B.C. announces first major commercial wood demonstration project in India
B.C. announces first major commercial wood demonstration project in India
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Premier Christy Clark today announced that the largest shipment of mass timber from British Columbia to India is en route.

The shipment also includes lumber and will be used in...More

Premier Christy Clark today announced that the largest shipment of mass timber from British Columbia to India is en route.

The shipment also includes lumber and will be used in the first major commercial wood demonstration project to showcase B.C. forest products in India.

As India's economy grows, traditional wood supply cannot meet increasing demand. As a leading supplier of sustainable forest products, British Columbia is seen as an attractive long-term supplier. Support for the project is being provided by the Government of B.C.'s market development agency for forest products, Forestry Innovation Investment (FII), through its India office.

The wood products will be used to construct a facility housing several design workshops at India's Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University located in Ahmedabad, Gujurat State and will serve as a showcase to help grow awareness and demand in India for B.C. wood products.

Incorporating wood, concrete and steel, the project will not only inspire the school's students who work and design with wood, but will also be a model of sustainable architecture and environmental responsibility for the Indian design community. By introducing Canadian wood species through special projects and course curriculum, the university sees the project as providing a long-term opportunity for collaboration with British Columbia and Canada.

In addition to the glue-laminated arches for the roof assembly supplied by Penticton-based Structurlam, other B.C. wood products, including those made of hemlock, Douglas fir and yellow cedar, are being used extensively throughout the project in a range of interior and exterior applications. These products are being supplied by Surrey's Coast Clear Wood and through a donation of lumber from the Coast Forest Products Association.

During an October 2016 trade mission to India, Finance Minister Michael de Jong visited the CEPT University campus to support a partnership between the Province and the University. In November, FII India entered into an agreement to support the extensive use of B.C. forest products in the project. Under the agreement, the Province will invest approximately $100,000 to share the costs, with CEPT, of the B.C. wood used in the project and to cover import duties for B.C. products not currently available in India. Industry will donate an additional $11,000 worth of B.C. lumber already in India.

This demonstration project is a direct result of the Province's accelerated market development efforts in India. In addition to pursuing product trials and other high-profile commercialization projects, the strategy for growing demand for B.C. wood products in India includes collaboratively promoting the Canadian wood brand with Natural Resources Canada and industry through Canada Wood.

Building international markets for B.C.’s natural resources is a component of the BC Jobs Plan. Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province's goal of a diverse, globally competitive forest industry, as outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.'s Forest Sector.

For more information visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0006-000102

 

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FII India recently completed the first commercial demonstration project using B.C. wood
FII India recently completed the first commercial demonstration project using B.C. wood
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

FII India has now completed work on its first commercial demonstration project in India. Kapur Villa is located in a pristine and picturesque reserve forest with the backdrop of snow...More

FII India has now completed work on its first commercial demonstration project in India. Kapur Villa is located in a pristine and picturesque reserve forest with the backdrop of snow clad peaks perched at an altitude of 7,500 feet in Himachal Pradesh, India. The 1,970 square foot private residence features extensive use of wood species from B.C. in structural and interior and exterior finishing applications.

Wood was selected for key structural elements of the building because of characteristics that offer advantages over concrete, masonry and steel – specifically, wood’s favourable strength to weight ratio and ability to provide load paths for earthquake forces via numerous connections to walls, floors and the roof. The wood features in the design are complemented by another natural material, local stone, which is used for the external walls of the structure.

To meet the owner’s specifications for large, open spaces, the design utilized large spans of solid wood as the main feature. Post & beam construction was the chosen solution, with long-length timber coupled with custom-made steel fasteners, brackets and plates to tie the major components together.

For the structural, vertical and horizontal load-bearing components, including the roof trusses, pulins and joists, Douglas fir from B.C. was selected for its unique strength and stiffness, and its availability in the required widths and lengths... Wood from B.C. was also selected for doors, windows, furniture and millwork to align with the home’s overall aesthetics. Douglas fir was chosen due to its availability in clear grade. In addition, the wood’s colour and grain complemented the Douglas fir structural components. This species was also specified for rustic internal flooring throughout the house and outdoor deck and posts. As an added feature, two triangular Douglas fir skylights, bring abundant natural light into the open space, bathing the extensive wooden surfaces and creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The result is an excellent combination of colour and texture, which contrasts impressively with the 18” thick stone walls.

