The Montréal Wood Convention 2023 Is Moving to April
The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that the next Montreal Wood Convention will take place on April 18-20, 2023 at the Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth in Montréal.
After a great comeback to an in-person event in 2022, the MWC team is looking forward to seeing you again next year for a three-day event and hopefully with even more participants!
As always, the MWC provides a rich program including the trade show, conferences on key topics, and tons of networking opportunities. The detailed program will be announced later this fall.
The Montreal Wood Convention is the largest event in Canada for the wood products industry, with a typical attendance of around 1,000 delegates from North America and overseas.
We hope to see you in Montréal next year!
The Montreal Wood Convention brings together several hundred industrialists and wood producers
Montréal, Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - More than 900 participants and some 100 exhibitors gathered on May 24 and 25 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal to take part in the Montréal Wood Convention (MWC), the largest event of its kind in Canada. This unmissable event undoubtedly contributes to maintaining the strength and vitality of the wood industry. After two years of waiting, the event welcomed buyers from all over North America and some European countries. The goal of this initiative is to allow them to create and maintain valuable business links and to discuss the issues of the vast wood market.
"This great return of the Convention in a face-to-face format was a great success. With the health and geopolitical uncertainties of the moment, in addition to the postponement of the event, we had mixed expectations at the outset as to how many people would make the trip to Montreal. We were pleasantly surprised by a large number of participants and exhibitors from across North America. It was very special to see all these industry people again and to welcome them to Montréal," says Mr. Sven Gustavsson, event director.
"The expert speakers gave a very detailed picture of the situation in the wood industry. A reminder to our participants of the challenges that lie ahead as well as innovative solutions. We can think here of logistics and the constantly changing economic picture".
The forest industry is a major contributor to the Canadian economy with a GDP contribution of nearly $20 billion (2012 chained dollars), representing 8% of Canada's manufacturing sector. With exports of over $45 billion in 2021, the sector has a strong positive trade balance (over $30 billion). In terms of softwood lumber, Canada remains the world's 2e largest producer and the 2e largest exporter. The forest industry provides nearly 200,000 direct jobs (foresters, scientists, engineers, computer specialists, technicians, and skilled workers) and is a pillar of economic development for many municipalities from coast to coast.
"The Montréal Wood Convention is the perfect opportunity for Canadian wood product industrials to meet with a multitude of investors from North America and overseas in one place, in a short period of time and at a low cost, to expand their export activities to a greater number of markets," explains Sylvain Labbé, President and CEO of the Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB) and organizing committee member of the event. He adds: "The U.S. market has long been Canada's main importer of forest products and will remain so. However, the consequences of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine have reminded our producers of the importance of diversifying exports by accessing other markets, notably through increased visibility and canvassing activities such as the Montréal Wood Convention. Opportunities like this allow Canada to ensure the sustainability of its industry and to gain new market share in a constantly changing world.
The Montréal Wood Convention has continued to grow in popularity since its inception, despite a hiatus due to the global pandemic of COVID-19. Each year, the varied program reflects the latest market trends and the many changes in the industry. The 2022 program included speakers on the economy, the state of the global market, and the latest in logistics. A panel of four industry experts presented a global and current vision of this sector of activity. A luncheon hosted by keynote speaker and Olympic champion Alexandre Bilodeau was also on the agenda.
The Montréal Wood Convention is organized in partnership with the Ontario Forest Industries Association, the Maritime Lumber Bureau and the Québec Forest Industry Council.
Prepare your trip to the MWC 2022
The Montréal Wood Convention 2022 is in exactly one week and we can't wait to welcome you!
To ensure that your trip to the Convention goes smoothly, here is some relevant information for you:
- Wearing a mask is no longer mandatory in the province of Quebec unless you had COVID-19 in the last 5-10 days or if you are showing symptoms
- All Information regarding COVID-19 can be found on our website here: https://montrealwoodconvention.com/en/covid-19-update/
- If you need to be tested for COVID-19 before going back home, the relevant information can be found in the same section of the website
- The registration desk will be open on Monday, May 23rd between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., May 24th at 8:30 a.m., and May 25th at 7:30 a.m.
- There is still time to book your hotel room at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel if you haven't already. Click here to access the preferential rate.
- It is important to finalize your profile on Swapcard, the event app.
See you in Montréal!
Alex Bilodeau will be the Keynote Speaker at the MWC 2022!
Two times Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau is proudly taking part in the Montréal Wood Convention 2022 as the Keynote Speaker at The Luncheon on May 24th at noon.
Sports and business are very much alike in many ways and Alex Bilodeau has experienced both at the highest level. A great Canadian Olympic champion in Vancouver and Sochi, mister Bilodeau will share his experience that led him to dominate the moguls freestyle skiing scene for 9 years. He has since switched to a career in the world of finance.
He joined the Walter Capital Partners’ team in 2019 as a Senior Associate where he is actively involved in evaluating potential acquisitions, conducting due diligence on new investment opportunities, and monitoring portfolio companies.
