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!

Get On Top of an Ever-Changing Market 

The Montréal Wood Convention is an event where sharing about the wood industry's new tendencies is among our principal targets. The Industry Seminar on Economy and Markets on April 19th will give you the most up-to-date information on the economy, markets, and key issues affecting the lumber industry and the wood products trade.

The day’s first speaker is Benjamin Tal, Managing Director, and Deputy Chief Economist CIBC Capital Markets Inc. Mr. Tal is well-known for his ground-breaking published research on topics such as labour market dynamics, real estate, credit markets, international trade, and business economic conditions.

Paul Jannke is a Principal of Forest Economic Advisors LLC, a premier source for North American wood products analysis and information. With 25 years of experience studying lumber markets and providing reliable, insightful forecasts, Paul has become the industry’s top economic analyst. We have asked Paul to especially walk us through his take on the evolution of the global trade flows in wood products.

What is the logic in the relationship between cash lumber and the lumber futures market? Alison Coughlin and Tom Crane, of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) will talk about the development of the futures market and the new truck-load-based contract. Greg Kuta and Alex Mead, brokers from Westline Capital and StoneX Financials respectively, will then try to demystify the apparent disconnect between the cash and futures market.

Want to see them live? All conferences can be attended with your MWC 2023 registration. Also, you will benefit from the“Early-Bird Registration”rate if you complete your registration before February 17th, 2023.

See you in Montréal!

Come to Montréal for the Convention, Stay for the City!

Now in a three-day format, the Montréal Wood Convention is giving you plenty of time to visit and enjoy the beautiful city that is Montreal. Here is a quick guide to help you make the most of your visit:

  1. Visit Old Montreal: This historic district is home to many of the city's oldest and most iconic buildings, including the Notre-Dame Basilica and the Old Port. Take a stroll along the cobblestone streets and enjoy the charming architecture.
  2. Enjoy the Food: Montreal is known for its diverse and delicious food, be sure to try poutine, smoked meat sandwiches, and bagels.
  3. Explore Mount Royal: This Park offers beautiful views of the city and is a great place for a hike or picnic.
  4. Check out the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: This museum houses a varied collection of art from around the world, including Canadian and Quebecois art.
  5. Go shopping on Saint-Catherine Street: This is the city's main shopping district and offers a wide variety of shops and boutiques.
  6. Visit the Montreal Botanical Garden: This garden is home to a large variety of plants and flowers from around the world, as well as a Japanese garden and a Chinese garden.
  7. Take a stroll down Rue Saint-Denis: This Street is known for its lively nightlife and is home to many bars and restaurants.
  8. Visit the Olympic Stadium: This stadium was built for the 1976 Olympics and offers tours and a chance to see the city from the top of the stadium's tower.
  9. Take a bike ride along the Lachine Canal: This scenic route offers a great way to explore the city and see the sights.
  10. Visit the Montreal Planetarium: Located on the grounds of the Olympic Park, the Montreal Planetarium offers a fantastic way to explore the cosmos.

Keep in mind that this is only a small sample of the many things to do in Montreal. Click on the button « Register to Attend » to complete your registration for the MWC 2023.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: NFL Player, Medical Resident, and Now MWC 2023 Speaker!

The Montreal Wood Convention 2023 is proud to welcome Laurent Duvernay-Tardif as our keynote speaker at the Luncheon on Wednesday, April 19. 
Mr. Duvernay-Tardif is a true inspiration based on his professional versatility and community involvement. He will deliver an inspirational 30-minute speech.  
His speech will cover his impressive career in the NFL as a lineman with the Kansas City Chiefs and the New York Jets while studying at McGill University's Faculty of Medicine. LDT, as he is known by his peers and fans, will be available to answer your questions at the end of his presentation.  
Would you like to attend and have a chance to ask Laurent Duvernay-Tardif a question? Register now for the Montreal Wood Convention 2023! Hurry and complete your registration to take advantage of the “Early Bird” rate before February 17, 2023.  

Click here to register! 

It’s Time to Register for the 2023 Montreal Wood Convention

Registrations for the 2023 Montreal Wood Convention are officially open! 

We are eager to see you next spring in Montréal at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel from April 18 to 20, 2023.  

The MWC 2023 will offer you a trade show, industry-related presentations, and networking opportunities. With the return of our mobile app Swapcard, you can reach other participants to organize meetings, watch conferences live, ask questions, and check out the profile of exhibitors.  

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


There 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 partners are entitled to the member price. Associate members must pay the non-member exhibitor rate.  

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:

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 like last year: 6x8 booths are in blue, 8x8 booths are in white 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

Hurry up to get the best booth space! 


If you only want to attend the MWC 2023 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 17th, 2023.  

Click on the link to complete your registration form:

Corporate Package  

It’s the return of the corporate Package. For a price of 1900$, it includes 5 Convention passes and a private meeting room for Wednesday, April 19th, and Thursday, April 20th. The availability is limited. First come, first served.    

You are interested in buying a Corporate Package? Use this link before they are all gone! Please note that this offer is only available through this email. It is not available nor accessible from our Website. Get your Corporate Package en cliquant ici !

See you in Montréal!

‍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".

Mentionnons que l’industrie forestière participe largement à l’économie canadienne avec une contribution au PIB de près de 20 milliards de dollars (dollars enchaînés de 2012), représentant 8 % du secteur manufacturier du Canada. Avec des exportations de plus de 45 G$ en 2021, le secteur dégage une balance commerciale fortement positive (plus de 30 G$). En ce qui a trait au bois d’œuvre résineux, le Canada demeure le 2e plus important producteur au monde et le 2e plus grand exportateur. L’industrie forestière compte près de 200 000 emplois directs (forestiers, scientifiques, ingénieurs, informaticiens, techniciens et travailleurs spécialisés et qualifiés) et est un pilier pour le développement économique de nombreuses municipalités, d’un océan à l’autre. 

"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.