2015 Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM) Video

On January 13th, 2016, posted in: BC Wood Members, Global Buyers Mission by Comments Off on 2015 Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM) Video

Check out the 2015 GBM and 2015 Wood First Forum Videos!

2015 Global Buyers Mission
2015 Global Buyers Mission

 

2015 Wood First Forum at the GBM
2015 Wood First Forum at the GBM

Next GBM scheduled for Whistler, September 8th to 10th, 2016.

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Annual Global Forest, Paper & Packaging Industry Conference

On January 13th, 2016, posted in: BC Wood Members, Seminars by Comments Off on Annual Global Forest, Paper & Packaging Industry Conference

Registration now open for the 29th Annual Conference on May 4, 2016 in Vancouver, BC


Join us for the 29th Annual Global Forest, Paper & Packaging Industry Conference on May 4, 2016.  With a theme of Transformation through innovation – opportunities for people, products and processes, several hundred CEOs, senior executives and PwC leaders will discuss how companies are managing change, innovation and people to create competitive advantage and find growth in emerging markets.

PwC’s Conference is part of the Global Forest Products Leadership Summit 2016, a five-day series of conferences focused on global pulp, paper, wood products and fibre-based packaging industries.  In addition to the PwC conference, other confirmed events include International Pulp week (May 1-4) and the Annual Global Softwood Log & Lumber Conference (May 5-6). For more information, visitwww.forestproductssummit.com.

To register, click here

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Industry News – FPInnovations Update

On January 13th, 2016, posted in: BC Wood Members, Seminars by Comments Off on Industry News – FPInnovations Update

How can you be more successful and save time and money?
Joins us at one of our two events coming up
Continuous Improvement Best Practice Seminar – February 2, 2016 at the River Rock Casino Resort – Richmond, BC
For more information about this Seminar, for more information and to register, CLICK HERE
Value Stream Mapping Workshop – February 23, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Express, Langley, BC
For more information about this Workshop, or more information and to register, CLICK HERE
Companies that apply these methods have experienced success in productivity improvements, cost savings, quality improvements and standardized processes.
Come join us and learn valuable best practices to enhance your business.

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Two New Marketing and Social Media Workshops are Scheduled in February/March in Victoria and Kelowna!

On January 13th, 2016, posted in: BC Wood Members, Resources, Seminars by Comments Off on Two New Marketing and Social Media Workshops are Scheduled in February/March in Victoria and Kelowna!

We all know people are spending so much more time on their phones and tablets these day – but why isn’t it helping you improve your sales and bottom line results?

The answer lies in Content Marketing – The process of using text, video, and audio communication in an effort to establish your company as the best and most helpful teacher in the world at what you do. A successful Content Marketing Strategy is what you need to stand ahead of your competition!

This workshop will teach you how to identify your target audience and how to market to them using digital media.

We’ll show the very latest ways to maximize your exposure and engagement of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Your mobile device is now the most powerful tool in your marketing toolbox – we’ll show you how to create custom graphics and short video. We’ll also cover Houzz and #Hashtags and everything in between!

This will be an interactive, full-day workshop with great take aways and some one-on-one time to review where your business is at and how to take it into 2016!

Details:

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Location: Kelowna, BC

Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Location: Victoria, BC

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THIS WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO ALL IN THE WOOD PRODUCTS INDUSTRY INCLUDING NON BC WOOD MEMBERS.

For more information or to register for this workshop, contact Rumin Mann at 604-882-7100 or email rmann@bcwood.com if you have any questions.

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Exporting to the USA Seminar – Feb 3rd and 4th!

On January 13th, 2016, posted in: BC Wood Members, Seminars by Comments Off on Exporting to the USA Seminar – Feb 3rd and 4th!


 

With the low Canadian dollar and the strong US market, there are many opportunities for BC’s value-added wood industry in the US.

This seminar is broken into two parts. The first part on February 3rd will discuss the basics of Canadian export and US import compliance, the Softwood Lumber Agreement, Canadians traveling for work in the US, and current opportunities in the US market for BC value-added wood products.

The second part on February 4th will discuss participating government agency requirements, NAFTA, classification and valuation, logistics and distribution, US tax and accounting, and benefits of working with a trade commissioner. All really good information for new to the market exporters!

Details:

Part One

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 9:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Langley, BC

Part Two
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016, 9:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Langley, BC

Register Now

 

THIS WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO ALL IN THE WOOD PRODUCTS INDUSTRY INCLUDING NON BC WOOD MEMBERS.

For more information or to register for this workshop, click here or contact Rumin Mann at 604-882-7100 or email rmann@bcwood.com if you have any questions.