A wonderful addition to the home is the 16-foot-long dining table, which is the centrepiece of the living/family room. Constructed with B.C. spruce-pine-fir 2x6s, the table features structural grade boards cross-cut into four-foot lengths and finger-jointed to ensure a straight and true table top at an affordable price. The table was finished with a transparent coating.

As FII India’s market development efforts in India continue through high-profile demonstration projects such as Kapur Villa, builders and designers are becoming more familiar with the characteristics offered by Canadian wood species, including sustainability, long-term performance, multipurpose applications, easier manufacturing ability, and the assurance of quality.

For more information about FII India’s market development program visit our corporate website or visit www.canadianwood.in.

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CFPA President and CEO Rick Jefferey, FLNRO Minister Steve Thomson and FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor during this mission to Asia
Continuing to Build Market Access for Coastal Forestry on Asian Trade Mission
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Originally posted on the Coast Forest Products Association website. 

This fall, Coast Forest Products Association was once again part of a 10-day Forestry Asia Trade Mission led...More

Originally posted on the Coast Forest Products Association website

This fall, Coast Forest Products Association was once again part of a 10-day Forestry Asia Trade Mission led by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) Minister Steve Thomson. The Province’s focus for this mission was to further broaden and enhance market diversification for the B.C. forest sector across global markets.

More than 25 senior executives from provincial forest companies and associations toured Japan and China amplifying the latest efforts to maintain and expand the industry’s overseas market reach as well as strengthen key Asian markets.

Among the places the group visited in Japan was the Tohoku region where they viewed the progress made on reconstruction since the 2011 earthquake devastated the region. At that time, the governments of Canada and British Columbia, along with 14 forest companies, contributed a total of $4.6 million to rebuilding key public buildings with Canadian wood products. In China, the group went to Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing where they spoke at the second annual Sino-Canada Wood Conference where discussions with industry executives and government officials on advancing wood design systems.

B.C.’s top five lumber customers by volume are the U.S., China, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines and South Korea.

This mission would not have been possible without financial support from the Government of Canada through Natural Resources Canada and the B.C. government through FII.

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Mission delegates meet with counterparts in Nanjing, Jiangsu province during the 2016 mission to Asia.
Prefabricated wood project highlights final leg of Asia trade mission
Monday, December 5, 2016

The 2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission has come to an end following three stops in Nanjing in Jiangsu Province.

The first stop was a meeting with Jiangsu Province’s Minister of...More

The 2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission has come to an end following three stops in Nanjing in Jiangsu Province.

The first stop was a meeting with Jiangsu Province’s Minister of Housing Urban and Rural Development to discuss progress on a memorandum of understanding that Thomson signed with the minister in 2014. The agreement includes enhanced co-operation and communication between the two governments, and commitments to research opportunities and locations for wood-frame construction in Jiangsu Province.

Building on the successful re-roofing initiatives in the Jiangsu cities of Nanjing and Zhenjiang, the two ministers discussed the potential for wood infill wall systems. A wood infill wall is a standard wall made from 2X6s and drywall, and installed between concrete floors, ceilings and pillars. About 21,600 households have benefited from the wood truss re-roofing projects.

Green building and construction industrialization, such as prefabrication, are two trends driving China’s construction sector, along with the development of regulations and policies that include ambitious targets of increasing prefabrication construction to 30% over the next 10 years.

The use of the new wall system was showcased during a site visit to Nanjing Middle School of Vocational Studies – the first commercialized project for wood infill walls. The wood infill wall is used in the school’s office building, which has a total wall area of 1,000 square metres. This trial project will allow for further study on the commercial viability of interior partition wall applications in Jiangsu.

Scheduled for completion in early winter, the school will leave a portion of the wood components visible to showcase the green building technology used in its construction and to promote wood as an environmentally friendly alternative to China’s traditional construction materials of steel and concrete.

Trade mission delegates also visited Nanjing Tech University, where they discussed potential long-term opportunities in China in the field of mass timber construction, learned about research being conducted for hybrid construction and helped promote the university’s wood research program. Delegates also used the University of British Columbia’s 18-storey Brock Commons and the six-storey Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George as examples to strengthen British Columbia’s image as a leader in mass timber and tall wood construction.

