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BC Wood will be hosting the 20th Annual Global Buyer’s Mission (GBM), September 7th to 9th, featuring WoodTALKS, designed to enlighten, inform and inspire on the use of wood in design and construction. This live event, presented by BC’s wood industry suppliers and partners, will explore current Architectural projects and Manufacturing Advancements.

For inquiries, email gbm@bcwood.com.


Your $355 (+tax) CAD registration fee includes:

AIBC Recognized WoodTALKS Programming —  Registration includes a site tour, WoodTALKS Lunch and Learn, and Demonstration Workshops, attendees are eligible forum to 11 Core Lus and 1 Core LU related to Indigenous Peoples Learning recognized by the AIBC

Meals and Receptions — Registration includes transportation to/from Whistler Village, a welcome reception at the Roundhouse Lodge on the peak of Whistler Mountain, accredited Demonstration Workshops on Friday, 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 – To be continuously updated

*Registration is at 12 PM in the lobby of Whistler Conference  Room, with the WoodTALKS Lunch and Learn program starting at 12:30 PM sharp in the Garibaldi Room, also at Whistler Conference Center.

Thursday, September 7th

Mass Timber Site Tour

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Presentation Centre and Public House, Oceanfront Squamish (guided by Stephane Laroye – SLA Architects) – 1 Learning Unit

*This site tour is a U-drive, attendees will need to find transportation to the location

WoodTALKS Registration Opens

12:00 PM: Whistler Conference Centre Lobby 

WoodTALKS Lunch and Learn

Whistler Conference Centre Garibaldi Room

12:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Including Hot Buffet Lunch and Seating

  • 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM: Dr. Nancy Mackin – Mackin Architects, Ric Dürfeld – Dürfeld Log and Timber & Gary Leon – Carver, “BC Wood with an Indigenous View” – 1 Learning Unit
  • 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM: Shelley Craig & Jordan Edmonds – Urban Arts Architecture, “The Whole Wood Approach – Demonstration Projects Aiming for Net-Zero Carbon” – 1 Learning Unit
  • 2:45 PM – 3:00 PM: William Johnston – WSP/FII, “Timber X” – Resource
WoodTALKS Sip n’ Learn 

The Alpine Room, The Westin Resort & Spa Whistler

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Meike Engel – Aspect Structural Engineers and Mike Marshall – Kinsol Timber Systems, “Design for Constructability” – 1 Learning Unit

Welcome Reception at the Peak of Whistler Mountain Roundhouse Lodge

6:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Whistler Mountain Roundhouse Lodge (Upload at Whistler Gondola Base starts at 6:15 PM)

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

20th Annual GBM & Networking Tradeshow

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Whistler Conference Centre Grand Foyer

WoodTALKS Demonstration Workshops – Located on the Trade Show Floor
  • 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Tom Zhang – Pacific HemFir, Paul Mackie – Western Red Cedar Lumber Association & Darin Dalry – Watkins Group/Chemco – 1 Learning Unit
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Oliver Tritten – OT Timber Frames, Kelly Marciniw – Pan Abode International & Oliver Lang – Intelligent City – 1 Learning Unit
  • 12:30 PM – 12:45 PM: Eric Wood – Morrison Hershfield, “Mass Timber Navigator” – Resource
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Richard Kaufmann – Silva Timber Products Ltd., Vick Yau – Van Air Design & Donna Shaw – Live Edge Design Inc. – 1 Learning Unit

Whistler Project Site Tour

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Whistler Modern Residential, Alta Lake (guided by Kyle Moen and Matheo Dürfeld – BC Passive House) – 1 Learning Unit 

*This site tour is a U-drive/Carpool, volunteer drivers will be organized in Whistler

GBM Networking Dinner Reception

6:00 PM – 10:30 PM: Audain Art Museum (Doors open at 6:30 PM)

Saturday, September 9th

WoodTALKS Hot Breakfast 

  • 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM: Whistler Conference Centre Valley Foyer
Mass & Heavy Timber Symposium
Whistler Conference Centre Rainbow Theatre 
8:50 AM – 9:00 AM: Opening Remarks, Honourable Jagrup Brar – Minister of State for Trade, BC GOV

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: “Design and Pre-Fabrication of Mass Timber for Remote Residential Projects” – 1 Learning Unit

  • Daria Sheina – Daria Sheina Studio, Mathieu Fraile-Tremblay & Fraser Howatson – BC Passive House
  • Carl Tessman – Island Timber Frame & Behsheed Darvish – Osburn/Clarke 

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: “Mass Timber Projects and Cross Border Collaboration” – 1 Learning Unit

  • Enrique Gonzalez – Kalesnikoff Mass Timber & Stephane Laroye – SLA Architects
  • Sigi Liebmann – International Timber Frames & Tim Politis – One Line Studio

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM:  Michael Green Keynote Speaker, “Wood and the Future of Plant Based Building” – 1 Learning Unit

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Grab-a-Lunch

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: “Wood is Still Revolutionizing the Way Buildings are Designed and Constructed Today” – 1 Learning Unit

  • Dean Maltz – Shigeru Ban Architects & Simon Lintz – Spearhead
  • Keith Murray – Fraserwood Industries, Ray Greene – Pacific Homes, Gar Rector – Gar Rector & Associates, & Clarke McCornack – McCornack Associates Construction Inc.

                – 1:30 PM: End of event-


Full Program – $355 

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 

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

Aava Whistler Hotel: 4005 Whistler Way

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

GBM Room Rates:

Deluxe King – $199    Deluxe Queen + Sofa Bed – $199    Deluxe Queen + Queen – $199 

Reservation Procedure:

The last day to book a reservation is August 7th, 2023. Reservations will be made directly with the Aava Whistler Hotel:

  • Individual reservations can be made by contacting the Reservations Department by phone (604) 932-2522 OR 1 (800) 663-5644 OR e-mail at: reservations@aavawhistlerhotel.com. Please mention BC Wood to ensure you receive the applicable rate. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card number and expiry date –full payment will be processed on credit card for entire stay 30 days prior to arrival. Please note: Your reservation won’t be accepted by the hotel if you have not registered for the GBM yet.
  • OR you can register through the link sent to you in your confirmation email.

Cancellation Policies

Full payment for individual call-in rooms is due 21 days prior to arrival, any cancellation within 21 days of arrival will forfeit the full amount

**Please verify all current policies upon reservation


 Transportation to Whistler Village is included in the WoodTALKS 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 Skytrain 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.

The GBM is brought to you by BC Wood

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