Later this year, BC Wood will be participating with Industry members in the Denver Log and Timber Home show, September 27th to 29th. The feedback from the members attending last years’ 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.

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.

We are talking to members now about their space requirements at the Denver show. If you are interested on more information about the show including costs, please contact me at bhawrysh@bcwood.com or in BC Wood’s offices at 604-882-7100.

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IDS West – September 19-22, 2013, Vancouver

Posted by Scott Thompson
July 17th, 2013

BC Wood will once again be ramping up its’ presence at the Interior Design Show West (IDS West) this coming fall, September 19th-22nd, 2013 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. 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 IDS 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.

The show attracts 31,000 attendees over 3½ days. This includes 4,000 guests to the Opening Night Party, 7,000 designers, architects, buyers, builders/developers, and other industry professionals during trade day, and an additional 24,000 consumers interested in design.

Writers from The Vancouver Sun, Azure Magazine, Homes & Living, Western Living, Design Quarterly, House and Home Media, Georgia Straight, The Westender, Xtra West, the Globe & Mail, National Post, Global Television, City TV’s Breakfast Television, and many other outlets, attend and cover the IDS West event.

A total of 1200 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 sthompson@bcwood.com

IDSwest 2012 Recap
IDSwest 2012 Recap

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Join us onboard the MV Harbour Princess for the International Buyers Networking Dinner and Harbour Cruise September 4th!

You are invited to participate in a special networking event to kick-off the 10th Anniversary Global Buyers Mission, on Wednesday, September 4th.

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 4th. This special “pre-event” Global Buyers Mission evening is with our participating International buyers from Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Mexico and Vietnam.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet the pre-qualified buyers and our international Mission Leaders, and is open to all industry members. Click herefor the registration form to guarantee your space on the Cruise!

 

 

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How to get attention from a couple of hundred international wood products buyers?

Consider the myriad of advertising/sponsorship opportunities at the GBM!

Want more than you fair share of attention from delegates at the GBM this year? How about putting an ad in the Mission Program Guide (only $900 for a full page colour ad), 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 are expecting over 700 delegates again this year and everyone will walk away with the Program Guide and keepsakes from our 10th anniversary event.

We have many opportunities available for you to get attention and exposure, whether you are targeting 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)

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Specifier Program Update

Posted by Roy Manion
July 17th, 2013

The summer continues to be quite brisk for the Specifiers Program. During the first two weeks of July, we held two Lunch and Learn sessions, one at Henriquez Partners Architects and the other at KMBR Architects. Both were focus sessions and both were initiated by program participants. Also, this was the third time we had been to each of these firms providing information on a variety of topics, which we are doing with many firms throughout the architect community.

We concluded the seminars and factory tours on Hybrid Wood Curtain Wall Window Systems, a topic that received overwhelming interest from the architect community.

Architect Institute of America (AIA):

Last week, we received notice from the Architect Institute of America that BC Wood has been accepted as a Registered Provider. However, much has to be done before we can present our first session. Beginning in March of this year, AIA instituted a program whereby all new AIA Registered Providers have to go through a process regarding the various aspects of being an AIA Registered Provider. This includes our having to go through 8 hours of “Prerequisite Training education” that we need to complete within a set period of time. We expect this all to be done within the next couple of weeks.

Alberta Association of Architects (AAA):

We have also sent in our application to this association and they have acknowledged our application and are currently reviewing it. We also expect this to be completed within the next couple of weeks.

GBM:

I am sure that you will see several articles regarding the GBM in this and future editions of Wood Connections. As mentioned in our last article, Scott Thompson in our office is taking on the lion’s share of the Architect Program at the GBM (you will find details under the heading of “Wood First”).

The only thing I want to mention is that architect registration is considerably ahead of where we were this time last year. Also, for a significant number of architects who have registered, this will be their first GBM. Both of these developments bode well for the Wood First Architect Program at the event.