Trade missions are an important part of British Columbia’s international engagement strategy to support economic growth in priority sectors as well as BC Jobs Plan objectives. Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province’s goal of a diverse, globally competitive forest industry, outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.’s Forest Sector.

For more information please visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/2016-forestry-trade-mission-to-asia

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John Kozij (NRCan) address the audience at the China-Canada Roundtable on Illegal Logging
China-Canada Roundtable on Illegal Logging
Friday, December 2, 2016

Canadian and provincial government representatives and delegates from the Canadian forest sector met today with China’s State Forestry Administration and Chinese industry officials to...More

Canadian and provincial government representatives and delegates from the Canadian forest sector met today with China’s State Forestry Administration and Chinese industry officials to advance discussion around sustainable forest management practices during the China-Canada Roundtable on Illegal Logging in Beijing.

Organized jointly by Natural Resources Canada and China’s State Forestry Administration, the roundtable was officially opened by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson as part of the 2016 Asia Trade Mission. During the roundtable, the Canadian delegation made presentations regarding Canadian government policy on combating illegal logging and its trade, Canadian industry practices to ensure sustainability, legality and traceability, and forest governance across Canadian jurisdictions. Thomson’s remarks to start the conference specifically noted British Columbia’s track record for producing legal and sustainable forest products.

In addition to the Chinese industry’s view and actions on responsible forest product trade, the Chinese delegation provided a summary and expected outcomes of recent policies announced by the central government, encouraging the use of wood in construction. They also provided context for how these policies align with the Chinese government’s top priorities of reducing carbon emissions, tackling climate change, and resource and energy conservation.

Representatives from non-governmental organizations in attendance gave presentations on their support for China in its efforts to promote legal trade and to combat illegal logging and its trade.

Canada is the world leader in sustainable forest certification, with more than 40% of the world’s third-party certified forests equal to 166 million hectares certified to one of three international standards. British Columbia alone has 52 million hectares certified to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards, more than any other jurisdiction in the world apart from Canada as a whole.

Trade missions are an important part of British Columbia’s international engagement strategy to support economic growth in priority sectors as well as BC Jobs Plan objectives. Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province’s goal of a diverse, globally competitive forest industry, outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.’s Forest Sector.

For more information please visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/2016-forestry-trade-mission-to-asia

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This year’s competition was co-organized by Tongji University and Canada Wood China
Sino-Canada Wood Conference explores green building, recognizes competition winners
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A mix of 250 importers, distributors, builders, developers, designers and architects were on hand as Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Steve Thomson welcomed delegates to the...More

A mix of 250 importers, distributors, builders, developers, designers and architects were on hand as Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Steve Thomson welcomed delegates to the second-annual Sino-Canada Wood Conference in Shanghai.

The conference, with its theme of “Wood products for a greener future”, featured speakers discussing topics that include China’s forest policies, wood supply outlook and competitive landscape, how Canada is positioned to meet China’s demand for wood products, industrialization of wood construction and how sustainable wood products provide an environmentally friendly option for building demands, including for mid-rise and tall wood projects.

Some of the 2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates participated in an industry panel on topics affecting the Chinese wood industry. The panel was moderated by Council of Forest Industries president and CEO Susan Yurkovich.

Among those in attendance at the conference were 50 professors and students involved in the first annual Chinese University Timber Structure Competition for which Thomson presented the top prize. The competition challenges architecture and engineering students from timber design courses at eight Chinese universities to apply their knowledge in a hands-on wood design project. The projects encourage students to continue pursuing an interest in wood design and to translate it into a career to help fill China’s deficit of qualified wood designers.

This year’s competition was co-organized by Tongji University and Canada Wood China. The eight-week Timber Engineering Course at Tongji University is taught to senior engineering students. The University of British Columbia, led by Professor Frank Lam, was instrumental in helping with the creation of the course, including training of the Chinese professors involved and with participation in teaching. Approximately 80 students registered for the course in its first year in 2003 and it has since grown to more than 400 students annually, making it one of the largest timber engineering courses in the world.

Conference partners and supporters include the Shanghai Ministry of Housing Urban-Rural Development, the Shanghai Wood Industry Association, the China Timber & Wood Products Distribution Association, the China National Furniture Association and the Canadian Embassy.

