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Global buyers mission 2023

Join us for our celebratory 20th Annual Global Buyers Mission, September 7th to 9th, where we will host international buyers and specifiers from all over the world, to meet our Canadian Suppliers in Whistler.

The last live Global Buyers Mission (GBM) held in 2022 welcomed over 700 delegates to this invitation-only event, designed to bring together international buyers of wood and value-added wood products, with Canadian manufacturers. The 2023 event is scheduled for Thursday, September 7th to 9th and is set once again in spectacular Whistler Village, British Columbia. This International Event continues to be a great success for buyers and suppliers alike, we are expecting the incremental sales for Canadian wood products manufacturers to surpass $34,000,000 the following year.

You will have the opportunity of meeting with Canadian manufacturers of products that include engineered wood products; mass & heavy timber; remanufactured items and components; pre-fabricated housing and structures; log / post & beam / timber frame homes and structures; millwork & finished building products; and specialty lumber including Western Red Cedar – all showcased in a comfortable, networking environment.

If you are still not sure and have questions regarding the benefits of attending the event, 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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THE 2023 PROGRAM 

Your registration includes:

Transportation — Your registration fee includes return bus transfer from either downtown Vancouver (from the Metropolitan Hotel for group buses) or the Vancouver International Airport, upon request. Please see more transportation information below.

Meals and Receptions — Registration also 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 at the Audain Art Museum, and breakfast-to-go in the Whistler Conference Centre Saturday morning.


Spousal Program – Rates starting at $150 CAD

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

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Thursday September 7th

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

 

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

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: 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

6:00 PM – 10:30 PM: GBM Evening Networking Dinner/Reception at 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

GBM HOTEL OPTION

Westin Resort & Spa: 4090 Whistler Way, Whistler

GBM Room Rates: 

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

TRANSPORTATION TO WHISTLER VILLAGE

Transportation to Whistler Village is included in the Buyer fees. The Promo Code for Skylynx is available in the 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 International Arrivals Area adjacent to the escalators.

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

MAP OF WHISTLER VILLAGE

THINGS TO DO 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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