Montréal Wood Convention and Women of Lumber & Forestry Team Up!

In an initiative to support women in the wood industry and promote gender equality, the Montréal Wood Convention (MWC) is proud to announce a partnership with Women Of Lumber & Forestry (WOLF) starting in 2024.

The partnership will see WOLF and MWC support each other in efforts to make the lumber industry a welcoming place for women and promote their events.

WOLF was founded in 2018 by Kaitlyn and Lauren Chimko of Dakeryn Industries. Their focus is hosting female-oriented events and networking opportunities to connect and uplift women in the industry. “The MWC is one of the most important lumber events in North America and we are excited to bring women together at the show and expand our growing community.”

For Sven Gustavsson, Director of the Montréal Wood Convention, it’s only natural to support Women Of Lumber & Forestry in their effort to connect and grow the great workforce that are women in the wood industry. “WOLF is an organic force in the industry and an example to follow for the years to come. It was only natural for us to partner with WOLF and help them grow. They will also help us adapt our event for women in the industry so that everyone can feel welcome at the MWC. A few members of the MWC organizing committee, especially Julie Gravel (GreenFirst), Rob Hruby (Weston), and Nadine Denault (Interfor) have all been instrumental in the establishment of this new partnership.”

Kaitlyn and Lauren from WOLF are looking forward to the MWC 2024 and are kicking it off with a Women’s Networking Luncheon on Tuesday, April 9th at noon at Bar George, sponsored by Dakeryn and Weston. There is limited capacity so please secure your ticket as soon as you can by registering HERE.

If you are still not registered for the Montréal Wood Convention 2024, you can also do it by clicking on Register to Attend.

See you in Montréal!

Media Contacts:

Alex Fortin – Communications Advisor

Montréal Wood Convention

afortin@quebecwoodexport.com

418 290-8993

Lauren Chimko – Co-Founder

Women of Lumber and Forestry

Lauren_Chimko@dakeryn.com

604 290-8780

Breakfast Conference featuring David Usher: Igniting Innovation in the Age of AI

Get ready to kickstart your day with a burst of creativity at the Montréal Wood Convention 2024's Breakfast Conference session! We are thrilled to announce that the highly acclaimed David Usher will be taking the stage on Thursday, April 11th, at 7:30 a.m. to deliver a captivating talk on "Igniting Innovation: Creative Thinking in the Age of AI." David Usher montera sur scène le jeudi 11 avril, à 7 h 30, pour donner une conférence captivante sur le thème « La pensée créative à l’ère de l’IA ». 

David Usher brings a unique perspective as the lead singer of Moist, a multi-platinum, four-time Juno award-winning musician, bestselling author, and the visionary founder of the artificial intelligence creative studio, Reimagine AI. During this session, David Usher will delve into the intersection of creativity and artificial intelligence.  

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 11th, and be sure to arrive early for a seat at this not-to-be-missed Breakfast Conference. Ignite your innovation journey with David Usher and start your day on a creative high! 

Michele Romanow is our Keynote Speaker!

We're thrilled to unveil Michele Romanow as our esteemed Keynote Speaker for the Luncheon on Wednesday, April 10th, at the Montréal Wood Convention 2024!

Michele Romanow is not your average entrepreneur – she's a tech titan, a dragon, and an influential figure in the business world. As a serial entrepreneur, Michele has successfully launched six companies before celebrating her 35th birthday, showcasing her exceptional talent and determination.

Known as a "Dragon" on CBC's hit show, Dragons' Den, Michele is the Co-Founder and Executive Chair at Clearco Canada, the world's largest e-commerce investor. Clearco has invested over $5 billion into 10,000 entrepreneurs across 13 countries, significantly impacting the global business landscape.

Again, please mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 10th, as Michele Romanow will share her insights and experiences during this exclusive luncheon. This is your chance to glean inspiration from one of Canada's most influential business leaders.

Secure your spot for the Montréal Wood Convention 2024 now by clicking here.

