On December 11, 2015, B.C.’s Minister of Finance, Michael de Jong, made an official visit to Forestry Innovation Consulting India Pvt. Ltd. (FII India) in Mumbai. The Minister, along with senior officials from the Ministry of Finance from the Province of B.C. attended a networking event hosted by FII India at their recently opened showroom. Also in attendance were 40 architects, contractors, carpenters and other professionals from the woodworking industry from around Mumbai.

Following a traditional Indian welcome, Minister de Jong toured the FII India office and recently opened Display Centre. The visit offered a chance for trade professionals to exchange ideas and discuss opportunities with the Minister and the broader Canadian delegation around using B.C. wood in India.

The event provided an excellent platform for Canadian delegates to network with India wood buyers and specifiers. Discussions like these around new opportunities to grow the trade of wood into India may offer considerable opportunities for Canadian lumber suppliers in the future.

“It was indeed a pleasant experience to visit the FII India office and meet the enthusiastic group of woodworking professionals. We hope that the affable and friendly Canada-India relationship continues for years to come.” – Honourable Michael de Jong, Minister of Finance