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GLOBAL BUYERS MISSION 2023

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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GBM 2023 PARTNER PROGRAM

Your $495 (+tax) CAD registration fee includes:

Meals and Receptions — Registration includes a welcome reception at the Roundhouse Lodge on the peak of Whistler Mountain, a hot breakfast buffet and lunch on the show floor on Friday, the Friday evening dinner reception, and breakfast-to-go in the hotel lobby Saturday morning.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Thursday September 7th

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Pick up registration package and nametag from Whistler Conference Centre

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Hotel check-in

6:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Welcome Reception at the Roundhouse Lodge with gondola upload at 6:15pm

Friday September 8th

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: Networking Tradeshow – Whistler Conference Center

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

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch served on the Trade Show floor

6:00 PM – 10:30 PM: Networking Dinner Reception at the Audain Art Museum (Doors Open at 6:30 PM)

Saturday September 9th

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM: Breakfast-to-Go at Whistler Conference Centre Grand Foyer

8:00 AM – 1:30 PM: WoodTALKS Mass and Heavy Timber Symposium – Rainbow Theatre, Whistler Conference Centre (Optional)

1:30 PM & 2:30 PM: Transit to Vancouver and YVR – charter bus departs Westin Hotel – must be pre-registered with show organizer

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.

PARTNER FEES

Full Program – $495

This includes the entire program from Thursday, September 7th to Saturday, September 9th, including the networking  dinner receptions.

Spousal Program – $150 Per Evening Event

Event 1: Welcome Reception at the Peak of Whistler Mountain Roundhouse Lodge – $150 

Event 2: Networking/Dinner Reception at Audain Art Museum – $150

*You have the option to attend both events 

GBM HOTEL OPTION

Westin Resort & Spa: 4090 Whistler Way, Whistler

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

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

TRANSIT TO WHISTLER VILLAGE

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

MAP OF WHISTLER VILLAGE

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.

The GBM is brought to you by BC Wood

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