A Unique CEO Panel

As the Montréal Wood Convention 2024 approaches, we are thrilled to announce a highlight of this year's event – the CEO Panel featuring industry leaders. This dynamic panel is set to take place on April 11th. It promises to be a pivotal moment for anyone involved or interested in the softwood market trends and the broader wood industry challenges.

Again, this year, the panel is composed of insightful CEOs who are thrilled to share their knowledge with all participants: Amar S.Doman, Chairman & CEO at Doman Building Materials Group Ltd., L.T. Gibson, Chairman & CEO at US LBM, and Ian Fillinger, President & CEO at Interfor. Steve Rhone, President & CEO at Weston Forest, will act as a moderator on this impressive panel and have the responsibility to get the most out of the panelists’ answers!

Attendees can anticipate a deep dive into market dynamics, emerging opportunities, and challenges shaping the industry's future. This is a rare opportunity to learn firsthand from leaders at the forefront of innovation and change.

Secure your spot at the Montréal Wood Convention 2024 and join us for this enlightening CEO Panel.

Register by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Benjamin Tal is Back!

The Montréal Wood Convention 2024 heard you loud and clear. The Industry Seminar on Economy and Markets was a big success due to the presence of great speakers and we wanted to give our participants what they asked for!

As such, Mr. Benjamin Tal, Managing Director and Deputy Chief Economist at CIBC Capital Markets Inc. will be back at the Convention’s Industry Seminar on Economy and Markets with a new and updated “Economic Outlook - Turning the Corner?”.

His vast experience and knowledge of various economic topics enable him to give a clear picture of what to expect. Mr. Tal will also be available to answer your questions at this session.

Are you interested in attending Mr. Tal’s conference? Register now for the full event on our Website.

The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montréal has a room for you! 

Also, the MWC 2024 is coming fast and this year again we teamed up with the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montréal to offer you the best hospitality in town.

With a special room rate of 277$ CAD plus taxes per night for the event participants, The Queen Elizabeth offers an exhaustive list of services to make your stay hassle-free.

As the venue of the convention, it is your best choice to make your participation at the MWC 2024 as effective as possible. Even better, the hotel is in downtown Montréal close to all the attractions the city has to offer.

Click here. to book a room! 

Registrations are Open! 

Registrations for the Montréal Wood Convention 2024 are officially open!

We are eager to see you next spring in Montréal at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel from April 9 to 11, 2024.

The MWC 2024 will offer you a trade show, industry-related presentations, and networking opportunities. With the return of our official mobile app, you can reach other participants to organize meetings, watch conferences live, ask questions, and check out the profiles of exhibitors.

Keep reading below to find out which registration category you should choose.

Exhibitors

Il existe deux gammes de prix pour les exposants : les membres et les non-membresThere are two pricing ranges for the exhibitors. Members and Non-Members. They both come with two Convention passes. Only regular members (wood producers) of one of the four organizing associations are entitled to the member price. The non-member exhibitor rate applies to associate members.

Note that lumber producers with an annual production of 25 million board feet or more are required to have a booth at the Trade Show. In other words, these producers cannot participate in the event without having a booth.

Click on the link to complete your registration form: https://montrealwoodconvention.com/en/exposer/

Reminder: You can choose your booth space once the payment is completed. The link to access it will be available in the confirmation email.

Pay close attention to the plan since there are three different booth sizes: 6x8 booths are in blue, 8x8 booths are in gray and 8x10 booths are in green. The booth spaces in red are unavailable. All the booths are the same price, first come first serve.

If you have any questions about the exhibitor registration process, write to info@montrealwoodconvention.com.

Hurry up to get the best booth space! 

Participants

If you want to attend the MWC 2024, you have two options: attend in-person or virtually. If you intend to get a booth, please register as an exhibitor.

You will benefit from the “Early-Bird Registration” rate if you complete your registration before February 8, 2024.

