B.C. Korea Trade and Investment Forum, June 2015
Minister Thomson moderates panel session
Thursday, July 16, 2015

The B.C. Korea Trade & Investment Forum, held June 23-24 in Burnaby B.C., was an opportunity for Canadian and Korean government and business representatives to explore opportunities...More

The B.C. Korea Trade & Investment Forum, held June 23-24 in Burnaby B.C., was an opportunity for Canadian and Korean government and business representatives to explore opportunities to strengthen trade and investment.

Following the ratification of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement in January, the occasion showed commitment on both sides to achieve new levels of cooperation than in previous years, this being Canada’s first free-trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region.

Representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, and delegates from the natural resource, power, bioenergy, and technology industries participated in networking events and panel discussions, with the intent to gain insight into and capitalize on the Agreement.

The Agreement’s positive effects on the forest and wood products industries was explored in a dedicated panel session, emceed by FII’s Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO, Michael Loseth, and moderated by the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the Honourable Steve Thomson.

Discussion highlights included the elimination of tariffs on lumber and value-added products, as well as the high demand in Korea for environmentally friendly wood products. Industry experts spoke to challenges surrounding the Agreement, including the 5-10 year time span required to totally eliminate tariffs on value-added products.

South Korea is already B.C.’s fourth-largest trading partner and export destination. The Government of Canada estimates the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement will increase exports to South Korea by 32 per cent.

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Minister Wat meets with Sichuan Vice Governor Huang Yanrong
Minister Wat meets with Sichuan Vice Governor
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

On June 26, 2015, Forestry Innovation Investment, the B.C. Ministry of International Trade and the University of British Columbia hosted a delegation from China’s Sichuan Province, led...More

On June 26, 2015, Forestry Innovation Investment, the B.C. Ministry of International Trade and the University of British Columbia hosted a delegation from China’s Sichuan Province, led by Vice Governor Huang Yanrong. Responsible for leading construction, education and tourism efforts in Sichuan, the delegation visited B.C. to explore the application of B.C. wood and low carbon wood construction technologies, and to develop cooperative relationships by exchanging information with various entities in B.C.

The Vice Governor was accompanied by the Chief Planner of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Sichuan, as well as the Vice President of the International Technology and Education Institute, Sichuan College of Architectural Technology.

Following a tour of the Richmond Oval, the Vice Governor met with the Minister of International Trade, Teresa Wat to discuss opportunities for increased engagement between the two provinces.

The day’s events concluded with a tour of UBC's Earth Sciences Building and a presentation by Alberto Cayuela, Director of Operations and Business Development at UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability.

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Minister Thomson announces $6.2 million in funding
Friday, April 10, 2015

PRINCE GEORGE - The Government of British Columbia announced today that it is investing $6.2 million to support the forest sector in expanding global markets for B.C. wood products....More

PRINCE GEORGE - The Government of British Columbia announced today that it is investing $6.2 million to support the forest sector in expanding global markets for B.C. wood products.

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson made the announcement on behalf of International Trade Minister Teresa Wat, while attending the Council of Forest Industries annual meeting in Prince George.

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Wuhan Wood Frame Construction Technology Round Table
Monday, March 30, 2015

FII China and The Canadian Trade Office in Wuhan collaboratively organized a “Modern Wood Frame Construction Technology Round table” and a New Year stakeholder Appreciation Reception in...More

FII China and The Canadian Trade Office in Wuhan collaboratively organized a “Modern Wood Frame Construction Technology Round table” and a New Year stakeholder Appreciation Reception in Wuhan on March 30th, 2015. This is the first time that such a round table took place in Wuhan with the goal of making more inroads for wood frame construction technology into the Hubei construction market.

The Hubei MOHURD Vice-Minister Mr. Xu Wujian, The Wuhan Construction Committee Director of New Technology department Mr. Xu Haiqing, and 15 representatives from major developer and designer firms attended the round table. Consul and senior trade commissioner Mr. Jason Walsh from the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai, and consulate and Wuhan trade office staff were also in attendance of the event.

