The 15th Annual Global Buyers Mission held September 6th to 8th, 2018 welcomed over 800 delegates from all over the world to Whistler, BC Canada again 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 Expanding Market Opportunities Program (EMO), Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd. (FII), and Global Affairs Canada (GAC). Our main Corporate Sponsors this year included The San Group Ltd., the Waldun Group, Interfor, Helijet International, Glandell Enterprises, Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. and BFL Insurance.
CEO Brian Hawrysh and newly appointed Board Chairman Greg Stewart from Sinclar Group welcomed our Opening Ceremony guest speakers, the Honourable Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of International Trade Diversification, GoC, and Honourable George Chow, Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, GoBC, who then officially opened our 15th Annual GBM.
This year, we registered international buyers from as far away as Australia, Belgium, China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam. Again, many thanks must go to the Federal Trade Commissioner Service and BC’s Trade & Investment Representatives from a number of international markets that greatly assisted with the buyer recruiting again this year. With their continued dedication, there were many first-time Buyers to the GBM again this year, opening opportunities for Canadian manufacturers to develop new business.
New sales for Canadian wood products manufacturers are estimated to be more than $37,000,000 from the GBM this year.
We also hosted North American architects, designers, contractors, developers, engineers and specifiers this year, to participate in our WoodTALKS™ program, held in conjunction with the GBM. This included successful lunch and learns and presentations by renowned architects and speakers Bo Helliwell, Oliver Lang, Shelley Craig, John Hemsworth, & Robert Malczyk, Allyn Stellmacher and Peter Moonen, and a mini-seminar series on the tradeshow floor Friday afternoon. These activities were again well received by both the architect community and participating exhibitors.
Canadian products on display from literally coast to coast included timber frame structures, engineered wood products, treated lumber, reclaimed wood, windows, building products and systems, Western Red Cedar products, and a variety of other value-added wood building products.
BC Wood also organizes Extended Mission programs for incoming international delegates that include site visits and factory tours. This year, pre-qualified Buyers toured production facilities and new project sites in the lower mainland and Alberta, 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.
For more information on how you can participate in the Global Buyers Mission, September 11th to 13th 2019, contact us at 604-882-7100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.