Log Home Bootcamp

Posted by Rumin Mann
July 18th, 2014

Do you want to learn how to build log homes?

Join us for our Surelog Homes Boot Camp. During this Boot Camp you will be learning the fundamentals of log home building not in a classroom but on an actual log home building work site.

Your instructors Terry Hall, the Surelog Homes crew, and guest instructor, Gary Young Chief will walk you through:

  • Log home safety
  • How to choose your logs, both in the forest and in the yard
  • Log preparation
  • Introduction to tools and terminology
  • Foundation basics
  • Scribing methods
  • Basic Notches, windows and doors
  • Assembly and disassembly
  • Intro in basic roof systems
  • And ‘Micro Log Homes”

Watch this video for additional details and to meet your instructors:


Surelog Homes 'Log Home Boot Camp 2014'

This boot camp is being held at the Surelog Homes Log Yard in Tappen, British Columbia Canada from August 25 to 29, 2014. 

The cost of the boot camp is $2,600.00 Canadian. This does not include flights, accommodations, and meals.

For more information or to register for this event, please contact Terry Hall at surelog@airspeedwireless.ca

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Please join us for our Co-op Presentation Evening on Thursday,September 25th, 2014.

Intermediate co-op students in the B.Sc. Wood Products Processing degree program at the University of British Columbia will be delivering presentations on their recently completed co-op work terms in the wood products industry.

An extended intermission is scheduled to provide a valuable networking opportunity to meet our industry partners, UBC faculty members as well as the students.  You will be able to meet co-op students in all years of the program, including those available for upcoming work terms.


            Thursday, September 25th, 2014


            6:00 pm- 9:00 pm


            Forest Sciences Centre

            2424 Main Mall

            Vancouver, BC

Map: http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=353

Please RSVP to sudeh.jahan@ubc.ca by September 12th, 2014

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Can You Build A Safe, Sustainable Skyscraper Out Of Wood?

Posted by Rumin Mann
July 18th, 2014

Climate Progress – June 18, 2014

North America’s tallest modern all-wood building is nearing completion in Prince George, British Columbia, but it might not hold that high rank for long. Other wood buildings are in the works across the world as it gains a reputation for climate friendliness, beauty, and yes, even fire safety.

The Wood Innovation Design Centre will be a six-story building, the maximum for a wood building under British Columbia’s building code, but the Centre’s high ceilings mean it will be about as tall as the average 10-floor building. It’ll join the current highest and second-highest modern wood buildings, respectively, a ten-story Melbourne residential building and anine-story London apartment building.

But no new wood building yet has surpassed the world’s tallest, built in the 18th century. The Kizhi Pogost is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located on an island in northern Russia, and has a central cupola 37 meters high, a few meters above the tops of the new wood high-rises. But it likely won’t hold onto the title of tallest wood building for long.

One all-wood building in northern Norway will be 17 stories high, and there’s also talk of a more theoretical 34-story wooden skyscraper in Sweden.

Click here to read the entire article

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Up to $1000 of Funding Available for Small Businesses

Posted by Rumin Mann
July 18th, 2014

The Micro-Business Training Pilot Program (“MBT Program”) offers eligible, small business owners funded training programs in general business skills such as bookkeeping, marketing, social media, management and other areas with the goal of improving productivity, decreasing costs and generating new revenue.

Eligible micro-business owners receive up to $1000 of funding support for courses in a variety of formats (online, classroom and/or one-on-one) offered by training institutions across the province including universities, colleges, PCTIA accredited institutions and Private Trainers.

This program is available to every eligible business owner across the province, and training options are available in every region, including online or elearning options.

For more information or to apply online, click here

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BC Wood’s Asian offices are currently in high-gear recruiting for this year’s GBM, but we are also getting ready for our fall in-market trade show activities. Immediately after the GBM, the first show in Asia we will be the China International Exhibition on Housing Industry in Beijing from September 16th to 18th. This show targets the emerging market of wood framed construction and attracts all of the major players in China involved in importing construction lumber, developing resort properties, and building high-end wood-framed structures.

The CIEHI offers the best opportunity in China for Canadian companies looking to export: construction grade dimension lumber, engineered wood products, timberframe packages, packaged 2×4 and log structures, WRC outdoor products, as well as finishing materials. Its main exhibits include: 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; and 4. Other wood materials including flooring, decking, fencing, stairs, outdoor furniture, etc., landscape planning, construction, and maintenance including landscape design, golf course design and construction, green roofs, tourism development planning, etc.