Skwachays Lodge in Vancouver  In the last Wood Connections, we presented the opportunity for companies in our industry to connect with six of Vancouver’s top commercial interior designer firms and at the same time support a great cause. I have been requested to repeat the article so here goes:

If you are interested in assisting First Nations in a very worthwhile endeavour and at the same time develop a relationship with six of Vancouver’s leading Interior Designers then read on.

There is a renovation that is taking place at Skwatchays Lodge in Vancouver. The plan is to re-position the lodge as Canada’s only Aboriginal arts hotel. Once completed, guests can immerse themselves in First Nations culture by staying in the arts hotel, having breakfast in a fine art gallery, and perhaps participate in a workshop with the artist who created the room. To accomplish this, six aboriginal artists are teaming up with six of Vancouver’s leading Interior Designer firms with each team tasked with designing and furnishing 3 rooms. For their part, the Interior Designers are donating their services and are now soliciting donations from BC’s furniture, millwork, and cabinet industry in the form of a piece of furniture, a cabinet or a vanity as part of the renovation. They are not seeking large volumes from a single manufacturer, but rather have multiple manufacturers become involved with a donation of just a single piece. All those who donate will then have the opportunity of meeting and working with the various designer firms.

The first of these opportunities will be on August 8th when Skwatchays Lodge will be hosting a meet and greet event. All Interior Designer firms along with the aboriginal artists will be attending. This will be a thank you party for all those that have donated time, money or goods, and also a way to introduce them to most of the Interior Design firms that do hospitality design in Vancouver.

If you wish to become involved in this project or require additional information, please contact Vicki Pearson of Porada Design Group atVicki@poradadesign.com or myself at rmanion@bcwood.com

As always, should you want more information on any aspects of the Specifiers Program please let me know by contacting me at rmanion@bcwood.com .

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How Do You Motivate Your Trade Show Booth Staff?

Posted by Rumin Mann
July 17th, 2013

Has this ever happened to you: You walk down the aisles of a trade show hall and are shocked by how many booth staffers hide behind counters, talk with colleagues, or even talk on their cell phones?

I often walk trade shows, and unfortunately, I just as often see the same uninviting situations described above.  I ask myself what their management would say and do about it. They invested a lot of money into their trade shows, but good opportunities for meeting new prospects are lost or barely taken.

If you look more closely at well-trained booth staff teams, you’ll see what the biggest difference is between a moderately rewarding trade show and a really successful one: How motivated are their booth staffers?

While good advice can be expensive, there are exceptions to the rules.  So here are a few free approaches to properly prepare your booth staff for your next show:

Collecting unqualified leads is out. Do you know what happens to most leads and business cards after a show?  That’s right:  Too many leads are quickly thrown in the trash.  Moreover, you are doing it the easy way, if you simply only collect 200 leads at the trade show.

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This one day workshop will provide you with the tools you need to establish gains in Productivity, Quality, Cost, Safety, and Morale.

A positive approach to continuous improvement in your business will result in significant gains! Click here to hear how it worked for Mitsui Homes Canada Ltd. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d268LAFGlM

This workshop will provide you with methods to conduct Continuous Improvement activities. Through a “Learn by Doing” approach, participants will conduct a practice exercise in tracking internal quality, setting measurements, establishing standards and leadership.

Date/Time: September 17, 7:30am-4:00pm

Location: Morgan Creek Golf Course, 3500 Morgan Creek Way, Surrey

To register, Click here

For more information, click here

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This event is the annual meeting of the International Research Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction’s Working Commission W18 on Timber Structures. This important annual meeting brings together internationally-known expert researchers from the field of timber building, and is a forum where new developments in technologies, products and construction techniques are often first introduced, later finding their way into building codes around the world. The conference has been held in various international locations and was last in Vancouver in 1997.

This year’s event is organised by UBC’s Timber Engineering and Applied Mechanics group and the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, and will provide an opportunity for practitioners to participate in a 4-day event in which the latest scientific research on timber construction will be presented and discussed. Presentations will take place in the convenient location of UBC’s downtown campus at Robson Square. The conference includes an opening reception, a conference dinner, an evening dinner cruise, and a day of technical tours visiting prominent buildings in the Lower Mainland.  The expected attendance is approximately 80 people. A list of accepted presentations is available on the CIB W18 website.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION can be found at http://www.rz.uni-karlsruhe.de/%7Egc20/IHB/cib_information.pdf

This event is sponsored in part by Forestry Innovation Investment.

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Masse Sales Has a New Location

Posted by Rumin Mann
July 17th, 2013

We have moved!  Please update your records.

#501- 2071 Kingsway Avenue,

Port Coquitlam, BC, V3C 6N2

office:  604-474-0411

www.MasseSales.com 

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StructureCraft Announcement

Posted by Rumin Mann
July 17th, 2013

We are pleased to make the following announcements:

Michael Marshall – Chief Executive Officer

Michael’s promotion to CEO recognizes his commitment to excellence and strength in leadership over many years within our organization.

Doug Smith – Business Development Manager

Doug joins our team with more than 25 years in sales and marketing leadership, having developed complex projects with clients across North America, Europe, and Asia.

About StructureCraft Builders:

StructureCraft is an FSC certified design-led design-builder with a strong commitment to sustainability and green building.  Our unique team of engineers and craftsman work closely with clients and architectsworldwide to design, fabricate and erect carefully detailed structures. We specialize in long span architectural buildings and bridges utilizing heavy timber, steel, glass, concrete and hybrid structures. StructureCraft has played an important role in many award winning national and international projects, including the 2010 Richmond Olympic Oval, the Princeton Bridge of Dreams, VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre, TsingTao Pearl Visitor Centre, the Bow River footbridge in Banff, and many others.

For more information on StructureCraft’s projects and services please visit our website: www.structurecraft.com

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So what’s better than a walk through the VanDusen Botanical Gardens on a warm summer day… a walk through the gardens and a chance to see the featured wood sculptures of some of the most recognized designers in BC. Last weekend, I had a chance to visit the gardens for the Touch Wood exhibition. What a great experience.

The large sculptures and installations are sited within the Garden itself, allowing visitors to enjoy the pieces surrounded by the beauty of the natural settings. Curated by Celia Duthie and Nicholas Hunt of the Duthie Gallery on Salt Spring Island, Touch Wood features more than two dozen wood sculptures and installations by 10 prominent BC artists, including Brent Comber, Michael Dennis, Jud Beaumont and Martha Sturdy. The show opened June 20 and runs through the end of September.

All the pieces are for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to support VanDusen Botanical Garden’s activities and programs. So, take some time out this summer, take a walk in the gardens, support a good cause, touch the wood, and smell the flowers.

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By: Brian Zak

Background:

  • The entry of “Western Canadian SPF” into India was approved in January 2011 when the 2 Western spruce species were officially approved for entry, (Pines and True firs had already been approved)
  • At that time in 2011, the 2 Eastern Spruce species of Red and Black Spruce were NOT allowed for entry
  • Since 2011, the CFIA and CFS have been engaged providing pest risk assessment information for the India Ministry of Agriculture which have finally been approved.

Resolution for Eastern Spruce Species Entry and Eastern SPF- Effective Immediately:

