US Market Update

On November 1st, 2012, posted in: BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Markets, Trade Events, USA by Comments Off on US Market Update

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

A few weeks back, I attended the Multifamily Housing Conference and Trade Event at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. This event was organized by the publishing group, Hanley Wood who also organizes a number of other shows in the construction sector including: Surfaces, Deck Expo, and JLC Live.

The Multifamily show draws a small but influential group of builders, developers, and construction professionals who focus on the apartment, condominium, and hotel markets. Actual participation numbers were not readily available but show organizers expected that over a thousand attendees were at the 2012 event. In conjunction with the conference, Hanley Wood sponsored a product exhibition and trade show where manufacturers could showcase products targeted at the multifamily sector. Some seventy five companies participated in the trade event including BC Wood member, Woodtone.<br><Br>

The general consensus from the conference was that the multifamily sector was experiencing decent growth after the market collapse of 2008 and this sector is expected to lead the United States in construction activity over the next two years. The term value engineered was frequently heard suggesting that while the sector was experiencing growth, builders were looking for products that added to the quality of their project without adding any significant construction costs. As one builder aptly put it, “we want the look and feel of quality without having to pay an increased cost for it.” A difficult task for manufacturers looking to sell into the multifamily sector, but one it seems that buyers are now expecting.

The positive news coming out of the conference is the continued push back purchasers are having toward low cost product out of Asia. Buyers I spoke to believe that product out of North America offer higher quality and are an attractive selling feature to potential customers. Whether builders and developers are willing to pay the higher manufacturing costs associated with buying North American remains to be seen; however, I believe that there remains a good opportunity for select BC manufacturers to have success selling into the multifamily housing sector across the United States.

For more information on this event or other markets in the United States, please contact me at

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BC Wood Members at the Denver Log Home Show – Denver Colorado, Sept 30 -Oct 2, 2012

On November 1st, 2012, posted in: BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Industry News, Log Homes, Markets, Product Sectors, Timber Frame, Trade Events, Trade Shows, USA by Comments Off on BC Wood Members at the Denver Log Home Show – Denver Colorado, Sept 30 -Oct 2, 2012

In late September, BC Wood participated with four members from the log home and timber frame sector in the Denver Log Home show, Sept. 30th-Oct. 2nd. The Denver show featured log home and timber frame displays, smaller out-buildings, and finished building products such as roofing, flooring, decking, and rustic furniture. Over the past few years, a number of BC Wood members from the log and timber frame home sector have used the Denver show to maintain a toe hold in the US market while they cut back on some of their other promotional activities during the slower economic times.

The BC log and timber frame builders have remained active in a number of regional markets in the US, like the Rocky Mountain States, because it has been one of the few areas that has shown some activity. The Rocky Mountain States, due to their close geographic proximity to BC, product acceptance, and the clustering of resort developments catering to a wealthy demographic, have continued to be a relatively strong market for BC producers.

The feedback from the members attending the Denver show was generally very positive. The number of attendees, while not back to pre-2008 levels, was definitely higher than they had been in recent years. Most exhibitors reported a more positive attitude from the attendees at the show. Individuals who had been hesitant over the past few years to take the final step towards building their projects came to the show ready to build.

So, is there really a light at the end of the dreary economic tunnel? Judging from the feedback from the attendees and exhibitors at the Denver Log Home show, we are probably through the worst of it. The recovery will be, without doubt, slow and sporadic. However, I see more and more positive signs coming out of the most recent BC Wood trade show events.

For more background and my own views on the Denver show, please do not hesitate to contact me at

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Upcoming Show for Log & Timber Frame Manufacturers: BC Log Home, Timber Frame, and Country Living Show – March 9-10, 2013

On November 1st, 2012, posted in: BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Canada, Industry News, Log Homes, Markets, Product Sectors, Timber Frame, Trade Events, Trade Shows by Comments Off on Upcoming Show for Log & Timber Frame Manufacturers: BC Log Home, Timber Frame, and Country Living Show – March 9-10, 2013

Over the next couple of months, BC Wood will be coordinating the participation of its members in the BC Log Home and Country Living Show in Abbotsford in March. Held at the Tradex facility in Abbotsford, March 9-10th, this show draws over 12,000 attendees, primarily members of the general public who have an interest in log and timber frame homes. The Abbotsford show has traditionally been the best attended trade event for BC Wood’s log home and timber frame sector, with 12 to 14 members participating in the event over the past few years.

