2015 Global Buyers Mission

GBM 2015 raw logo file

Welcome 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. The GBM will be back at the beautiful Whistler Conference Centre September 8th – 10th, 2016 and we have once again negotiated unbeatable hotel rates for our delegates in Whistler Village.

The 12th Annual Global Buyers Mission™ held September 10th to 12th, 2015 welcomed almost 800 delegates to Whistler this year. 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 this year, 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 are pleased to see the resurgence in demand from the US. We anticipate an estimated $40+ million in new sales from the GBM this year.

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.

For more information, or to register for the GBM, please email us at gbm@bcwood.com or call 604-882-7100.


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

International Buyers:

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

Wood First Delegates:

The Wood First Program at the 12th Annual Global Buyers Mission™ offered an unprecedented opportunity to not only learn about how best to use wood in building projects, but also the chance to hear from international specialists and meet wood products suppliers.

The incentive package for the 2015 program included:

  • Seminars by industry leaders from around the world (registered architects and designers earn AIA/AIABC/AAA/IDCEC learning units)
  • Opportunities to network with domestic and international colleagues and industry leaders during meals and socials
    • 3 lunches, 2 hot breakfasts and 2 fantastic evening events (spousal program available for evening socials)
  • Bus transfer/return from either YVR or Vancouver

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: https://youtu.be/Z7pf0fPaNJM

2015 Wood First Forum Video: https://youtu.be/uCIB7v10Ass

BC Wood YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/BCWoodAssociation