  • Eastern Canadian SPF can now also enter India – as long as it is Heat Treated (HT) to CHTWPCP standards.
  • The Eastern Canadian Spruce species of Picea mariana (Black spruce) and Picea rubens (Red spruce) have now been approved as shown in the official publication (Pines and True firs previously approved)
  • Shippers of Eastern SPF will require 3 separate import permits for the collective mix species of Spruce, Pine and Fir which must be made available to CFIA at time of the Phytosanitary Inspection request.
  • Please note - Import permits are to be obtained by the customer or agent in India from their local Ministry of Agriculture Office and the correct Latin names for the Eastern SPF species in your area must be utilized as noted here:
    • For the Spruce species – utilize the correct species of Picea mariana, Picea rubens, or when applicable Picea glauca;
    • For the Pine species – utilize Pinus banksiana
    • For the Fir species – utilize Abies balsamea
  • Please note - Import permits will also need the volumes associated with each of the different species in that Spruce-Pine-Fir species mix.  It is best to obtain the % breakdown for each of the species from the forest harvesting company or the Ministry of Forests in that Province, and, apply that % to the SPF volume in that shipment for each of the import permits by their species.
  • Please note - fumigation with Methyl bromide is mentioned as an acceptable phytosanitary treatment in the India regulation, however, this procedure is not accepted as a phytosanitary alternative for operational treatment within Canada by CFIA.  (There are some exceptions – check with CFIA for guidance).
    • o   Also note that India’s Methyl bromide fumigation standard is to a temperature of 21 C for a minimum of 24 hours utilizing 48 grams/m3 of M Br.
  • Please note - the India authorities state that the lumber/timber requirement must be “wood without bark”which may be interpreted as being “bark free” or possibly being “equivalent to” the tolerance utilized in ISPM 15 bark tolerance standards. (Check with CFIA for guidance)

A special thank you to all those involved in securing the approvals for the entry of our Canadian species into India!

This will be posted on the Canada Wood Phytosanitary Guidelines Website on Monday July 15th.

Please Note – the Canada Wood Phytosanitary Guidelines Website is also available in a French Translation at time of log in.  The individual country phyto guidelines have been left in English to avoid issues with interpretations.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me,

Brian Zak

Market Access and Phytosanitary Specialist

Canada Wood

Office 250 426 4862

Cell 604 720 6379

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The China International Exhibition on Housing Industry (CIEHI) is Beijing’s most important building products and housing construction event. Major areas of focus for this event include wooden homes, urban real estate projects, resort development, housing technology, and building materials.

BC Wood’s China in-market representative Jeff Li will provide local coordination of the tradeshow program and organize business networking opportunities, customer plant visits as requested, and one-on-one meetings with potential customers. This show offers the best opportunity in China for Canadian companies looking to export: engineered wood products, timberframe packages, packaged 2×4 and log structures, WRC outdoor products, as well as finishing materials.

Exhibition dates: October 23rd – 25th

Venue: Beijing National Convention Center (Water Cube Olympic North)

Total number of booths: 3500

Supported by: Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development

Organizers: Housing and Urban Ministry of Housing Industrialization Promotion Center, China Real Estate Association, China Architectural Culture Center, Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development

Main Exhibits:

  1. Wooden architecture: wooden houses, vacation cabins, wood gazebos & pergolas, and light wood frame & heavy timber structures
  2. Wooden structural materials
  3. Wooden structures and equipment
  4. Other wood materials: flooring, decking, fencing, stairs, outdoor furniture, etc.
  5. Landscape planning, construction, and maintenance: landscape design, golf course design and construction, green roofs, tourism development planning, etc.

Those interested in learning more about the show should contact Jim Ivanoff at ivanoff@canadawood.jp

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US Market Update

Posted by Dave Farley
July 3rd, 2013

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

Last week, BC Wood along with 5 members companies attended and exhibited at the 2013 AIA National Convention and Expo in Denver, Colorado.  The Mile High city, located 5,280 feet above sea level, is a vibrant city, full of excitement in the streets, culture and art, sunny skies, and a fine assortment of locally crafted beer.

The AIA National Convention brings thousands from the architecture design and construction community together to share, explore, and connect ideas. BC Wood returned to the AIA National after passing on last year’s event in Washington, DC. Our location adjacent to the Wood Pavilion provided a good opportunity to connect with buyers and fellow exhibitors as we were surrounded by numerous wood products manufacturers and industry Associations. Attendance this year was pegged at just over 15,000 for the 3 day event with the majority of attendees residing and working in the Western United States.

While there were periods where the show appeared slow, the general Consensus from exhibitors was that AIA National provided ample opportunity for members to increase sales opportunities and contacts for those targeting the residential and light commercial constructions sector. One exhibitor who also participated at the AIA event last year, commented that the 2013 show seemed to reflect the US economy; it is considerably better than last year, but the improvement is both gradual and cautious. The majority of architects that we spoke to agreed that the economy has improved and nearly all are busy, yet they like the exhibitors remain cautious, suggesting the belief that continued economic growth is subject to many variables that they have no control over.