This Abbotsford show features log & timber builders and a range of related products and services that go hand-in-hand with outdoor living. BC Wood’s participation in the 2011 show was marked by a general improvement in the public’s confidence and attitude toward building. All exhibitors reported positively on the improved attitude of the attendees and the quality and quantity of the sales leads they generated from the show.

While most of the exhibitors at this show are manufacturers of log and timber frame structures, there is an opportunity for manufacturers to promote other building and finishing materials including flooring, roofing, kitchens, doors, windows, and exterior finishing materials. The audience is drawn to the show to see a complete range of products, from log and timber frame shells to the materials that are need to finish them.

Space is available for BC Wood members wanting to participate in the BC Log Home, Timber Frame and Country Living show this coming March. I would encourage any companies interested in more information to contact me at or in BC Wood’s offices at 604-882-7100.

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A Canadian Market Double-header for BC Wood in February, 2013

On November 1st, 2012, posted in: BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Industry News, Product Sectors, Trade Events, Trade Shows by Comments Off on A Canadian Market Double-header for BC Wood in February, 2013

Later this fiscal year, in February 2013, BC Wood will be coordinating a tandem of cost-shared trade shows in the Canadian Market. Member companies will be able to participate in the Montreal Wood Convention in Montreal and the Buildex show in Vancouver. While these shows occur on approximately the same dates, February 13-15th, the two shows target different audiences and are appropriate for different sectors with BC Wood.

Montreal Wood Convention, Montreal, Quebec
February 13-15, 2013

Buildex, Vancouver, BC
February 13-14, 2013

Buildex Vancouver is one of Canada’s largest trade expositions. The show focuses on the design and construction industry, and the manufacturers that supply the finished building materials required by these two sectors. Over 12,000 architects, interior designers, contractors, developers, engineers, and specifers attend the two day show where 600 exhibits showcase products and services.

The Buildex Vancouver show is an excellent opportunity for manufacturers producing custom architectural millwork, furniture, windows, doors, flooring, cabinets, as well as exterior finishing products such as wood roofing, siding, and decking.

In contrast, the focus of the 2013 Montreal Wood Convention is on commodity and specialty lumber products. This year’s convention will be in many ways the rebirth of the industry event that had a long storied history. For years, Wood Convention brought together industry representatives from the lumber industry to build key business contacts.

It is expected that the attendees to the Wood Convention will largely be Eastern based manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of lumber products. In addition, a number of representatives from European companies are also expected to participate in this event.

Space is limited for BC Wood members wanting to participate in these two events, so the sooner you respond the better. For more information regarding exhibition space and costs at the Buildex show and the Montreal Wood Convention, please contact me by email at or by phone at 604-882-7100

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On November 1st, 2012, posted in: BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Trade Events by Comments Off on CALLING ALL MEMBERS FOR THE BC WOOD SECTOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETINGS

It is once again time to gather the industry to get your feedback and suggestions on BC Wood activities for the next fiscal year, April 2013 to March 2014. We will be hosting the following meetings at our office in Langley and encourage you to participate and have a say in the cost-shared programs that BC Wood will deliver with industry participation.

If you cannot attend in person, please let us know and we will arrange for you to teleconference in to any meeting you have an interest in.

Log Home/Timber Frame Sector
1:30 Thursday, Nov 8th

Remanufacturing/ Specialty Lumber & Engineered Wood Products
1:30 Tuesday, Nov 13th

Furniture, Cabinets & Millwork Sector
10:00 Tuesday, Nov 13th

Pre-built Sector
8:30 Tuesday Nov 13th

We will also be hosting two special interest meetings:
India Market – 1:30 Wednesday, Nov 14th
European Market 1:30 Thursday, Nov 15th

Please join us and have your say regarding programs developed and delivered for next year! If you have any questions, or are not sure of your membership status, please contact us at 604-882-7100.

