Specifiers Program Update
We are now 2 full months into our fiscal year and the Specifiers Program has already seen a flurry of activity including:
- Lunch & learn sessions
- Breakfast session for the Independent Contractors Business Association (ICBA) where we presented a number of topics to the assembled group
- Participation in Architectural Institute of BC’s (AIBC) annual conference
- ICBA’s Annual Industry Outlook for the Construction Industry
- Renewing and adding participants to the 2016 – 2017 Specifiers Program
Lunch & Learn Sessions:
The year started off with a bang as we held 5 lunch & learn sessions, all in the latter part of April. These sessions featured different companies from industry and were a great start to our new fiscal year.
ICBA Breakfast Seminar
BC Wood was joined by representatives from 3 companies who presented their products to a group of approx. 25 ICBA members. Based on the evaluations, there was excellent interest from the group and the sessions were well received. These sessions with contractors are important as it is essential to have this group on board with products that are specified by architects.
AIBC’s Annual Conference
After 3 years of this conference being held in October, it moved back to its original date in May. However, as the previous conference was just 7 months ago, attendance was less than anticipated. Also, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) will be holding their annual conference in Nanaimo in just 3 weeks’ time so that also had a negative impact on attendance. Having stated that, there were some excellent conferences that I attended, the most notable one for me being on the 18 story UBC Brock Commons wood high rise that is now well under construction. Russell Acton of Acton Ostry presented this seminar and gave some great insight into the entire project. BC Wood, along with FII and WoodWorks!BC, exhibited at the event.
ICBA’s Annual Industry Outlook for the Construction Industry
This event consisted of a panel of industry leaders who provided brief overviews outlining the construction work expected in their sectors over the next year. In general, the next 12 months looks great for the province except for one or two sectors.
Renewing and Adding Participants to the 2016 – 2017 Specifiers Program:
This is a major part of what we do at this time of year as we strive, where ever possible, to sign up participants early in the fiscal year so companies can maximize the program’s effectiveness. We strive for a maximum of 25 companies for the program as that is the number the program can effectively assist. We currently still have some spots open so if making your product, service, or company known to the architect, designer, construction, or engineering communities is something you feel would benefit your firm, please contact me to discuss if the Specifier Program is a fit for your firm. You can reach me at the BC Wood offices or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org