Participating members received a number of strong leads, including a chance meeting with a New Mexico based architect who heads up the largest US firm specializing in the design and supply of ”Native American ” housing. He commented that he was extremely busy and is working on the design of over 3,000 residential units for Native bands across the Western Plains and South West US. Meeting individuals like this and others were the true benefit of participating at this years’ AIA National, as BC manufacturers would be hard pressed to make this contact directly.

Overall, the AIA National convention and Expo proved beneficial to both Industry and BC Wood alike. As the US economic outlook continues to improve, we will continue to connect BC manufacturers to key buyers and decision makers across the United States.

For more information on this event or other markets across the US, please feel free to contact me at dfarley@bcwood.com.

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Japan Market Update – Japan Home & Building Show 2013

Posted by Jim Ivanoff
July 3rd, 2013

Summer may just be starting, but we are already thinking about the fall. Of course fall in Japan means the Japan Home and Building Show which is being held this year from October 23rd to 25th at Tokyo Big Sight.

As everyone has seen in the news, Japan’s new prime minister has brought in new policies dubbed “Abenomics” that have awakened the Asian economic giant. So far this year, Japan’s GDP has grown by at least 3.5% and housing starts are on pace to top 1 million units. This will be the highest number of starts since 2008. With the housing market so bullish, there are high expectations for this year’s JH&BS.

As with 2012, the show will be held together with Japantex, one of Japan’s largest interior design shows. This will mean that there will again be a wide spectrum of buyers visiting the show including everything from lumber importers to architectural firms. This is a great show for BC Wood members producing millwork, cabinetry, engineered wood, timber frame homes, log homes, 2×4 packaged homes, as well as reman and structural lumber. BC Wood’s Japan Office will once again be organizing a large pavilion on behalf of the Canadian wood industry for this event.

Those interested in learning more about the show should contact Jim Ivanoff at

Summer may just be starting, but we are already thinking about the fall. Of course fall in Japan means the Japan Home and Building Show which is being held this year from October 23rd to 25th at Tokyo Big Sight.

As everyone has seen in the news, Japan’s new prime minister has brought in new policies dubbed “Abenomics” that have awakened the Asian economic giant. So far this year Japan’s GDP has grown by at least 3.5% and housing starts are on pace to top 1 million units. This will be the highest number of starts since 2008. With the housing market so bullish, there are high expectations for this year’s JH&BS.

As with 2012, the show will be held together with Japantex, one of Japan’s largest interior design shows. This will mean that there will again be a wide spectrum of buyers visiting the show including everything from lumber importers to architectural firms. This is a great show for BC Wood members producing millwork, cabinetry, engineered wood, timber frame homes, log homes, 2×4 packaged homes, as well as reman and structural lumber. BC Wood’s Japan Office will once again be organizing a large pavilion on behalf of the Canadian wood industry for this event.

Those interested in learning more about the show should contact Jim Ivanoff at ivanoff@canadawood.jp

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Show Report: Gas & Oil Expo

Posted by Scott Thompson
July 3rd, 2013

The Gas and Oil Expo held June 11th-13th, 2013 in Calgary Alberta welcomed over 500 exhibiting companies and 20,000 registered attendees. The show was a departure from the ‘usual’ trade shows BC Wood normally attends, but was deemed successful in the eyes of the participants.

BC Wood and member companies that manufacture pre-fabricated homes, industrial products such as rig matting & components, as well as log home timber frame structures felt it presented a good opportunity for exposure into the fast growing oil sands region of Alberta, the Dakotas, Wyoming, and Montana

. Growth in the oil and gas sector is creating significant opportunities in select regional markets in the western United States. For example, the State of North Dakota is in dire need of additional housing units due to an influx of refinery workers. The state’s population is expected to grow by 25% over the next 15 years. The ten energy development counties, where the oil sands are located, are projected to grow by at least 50%. The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency projects household growth at 30% or 80,000 new housing units by 2025.