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The 8th Annual IDSWest show was held in the New Vancouver Convention Centre, September 27th to 30th, 2012.  The Interior Design Show West (IDSwest) is Western Canada’s annual premiere residential design show featuring over 300 exhibitors showcasing quality cutting edge and original design products and services to an audience of industry professionals, architects, designers, consumers, and media. This is about a 30% increase in exhibitors from the past year and all the participants agreed, it was the finest one yet!

An amazing array of both internationally renowned and local designers (including a fab fashion show), critics, and popular magazine editors spoke throughout the course of the event, drawing standing room only crowds over the weekend.

We had good representation of BC Wood members participating in our joint booth this year, including:

Brent Comber Originals
Coulson Mfg.
Kettle Valley Moulding & Millwork
vin de garde cellar systems
Wide Plank Hardwood Ltd.

The overall displays were great, offering the 30,000+ audience lots of ideas and opportunities to see what exceptional talent we have here in BC. Results received from members to date make it one of the most successful Canadian activities that BC Wood participates in. Congratulations to all our members for their hard work and ingenuity.


A special display sharing our space this year was the Picker’s Shack, designed by UBC students in Michael Green’s program. The fruit stand was designed for a Naramata orchard that wanted to increase their on-farm produce sales. They wanted something functional, well shaded, naturally ventilated, and moveable. The student’s goal was to rethink the modest fruit stand to attract more drive-by customers. The concept is a functional box with subtle complexity. Protection from the elements, display space, views, and seating are all accomplished through an operable wall system made from custom cut pine beetle infested lumber. The roof is made from reclaimed Canada Place roof fabric. When in its closed state, the fruit stand shows hints of the operable elements. When open, the operable elements reveal colourful surfaces that relate to the families heritage and the colours of agriculture. It was a hit at IDSWest, particularly the fresh apples, pears, and cider that were distributed by the students throughout the event.

To see the program and speaker highlights, as well as listings of all the exhibitors, visit their website at

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India Delegation

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Last week, BC Wood Specialties Group hosted the 9th annual Global Buyers Mission in Whistler, BC. Among the 19 international delegations that attended were timber importers from India looking to replace current wood sources with Canadian wood products. After attending the successful Global Buyers Mission, the India delegation visited BC value-added wood manufacturers as part of their extended mission. One of the companies they visited was International Forest Products (Interfor) Acorn Division in Delta, BC. The Acorn mill is an export sawmill dedicated to manufacturing high value squares and timbers that are used in housing and industrial applications across global markets.

Dave Hayer, MLA Surrey-Tynehead, opened the event on Tuesday at Interfor by welcoming the India delegation to BC. He stated that one of the goals of BC’s Job Plan is opening up markets abroad for BC goods. “Helping companies like Interfor make connections with new companies overseas is one of BC Jobs Plan initiatives that we have been focused on.” Mike De Jong, Minister of Finance, took the podium on behalf of Premier Christy Clark and Minister Pat Bell to further explain the BC Job Plan strategy and outcome.

Following the opening speeches, the India delegation attended two seminars, went on a tour of the mill, and learned about grading standards at Interfor. The seminars, delivered by John Leahy from Canadian Mill Services, dealt with the phyto-sanitary rules for sending forest products from Canada to India and BC’s tree species and wood products. The mill tour lead the delegation through the mill, letting them observe how a log is remanufactured into a timber product. Lastly, the delegation was shown the different types of wood species Interfor remanufactures at their plant and how they are graded.

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Last Chance for the Japan Home and Building Show 2012 and the Osaka Living and Design Show

On September 17th, 2012, posted in: BC Wood Activities, Cabinets, Engineered Wood, Finished Products, Furniture, Japan, Log Homes, Millwork, Prebuilt Homes, Reman, Timber Frame, Trade Shows by Comments Off on Last Chance for the Japan Home and Building Show 2012 and the Osaka Living and Design Show

With the GBM over, BC Wood’s Japan office is now working on bringing members into the market through two major fall shows. One of course is the famed Japan Home Show (Nov 14th – 16th) that has been welcoming overseas suppliers for more than three decades. The other, the Osaka Living and Design Show (Oct 24th -26th), is a new show for us and is a part of our continuing efforts to brand Canadian wood products in the high-end, Japanese commercial construction and interior design market. This is the last chance for members looking to take advantage of these exciting programs. Only a few spaces remain so please act fast if you are interested.