FII China’s technical marketing Director Benjamin Zhuang and Structural Engineer Reed Kelterborn conducted presentations that gave an overview of Canadian Wood Frame construction technology, its design features, its development and applications in China and its achievements in foreign countries.

The guests were highly engaged during the two hours round table, and numerous questions with regards to codes and standards, fire safety, government policy, moisture control among others were posed during the Q and A session, that ran overtime into the evening reception.

Subsequent meetings with the Wuhan planning Bureau, the Hubei MOHURD attended by Minister Yin, the Wuhan Construction Committee, as well as the Rui’an group were organized to deepen discussions and seek opportunities for cooperation.

Hubei is FII China’s next strategic development region with respect to Government Relations and Business Development, FII China will hereafter work closely with local government departments and the Canadian Trade Office in Wuhan, as well as prospective developers to explore wood frame building solutions catered towards Hubei’s construction needs.

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Delhiwood, February 2015
B.C. profile high at Indian trade event
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FII India hosted the largest ever delegation of industry representatives to the Delhiwood trade event in February 2015.  26 industry participants joined the FII team at the premier wood...More

FII India hosted the largest ever delegation of industry representatives to the Delhiwood trade event in February 2015.  26 industry participants joined the FII team at the premier wood trade show in New Delhi and several new commercial relationships were established with Indian buyers.  An extended mission included tours of manufacturing facilities and networking events with buyers, architects and key influencers to spread the word about B.C. wood products. The show and mission program generated significant media buzz in India continuing to build the profile of B.C. coniferous species in the market.  FII India partnered with the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi, Natural Resources Canada, and BC Wood Specialties Group, to create the Canada Pavilion at Delhiwood.

 

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Canada builds new disability rehab centre in Japan
Thursday, February 12, 2015

IWAKI CITY, FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE, JAPAN – A newly opened multi-purpose rehabilitation centre will serve disabled individuals living in the Tohoku region in Japan thanks to the Canada-...More

IWAKI CITY, FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE, JAPAN – A newly opened multi-purpose rehabilitation centre will serve disabled individuals living in the Tohoku region in Japan thanks to the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project.

The Jericho Support Centre will provide rehabilitation and life skills training services for individuals with physical and mental disabilities. Following the devastating Great Eastern Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami of 2011, nearly 1,000 disabled children and adult patients were evacuated from the nuclear exclusion zone and tsunami-hit communities.

“Canadians can be proud of our nation’s support for this project, which is part of a larger humanitarian effort,” said Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “The centre is providing rehabilitation and training services for children with physical and mental disabilities in the Tohoku region, and will serve as an enduring symbol of Canada’s support for Japan following the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.”

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Various guests at the Dream Home Canada Demonstration Centre
FII China and Canada Wood China directors talking to various guests
Canada Wood Group Chairman Rick Jeffery gives an opening remark
FII COO Michael Loseth gives an opening remark
Dr. Xu Qiang, the Chief Engineer of the Shanghai Institute of Building Sciences giving the keynote presentation
Mr. Xu Shiliang, the senior Director of the Shanghai Housing Bureau gives an opening remark
COFI Executive Director Paul Newman and various guests attending the keynote presentation
Chinese New Year Stakeholders Appreciation Gala
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

FII China and Canada Wood China jointly organized a Chinese New Year Stakeholder Appreciation Gala on Feb 10th, 2015. Attendees included government officials, real estate developers,...More

FII China and Canada Wood China jointly organized a Chinese New Year Stakeholder Appreciation Gala on Feb 10th, 2015. Attendees included government officials, real estate developers, architects, people in academia and other guests.  

This year, FII China and Canada Wood China announced their plans of closer collaboration on a collective China strategy, and the stakeholder gala is the first event organized under this new framework. The event demonstrated the commitment between the two organizations to work alongside each other in a seamless manner.