Those interested in learning more about the show should contact Jim ativanoff@canadawood.jp

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In late September, BC Wood and its’ members will participate in the Denver Log and Timber Frame Home show, Sept. 26th -28th. The Denver show features displays from manufacturers of log and timber frame home manufacturers, pre-fabricated 2×4 and 2×6 house packages, 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 B.C. log and timber frame builders have remained active in a number of regional markets in the U.S., like the Rocky Mountain States, because it has been one of the few areas that have 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 recent Denver shows has been generally very positive. The number of attendees, while not back to pre-2008 levels, has been growing each year since 2011. 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.

For more background on the Denver show or to register to exhibit at this event, please do not hesitate to contact me at bhawrysh@bcwood.com


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Mexico Trade Mission and Expo CIHAC – Oct 14th – 21st, 2014

Posted by Brian Hawrysh
June 19th, 2014

This year, BC Wood is planning a return to the Mexican market to look at opportunities for BC’s wood products. Mexico is a market which was showing good initial promise prior to the economic and construction downturn in the United States in 2008. Even during the downturn, Mexico’s dependence on imported wood products, now at US $1.4 billion per year, has been increasing at 5.5% annually. Softwoods comprise the vast majority of wood products imported into Mexico with some hardwoods used primarily in the furniture industry (hard maple and alder are popular imports).

Almost half of the total wood imports come from the US; much of this share is vulnerable to Canadian competition. Deforestation remains a severe problem and Mexico’s substandard infrastructure compels the country to rely on foreign sources of wood products. As the US and Canadian economies continue to expand, it is expected that Mexico will be forced to depend on larger and larger volumes of wood imports. In 2012, Canada exported almost $17 million of manufactured wood products to Mexico. This was an increase of 30.1% from the previous year. BC’s share of this total was $6 million, a year over year increase of 49%.

BC Wood will coordinate the exhibition of member companies at the Expo CIHAC in Mexico City. Expo CIHAC is the premier event in Mexico and Latin America for the construction industry. This trade event focuses on the importers and distributors of construction and building products, but also goods that are used in industrial application like the packaging and furniture manufacturing sectors. The Expo CIHAC will be a suitable fit for many suppliers for hardwood and softwood lumber and other wood based building materials.

BC Wood will also coordinate a trade mission component post CIHAC that will take participants to directly visit and meet with Mexican wood importers, distributors, and manufacturers. Member companies that participate in this event will have an opportunity to gain first-hand market intelligence, meet with qualified buyers, and increase the sales potential of their products. For more information on CIHAC trade show and the proposed mission contact Ken Hori at 604-882-7100 or by email at khori@bcwood.com.

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IDSWest – Vancouver – Sept 25-28

Posted by Randi Walker
June 19th, 2014

BC Wood will once again be ramping up its’ presence at the Interior Design Show West (IDS West) this coming fall, September 25-28, 2014 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. We will also create a special “feature” area to draw more traffic to the centrally located space.

The show attracts more than 35,000 attendees over 3½ days. This includes 5,000 guests to the Party On Opening Night, 6,000 designers, architects, buyers, builders/developers, and other industry professionals during trade day, and an additional 25,000 consumers interested in design.

A total of 1400 square feet of exhibition space has been set aside for the “Design BC” pavilion and feature area, 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 BC Wood to see how we can save you money and ensure you higher visibility through the “Design BC” pavilion. Call 604-882-7100 or email khori@bcwood.com

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Only a few booth spaces left for the GBM 2014 event

Posted by Randi Walker
June 19th, 2014

We will be back at the beautiful Whistler Conference Centre for our 11th Annual GBM and have once again almost sold out the floorspace for Canadian wood products manufacturers and suppliers. We have negotiated excellent hotel rates for you in Whistler Village and you will particularly enjoy the upgrades at the Delta Suites.

If you haven’t already registered, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to showcase your products to over 300 pre-qualified international buyers and North American Architects, Designers, Builders, Contractors, Developers & Engineers. Last year, over $33 million in new business was developed at this event alone. Click here to see who has signed up to exhibit already.

Here’s a short video on last year’s event

2013 Global Buyers Mission
2013 Global Buyers Mission

Pre-qualified Buyers will come from the US, Western Europe, China, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Taiwan and some newer markets like the Philippines and Malaysia.


Proposed Program Schedule

Thursday – September 4th

  • BC Wood AGM; WRCLA meetings; 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 5th

  • Breakfast with Opening Ceremony and Morning Networking/Tradeshow/Meetings
  • Afternoon Teal Jones Group Sponsored Golf Tournament; Architects (Wood First) in-booth presentations; or Whistler free time
  • Gala Evening Reception, sponsored by Alberta

Saturday – September 6th

  • Breakfast and Morning Networking/Tradeshow/Meetings
  • Exhibitor teardown

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.