Osaka Living and Design Show

After a long absence from taking members to trade shows in Osaka, BC Wood will be organizing a Canadian pavilion at the new but highly regarded Living and Design Show. Over the past few years we have participated in Tokyo Designers Week, but decided to change to L&D as it is more focused on B to B for interior design and also gives us a chance to target the lucrative but underserved Kansai region in Japan (all foreign competitors go to Tokyo). This area that includes Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe has a larger economy than all of Canada and is also experiencing a flourishing commercial construction sector. Another benefit of this show for members is that it better covers building products such as flooring and millwork.


Japan Home and Building Show

BC Wood will once again be organizing the Canadian wood products pavilion at the annual Japan Home Show. This year the show will return to its traditional November schedule and run from the 14th through the 16th at Tokyo Big Sight.

The JHS typically attracts about 90,000 industry people ranging from importers and distributors to builders and architects and has long been the highest profile building products show in the country, particularly for imported products. This year the organizers have decided to strategically partner with JAPANTEX which is one of Japan’s largest interior trend shows for professionals. With the JHS and JAPANTEX collocated together in Big Sight’s East Hall, it is expected that JHS exhibitors will see a dramatic increase in designers working on non-residential projects.

Also, we expect positive synergies from the HOSPEX show, catering to the owners/operators of medical and elderly care facilities, which will be run concurrently by the same organizers in an adjacent hall. Elderly care facility operators have been adopting 2×4 buildings more and more in recent years because of the perceived therapeutic benefits of wood framed buildings. COFI’s Japan Office has been very active in targeting this market on the structural side and we are endeavouring to find more opportunities for value-added products on such projects.

BC Wood will also be working with the Canadian Embassy on a program timed around the show to target the reconstruction efforts in the Tohoku region. As a result, members attending the JHS will also be able to take part in some match-making activities targeting local companies working on both non-residential and residential projects in the tsunami devastated communities.

This show offers a great opportunity for companies looking to enter the Japanese market and take advantage of the many positive trends we are seeing.  Products sectors covered: cabinetry, engineered wood, millwork, log and timberframe, packaged homes, as well as reman and specialty lumber including WRC.

For more information about either of these shows please contact Jim Ivanoff at

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China International Exhibition on the Housing Industry – Nov 21 – 23, 2012

On September 17th, 2012, posted in: BC Wood Activities, China, Trade Shows by Comments Off on China International Exhibition on the Housing Industry – Nov 21 – 23, 2012

All of the companies who just exhibited at the 2011 Global Buyers Mission were able to experience the level of enthusiasm Chinese buyers have for Canadian wood products. BC Wood is now organizing another opportunity for members to target the Chinese market through the China International Exhibition on the Housing Industry (CIEHI).

Last September, BC Wood participated for the first time in the CIEHI. The show was very well attended and the participating companies reported some very good leads from Chinese builders, developers, and architects. A main theme of the show was green and energy efficient building with wood construction and building products featuring prominently throughout the show. A number of foreign log-home and panelized house manufacturers were promoting their products, in particular a large number of Russian log home builders. To maximize profile and traffic, BC Wood located its’ display area within the Canada Wood booth partnering with the Coast Forest Products Association and Council of Forest Industries.

BC Wood will be returning to the CIEHI show in Beijing this coming November 21st – 23rd. From our previous experience at this show, we expect that the best opportunities for new contacts and increased exposure in the marketplace will be achieved by manufacturers of prefabricated homes, log and timber frame structures, engineered wood products, WRC lumber decking and siding, and construction lumber.

For more information or to register, please contact Jim Ivanoff at

Click here for more information on the show

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Japanese Delegation at the 2012 GBM

On August 30th, 2012, posted in: Global Buyers Mission, Japan by Comments Off on Japanese Delegation at the 2012 GBM

Another year has passed and another great GBM is upon us. I am happy to report that we have an excellent 24 member delegation coming from Japan, many of whom are first time participants. The Japanese buyers are looking for everything from flooring and millwork to WRC products, engineered wood products, packaged homes, and lumber. Some of the companies are new to Canadian wood products while others are looking to expand on items they are already importing from BC. We also have a reporter from Nikkan Mokuzai which is the largest wood products industry newspaper. Make sure to find him if you have some new and innovative products that you would like promoted in Japan.