Also in attendance were four executives from CW and FII namely Michael Loseth, Rick Jeffery, Paul Newman, and Barry Ford, and representatives from the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai. 

Mr. Loseth and Mr. Jeffery opened the gala with speeches that highlighted the significance of the collective China strategy, and reiterated British Columbia government’s and the forest industry’s commitment to the Chinese market.

Mr. Xu Shiliang, the senior Director of the Shanghai Housing Bureau also extended his appreciation for FII China’s long term cooperation with Shanghai Construction Authorities. FII China and the Shanghai Construction Authorities have collaborated on promoting and implementing innovative green building wood frame construction technologies in Shanghai.

Dr. Xu Qiang, the Chief Engineer of the Shanghai Institute of Building Sciences was invited to give a keynote presentation on the future of Green Building Real Estate and the role of wood frame construction in this field.

FII China and Canada Wood China are committed to working ever closer together, and look forward to making greater inroads within the China market in the years to come. 

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FII Structural Engineer Reed Kelterborn giving a presentation
Landsea Group Seminar
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Canadian Consulate in Shanghai hosted a seminar on Green Building technology in cooperation with Landsea Group. The event took place at Landsea Group’s office in Shanghai and was...More

The Canadian Consulate in Shanghai hosted a seminar on Green Building technology in cooperation with Landsea Group. The event took place at Landsea Group’s office in Shanghai and was attended by 40 people. Attendees included local and foreign design professionals, product suppliers, and consulate staff. Seminar attendees gave a total of 11 presentations.  

FII China was invited by the Canadian Consulate to speak about the incorporation of Wood Frame Construction in Green Buildings. A presentation, approximately 20 minutes in length, was given by FII.  The presentation included the basic concepts of light wood and heavy timber construction, and the environmental benefits of building with wood, and illustrated UBC’s Earth Science Building as a case study for wood frame construction in a large scale Green Building project. Canada Wood Group also presented topics related to future trends in Wood Frame Construction. This included the development of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), high strength connection technology, and the feasibility of high rise wood buildings. The research and development of Canadian wood codes and standards was also discussed. 

Presentations by B+H Architects, Landsea Design institute, and China Academy of Building Research indicated a strong commitment to Green Building Technology. These firms also appeared to be interested in developing future green building projects.  

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Sanlin Security Housing Roundtable on Wood Frame Technical Assessment
Thursday, December 11, 2014

FII China and the Shanghai Housing Bureau assigned the Shanghai Science Technology and Construction Commission to conduct a technical assessment expert panel review on the Sanlin...More

FII China and the Shanghai Housing Bureau assigned the Shanghai Science Technology and Construction Commission to conduct a technical assessment expert panel review on the Sanlin Security Housing Wood Frame Construction demonstration project. The review took place on December 11, 2014 at the Shanghai Technology and Construction Commission building.

A group of 11 experts from government construction departments, the fire bureau, research institutions, educational institutions, and enterprises who specializes in such areas as construction materials, cost, fire prevention, construction code, green building, PC housing, architectural design, structural design, construction policy among others were invited to give their comments and recommendations on the Sanlin wood frame project and the technology’s future development direction in the Yangtze Delta region. 

Dr. Gao Chengyong, Chief Engineer of Xiandai Architectural Design firm, who was also responsible for putting together the Shanghai Local Code for Wood frame construction (Technical Specification for Wood Frame Construction) Chaired the review discussion.  

Representatives from the project’s General Constructor, Architectural and Structural Design Firm, Design Review and inspection, as well as builder, were also invited to attend the session and answer experts’ questions and take in their suggestions for future implementation. Experts from Canada Wood China were also invited to answer to questions related to the Shanghai Local code specification. 

The Sanlin Wood Frame project is a significant demonstration effort between FII China and Shanghai Housing Bureau that showcases three localized wood frame technologies as highlights, namely one concrete storey + three wood frame storey hybrid solution, wood frame panel wall interior partition wall system, and wood trusses on new buildings.  

