibrant value-added wood industry.”
“BC’s forest industry has been pummeled over the past several years. But the real news is that our value-added industry is adapting and thriving through the difficult economic times, by creating niche products and finding diversified markets around the world.”
“Consequently, it is the value-added sector that will provide the future growth in British Columbia’s forest industry,” Hawrysh said. He added that the upcoming Global Buyers Mission has attracted a broad range of international participants and sold out for the third year in a row.
Canada’s largest event dedicated to value-added wood producers, the show will host international buyers, architects and representatives of local wood products manufacturers.
Pre-qualified buyers will attend from China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Australia, Mexico, the United States, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Austria.
Buyers will also tour production facilities and visit construction sites around BC to see how value-added products are produced and used. Besides helping buyers immediately source high quality, innovative and competitively priced wood products, tours help build future business relationships by familiarizing potential customers with BC’s wood species, value-added wood producers and up-to-date construction technologies.
Products to be sold at the 2010 GBM include log and timber frame homes, pre-fabricated structures, engineered wood products, specialty lumber, windows, doors, cabinets, moldings, flooring, and other value-added wood building products.
The 2010 GBM is supported with funds from participating value-added wood companies and in part by British Columbia’s Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd., Natural Resources Canada, Forest Products Association of Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau, Industry Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade.
Established in 1989, BC Wood is a not-for-profit industry association that represents British Columbia’s value-added wood products industry. Its mission is to help British Columbian wood product manufacturers achieve global competitiveness by providing marketing and business services necessary to capitalize on new market opportunities.
BC’s value-added industry employs 19,600, generates $4.85 billion in exports and uses approximately 25 million cubic meters of round wood equivalent annually. For more information, please visit www.BCWood.com.
When students head back to school in September, BC Wood Specialties Group (BC Wood) will hold ‘class’ for architects, designers, developers, municipal planners and others who want to learn more about the province’s new Wood First legislation, BC Wood CEO Brian Hawrysh said today. The legislation mandates wood construction for provincially funded buildings.
At its annual Global Buyers Mission at the Whistlers Conference Centre Sept. 9-11, BC Wood, a partner in the Wood Enterprise Coalition, will hold a special forum to educate stakeholders on the subject.
“BC’s new law means that, more than ever, industry needs to understand the advantages of wood construction — and learn how to capitalize on them,” said Hawrysh.
“For anybody who hopes to interest the provincial government in their building proposals, our forum is basically a primer on how to succeed under the new rules.”
Participants will hear presentations from experts on using wood in non-residential buildings, learn from manufacturers how to best source wood for these projects, and have government representatives explain the procedural requirements of the legislation. They will also meet with over 80 value-added wood manufacturers from British Columbia and the rest of Canada.
Architects and designers can receive professional learning credits for participating in the seminars.
A $180 registration fee includes transportation between Vancouver and Whistler, accommodation, meals and activities.
“Our wood manufacturers market their products around the world. However, the Wood First legislation will help enhance awareness and demand for these products right here in BC,” noted Hawrysh. “We’re one of the world’s largest exporters of wood products and we’re also at the forefront of developing and using new construction technologies. Forum participants will benefit from the chance to learn about our innovative wood products and new approaches for wood building construction.”
To register for the 2010 Living and Building with Wood First Forum please go hereread more
This week, I got the opportunity to speak with Scott Boates, the Sales Manager for Cedar Shake and Shingle, from Teal-Jones Group.
The Teal-Jones Group started out as a small organization in 1946, and has since grown to the largest independently owned logging and lumbering organization in West Coast BC, employing over 1000 people. They are headquartered in Surrey, BC, on the banks of the Fraser River. Currently, their operations span British Columbia coastal regions, the lower Fraser Valley, interior British Columbia, northern, central, and southern Vancouver Island, and the Queen Charlotte Islands. In 2005/2006, they completed a new small log mill (JS Jones) in Surrey as well as a planner mill in Sumas, Washington.
The Teal-Jones Group sets itself apart from its competitors by being a fully integrated company. They do everything from planting trees, to milling, to selling the wood and everything in between. Since 2004, The Teal-Jones Group has planted close to 7 million seedlings throughout B.C. which will provide future generations with a continuous supply of natural resources.
The Teal-Jones Group has attended every single Global Buyers Mission (GBM) and will be attending the 2010 GBM in Whistler this September. Scott mentions that they have had a very positive experience with the GBM and has always gotten new clients from it.
Some advise that Scott passes on to first time exhibitors is to “be patient; usually you will have more than one opportunity to speak with the prospective clients.” Also, “this is a different type of show, it is way more personal.” It is best to take your time with the people that come through your both.read more
This week, I got the pleasure to talk with Mike Pidlisecky about Woodtone Building Products. Mike is the VP of Sales and Marketing for Woodtone.
Woodtone is a value-added coating manufacturing company. Their products start with wood that is then engineered, machined, and coated to create a full line of siding and trim products that deliver performance, stability, and beauty.
Having been in business for over thirty years, Woodtone is firmly entrenched in the communities in which they operate. In 2008, they formed a dedicated team, the Community Builders Team, which is tasked with giving back to their communities and providing opportunities for their employees to volunteer. Some of the activities they have been involved with are: the Fraser River Clean Up, tree planting, park invasive species removal, built emergency shelters for a school, supported local sports teams, donated books, toys and food to local Community Services organizations, sponsored families at Christmas, and are proud sponsors of the Narbeck Wetland.