We are also honoured to have the construction company that has been selected to build one of the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Projects. This project consists of the reconstruction of the largest and most famous public market in northern Japan. This market project has received extensive media coverage as it will lead the economic rebirth of this area and the return of communities destroyed in the tsunami. The builder selected for this very important assignment is the largest Canadian imported house builder in Japan and is coming to look at products for both the market project as well as their main home building business. Please feel free to ask me if you would like set a meeting with this company or any of the other eager buyers in our delegation.

If you follow the Japanese construction industry, you already know that the housing market is very strong right now with both pent up demand as well as the reconstruction efforts in Tohoku. Labour shortages in various construction trades have been reported across the country which is pushing up wages. Some market analysts are even predicting that starts will top 900,000 for 2012 which would be the first time in 2008. Despite these significant time and work pressures our Japanese delegates are still making the long trip over to BC showing how much they value the opportunity given to them by the GBM. I look forward to seeing you all in Whistler!

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A few quick thoughts on two markets that are providing members with opportunities but truly are at opposite ends of the spectrum.

As most members know, BC Wood has been active in the Hawaiian Islands for the last decade. Hawaii has proven to be a solid market for companies that manufacture high quality products for the resort, light commercial, and high-end residential construction sectors. In particular, companies in the timber frame, millwork, and Western Red Cedar sectors have all developed sales and market share in Hawaii.

Since all construction materials need to be shipped into Hawaii, BC manufacturers are on an equal playing field with both domestic suppliers and manufacturers from the continental US. For BC companies wanting to develop a market in Hawaii, you can sell contractor direct or to established building product distributors.

One such company who has had considerable success supplying high quality building products to contractors throughout the islands is Seattle based Pacific Source

Pacific Source was founded in 1992 by five partners who had the idea to become the top supplier of building materials to general contractors in Hawaii. Their business model was different from Hawaii based building yards in that they believed that Hawaiian builders are best served by having allied with a mainland facility near a major port (Tacoma) with easy access to shipping, mills, and manufacturers. Their model proved to be correct, as since being founded, Pacific Source has grown to having over seventy employees and annual sales of $45 million.

Pacific Source has a six acre yard and distribution facility in Snohomish, Washington and has smaller yards and showrooms on a number of the islands including Kauai, Maui, and Kailulu Kona.

If you’re looking to develop a foothold in the Hawaiian market, it may be worth your while to contact Pacific Source. The key is having a product that is both well suited to the Hawaiian market and is priced well enough that all parties can make a margin. Mark Mason, one of the original partners of the company is expected to be at the GBM next month in Whistler.

Now for the other opportunity, which by all accounts is a far cry from the exotic local of the Hawaiian Islands, is North Dakota. A while back I wrote about the building boom that is currently underway in the northwest corner of the State. Towns such as Williston, Minot, and Watford city are all experiencing extreme housing shortages as thousands of new oil field workers are flocking to the state to work in the booming oil and gas industry.

Today, North Dakota is the US’s number 2 oil producing state, having leapfrogged over Alaska and California. The discovery of vast reserves of natural gas and oil in the northern part of the state have led to a huge influx of oil industry workers moving to the region who require housing. Oil companies have tried to address the shortfall of housing by building temporary housing units known as man camps (picture below), but there remains a serious need for quality residential homes for this well paid workforce.

I will be travelling to the region over the next week to meet with builders, developers, and distributors to gauge the market opportunity for BC suppliers of prebuilt and panelized housing and related products. I will report my findings in an upcoming Wood Connections Newsletter.

For more information on either of these markets, please contact me at or on my cell at 604-728-8786.

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Last November, BC Wood, with a small group of member companies, completed a very successful trade mission to Moscow to explore opportunities for value-added wood products in the Russian market, and to participate in the Fall Holzhaus trade show.