Click on the link to complete your registration form: https://montrealwoodconvention.com/en/attend/

See you in Montréal!  

The Montréal Wood Convention 2024 Dates Are Set! 

The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that the next Montréal Wood Convention will take place on April 9-11, 2024 at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montréal. 

After a record-breaking year of participation in 2023, the MWC team is looking forward to seeing you again next year for an action-packed three-day event in the beautiful city of Montréal. 

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! 

A Record Year for the Convention!

Montréal, Canada— The Montréal Wood Convention 2023, a premier event for the wood industry in North America, took place from April 18 to 20, 2023, at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal. The convention attracted 1100 participants from around the world and featured 110 booths showcasing the latest trends, technologies, and products by the biggest companies in the industry. A record number of participants for the event.

In addition to the booths, the convention hosted a series of seminars, discussions, and panel sessions featuring leading industry experts. The keynote speaker Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, an NFL player for the New York Jets, was undoubtly the star of the event. He charmed the participants with his journey from professional football to medical school, and discussed the importance of leadership, perseverance, and adaptability.

In addition to the keynote speech and CEO-Panel, the convention featured a variety of other events and activities with networking opportunities and an industry seminar on the economy and markets.

According to Sven Gustavsson, the event director, the Montréal Wood Convention 2023 was a success that provided opportunity for the wood industry to come together and share ideas, knowledge, and innovations. “We are delighted that people enjoyed such a diverse range of seminars and discussions at this year’s convention,” said Gustavsson. “The presence of so many important players in the industry is another proof of the relevance and necessity of this annual meeting for the wood industry in North America and worldwide”.

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 more than $46 billion in 2022, the sector has a strong positive trade balance (close to $30 billion). In terms of softwood lumber, Canada remains the world’s 2th largest producer and the 2th largest exporter. The forest industry provided 2021 more than 210,000 direct jobs (foresters, scientists, engineers, computer specialists, technicians, and skilled workers) and is still a pillar of economic development for many municipalities from coast to coast.

“The Montréal Wood Convention reconfirms its role as the key Canadian hub for producers, wholesalers, and retailers of wood products. We are delighted with the record participation from the United States and Canada, as well as the significant presence from overseas markets,” explains Sylvain Labbé, President and CEO of the Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB) and a member of the organizing committee.

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 and the quality of participating companies reflect the latest market trends and the many changes in the industry.

The event, which has its roots in the Canadian Lumbermen’s Association (CLA) Convention, first held in 1908, was revamped and restarted in 2013 by four industry associations in Eastern Canada, the Maritime Lumber Bureau (MLB), the Ontario Forest Industry Association (OFIA), the Québec Forest Industry Council (QFIC) and the Québec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB).

Prepare your MWC 2023! 

The Montréal Wood Convention 2023 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:  

Have a good trip to Montréal! 

An Impressive Industry Panel

Every edition of the Montréal Wood Convention gives you insights on important topics for the year to come in the wood industry. This year, we’ve gathered an impressive team of CEOs for the Industry Panel that will give participants fresh information on major short and medium trends in the market.

André Beaulieu will be our moderator. A seasoned sales executive from the leading eastern Canadian producer J.D. Irving, André has been instrumental in establishing the company as a big supplier to the retail industry, especially home centers in the U.S. 

At Do It Best, Dan Starr has the finger on the pulse of the private repair and remodeling sector in the United States and Mexico. Are there any decks still left to be built or replaced in the Midwest in 2023?

As a part of the Hampton Group, Ted Ellis, CEO of Idaho Timber, experience spans from western operations and trade while still focusing on Idaho’s legacy operations in value-added wood products, servicing industrial customers and other sectors.

Finally, Taiga is a leading independent wholesale distributor of building materials in Canada and the United States, and the CEO, Russ Permann, covers a wide range of products from engineered lumber to cladding materials.

Want to see them live? Click on the button "Register to Attend" to register for the event. Your MWC 2023 registration grants you access to all the conferences.

See you in Montréal!