Participants included Western Forest Products and Taiga Building Products who showcased their pressure treated hemlock sound abatement systems; Structurlam was promoting Cross Laminated rig matting and access matting; as well as Viceroy Homes, Trout Creek Enterprises, and Okanagan Timber Frame displaying their custom home packages. Initial feedback from the 6 participants indicated sales in excess of $3.5M and approximately 50 leads.

 

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Buildex Calgary – November 5-6, 2013

Posted by Scott Thompson
July 3rd, 2013


BUILDEX Calgary is the largest regional event for the design, build, construction and management of real estate attended by over 4000 industry decision makers including:

  • Builders
  • Architects/designers
  • Contractors/renovators
  • Developers
  • Building managers/owners

BUILDEX is held each year at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park and features over 225 exhibiting companies and 30+ accredited educational seminars.

I wanted to let you know that as a BC Wood member 2013/14, you are eligible for cost savings at BUILDEX Calgary. BC Wood will also have a 10×10 space within the pavilion.

Space is quite limited so please contact me as soon as possible for more info:

Scott Thompson

sthompson@bcwood.com or 604-882-7100 (office)

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IDS West – September 19-22, 2013, Vancouver

Posted by Scott Thompson
July 3rd, 2013

BC Wood will once again be ramping up its’ presence at the Interior Design Show West (IDS West) this coming fall, September 19th-22nd, 2013 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. 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 IDS 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.

The show attracts 31,000 attendees over 3½ days. This includes 4,000 guests to the Opening Night Party, 7,000 designers, architects, buyers, builders/developers, and other industry professionals during trade day, and an additional 24,000 consumers interested in design.

Writers from The Vancouver Sun, Azure Magazine, Homes & Living, Western Living, Design Quarterly, House and Home Media, Georgia Straight, The Westender, Xtra West, the Globe & Mail, National Post, Global Television, City TV’s Breakfast Television, and many other outlets, attend and cover the IDS West event.

A total of 1200 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 sthompson@bcwood.com

 

IDSwest 2012 Recap
IDSwest 2012 Recap

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ONLY 4 BOOTH SPACES LEFT FOR THE GBM!

Posted by Randi Walker
July 3rd, 2013


Only 4 Booth Spaces Left For The GBM Anniversary Event

Not surprising, since wood product association members pay only $2079 for a 10 X 10 booth space that includes everything you need – as well as the participation of two full delegates meals and activities during the event!

Recruiting is going very well for both international wood product buyers and our Wood First Specifiers program. Lots of new registrants so you will most certainly meet new interested buyers! Our goal is to have 70% new buyers again this year – some we can’t keep away no matter what, since the GBM has become their “go to” event for North America – but the interest from new markets like India, Pakistan, and the Philippines has been great!

There are also great opportunities for exhibitors to participate in other related campaigns to enhance their exposure during and after the event. The cost of advertising in the Program Guide or offering a prize/gift is very reasonably priced, but another good way to get your name in front of the entire delegation at the GBM.

It’s not too late (yet) to claim one of the last booths!

Proposed Program Schedule

Thursday – September 5th

  • BC Wood AGM; WRCLA Cedar Summit; Wood First Seminars; Exhibitor set-up
  • Evening Welcome Reception at the spectacular Roundhouse Lodge at the Peak of Whistler Mountain for all participants

Friday – September 6th

  • Breakfast with Opening Ceremony and Morning Networking / Tradeshow / Meetings
  • Afternoon WRCLA/EA Sponsored Golf Tournament; Architects (Wood First) in-booth presentations; or Whistler free time
  • Gala Evening Reception at the stunning Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

Saturday – September 7th

  • Breakfast and Morning Networking/Tradeshow/Meetings

Exhibit space is now VERY limited and will be available on a first-come / first-served basis. If you haven’t already registered, contact us for your online registration link at gbm@bcwood.com or call Randi at 604-882-7100.