*Above image from Whistler Conference Centre

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Specifier’s Program Update

Posted by Roy Manion
June 19th, 2014

Since our last Wood Connections, we have focused (and continue to do so) on three key issues:

  • The Specifiers Program at the GBM – otherwise known as the Wood First Forum
  • The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and its impact on the Specifiers Program
  • Ongoing visits with existing and potential participants of the Specifiers Program

The Wood First Forum and Other Programs at the GBM for Specifiers

Our search for speakers both international and domestic is just about completed and will be announce in the next Wood Connections. As with past years, all of the speakers are top notch and will be discussing very current developments in their respective fields. We expect this program to be a great draw for the specifiers.

Other key areas we are working on for the specifiers at the GBM are our Friday afternoon mini-seminar sessions with the exhibitors, Saturday afternoon’s program, and of course, getting out the invitations to the Specifiers.

This year, invitations are being sent to specifiers in BC, Alberta, and the US Pacific Northwest – the last two are a result of our Specifier Outreach Workshops we held in those two jurisdictions. As with the speakers, we expect much of the foregoing to be completed and in place in the next couple of weeks.

The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation

You may have read other articles on the new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). In the case of the Specifiers Program, every architect, designer, contractor, and engineer in Canada we invite to various programs must explicitly agree that they want to continue to receive our emailed invitations. We will be contacting the specifiers to receive their express consent so we can continue inviting them to our programs. As this has caught most of us off guard, we hadn’t planned for the extra time to implement it. However, like the rest of the associations in Canada, we just have to work our way through it.

Ongoing Visits to Existing and Potential Specifier Program Participants

This is a far more pleasant task than the just mentioned one and is actually one of my favorite parts of the job. Although today’s technology almost makes face-to-face visits a thing of the past, to me, there is nothing more dynamic than getting out and visiting participants in their place of business. I am well over half way through these visits and have enjoyed every minute of them, as each visit provides great insight into the people and businesses we regularly present to specifiers.

Should you require additional information on any of the above, please contact me at rmainion@bcwood.com.

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‘Reclaimed Is The New Black’

Posted by Rumin Mann
June 19th, 2014

nakedwood, a Vancouver based creative wood design company is serious about reclaimed and sustainably harvested wood products. After being in the industry for over seven years manufacturing custom cabinetry, Owner/Designer Jaxon Howell was tired of the ordinary. He wanted to combine rustic and modern, making custom pieces for the new generation. While one-of-a-kind, handcrafted furniture and feature walls are nakedwood’s bread and butter, everything from cabinets to signs and picture frames can be crafted beautifully as well. All of the wood salvaged has its own unique character and history.

“Working with reclaimed wood is my passion. I want to reutilize these materials to recreate something fresh and unique. The character in aged wood, the deep grooves in the grain from being weathered, nail holes, wear marks, and scars from its use over the years give each piece a one-of-a kind look and feel, marrying the former story to its new one,” said Howell. Their unique, simple design allows their pieces to live in any style of home.

nakedwood was recently commissioned to provide some exciting pieces for the new HootSuite Media office that opened up last year. Everything from log stools and benches, to feature walls, bistro tables, board room tables, planter boxes, and more. They just finished up work on HootSuite’s latest office as well filling it with many more amazing pieces. They are continuing to supply HootSuite and other West Coast companies like Noodle Box and Lush with unique, custom pieces throughout the year. To view a gallery of images from last year’s HootSuite project, click here

For more information, visit nakedwooddesigns.com

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5 Ways Trade Shows Help Small Businesses Grow

Posted by Rumin Mann
June 19th, 2014

Skyline Tradeshow Tips – June 9, 2014

Small businesses can now garner the same benefits as their larger competitors at industry events and trade shows. Once seen as a corporate Who’s Who of business leaders, industry events are now recognized as an excellent opportunity for smaller local businesses and cottage industries. Trade show booth rentals have become more affordable, making these lucrative events a solid investment in future profitability for even the smallest business. The ROI is undeniable and the up-front investment is surprisingly affordable. Here are just 5 reasons that trade shows can help small businesses grow:

1. Renting Trade Show Booths

If your small business may not be able to afford a staff of marketing specialists or the production of a trade show booth, renting a booth could be a viable option. By renting trade show booths, your small business gets all the advantages of working with a team of experts and housing a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, without the expense. Trade show booths are designed by you, in conjunction with a team of advertising professionals, at a price you can afford. Your brand and your message will make a powerful statement with a rented display, while staying within your specified budget.