Register for the event to attend his conference in person or virtually via our mobile app.
You have until March 18th to benefit from the « Early Registration» fee.
We Look Forward to Seeing You!
We have very good news to share with you about the event. The government of Quebec will progressively end sanitary restrictions in the following weeks.
The industry will be able to get together in person in Montréal for the Convention on May 24th and 25th and we can’t wait! There will be no limits on the number of people allowed on the trade show floor, during the conferences, lunches, and cocktails.
For the moment, basic sanitary instructions, such as wearing a mask and showing proof of vaccination, are still required. We will let you know if these rules are eased as well.
Don't forget to book your hotel room, a new link is now available on our website. If you need to change the dates of your previous reservation, please call the Queen Elizabeth Hotel directly at +1 514 861 3511.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact our team at email@example.com
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MWC 2022: New Spring Dates!
The organizing committee of the Montréal Wood Convention announces that the event is officially postponed from March to May. The Convention will now be held on May 24-25, 2022 at the Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal.
This decision was made in due diligence by the committee to ensure a safe in-person Convention for everyone involved.
What does this decision change? Nothing except for the dates. The event will now be condensed into two days instead of three. The program content stays the same with insightful conferences, trade show, panel session, and a lot of networking opportunities. NAWLA, our long-term partner, will hold their regional meeting which rounds off the activities nicely on Wednesday, May 25th.
We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding of the situation. Our commitment is to deliver a safe in-person event at the height of your expectations.
For more information about the event, please consult our website at: www.montrealwoodconvention.com
The Organizing Committee of the Montreal Wood Convention 2022 would like to start by wishing a Happy New Year 2022 to all participants, sponsors, exhibitors, and followers.
The Covid pandemic is ever-changing and it forces us to explore different options for the MWC 2022 if the situation doesn’t improve.
For the moment, it is too early to decide on any changes to the scheduled event, neither to its format nor to the scheduled dates. Nevertheless, we are preparing options to ensure the Convention goes forward and we will soon be back with more information.
Our roster of speakers and panelists is once again very strong. Aligned with the direct interest of your businesses, they will provide content made for the wood industry challenges. Our priority is to be able to offer the networking opportunities of an in-person meeting. However, even in a context where a face-to-face event becomes impossible, we have the necessary platform to offer high-quality content in a virtual format.
Looking forward to seeing you in 2022!
It’s Time to Register for the 2022 Montreal Wood Convention
Registrations for the 2022 Montreal Wood Convention are officially open!
We are happy to be able to welcome you to Montreal at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel from March 29 to 31, 2022.
The MWC will offer you a trade show, industry-related presentations, and networking opportunities. With our new interactive platform, you can reach other participants to organize meetings, watch conferences live, ask questions, and check out the profile of exhibitors.
You have two options, attend in-person or virtually. Click on the link to register: https://montrealwoodconvention.com/en/attend/
You will benefit from the “Early Registration” rate if you complete your registration before January 21, 2022.
The organising committee will take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all participants according to the guidelines put in place by federal and provincial governments. To this end, we invite you to carefully consult the health rules in force at the following address: https://montrealwoodconvention.com/en/covid-19-update/
See you in Montréal!
The Signs are Clear, Everyone Agrees – Business is Best in Person!
It feels great to announce the return of the Montréal Wood Convention to the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal on March 29-31, 2022. All the activities will be held in real-time, direct, and in-person.
In addition, conferences will be broadcast live on an interactive platform. We will deliver an exciting experience for participants that will be attending in-person and virtually.
As always, the MWC provides a rich program including the trade show, conferences on key topics, and tons of networking opportunities. The detailed program will be announced a little bit later this fall.
Registrations are scheduled to open on November 3, 2021. Past exhibitors will benefit from advance registration starting October 27, 2021. A link will be sent by email to their representatives.
The organising team will take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of all participants according to the guidelines put in place by federal and provincial governments. With a little creativity and a bag full of resilience, we will be able to reunite again.
The current rules and restrictions for in-person events include the following measures:
- - Participants must be fully vaccinated, and proof will be required to claim your registration package onsite
- - Masks will be required inside until seated
- - Une distanciation physique entre les participants devra être maintenue tout au long du séjour. De plus, un nombre limité de personnes pourra être réuni à un même endroit, qu’il s’agisse de l’espace de congrès ou des lieux publics de l’hôtel.
See you in Montreal!
The Montreal Wood Convention will be back in March 2022
The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the return of the Montreal Wood Convention from March 29 to 31, 2022!
The way we will meet, and the event format are subject to confirmation due to the ever-changing health situation. We are committed to providing a full and comprehensive Convention that will fulfill your expectations and those of the wood industry.
The organization will keep you informed via email and social media throughout the year when confirmations are available to announce.
The Montréal Wood Convention is the largest event in Canada for the wood products industry, with a typical attendance of around 1,000 delegates from North America and overseas.