Woodtone is currently getting ready to exhibit at the 2010 Global Buyers Mission (GBM) in Whistler. They are returning for their fourth year at the GBM this year. The GBM has benefited them greatly by allowing them to meet new customers in North America and Asia to facilitate new business partnerships. The Global Buyers Mission has also allowed them to continuously meet with existing customers and introduce them to different products and services that Woodtone offers.
For more information on Woodtone, visit their website: www.woodtone.com.
Welcome to the 7th annual Global Buyers Mission™ – a three-day, invitation only networking/tradeshow event developed to bring together pre-qualified international buyers of wood products from around the world, with Canadian manufacturers of products that included finished materials, building supplies and remanufacturing products.
BC Wood has once again partnered with the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau (CSSB) and the Western Red Cedar Lumber & Export Associations (WRCLA/EA) to deliver Canada’s largest value-added wood products event.
We will be back at the beautiful Whistler Conference Centre and have negotiated great hotel rates for you at the Delta Whistler Village Suites.
Our buyer recruiting will bring distributors, contractors, builders, architects, and developers from around the world. They are all pre-qualified by our Canada Wood in-market representatives and Canadian Embassies
You will not want to miss this opportunity to showcase your products to over 200 pre-qualified international wood products buyers and North American Architects, Designers & Engineers!
Exhibit space is limited and will be available on a first-come/first-served basis. If you haven’t already registered, sign-up now to avoid disappointment!
Tentative Program Schedule
Thursday – September 9
Association Business & In-market Representatives Meetings
Evening Welcome Reception at the spectacular Roundhouse Lodge on the peak of Whistler Mountain for all participants
Friday – September 10
Afternoon Golf Tournament or Whistler free time
Gala Evening Reception sponsored by the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau
Saturday – September 11
2010 Exhibitor Fees
BC Wood, WRCLA or CSSB Member:
10 x 10 booth – $1,800 or 8 x 8 booth – $1,600 (includes 2 exhibitors)
10 x 10 booth – $2,300 or 8 x 8 booth – $2,100 (includes 2 exhibitors)
Each additional company participant: $400
Spousal Program: $125 (includes 2 Evening Receptions)
Click here to download Exhibitor Registration Form. You can view last years GBM Report and listings of past participants HERE.
For more Information, contact Randi Walker at 604-882-7100, toll free at 1-877-422-9663, or email firstname.lastname@example.org more
We have launched our Pre-Registration Program for 2009 participants of the Global Buyers Mission. If you are a past participant but did NOT yet receive your invitation to attend, please let me know as soon as possible.
If you have not exhibited at the GBM before but would like an invitation, please let me know and once pre-registration closes on April 23rd, we will send you an application to participate this year.
The GBM continues to be the best business building events in Canada for wood products manufacturers interested in growing their export market opportunities – and developing new business relationships with local architects, designers and developers, as well as other exhibiting wood products companies. Response from our 2009 Exhibitors surveys indicated an estimated $22+ million in new business from attendance at the event.
For information and photos from past year’s events, visit the BC Wood website at www.bcwood.comand select Global Buyers Mission under Programs & Services.
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Our BC Wood Board of Directors and industry partners at the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau and the Western Red Cedar Lumber and Export Associations agree…GBM in 2010!
September 9th to 11th
We will be back at the Whistler Conference Centre, with activities running from late Wednesday, September 8th to Saturday, September 11th.
Other venues are still to be confirmed, but for certain, we will be having our Thursday evening Welcome Reception at the amazing Roundhouse Lodge, at the Peak of Whistler Mountain.
Pre-registration forms for all 2009 exhibitors and participants will be available soon, guaranteeing your space at what has become Canada’s largest wood products only trade event.
2009 broke all attendance and estimated sales records for our participating industry members. For 2010, we will be targeting more architects and designers, more wholesale distributors and more builders, contractors and developers to meet with our value added manufacturers from Canada.
We look forward to seeing you back on the Mountain for our 7th Annual Global Buyers Mission!read more
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Do you have customers you’d like to see at the GBM – perhaps good clients of yours that would also benefit by meeting other wood product suppliers? Let us know and we would be happy to send them an invitation, too. Qualified buyers get two nights accommodation, transfer from Vancouver/Whistler return and of course, the great meals and socials during the event…who wouldn’t want to come?!
Call or email me at the office (firstname.lastname@example.org , 604-882-7100)
The 2009 Global Buyers Mission is shaping up to be another great event! I’m pleased to say that our partnership with the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau and the Western Red Cedar Lumber and Export Associations has strengthened our abilty to bring the important US buyers to our event, particularly given these challenging economic times.
We’re also thrilled to see such a strong interest from our off-shore recruiting efforts and expect to surpass our target of 150 pre-qualified international buyers from Australia, China, Europe, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Roy Manion has already indicated in his Architects Update that we have pretty much over-sold the Architects/Designers Program for the GBM, and have a waiting list for interested participants.
We’re happy to announce that Minister Pat Bell will be joining us to officially open the event Friday morning and welcome the participants on behalf of the Province of BC.
If you haven’t registered yet but are interested in participating, please contact me ASAP in the office at 604-882-7100, or by email to email@example.com. Stay tuned for regular updates…read more
We now have received over 100 applications from architects and designers to attend the GBM. Of these, 95 have registered. We anticipate that we will achieve our goal of 100 registrations by the next few days, a record for this event. Of the applications we have received, the split between new and returnees is 50/50 which we are also very pleased with. For more information on the architect program of the GBM, please feel free to give me a call at BC Wood offices at 604 882-7100.read more