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Specifier Program Update

Posted by Roy Manion
July 3rd, 2013

June continued the trend of being another busy month for the specifiers program with ongoing weekly lunch & learn sessions, group seminars, beginning the process of becoming registered providers for both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA), and preparing for another GBM.

For yours truly, the highlights of the month were the very well attended group seminars that featured Live Edge Designs (LED) and Unison Windows and Doors respectively.

The event with Live Edge was on exploring the use of wood in West Coast Design. It was held at the BC Showcase in Robson square on June 6th. This was somewhat Déjà vu for us as BC Wood partnered with LED back in ’09 to hold a session in the same BC Showcase which at that time had just opened in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics. This year, our target attendees of 50 included architects and designers. As it turned out, significantly more were interested in the event and we ended up with over 70 attendees with many more being regrettably turned away. For those who attended, it was both a fun and informative event as they learned much about wood species, how to care for wood furniture, and the design process. BC Wood had a presentation on the up and coming furniture manufactures throughout the province and featured companies in the “Working Wood” Program.

The following week, we had another highly successful seminar and factory tour at Unison Windows and Doors on the introduction of made-in-BC hybrid wood curtain wall window systems. Similar to the session with Live Edge, interest for this event greatly exceeded our expectations. With limited space, we had to add more sessions; a good “problem” to have. Aside from introducing the hybrid wood curtain wall window system (including an installation demonstration), the session also covered low maintenance wood products that could be used on the exterior of windows and doors and a demonstration on the rigours of water testing to obtain a B3 rating and beyond.

While both these events have taken considerable time and resources by all involved, the end result is well worth it. We are already working with other companies for tours and seminars for this Fall. Our target for this fiscal year ending March 31, 2014 for these type of events is 8, so if you want your company to participate, we still have room and would be pleased to hear from you.

On another subject, June also was when we began, in earnest, the process of becoming Registered Providers for both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Alberta Architect Association(AAA). While neither will be included in the Specifiers Program as it is currently structured, they will be included in other BC Wood programs which will provide BC Wood members an excellent opportunity to meet with architects and designers from both associations. Details will be forthcoming once we have completed the process. I can tell you that the process of becoming a registered provider with AIA is a very rigorous one and it will take some time to complete. Once completed, being part of both associations will also provide incentives from both the US and Alberta architects to attend our upcoming GBM.

Regarding the GBM, Scott Thompson in our office is taking on the lion’s share of the Architect Program at the GBM. This is freeing me up to move forward to other programs including working with AIA and AAA.

One last note!!

If you are interested in assisting First Nations in a very worthwhile endeavour and at the same time develop a relationship with six of Vancouver’s leading Interior Designers then read on.

There is a renovation that is taking place at Skwatchays Lodge in Vancouver. The plan is to re-position the lodge as Canada’s only Aboriginal arts hotel. Once completed, guests can immerse themselves in First Nations culture by staying in the arts hotel, having breakfast in a fine art gallery, and perhaps participate in a workshop with the artist who created the room. To accomplish this, six aboriginal artists are teaming up with six of Vancouver’s leading Interior Designer firms with each team tasked with designing and furnishing 3 rooms. For their part, the Interior Designers are donating their services and are now soliciting donations from BC’s furniture, millwork, and cabinet industry in the form of a piece of furniture, a cabinet or a vanity as part of the renovation. They are not seeking large volumes from a single manufacturer, but rather have multiple manufacturers become involved with a donation of just a single piece. All those who donate will then have the opportunity of meeting and working with the various designer firms.

The first of these opportunities will be on August 8th when Skwatchays Lodge will be hosting a meet and greet event. All Interior Designer firms along with the aboriginal artists will be attending. This will be a thank you party for all those that have donated time, money or goods, and also a way to introduce them to most of the Interior Design firms that do hospitality design in Vancouver.

If you wish to become involved in this project or require additional information, please contact Vicki Pearson of Porada Design Group at Vicki@poradadesign.com or myself at rmanion@bcwood.com

As always, should you want more information on any aspects of the Specifiers Program, you can contact me at  rmanion@bcwood.com.

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