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Global Softwood Log & Lumber Conference switching to virtual format amid COVID-19


April 2, 2020
By PJ Boyd
Presenters at the 2019 Global Softwood Log & Lumber Conference in Vancouver. Photo supplied.

With continuing risks of COVID-19 spread and further self-isolation being recommended around the world, the Forest Economic Advisors has announced that the Global Softwood Log & Lumber Conference 2020 will be switching to a virtual form of the conference.

The conference, which originally was scheduled to be held in Vancouver on June 17-18, will continue on these days as planned. With the new format, attendees and all registered delegates to the physical conference will be offered a refund. The Forest Economic Advisors have stated on their website that reduced prices will be announced in the coming days.

“Since we understand the dramatic changes that COVID-19 has made to business and markets, this means that there is an even higher interest in sharing strategic and timely industry and market information from around the world,” said The Forest Economic Advisors in a statement on their website.

“This conference remains vital to market planning and strategy setting to better assess developments in key global markets and supplying regions.”

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The virtual conference will feature pre-recorded presentations that will be distributed to delegates. This will include over 25 speakers and panelists that will speak towards current perspectives “on what lies ahead in various domestic and international regions.” There will also be a live Q&A over a web-based program focusing on the impacts of COVID-19 around the world.