Trade missions are an important part of British Columbia’s international engagement strategy to support economic growth in priority sectors as well as BC Jobs Plan objectives. Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province’s goal of a diverse, globally competitive forest industry, outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.’s Forest Sector.

For more information please visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/2016-forestry-trade-mission-to-asia

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Minister Thomson tours a six-storey 2x4 demonstration project and a two-storey cross-laminated timber test house in Tsukuba, Japan.
New opportunities open up in Japan for building with wood
Monday, November 28, 2016

Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates have a better understanding of trends, priorities and Japanese market opportunities for British Columbia wood products after touring a six-storey,...More

Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates have a better understanding of trends, priorities and Japanese market opportunities for British Columbia wood products after touring a six-storey, 2x4 demonstration project and two-storey cross-laminated timber test house in Tsukuba, Japan, just outside Tokyo.

The projects are located at the Building Research Institute, Japan’s leading government research organization focused on housing, building and urban planning. The institute has an extensive history of joint research and development with foreign organizations, including programs with the University of British Columbia, FPInnovations and Canada Wood.

Completed in March 2016, the six-storey, 2x4 demonstration project (funded by the Japanese government) shows the viability of six-storey, 2x4, mid-rise structures made entirely from wood by incorporating “fireproof” features. This is the first building to achieve Japan’s two-hour fire-resistive standard for wood construction. Over 1,000 building professionals have visited the project since its completion.

Previously, 2x4 buildings were limited to four floors in wood or four floors in wood atop one floor with reinforced concrete in Japan. However, with achieving a new two-hour fireproof standard, 2x4 buildings can be built as high as six storeys in wood. The demonstration project is the first to incorporate these fireproof features as well as various innovative wall/floor components such as double-midply wall system, I-joists, parallel chord floor trusses and cross-laminated timber floors.

The two-storey cross-laminated timber test house is next to the 2x4 demonstration project and is meant to advance cross-laminated timber construction in Japan. The 130-square-metre test house is constructed from two-metre wide by six-metre long cross-laminated panels made from Japanese Sugi.

Both projects will be equipped with sensors that measure a variety of performance indicators such as durability, energy efficiency and seismic resistance.

Trade missions are an important part of British Columbia’s international engagement strategy to support economic growth in priority sectors as well as BC Jobs Plan objectives. Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province’s goal of a diverse, globally competitive forest industry, as outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.’s Forest Sector.

For more on the trade mission visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/2016-forestry-trade-mission-to-asia

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The San Juan Bautista was fully reconstructed using Douglas fir and western red cedar
British Columbia wood products’ contribution to reconstruction efforts in Japan
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates viewed first-hand how British Columbia wood products are contributing to the socio-economic recovery of Japan’s Tohoku region that was devastated by...More

Forestry Asia Trade Mission delegates viewed first-hand how British Columbia wood products are contributing to the socio-economic recovery of Japan’s Tohoku region that was devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Mission delegates had the opportunity to visit the Donguri Anne Public Library and Yuriage Public Market in Natori City, and a replica of a famous Japanese historic sailing ship,the Sant Juan Bautista in Ishinomaki City.

The Donguri Anne Public Library and Yuriage Public Market, were two of four public buildings funded by the governments of Canada, British Columbia and Alberta under the $4.6-million Canada Tohoku Reconstruction Project.

The library serves Natori City’s 72,000 inhabitants and demonstrates how wood-frame public structures made with environmentally sustainable wood products from British Columbia and the rest of Canada are ideal building solutions. “Donguri” is Japanese for acorn, symbolizing regeneration, and “Anne” is an acknowledgement of “Anne of Green Gables”, Japan’s favourite Canadian novel.

The new Yuriage public market has served as a commercial hub and tourist destination. The rebuilt market draws 6,000 to 7,000 people daily on the weekends – an increase from the 3,000 to 4,000 visitors before the earthquake. Because of this increased popularity, public market officials have since added additional booth spaces to accommodate visitors.

Inspired by British Columbian timber frame design, the main pavilion integrates a food court, exterior deck and public meeting spaces. The project also consists of two additional separate structures which house seven commercial booths each, which were constructed in the platform frame method. Locally, it is nicknamed “Maple Hall” in recognition of Canada’s humanitarian assistance.

