Roy Manion

Since our last Wood Connections edition just a month ago, the Program’s events included:
  • Lunch & Learn Sessions
  • Living with Wood Design Forum at the Museum of Vancouver
  • Wood Design & Construction Solutions Conference
  • Wood Designs Awards that BC Wood attended
  • Putting final touches on an upcoming factory tour scheduled for March 31st
Lunch & Learn Sessions
We organized and held a series of 5 Lunch & Learn sessions and booked another 3; 2 of which are for April.
Gray Conversations: Living with Wood Design Forum
This was a great event held at the Museum of Vancouver and was part of Wood Week. I am sure you will read more about this from other Wood Connections contributors. Our part was to have the event approved by both the architect and interior designer associations so all attending architects and interior designers received their educational credits.
Wood Design & Construction Solutions Conference
This was another event in Wood Week. It was formerly named the “Wood Solutions Fair” which lasted 1 day and consisted of both seminars for professionals and a trade show. This year as part of Wood Week, the event was renamed and expanded to 2 days. BC Wood played an active role in this Wood WORKS! BC organized event in that BC Wood, accompanied by several companies from industry, exhibited on the trade show floor. We also arranged for 5 speakers to participate in a “Non-Structural” speaker stream for day 2. I am pleased to report that each of these speakers were outstanding and did our sector proud.
Wood Designs Awards Dinner
This is an annual event organized by our sister association Wood WORKS! BC. Once again, it was a great evening seeing the many candidates for various awards. Now that wood has become such a prominent media in design and construction of all types of projects, each nominated design for the various awards were amazing. BC Wood had a table at this event and we were pleased to have 6 architects join us, including John Patkau who won an award for the Audain Museum. All around, it was a great evening.
 
Upcoming Factory Tour
BC Wood is organizing its last event of our current fiscal year: a factory tour scheduled for March 31st at a millwork facility in Sidney, BC. As with all events we organize, we received approval for educational credits for architects. We are still awaiting approval for interior designer educational credits but expect to receive that shortly. This will be our second event at this facility as the first one was so successful; we are building this event on it.
Going Forward!
Beginning April 1st, BC Wood’s new fiscal year begins (for those who may not know, this is the same timetable as both Federal and Provincial Governments). This means that once we tie up loose ends on our current fiscal year, we will be talking to companies about participating in the Specifier Program for the 2017 – 2018 fiscal year. If you are interested and wish to be involved, please let me know by calling the office or emailing me at rmanion@bcwood.com.