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Welcome to the 20th annual Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM) – an invitation only networking/tradeshow event developed to bring together pre-qualified international buyers of wood products from around the world, with Canadian manufacturers of products that include finished materials, building supplies and remanufacturing products.

The GBM continues to be the best business building event in Canada for wood products manufacturers interested ingrowing their export market opportunities – plus developing new business relationships with architects, designers, developers, builder & contractors – and other exhibiting wood products companies from across the country.

We are very pleased to draw the important architect / designer / contractor / builder decision makers with our popular WoodTALKS™ at the GBM program, this year featuring the Mass and Heavy Timber Symposium. As usual, we are inviting pre-qualified international buyers from around the world to join us for our 20th annual event. We will be back at the beautiful Whistler Conference Centre and have once again negotiated excellent hotel rates for our delegates in Whistler Village.

If you have any questions regarding the GBM, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly. We look forward to welcoming you to the 2023 Global Buyers Mission and Whistler, BC!

Randi Walker (she/her)
BC Wood
Tel: 604-882-7100
Cell: 604-309-6683

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Wednesday, September 6

3:00 PM– 7:00 PM: Exhibitors participating in Building Connections or WoodTALKS at the GBM allowed early access to set-up at Whistler Conference Centre

Thursday, September 7

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Exhibitors set up — Whistler Conference Centre

8:00 AM – 2:30 PM: Building Connections @ the GBM – Callaghan/Alpine Room, Westin Hotel (pre-registration required)

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM: BC Wood Annual General Meeting

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Pick up registration package and nametag from Whistler Conference Centre Grand Foyer

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: B.C.’s Value-Added Accelerators Open House, hosted by Ministry of Forests, First Nations Forestry Council, Value-Added Wood Coalition and Council of Forest Industries, Wedgemount Room, Lower Level, Whistler Conference Centre

6:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Welcome Reception — Gondola upload (starts at 6:15 PM) to Roundhouse Lodge, Peak of Whistler Mountain

Friday, September 8

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast and Grand Opening Ceremony at Whistler Conference Centre Foyer with Welcoming Remarks by the Honourable Premier Eby

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: 20th Annual GBM & Networking Tradeshow

9:30 AM – 2:00 PM: WoodTALKS Demonstration Workshops — Ballroom Stage, Whistler Conference Centre 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch on the Show Floor

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Exhibitors Teardown

6:00 PM – 10:30 PM: GBM Evening Networking Dinner/Reception at Audain Art Museum (Doors open at 6:30 PM)

Saturday, September 9

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Breakfast-To-Go, Whistler Conference Centre

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Final Exhibitor Teardown

8:00 AM – 1:30 PM: WoodTALKS at the GBM featuring the Mass and Heavy Timber Symposium – Rainbow Theatre, Whistler Conference Centre 


*Afternoon bus departures for international Buyers and WoodTALKS attendees available 

NOTICE: The RBC GranFondo returns on Saturday, September 9, 2023, with bikers riding from Vancouver to Whistler. On event day from approximately 5:30AM – 4:30PM, there will be traffic impacts along the Sea to Sky Highway and in Whistler. Guests and residents should plan ahead and expect delays. There will be stoppages and speed limits will be reduced to 60 km/h between Vancouver and Whistler, and there will be active traffic management along most of the highway during the event. Click here for more info.

2023 Exhibitors Fees

BC Wood, WRCLA, CSSB or other BC Based Wood Products Association Member

10’x10’ or 10’x8’ Booth – $1,950

Outside BC Canadian Wood Products Association Member (QWEB, AFPA, WMCO)

10’x10’ or 10’x8’ Booth space – $2,575 


10’x10’ or 10’x8’ Booth – $3,425 

Booth Staff:

Each booth staff member: $495 

Each company participant fee of $495 includes all meals during the event including the Thursday night Welcome Event at the Roundhouse Lodge and the Friday evening Networking Dinner Event at the Audain Art Museum. 

Spousal Program:

Spousal program available at $150 for each evening event. (Link available in confirmation email)

Booth registration includes:
  • Basic electrical, pipe & drape, covered table & 2 chairs, carpet & Wi-Fi
  • Complete multi-lingual company listing in the 2023 Mission Program Guide
    • The Mission Program Guide includes:
      • Multi-lingual Introduction – a welcome to the event in five languages
      • Schedule of Events – this information will be accessed throughout the GBM
      • Exhibitor List and Floor Plan – listings both by booth number and alphanumeric
      • Sector Descriptions – a multi-lingual description of all the sectors
      • List of Exhibitors – listings of all the exhibitors with contact information, major product sector, and brief company profile translated into five languages
      • List of International Buyers by Market – listings with contact information
      • List of all Partners and Sponsors – with contact information and logos
  • All meals during the event including the Thursday night Welcome Event at the Roundhouse Lodge & Friday evening Networking Dinner Event at the Audain Art Museum
  • Full access to Thursday Association Programs
Exhibitor Services:

Show in Motion is once again our service provider for the trade show set-up. They offer an array of additional products and services for the exhibitors (Available in confirmation email). You are encouraged to communicate with them directly regarding any needs you may have.

Exhibit space is limited and will be available on a first-come / first-served basis. 


Click here to view the floor plan.

Perimeter booth spaces – 10ft (length) x 10ft (width)

Interior booth spaces – 10ft (length) x 8ft (width)


Delta Whistler Village Suites: 4308 Main Street, Whistler

A favourite of our industry participants, the newly renovated Delta Suites offers very comfortable accommodation; great service and is a 3 minute walk to the Conference Centre.

GBM Room Rates:

1 Bedroom Suites – $209  

2 Bedroom Suites – $299

Rates are valid for 3 days pre and 3 days post event dates.

