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The annual forest sector trade mission to Asia, led by B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson, took place from November 29 – December 5, 2015. In attendance were over 40 senior-level representatives from B.C. forest companies, forest industry trade associations and research institutes, as well as representatives from the Province of B.C. and the federal government.

Highlights of the program included three MOU signings; a meeting with the Chinese Society for Urban Studies (CSUS) Chairman Dr. Qiu Baoxing; the first annual SinoCanadian Wood Conference; a China strategy session with the mission delegation; and visits to the Quacent prefabricated home factory and Longhua furniture factory in Dalian. Missions such as this are critical in supporting a diverse B.C. economy by strengthening existing ties with key trade partners.