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GBM 2015 Review

On October 21st, 2015, posted in: Architects, BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Global Buyers Mission, Trade Events by Comments Off on GBM 2015 Review

The 12th Annual Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM), held September 10th to 12th, 2015 welcomed almost 800 delegates to Whistler this year. Once again, we had perfect weather and conditions to welcome delegates that joined us from all over the world.
For the first time in many years, the GBM hosted more American buyers than those from any other market. We are pleased to see the resurgence in demand from the US. We anticipate a significant increase in new sales from contacts made at the GBM this year.
Many thanks must go to our funding Partners who without their continued support, we would not be able to deliver this world class event: Natural Resources Canada Emerging Markets Opportunities Program, Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd. (FII) and Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development Canada (DFATD). Our main Corporate Sponsors this year included The Waldun Group,Terminal Forest Products, Export Development Canada (EDC), the Consulate General of Canada-Seattle, Livingston International, Interfor, Surrey Cedar, Glandell, BFL Insurance and Bigfoot Manufacturing.
CEO Brian Hawrysh and Board President John Gillis welcomed our Opening Ceremony guest speaker, the Honourable Minister of Forests, Lands & Natural Resources, Mr. Steve Thomson, who then officially opened the 12th Annual GBM.
Registered international buyers came from Australia, China, Japan, India, the United States, France, Malaysia, Korea, Jordan, the Philippines, Taiwan, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Mexico, Belgium, Qatar, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Germany, and Vietnam. Many thanks must go to the Trade Commissioner service from a number of international markets that greatly assisted with our qualified buyer recruiting again this year. We were pleased that most of our buyers were new to the GBM this year, offering excellent opportunities for Canadian manufacturers to build new business opportunities.

We also hosted North American architects, designers, contractors, developers, engineers and specifiers this year, to participate in our Wood First Program, held on Thursday, September 10th, the majority of which also participated in a mini-seminar series on Friday afternoon, with 14 of the manufacturers exhibiting at the GBM. This activity again received high marks from both the architect community and participating exhibitors. The extensive program included a tour to the new Solana project in Whistler and ended with a successful lunch and learn delivered as part of the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau’s 100th Anniversary packing contest on Saturday afternoon!
Products on display at the 2015 GBM from exhibitors from across Canada, represented by over 255 participants included timber frame structures, engineered wood products, treated lumber, reclaimed wood, building systems, Western Red Cedar products, and a variety of other value-added wood building products. 13% of the exhibiting companies were new to the GBM, offering our returning buyers some additional resources and products not seen at the GBM in the past year.
For the past ten years, BC Wood has organized extended mission programs or incoming delegates including site visits and factory tours around the province. This year, pre-qualified buyers once again toured production facilities and visited construction sites in the lower mainland, Vancouver Island, and Northern BC to meet participating manufacturers. Besides helping buyers immediately source high quality, innovative, and competitively priced wood products, the tours helped build future business relationships by familiarizing potential customers with Western Canada’s wood species. We thank the many local companies that made the effort to open their mills and plants for these informative and productive tours.
Held at the Whistler Conference Centre, the GBM continues to be Canada’s largest event dedicated to promoting value-added wood producers.
Next GBM scheduled for Whistler, September 8th to 10th, 2016.

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USA Market Update

On October 20th, 2015, posted in: BC Wood Members, Markets, Trade Shows, USA by Comments Off on USA Market Update

few comments, suggestions, and ideas..

It’s time to start planning for the International Builders Show (IBS) which takes place mid January in Las Vegas, Nevada. IBS is part of the new North American “Construction Week” which combines the IBS, Kitchen and Bath (KBIS), and the flooring show, Surfaces, all in one place. IBS will draw over 100,000 industry professionals including builders, architects, distributors, and others to the three day event. BC Wood has once again secured excellent space in the central hall of the Las Vegas Convention center and will have a strong contingent of members showcasing products to their target audience. As of today, we have a couple of 10×10 spaces still available; however, they will go fast! So if this show sounds interesting to you, please get a hold of me quickly to secure your space.

This past weekend, BC Wood held our first “Timberframe University” in Santa Clara, California with good success. The event is an educational seminar in which pre-qualified buyers are invited to participate in a full day workshop on the “nuts and bolts” of building your dream home. It is an interactive workshop where attendees get to see the world class timber, log, and pre-built houses that our members design and manufacture. Significant networking and question and answer opportunities were developed for both attendees and our panel of industry experts. The event was held in partnership with AIM media who are the publishers of the magazines, Log Home Living and Timber Home Living magazines. I will do a complete review of this event and discuss the opportunity for members to participate in the next Timberframe University in the next issue of the Wood Connections newsletter.
As always, please feel free to contact me at dfarley@bcwood.com for more info on the issues discussed above or on the US market in general.