Click here to read the entire article

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The Benefits of Wood in Building Construction

Posted by Rumin Mann
June 19th, 2014

Wood is an abundant and renewable natural resource which is suitable for many types of building construction. The Government of Canada Supports the research and development of wood-based construction. Watch this quick video on the benefits of wood in building construction.

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2014 BC Creative Achievement Awards

Posted by Rumin Mann
June 19th, 2014

The Carter Wosk BC Creative Achievement Awards for Applied Art and Design celebrate British Columbians who through their creativity contribute to the cultural and economic fabric of the Province.

Both established and emerging artist and designers are invited to apply.Up to three awards of $2,500 each will be presented to applied artists and designers whose work has a practical function. Individuals who work in jewellry, glass, wood, fibre, clay and metal in such areas as, but not limited to, textiles, furniture, weaving, ceramics, fashion and industrial design are eligible.

Deadline for Submissions: July 10, 2014

For complete information, contact the BC Achievement Foundation or visitwww.bcachievement.com/creative/info.php

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Ronald McDonald House Grand Opening

Posted by Brian Hawrysh
June 19th, 2014

On June 11th, we were invited to attend a special reception for suppliers, whose support helped build the new Ronald McDonald House® BC. Many BC Wood members generously donated their time, products and materials to the new RMH. We had an exclusive sneak peek at BC’s new home-away-from-home for BC and Yukon’s sick kids and families – capable of handling up to 73 families at one time. The previous house could support only 13 families, so this new facility, designed by architect Michael Green, is one of the top 5 in the world.

On June 16th, Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon reached a milestone seven years in the making, with the grand opening of the brand new facility on the grounds of BC Children’s Hospital.

“This is a momentous day for seriously ill children and their families in British Columbia,” said Richard Pass, CEO, Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon. “We are extremely grateful to each and every person who made this new House possible – from our donors, to the public to the Province of BC and McDonald’s® Canada. With the new Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon, over 2,500 families each year will have a home-away-from-home while their child is receiving medical care in Vancouver.”,

Click here for views of the construction process

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Tolko to celebrate Grand Opening of Athabasca Mill

Posted by Rumin Mann
June 19th, 2014

Tolko Media Advisory – June 18, 2014

On Thursday, June 19, 2014, Roland Twinn, Chief of the Sawridge First Nation, Pearl Calahasen, Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Slave Lake, Tyler Warman, Mayor of Slave Lake, and other dignitaries from the federal and provincial government and the communities of Slave Lake and High Level, will join Brad Thorlakson, Tolko President and CEO, to celebrate the Grand Opening of Tolko’s Athabasca Mill.

The celebration kicks off at 11:00 am (MST) with a BBQ and mill tours for guests and then continues with an official ceremony beginning at 1:30pm (MST).

The reopening of Tolko’s Athabasca Mill represents the company’s commitment to the vitality of the Slave Lake Region. The mill has provided approximately 150 direct and indirect jobs in the community, including salaried and hourly positions at the mill, contractors and suppliers, and related community employment opportunities.

Click here to read the entire article

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B.C. investing $2.14 million to put wood first

Posted by Rumin Mann
June 19th, 2014

Ministry of International Trade News Release – June 10, 2014


The B.C. government is investing $2.14 million to advance the use of wood in British Columbia with a focus on expanding the use of wood in non-residential construction, strengthening manufacturing capabilities, and positioning B.C. as a global leader in wood design technologies.

Funding is being provided to industry trade associations and research institutions with proven records in wood products marketing, training, wood products development and research. The funds are being distributed through the Wood First program, an initiative to grow the culture of wood throughout B.C. and to develop world-leading technologies and building systems that can be used to promote B.C. wood sales both at home and in foreign markets.

The Wood First program is delivered by Forestry Innovation Investment, the Province’s market development agency for wood products. The funding announcement was made June 10th by Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat at Viceroy Homes in Richmond, a leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of custom wood buildings.

Click here to read the entire article

Click here to learn more about Wood First

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“Orandajima House” Reconstruction Project

Posted by Jim Ivanoff
June 6th, 2014

In a previous article, I briefly introduced the “Orandajima House” project in the town of Yamada in Iwate Prefecture and I am happy to say that it has now been completed. Hundreds of years ago a Dutch ship ran aground on a small island in the town’s bay (now called Orandajima or Dutch Island) and the crew would have starved to death had the local people not come to their rescue. As a result, Yamada developed close ties with Holland involving many exchange programs so after the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, a group of Dutch business people in Japan decided that they had to help the people of Yamada as the Dutch sailors were helped in the past. In consultations with town officials, the group decided to donate an after-school care facility that would also offer grief counseling for children returning to the area wiped out by the tsunami. The project was named Orandajima House.