Guest Suites Descriptions:
One Bedroom Suite: suites at 475 – 510 sq. ft.

This suite features a separate bedroom with a king, queen or two twin beds and TV. The separate living room offers a double pull outsofa bed, balcony, full kitchen with dishwasher, oven, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker; dining area, fireplace, full bathroom,washer/dryer, TV, On Command movies and high speed wireless Internet. Rates are based up to two people per room. Maximumoccupancy in a one-bedroom suite is four people.

Two Bedroom Suites: suites at 800 – 835 sq. ft.

This features a master bedroom with a king, queen or two twin beds in the master bedroom and TV. The second bedroom offersa queen bed or two twin beds and TV. The separate living room offers a double pull out sofa bed, balcony, full kitchen withdishwasher, oven, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker; dining area, fireplace, 2 full bathrooms, washer/dryer, TV,

OnCommand movies and high speed wireless Internet. Rates are based up to four people per room. Maximum occupancy in a two- bedroom suite is six people. For the convenience of guests we offer the following in each room: bathroom amenities, iron & ironing board,robes, complimentary tea & coffee, and telephone data-port.

Reservation Procedure:

The last day to book a reservation is August 7, 2023. Discounted rates are limited – book early. 
Reservations will be made directly with the Delta Whistler Village Suites: Link to register in confirmation email

Cancellation & Deposit Policies (Individual Reservations)

GUARANTEE – A valid credit card must be provided at time of reservation.

DEPOSIT – Full pre-payment is processed with the credit card on file 7 days prior to arrival & is non-refundable.

CANCELLATION – If canceled or modified inside 7 days prior to arrival, full room & tax is non-refundable. Cancellations made more than 7 days prior to arrival will not incur a penalty.

No Shows & Early Departures

No-shows & early departures will be charged full room & tax for full stay.

**Please verify all current policies upon reservation

Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa: 4050 Whistler Way

GBM Room Rates: 

Premier Studio – $224 (Base Rate)

*Below are Room Upgrades and their Rate Increments, guests may wish to upgrade to these rooms depending on their availability at the time of booking

Signature Spa Room – Base Rate + $50

Glacier One Bedroom Suite – Base Rate + $170

The Blackcomb Suite – Base Rate + $370

The Harmony Suite – Base Rate + $470

Alpine Two Bedroom Suite – Base Rate + $570

The Mountain Suite – Base Rate + $970

A block of rooms has been reserved for September 6th to the 9th. The special room rate will be available until August 7, 2023 or until the groupblock is sold out, whichever comes first.

Hotel Reservations

All guests can make reservations by contacting the hotel directly at 1-800-515-4050, press 1 for Reservations and provide them with the Group Code BCW23, or with the hotel booking link provided in the confirmation email. 

Cancellation Policy

A valid credit card must be provided at the time of booking to guarantee a reservation. Our Deposit and Cancellation Policies for individual reservations will apply and are as follows:

  • Full pre-payment is due seven (7) days prior to arrival and is non-refundable.
  • Cancellations made seven (7) days or less prior to arrival are non-refundable. This will also apply to any no-shows and early departures
Check In/Out Times

The standard check-in time at the Hotel is 4:00 PM. Check out time is 11.00 AM

**Please verify all current policies upon reservation


Westin Resort & Spa: 4090 Whistler Way


GBM Room Rates: 

Deluxe Studio Suite / Queen + Queen Sofa Bed – rates starting at $249

**Please contact gbm@bcwood.com to have your room booked! **


Transportation to Whistler Village is not included in the Exhibitor fees. Discount rate code for Skylynx available in confirmation email. 

For shuttle bus, we recommend booking tickets online with Skylynx for service from YVR to Whistler or from Downtown Vancouver to Whistler. It is recommended to book a direct bus (Skylynx Express) as you can select which hotel you would like to be dropped off at.

If you can’t book the direct bus, please specify which hotel you need to be dropped off at in the comments box at check out (i.e. “Drop off at Delta Hotel for the GBM”) so that Skylynx can accommodate this. Skylynx typically doesn’t do hotel drop offs with these big buses but are making an exception for the GBM.

The meeting place to catch the shuttle is:

Vancouver Airport (YVR): Meet at the YVR Skylynx Kiosk at the Domestic Arrivals Area across from baggage carousel 6.

Downtown Vancouver: Meet on Melville Street outside of Hyatt Regency Hotel near Burrard Metro Station


Other Activities in Whistler

Book a Tee Time
A great activity to bring a buyer to, book a tee time at Whistler Golf Club

Ziptrek Ecotours
Home to the longest zipline in Canada and the USA! Spanning a mind-blowing distance of  over 2kms, you will take in spectacular views and over 7,000 feet of pure eco-exhilaration! More info here.

Mountain Biking
Whistler Blackcomb is home to the ultimate gravity-fed downhill biking experience, drawing mountain bikers from across the world. Check it out here

Shopping in Whistler
Stroll through charming Whistler Village and surrounding neighbourhoods to peruse endless shops stocked with homegrown and globally-inspired goods. Browse fine artwork, fashion, jewellery and luxury items, as well as sportswear and the latest in outdoor gear. You’ll also find all the essentials for everyday living like groceries, gifts and specialty items. Click here to view the Whistler Village shop directory. 

Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
Visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre for their hourly guided tour experience offered on the hour, every hour, 10 AM – 4 PM daily. Friendly Cultural Ambassadors from both the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations share their culture and knowledge in this immersive cultural centre.

Evening reception at the Audain Museum
Enjoying the gondola ride up to the Friday Evening Reception at Roundhouse Lodge

The GBM is brought to you by BC Wood

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