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BC Wood’s Winter Trade show program heats up!

On October 20th, 2015, posted in: BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Trade Shows by Comments Off on BC Wood’s Winter Trade show program heats up!

With the GBM and a busy September schedule behind us, BC Wood’s fall/winter trade show programs start to gear up. The next four months are always BC Wood’s busiest time for trade shows. This year is no different with five different trade show programs from November through to late January. The fall and early winter schedule includes the following events:
Wood Solutions Fair
Vancouver, BC
October 27th, 2015
Japan Home Show
Tokyo, Japan
November 18th-20th, 2015
Housing Brand Fair
Seoul, South Korea
January 14-17th, 2016
International Builders Show
Las Vegas, Nevada
January 19th-21st, 2016
BIA – Hawaii Expo & Mission
Honolulu, Hawaii
January 22-24th , 2016
These trade shows are an opportunity for BC companies to get their products and services in front of potential customers from all over North America and Asia. Cost saving, and just as importantly, in-market support are available to BC Wood members. For more information regarding these events and those scheduled for February through to March, 2016, see “Trade Events” under the “Programs and Services” icon on BC Wood’s website at www.bcwood.com or contact me directly atbhawrysh@bcwood.com.

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2015 Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM) Review

On October 20th, 2015, posted in: BC Wood Activities, BC Wood Members, Global Buyers Mission by Comments Off on 2015 Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM) Review

The 12th Annual Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM), held September 10th to 12th, 2015 welcomed almost 800 delegates to Whistler this year. Once again, we had perfect weather and conditions to welcome delegates that joined us from all over the world.
For the first time in many years, the GBM hosted more American buyers than those from any other market. We are pleased to see the resurgence in demand from the US. We anticipate a significant increase in new sales from contacts made at the GBM this year.
Many thanks must go to our funding Partners who without their continued support, we would not be able to deliver this world class event: Natural Resources Canada Emerging Markets Opportunities Program, Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd. (FII) and Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development Canada (DFATD). Our main Corporate Sponsors this year included The Waldun Group,Terminal Forest Products, Export Development Canada (EDC), the Consulate General of Canada-Seattle, Livingston International, Interfor, Surrey Cedar, Glandell, BFL Insurance and Bigfoot Manufacturing.
CEO Brian Hawrysh and Board President John Gillis welcomed our Opening Ceremony guest speaker, the Honourable Minister of Forests, Lands & Natural Resources, Mr. Steve Thomson, who then officially opened the 12th Annual GBM.
Registered international buyers came from Australia, China, Japan, India, the United States, France, Malaysia, Korea, Jordan, the Philippines, Taiwan, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Mexico, Belgium, Qatar, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Germany, and Vietnam. Many thanks must go to the Trade Commissioner service from a number of international markets that greatly assisted with our qualified buyer recruiting again this year. We were pleased that most of our buyers were new to the GBM this year, offering excellent opportunities for Canadian manufacturers to build new business opportunities.

Click here to read the entire article

Next GBM scheduled for Whistler, September 8th to 10th, 2016.

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Specifiers Program Update

On October 20th, 2015, posted in: Architects, BC Wood Members, Seminars, Trade Shows by Comments Off on Specifiers Program Update

Autumn is here and one of its signs is that the Specifiers program is in full swing and we expect it to continue that way through to the Christmas break.
LUNCH & LEARN SESSIONS
The past couple of weeks have seen the program organize, conduct, and book over a dozen lunch & learn sessions. Our October calendar is fully booked and we are now booking sessions well into November. All of the sessions consist of specific products or sectors with the actual presentations being done by industry personnel in both 30 and 60 minute formats.
TRADE SHOWS

As many of you know, this is a busy time of year for trade shows, certainly in the Vancouver area. In late September, we participated in a couple of shows: the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), where we met with government officials from all over the province promoting among other issues, the Wood First Act. The day after the UBCM, the IDSWest Trade Show began. BC Wood was joined by companies from industry in a BC Wood “Island”. Attendance at both shows was excellent and both BC Wood and its members had good shows.
At the end of the month, we will be participating in the Wood Solutions Fair and the Architectural Institute of BC’s annual conference where architects from all over the province will gather for 2 days to attend seminars and meet with a number of exhibitors.
FACTORY TOURS
We organized a number of factory tours for architects and designers in the Spring and enjoyed excellent attendance and participation. After taking the Summer off, we are now back in the planning stages for 2 or 3 factory tours.
As always, should you wish additional information on any of the foregoing, or require information on the Specifiers Program, please contact me at rmanion@bcwood.com or call me at the office. I would be pleased to discuss it with you.

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