Natori City officials also showed trade mission delegates their plans for further reconstruction in the area.‎

During the 2011 Forestry Asia Trade Mission, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson met with the governor of the Miyagi Prefacture, at which time the vice-governor asked for replacement masts for the San Juan Bautista. This ship’s masts had been destroyed in the March 2011 earthquake.

The Sant Juan Bautista was a Japanese-built Spanish galleon that led an expedition from Miyagi Prefecture to Mexico and Europe in 1613 and is viewed as a symbol of the region’s outward engagement with the world. It is a local cultural treasure.

Western Forest Products was able to donate five specially harvested Douglas-fir and one western redcedar logs needed to replace the masts. The Sant Juan Bautista was fully reconstructed as a local historical treasure in time for the 400th Anniversary Celebration held in November 2013.

Trade missions are an important part of British Columbia’s international engagement strategy to support economic growth in priority sectors as well as BC Jobs Plan objectives. Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province’s goal of a diverse, globally competitive forest industry, outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.’s Forest Sector.

For more on the trade mission visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/2016-forestry-trade-mission-to-asia

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2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission heads to Japan and China
2016 Forestry Asia Trade Mission heads to Japan, China
Friday, November 25, 2016

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson is leading a delegation of more than 25 senior executives from B.C.’s forest companies and associations to Japan and...More

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson is leading a delegation of more than 25 senior executives from B.C.’s forest companies and associations to Japan and China from Nov. 24 to Dec. 3, 2016.

It is Thomson’s fifth trade mission to China and Japan as forests minister. China and Japan are respectively B.C.’s second- and third-largest markets for softwood lumber products.

Maintaining and expanding markets, including strengthening key Asian markets, supports the Province’s goal of a diverse, globally competitive industry, outlined in Strong Past, Bright Future: A Competiveness Agenda for B.C.’s Forest Sector.

 

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FII India hosts B.C. Minister of Finance, Michael de Jong during networking event
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On October 25, 2016 B.C.’s Minister of Finance, Michael de Jong visited FII India’s office in Mumbai to promote the market development program for wood products in India. The Minister,...More

On October 25, 2016 B.C.’s Minister of Finance, Michael de Jong visited FII India’s office in Mumbai to promote the market development program for wood products in India. The Minister, accompanied by a delegation of senior provincial and federal government officials, joined a networking event with over 30 Indian wood industry leaders.

The event provided an opportunity to promote B.C. wood species to a target audience and position Canada as a long-term sustainable source of fibre able to meet India’s growing demand. The Minister also used the occasion to announce FII India’s regional expansion (Delhi and Bangalore), and the completion of FII’s first wood demonstration project in India.

With Budget 2016, the Province committed $5 million over three years to promote a stronger B.C. wood brand in India. This investment is helping B.C. companies establish themselves as the world’s leading suppliers of sustainably harvested wood products to a market that includes the world’s largest middle class.

The visit to FII’s office in Mumbai formed part of a larger trade mission by Minister de Jong who also met with Indian Finance Minister, Minister of Corporate Affairs in the cabinet of India, Arun Jaitley to discuss ways to continue to strengthen economic ties between India and B.C.

FII India was established in Mumbai in 2012 as a subsidiary company of Forestry Innovation Investment (FII). Market development efforts are delivered in partnership with the B.C. forest industry and supported by the Government of Canada through contributions from Natural Resource Canada. FII India’s primary role is to increase awareness for B.C. (and Canadian) wood species by communicating the benefits of B.C. wood and by providing technical support to customers. For more information on FII India, visit www.canadianwood.in.

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The new naturally:wood website
FII updates its leading forest sector marketing resource, the naturally:wood website
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Forestry is a critical driver of B.C.’s economy and supports communities across the province. In 2015, the industry generated $12.9 billion in exports, created a quarter of the province’...More

Forestry is a critical driver of B.C.’s economy and supports communities across the province. In 2015, the industry generated $12.9 billion in exports, created a quarter of the province’s manufacturing jobs, and supported over 7,000 B.C. businesses, directly supporting the BC Jobs Plan.