Understanding the mission and objectives set out for the project, panel experts each gave very honest opinions and suggestions for its development including advantages, disadvantages, points for improvement, and future development direction.

Points that are especially practical for the China team includes how better to align with current government Policies, as well as making the design, fire and construction inspection process more smooth so as to enhance technological acceptance by relevant construction supervision departments. 

The Sanlin affordable housing wood frame construction project is the biggest in scale, most localized in building solution, highest in construction standards, among demonstration initiatives in China. The team’s mission next year is to make full use of its demonstration features for further commercialization and examine their market viability from market and stakeholder feedback. 

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Chinese Society for Urban Studies’ Director of China Green Building Certification Committee, Dr. Li gives a presentation
FII China Structural Engineer, Reed Kelterborn gives a presentation
The 7th Jiangsu International Green Building Conference
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

FII China was invited by the Jiangsu MOHURD to attend the Jiangsu International Green Building Conference on November 5, 2014. FII China’s structural engineer Reed Kelterborn was given...More

FII China was invited by the Jiangsu MOHURD to attend the Jiangsu International Green Building Conference on November 5, 2014. FII China’s structural engineer Reed Kelterborn was given the opportunity to introduce green building features of Wood Frame Construction Technology on the conference seminar.

 

Also in attendance of the Seminar were Jiangsu MOHURD officials, representatives from such construction related organizations as developers, designers, builders, materials suppliers, educational and research institutes. FII China’s Benjamin Zhuang, Nancy Xie, and Wenhao Jin participated in the event to give technical and government relations support. 

 

Under the BC - Jiangsu cooperation MOU signed October this year, promoting wood frame construction technology to be a green building solution for Jiangsu is a very important objective set for this bi-lateral cooperation initiative.

 

Speaking to an audience of about 400 representatives from Jiangsu’s construction industry gave wood frame construction technology the necessary exposure to suitable stakeholders, some of whom are exposed to wood as a building solution for the first time in their careers.

 

FII China will continue to work closely with the Jiangsu MOHURD in exploring wood frame building solutions catered towards Jiangsu’s construction needs.  

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2015-16 Call for Proposals Opens
Monday, November 3, 2014

FII is opened the Call for Proposals for funding in the 2015/16 fiscal year on November 5, 2014 and the call closed on December 26, 2014.

FII anticipates offering $6.8 million in...More

FII is opened the Call for Proposals for funding in the 2015/16 fiscal year on November 5, 2014 and the call closed on December 26, 2014.

FII anticipates offering $6.8 million in funding on a cost-shared basis with industry and federal funding partners in 2015/16.  More details on the application process and guidance documents can be found on the Funding page of this site or by contacting FII.

Note that market activities within British Columbia are handled separately in the Wood First Call for Proposals.  Announcements about that call will be made at a later date.

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BCSRA Ben Stewart and Pudong Vice Governor Wei Ming greeted one another
BCSRA Ben Stewart and Pudong Vice Governor Wei Ming exchanged business cards
BCSRA Ben Stewart and Pudong Vice Governor Wei Ming discussed areas of cooperation
BCSRA Ben Stewart, Pudong Vice Governor Wei Ming, Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC  and FII China General Manager Lisa Dou poses for a group photo
Meeting between BC Asia Representative Ben Stewart and Pudong Vice Govenor Wei Ming
Friday, October 31, 2014

BC Special Representative in Asia (BCSRA) Ben Stewart, Pudong Vice Governor Wei Ming and Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC met in the Dream Home Canada to discuss details for...More

BC Special Representative in Asia (BCSRA) Ben Stewart, Pudong Vice Governor Wei Ming and Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC met in the Dream Home Canada to discuss details for enhancing bi-lateral cooperation on product, technology and projects implementation, where both sides have reached a consensus and expressed each other’s commitment to carry out more focused work in areas such as government policy, construction industrialization, senior home development, and marketing promotions. 