A Dutch architect based in Tokyo by the name of Martin van der Linden took the lead on designing the building and organizing the materials. I knew him through the activities of the BC Wood design program in Japan and had pitched him on using WRC products in his Euro-modern designs. As a result, about a month after the earthquake, he approached me to see if we could supply WRC as cladding for the concrete-steel building he was envisioning at the time. We had not yet setup the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project, but I told him that we would help by introducing suppliers and offering any technical assistance required. I also proposed going with a wood structure.

Even though the Dutch group began this project immediately after the earthquake, assembling the funds and developing the project took almost two years. Once they were ready, Martin contacted me again about the WRC. It was the perfect time as we were just accepting applications under the second phase of the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project. They applied for funding to cover the costs of the WRC products they needed and were approved by the board in Canada.

However, the building later became a wood structure and they came back to us with additional requests for the structural components. In the end, Canada contributed not only the WRC, but also SPF, OSB, Hemlock, and Douglas Fir. For a very small portion of the total budget of $700,000, the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project was able to have the facility built entirely of wood, showcase wood in a modern design, and also help the children in another community devastated by 3/11. I was very proud seeing this beautiful building completed and children already enjoying it on opening day.

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Show Report: HD Expo, Las Vegas NV – 2014

Posted by Randi Walker
June 6th, 2014

For the first time in many years, BC Wood and members participated in the HD Expo in Las Vegas. Five member companies attended including Barker Manufacturing, Brent Comber Originals, Live Edge Design, Martha Sturdy, and Stick & Stones Furniture.

This is a very important show for our furniture and design sector as over 900 exhibitors from around the world present their products to interior design companies, architecture firms, owners, operators, developers, specifiers, and purchasers that are looking for the latest, most innovative and creative tools for their renovations and new builds. Visitor traffic was up 15% this year and some of our members even sold product directly off the floor!

Sticks and Stones were recognized with an Award of Excellence as part of the IIDA Product Design Competition, for the category of Outdoor Seating. Their Social Circle and Live Edge Design’s new Phantom Communal Table both made the pages of the Thursday Show Daily publication.

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Specifier’s Program Update

Posted by Roy Manion
June 6th, 2014

We continue the process of meeting with industry to finalize the list of companies who will be actively participating in the Specifiers program for the current fiscal year. I find this to be a very enjoyable task as it allows me the opportunity of visiting many of our province’s manufacturing facilities and meeting with key individuals face to face to determine how best the program can benefit them. I never cease to be amazed with some of the great products our industry produces and am always anxious to assist those companies to expose their products to those who are tasked with specifying or procuring them.

Pemberton Barn Raising Event

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to get to witness a small portion of the Pemberton Barn Raising Event sponsored by the Timber Framers Guild. There were up to 60 timber framers involved in this 12 day event from all parts of North America including some from BC. All participating timber framers were volunteers and for many, these 12 days represented their vacation; a true dedication to their craft. Congratulations to all who participated.

This picture (above) was taken on Thursday, the 9th day of the event and everything was wound up by Sunday. Once completed, this facility will be used to house the Pemberton Music Festival this July 16 – 20 and will be a great legacy for the city of Pemberton, thanks to the Timber Framers Guild and key suppliers.

Vancouver Regional Construction Association Annual Conference, Whistler, BC

This is the second year in a row that BC Wood attended this conference where we exhibited, networked with the contractors, and attended some great seminars. We also used the occasion to increase our exposure with the VRCA and network with some of the exhibitors. One of those exhibitors was Canadian Construction Women.

Canadian Construction Women (CCW)

Not so long ago nursing, teaching, and clerical work were among the few career options available to women. Times have changed; now, non-traditional occupations including working in construction are among the choices women have. Also, more and more, women are becoming key decision makers in procuring product for construction firms. The CCW is an association that acts as a resource for information on construction and exists to attract and retain women in the industry.

After meeting with key personnel from the CCW and learning more about them, I am convinced the association offers some great opportunities for our industry. BC Wood is actively exploring how our two associations can work together to the mutual benefit of both. Stay tuned!

As always, should you require additional information or have any questions relative to this article, please contact me atrmanion@bcwood.com.

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