Not only does forestry contribute to the economy, but our province is increasingly recognized as being a leader in sustainable forest management and at the forefront of developing new wood products and building systems. Projects such as the UBC Brock Commons tall wood hybrid student residence is gaining attention at an international level, creating new markets for B.C. products. 

To communicate B.C.’s world-leading sustainable forest practices and to increase global awareness of our diverse range of forest products, we recently updated our leading forest sector marketing resource, the naturally:wood website.

The website connects B.C. suppliers with international buyers, profiling approximately 500 B.C. wood product manufacturers through a comprehensive supplier directory. Other resources provide credible information on the environmental benefits of building with wood, showcase B.C.’s sustainable forest management practices, and highlight the latest building trends and innovation.

The naturally:wood website also includes:

  • B.C. softwood and hardwood species information
  • A Project Gallery profiling innovative wood buildings across B.C.
  • A green building toolkit
  • Videos and case studies on leading edge non-residential and mid-rise structures using B.C. wood products
  • Case studies on the use of wood in a variety of sectors including tall wood, healthcare, and education

Visit www.naturallywood.com for more details.

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Government of Canada officials visit FII India in Mumbai
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and senior federal government officials visit FII India in Mumbai
Thursday, September 15, 2016

On September 9, 2016 Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, James Carr, accompanied by a delegation of senior federal government officials, visited FII India’s office in Mumbai. The...More

On September 9, 2016 Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, James Carr, accompanied by a delegation of senior federal government officials, visited FII India’s office in Mumbai. The Minister and his delegation participated in a roundtable discussion with the wood community in India, including leading Indian wood product manufacturers, importers and real estate developers.

The purpose of the visit was to better understand and explore opportunities for collaboration between India and Canada. The roundtable facilitated an in-depth discussion around the challenges faced by the Indian wood industry and the opportunities that exist for Canadian wood in India.

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Federal and provincial representatives join UBC to celebrate the completion of Brock Commons
Federal and provincial representatives join UBC to celebrate the completion of Brock Commons
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Federal and provincial government representatives joined UBC at the Brock Commons tall wood student residence site to celebrate the completion of the mass timber structure, which...More

Federal and provincial government representatives joined UBC at the Brock Commons tall wood student residence site to celebrate the completion of the mass timber structure, which finished weeks ahead of schedule. At 18 storeys (53 metres), it will be the world’s tallest wood building when completed in fall 2017.

Visit FII's naturally:wood website to learn more about UBC’s tall wood student residence including the latest time-lapse construction video, case studies and factsheets about the advantages of building taller with wood. 

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FLNRO Minister Steve Thomson (centre) and FII CEO Michael Loseth (second from left) met with various delegations during the GBM in Whistler.
2016 Global Buyers Mission
Monday, September 12, 2016

Wood buyers from around the world came together with Canadian manufacturers of wood products during the Global Buyers Mission (GBM), held in Whistler from September 9-11, 2016. The GBM...More

Wood buyers from around the world came together with Canadian manufacturers of wood products during the Global Buyers Mission (GBM), held in Whistler from September 9-11, 2016. The GBM is a business building event for wood products manufacturers interested in growing their export market opportunities.

The B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson was on hand to welcome delegates and officially open the GBM. In addition to representatives from B.C.'s forest product industry, in attendance were over 300 pre-qualified international buyers and North American architects, designers, builders, contractors, developers, and engineers.

FII’s presence at the three-day tradeshow included a naturally:wood booth where delegates were able to view videos, as well as pick-up fact sheets and case studies detailing B.C.'s sustainable forest management and products. FII also profiled market research available to industry.

The Global Buyers Mission is organized by BC Wood, a not-for-profit trade association that represents B.C.’s value-added wood sector.

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Strong Past, Bright Future
Province sets agenda to address forest sector competitiveness
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PRINCE GEORGE - The provincial government today released its agenda to enhance the competitiveness of B.C.'s forest sector so that it continues to make investments and provide family-...More

PRINCE GEORGE - The provincial government today released its agenda to enhance the competitiveness of B.C.'s forest sector so that it continues to make investments and provide family-supporting jobs in communities throughout the province.

The agenda called "Strong Past, Bright Future" contains 49 strategic actions to address three key inter-related goals: healthy, resilient forests; diverse, globally competitive industry; and stable communities and First Nations.

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