BC Woods’ members showcased log home and timber frame structures, factory built homes, high quality millwork, and specialty Western Red Cedar building materials. Members were able to engage with industry professionals from all over Russia and surrounding countries. Developers, architects, builders, distributors, importers, and designers were all in attendance at the show, many of whom came specifically to the show to speak to the Canadian manufacturers.

Based on the success of last year’s program, BC Wood is planning to return to Moscow and the Holzhaus show this coming fall, November 1st- 4th. Space will be available for BC Wood members wanting to participate in the Holzhaus trade shows and I would encourage any companies interested in more information to contact me at or in BC Wood’s offices at 604-882-7100.

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A reminder of BC Wood’s presence at this year’s Interior Design Show West (IDS West) – September 27-30th. Over the past couple of years, the IDS West has become the venue to see the best of international and local designs. BC Wood will bring together local companies that produce a full range of design-oriented products; everything from custom furnishings and architectural millwork, to cabinets, doors, mouldings, and flooring.

The objective will be to feature the individual companies by drawing more traffic to a centrally located “Design BC” pavilion. The pavilion will be an 1800 square foot of exhibition space, with BC Wood covering a good portion of the hard costs for this sector wide display.

If you plan to participate in the IDS West show this year, please contact me to see how we can save you money and ensure you higher visibility through the “Design BC” pavilion. Call 604-882-7100 or email me at

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GBM Incoming Buyers List Expands

On August 8th, 2012, posted in: BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Global Buyers Mission, Industry News, Market Place, Markets, Trade Events by Comments Off on GBM Incoming Buyers List Expands

If you have not yet considered participation in the 2012 Global Buyers Mission in Whistler, think of this: What other opportunity would put you face-to-face with 200+ wood products buyers from currently registered markets like Australia, Belgium, Eastern Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Taiwan, United States, and Vietnam?

This is the only event of its kind, specifically developed to help Canadian wood products manufacturers connect with pre-qualified international buyers. It is also one of the most significant events for introducing specifiers like architects, designers, engineers, contractors and developers to our important wood products suppliers, through educational programs and exhibits.

There is still some space available and thanks to our partners and sponsors, at a surprisingly affordable rate, for those looking to expand their book of business into lucrative new markets. You don’t even have to sell abroad to build new business. There are plenty of US buyers and even those from eastern Canada looking for new suppliers.

However, we will be closing our space bookings by August 22nd, so you must call us by then to ensure your participation at what is certain to be your best business building event of the year!

For more information, please email me at  or call me at 604-882-7100.

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Specifiers Program Update

On August 8th, 2012, posted in: Architects, BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Designers, Global Buyers Mission, Industry News, Seminars, Trade Events by Comments Off on Specifiers Program Update

By Roy Manion

This is a short, midsummer report and it is all about the GBM.

The Specifier Program at the GBM is coming along nicely. All the speakers and seminars for Thursday’s Wood First Forum are in place as is Saturday’s lunch & learn session which features Neil Godin. The entire program provides architects with 9 learning units, half of what is required for the entire year; a great incentive for the architects, so we are expecting a good turnout.

This year, we have developed a brochure for the Specifiers Program at the GBM / Wood First Forum. To access the agenda brochure, click here   

Now we are focusing on finalizing the exhibitors who will be participating in the mini-seminar series on Friday afternoon. Everyone involved in the Mini-Seminar session will meet for lunch at Kypriaki Norte Restaurant near the Conference Centre then back to the Centre for the sessions.

This is a great opportunity for exhibitors to reach out to the Specifiers (Architects, Designers, and Contractors) who will come to exhibitor’s booths to receive an education on the nature of the exhibitors’ products. Invitations to the exhibitors to participate will be going out the next couple of days. Some exhibitors are not waiting for an invitation and have already signed up for the program.

If you have any questions on the Specifiers Program and the above, please contact me at or 604-882-7100.

