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16th Annual Global Buyers Mission

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September 11 - September 13, 2019
Whistler, B.C.

The 16th Annual Global Buyers Mission will be held Sept. 11-13, 2019 and expects to welcome over 800 delegates from all over the world to Whistler, B.C., Canada again this year. For those returning Buyers and Exhibitors, please note that the date of the event in changed from the norm – it is the week after Labour Day weekend and will run Wednesday to Friday.

This year, international buyers from Australia, Belgium, China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam are also invited.

With the assistance of the Federal Trade Commissioner Service and B.C.’s Trade & Investment Representatives from a number of international markets, BC Wood anticipates that the recruiting process will ensure qualified buyers again this year. With their continued dedication, there will be many first-time Buyers to the GBM, with the intent of opening opportunities for Canadian manufacturers to develop new business.

BC Wood is expecting that incremental sales for Canadian wood products manufacturers participating in the GBM will surpass $37,000,000, in the following year.

The event will also welcome North American architects, designers, contractors, developers, engineers and specifiers at its WoodTALKS program, held in conjunction with the GBM. This educational programming garners learning unit (LU’s) for the delegates, through lunch and learns and presentations by renowned architects and speakers, and a mini-seminar series on the tradeshow floor Thursday afternoon. In past years, these activities have always been well received by both the architect community and participating exhibitors.

Canadian products will be on display from coast to coast including timber frame structures, engineered wood products, treated lumber, reclaimed wood, windows, building products and systems, Western Red Cedar products, and a variety of other value-added wood building products.

BC Wood will also be organizing Extended Mission programs for incoming international delegates that include site visits and factory tours. This year, pre-qualified Buyers will tour production facilities and new project sites in the lower mainland, to meet participating manufacturers. Besides helping buyers immediately source high quality, innovative, and competitively priced wood products, the tours helped build future business relationships by familiarizing potential customers with Western Canada’s wood species. BC Wood thanks the many local companies that will make the effort to open their mills and plants for these informative and productive tours.

Held at the Whistler Conference Centre, the GBM continues to be Canada’s largest event dedicated to promoting value-added wood producers.

For more information on how you can participate in the Global Buyers Mission, Sept. 11-13 2019, call 604-882-7100 or email gbm@bcwood.com.

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