The event is another comprehensive round of communications between Shanghai and BC in developing practical wood frame solutions catered towards the special needs of the Shanghai’s construction market. And bringing wood frame promotions to the district level demonstrates Shanghai’s commitment to actively pursue the further advancement and broader use of Wood Frame Construction Technology in the city, especially in a crucial district such as Pudong who in the past 20 years have pioneered and to date still drives Shanghai’s development as China’s economic capital.

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B.C. supports wood innovation with opening of WIDC
Friday, October 31, 2014

PRINCE GEORGE - The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC), one of the tallest contemporary wood buildings in North America, officially opened today, on budget and on time, further...More

PRINCE GEORGE - The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC), one of the tallest contemporary wood buildings in North America, officially opened today, on budget and on time, further positioning B.C. as a leader in wood innovation and design.

Construction of the 29.5-metre, six-storey high WIDC began in 2013 with 13 different B.C. companies working collaboratively and employing about 250 staff throughout the province.

The WIDC will be a catalyst for future tall wood construction not just in B.C. but across Canada, North America and around the globe. The building uses a variety of wood products from all parts of British Columbia, including Douglas-fir, cedar, hemlock, pine and spruce, as well as engineered wood products produced in B.C.

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BCSR Ben Stewart, Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC, BCFII Chief Finance Officer Doug Greig, and local government officials at the DHC
Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC and other delegates listens to the presentations given by various speakers
BCSRA Ben Stewart gave opening remarks
BC FII Chief Finance Officer Mr. Doug Greig gave opening remarks
Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC and other delegates listens to the presentations given by various speakers
Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC and other delegates listens to the presentations given by various speakers
Pudong District Wood Frame Technical Exchange Roundtable
Friday, October 31, 2014

A Wood Frame Technical Exchange Roundtable co-organized by FII China and Pudong Construction and Transportation Commission (Pudong CTC) took place in Dream Home Canada on October 31,...More

A Wood Frame Technical Exchange Roundtable co-organized by FII China and Pudong Construction and Transportation Commission (Pudong CTC) took place in Dream Home Canada on October 31, 2014. The event is another step in deepening wood frame technology marketing promotions cooperation as part of the Strategic Cooperation MOU signed between BC and Shanghai during the BC Forestry Mission last year, as well as the MOU signed between FII China and Pudong MOC this May. 

In attendance of the event were BC Special Representative in Asia Mr. Ben Stewart, Vice Director General Tao of Pudong MOC, BCFII Chief Finance Officer Mr. Doug Greig, and FII China and Canada Wood China staff. 

Approximately 30 officials and representatives from Pudong based government departments, developers, townships and villages were invited to the event, including the Pudong CTC, NDRC, Foreign Affairs Office, Bureau of Finance, Bureau of Education, Housing Security Centre, Construction Quality Inspection Station, nine major townships, and six major developers.

The roundtable gave audiences a thorough understanding of modern wood frame construction technology, its advantages, its applications in North America and development in China, with a targeted focus on its application and use in educational facilities such as kindergarten and schools. The topics were well received by audiences some among which have followed up with project consultation inquiries.

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Asia trade mission wraps up with busy day in South Korea
Thursday, October 30, 2014

SEOUL - B.C. wood-frame construction took centre stage in South Korea today, with the official opening of the GICO Community Centre.

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SEOUL - B.C. wood-frame construction took centre stage in South Korea today, with the official opening of the GICO Community Centre.

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson cut the ribbon for the project, which is the centrepiece of a 141-unit wood-frame housing complex in Daljeon-Ri, a community 65 kilometres east of Seoul.

The GICO community centre demonstrates to South Korean political and business leaders the many benefits of building with wood, including sustainability, environmentally friendly building practices and energy efficiency. The community centre is being named “Canadian Maple Hall” in honour of the Canadian contribution to the project.

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