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Design BC Pavilion at IDS West – September 27-30th, 2012

On July 26th, 2012, posted in: BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Industry News, Trade Events, Trade Shows by Comments Off on Design BC Pavilion at IDS West – September 27-30th, 2012

BC Wood will be ramping up its’ presence at the Interior Design Show West (IDS West) this coming fall September 27-30th. In an effort to bring more attention to the growing strength of wood design and manufacturing in BC, BC Wood has partnered with the show organizers of IDS West to create a high profile “Design BC” pavilion. The pavilion will showcase BC Wood members and their products, everything from custom furniture and architectural millwork, to design-inspired finished products such as kitchen cabinets, doors, flooring and paneling. The objective will be to feature the individual companies, drawing more traffic to the centrally located space. BC Wood is currently working with the IDWS West show organizers to develop promotional strategies that will highlight the companies participating in the “Design BC” pavilion and promote the strength of the growing design sector in BC.

A total of 1800 square feet of exhibition space has been set aside for the “Design BC” pavilion, with BC Wood covering a portion of the hard costs for this sector wide display. If you plan to participate in the IDS West show this year, please contact me to see how we can save you money and ensure you higher visibility through the “Design BC” pavilion. Call 604-882-7100 or email me at

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Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities at the GBM

On July 26th, 2012, posted in: Global Buyers Mission, Industry News, Trade Events by Comments Off on Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities at the GBM

Want more than your fair share of attention from delegates at the GBM this year? How about putting an ad in the Mission Program Guide, or supplying the pens for the delegate kits, or make a really big impression and sponsor the first drink at the Roundhouse on Thursday evening!

We have many opportunities available for you to get attention and exposure, whether you are targeting in incoming international buyers, our manufacturing exhibitors, or architects and builders. We have some ideas, but you might have some too! Give me a call and we can find the right thing to fit your budget. 604-882-7100 or toll free at 1-877-4BCWOOD.

(FYI – you do not need to be an Exhibitor to be a sponsor or advertiser)

For the Mission Program Guide Ad Form, click here.

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Invitation to International Buyers Networking Evening on September 5th

On July 26th, 2012, posted in: BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Global Buyers Mission, Industry News, Trade Events by Comments Off on Invitation to International Buyers Networking Evening on September 5th

You are invited to participate in a special networking event to kick-off the 2012 GBM, on Wednesday, September 5th.

As part of our Extended Mission Program, incoming international buyers will be participating in a private Sunset Dinner & Harbour Cruise aboard the MV Harbour Princess, departing Coal Harbour Vancouver at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, September 5th. This special “pre-event” Global Buyers Mission evening is with our participating International buyers from Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Pakistan, Mexico, and Vietnam.

Due to the popularity of the event, we are opening registration early for all our industry members in BC. Please be advised that space is limited.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet the pre-qualified buyers, particularly if you are not already participating in the GBM in Whistler.

Click here for the registration form to guarantee your space on the Cruise!

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Jim Ivanoff to Assume the Position of Director – Asia Pacific Region

On July 26th, 2012, posted in: BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, China, Industry News, Japan, Korea, Markets, Trade Events by Comments Off on Jim Ivanoff to Assume the Position of Director – Asia Pacific Region

I am pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Jim Ivanoff will assume the position of Director – Asia Pacific Region with BC Wood. Jim’s broader role within BC Wood will include the responsibility for the day to day operations of BC Wood in the Asia Pacific Region with specific focus on Japan, China, and South Korea. Providing support for its members in these Asian markets is a critical component of BC Wood’s mission and we will maintain our current staffing in Japan, China, and South Korea to carry out this mission. BC Wood’s representatives in these markets will continue their efforts on behalf of our members with an added level of coordination and direction from Jim in Tokyo.

As most of you know, Jim has been valuable asset to BC Wood and its members in Japan since he joined the BC Wood team nine years ago. Jim’s new role and responsibilities will help to integrate BC Wood’s program across the Asian markets and provide even better services for our members going forward. Please do not hesitate to contact Jim at for any additional information on BC Wood’s programs in Asia this year.

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Notice of BC Wood’s AGM

On July 26th, 2012, posted in: BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Global Buyers Mission, Industry News, Trade Events by Comments Off on Notice of BC Wood’s AGM

BC Wood Specialties Group 2012 Annual General Meeting
9:30 – 10:15 AM, Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Whistler Conference Centre

BC Wood will be holding its’ 2012 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 6th at 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 at 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 6th, 2011.

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