Global Buyers Mission

GBM 2016 logo smallWelcome to the Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM) – the best business building event in Canada for wood products manufacturers interested in growing their export market opportunities – and developing new business relationships with architects, designers, developers, builder & contractors – as well as other exhibiting wood products companies from across Canada. For more information, or to register for the 2016 GBM, scheduled for September 8th to 10th, please email us at or call 604-882-7100.

The 12th Annual Global Buyers Mission™ was held from September 10th to 12th, 2015 and welcomed almost 800 delegates to Whistler. Once again, we had perfect weather and conditions to welcome delegates that joined us from all over the world including qualified international buyers of wood products from around the world; Canadian manufacturers of products that included finished materials, building supplies and remanufacturing products; and architects, contractors, developers and specifiers interested in finding out more about building with wood.

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 in 2106, offering excellent opportunities for Canadian manufacturers to build new business opportunities.

For the first time in many years, the GBM hosted more American buyers than those from any other market. We were pleased to see the resurgence in demand from the US and anticipate an estimated $40+ million in new sales from the 2015 GBM.

For 2015 we drew in the important architect / designer / contractor / builder decision makers with our popular Wood First program, which will ran through the whole event. With our recent exposure to this important audience in both the Pacific Northwest and Alberta, we had a very good turnout for this event in 2015.  We are certified educational providers for AIA/AIABC/AAA/IDCEC and also members of the IBCA/VRCA and AWMAC.


To view a list of exhibitors registered for the 2015 GBM, click here

International Buyers:

To view a list of buyers registered for the 2015 GBM, click here

WoodTALKS Delegates:

The WoodTALKS Program at the 13th Annual Global Buyers Mission™ offers an unprecedented opportunity to not only learn about how best to use wood in building projects, but also the chance to hear from specialists and meet wood products suppliers.

In case you haven’t seen them yet, here are some links to a few short videos from last year’s event:

2015 Global Buyers Mission Video:

2015 Wood First Forum Video:

BC Wood YouTube Channel: