Upcoming Meetings

March 20-21, 2018 - Montreal, QC

Montreal Wood ConventionCHB announced its winter meeting dates, to coincide with the Montreal Wood Convention, Tuesday, March 20th and Wednesday, March 21st, 2018. After Montreal, the CHB meets again at the 2018 NHLA Convention, which is in Toronto.



Recent Meetings

CHB Nashville Meeting - October 2017

Chairman S. Rowe, Huron Forest Products, welcomed close to 50 people to the fall 2017 meeting of the Canadian Hardwood Bureau, held October 27 in Nashville, in conjunction with the NHLA convention.

Marco Chan, who was NHLA’s consultant for doing business in China, with expertise in Chinese business culture. spoke about successful ways to sell in China, how to approach the market correctly, trends that he sees developing and new sorts that would capture market share. He talked about how members can make money in China. Mr. Chan founded V2 Leadership Group in 2004 after a more than 20-year career with FEDEX and 13 years with TWA. He serves as a Chair of Vistage CEO Peer Advisory Group, where he coaches Memphis-area CEOs and business owners on how to unlock the power of their people and operations.

In August, the CHB and NHLA jointly offered individuals and companies a unique two-week intensive lumber grading short course at North Bay’s Canadore College. Special thanks to Pete Van Amelsfoort and Quality Hardwoods of Powassan, who generously provided assistance with all aspects of the course, including hosting the practical portion where students graded lumber. The NHLA created the “Online/Progressive Program” to provide training for those interested in becoming lumber graders. It is divided into 3 blocks, where upon successful completion of one block the student proceeds to the next one.

Generally held at the NHLA Inspector Training School in Memphis, TN, Block 1 requires two weeks of hands-on study. This block was offered at Canadore College where 18 participants took the course. Both the CHB and the NHLA were very pleased with the number of attendees for this first course. CHB thanked chief inspector Dana Spessert and the instructor Tom Buyers for their efforts to arrange and deliver this course. CHB will consider presenting a NHLA hardwood lumber grading short courses in 2018.


Winter Meeting Draws a Crowd

The 2017 Winter Meeting of the Canadian Hardwood Bureau took place February 28-March 1, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Montreal, QC. Registration for the meeting exceeded 110.

Peter Mate, President and Co-Owner Planit Canada IncThe Tuesday keynote speaker was Peter Mate, President and Co-Owner Planit Canada Inc., who presented “What’s the future of hardwood in the Kitchen Cabinet industry?”. In the woodworking industry since 1999, Mate has a strong background in CNC equipment, tooling, and processes, with a particular passion for the software that drives it. He is focused on providing strong leadership to cultivate a top-level team, as well as ongoing research into the future of innovation to provide the Canadian Woodworking Industry with best in class software tools for manufacturing, sales and business processes. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association and the WMC.

The afternoon continued with updates on CHB finances and activities, NHLA activities and the proposed 10-week hardwood lumber grading course tentatively planned for North Bay, ON in June. Participants were very pleased to welcome Lorna Christie, Executive Director, NHLA to her first CHB meeting.

Wednesday's presentationsWednesday morning featured three speakers. Richard Lipman, President, Wood Manufacturing Council, spoke about his organization’s new labour market study and about their training programs at the management, high school and entry level, as well as their efforts to establish a mentorship program for women in woodworking. Crystal Oldham - Executive Director, Hardwood Forest Foundation, highlighted the many exciting efforts the HHF is undertaking, with a focus on their Canadian activities. The CHB has made a multi-year commitment to the HHF to support their great work. Richard Keeso - JH Keeso and Sons Ltd., Listowel, ON talked about his work with the local Carbon Footprint Initiative, which has local industry working together to look at climate change and what they can do to reduce their carbon impact on the environment. The effort includes tree planting, especially along water courses, to improve water quality, and to create natural snow fences.

The meeting would not be complete without the sold-out Industry Hockey Game, which was played at the Sportplexe Pierrefonds. Thanks to Jean Paul Lupien for organizing this event. The next meeting of the CHB will take place at the NHLA Convention this fall.


Canadian Hardwood Bureau meetings at NHLA - October 7, 2016

NHLA 2016 Convention

The fall meeting of the Canadian Hardwood Bureau took place Friday October 7, 2016 in Washington, D.C in conjunction with the NHLA Convention. Forty people participated in the program which included breakfast, a brief meeting and the guest speaker. Brent Stief, Huron Forest Products, chaired the meeting, which included updates on finances, governance, training courses and future meetings.

The group was treated to an excellent presentation by Brent McClendon, who has been President of the National Wood Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) since 2013. He has spent the last 24 years in the forest products industry serving as a forester, sales manager, lobbyist and CEO in various private, public and non-profit organizations. Mr. McClendon showed some interesting videos and talked about major pallet-related issues and how they relate to the hardwood lumber industry. He also outlined their environmental messages and highlighted their website www.naturespackaging.org.


Canadian Hardwood Bureau Holds Successful 2016 Winter Meeting

Red Rocks Casino and ResortMore than 115 delegates attended the 2016 Winter Meeting of the Canadian Hardwood Bureau (CHB), held March 22-23, 2016 in Montreal, QC. Under the guidance of Chairman Brent Stief, Huron Forest Products and Vice-Chair, Shaun Rowe, Aurora Timberland, the CHB again organized this successful event to provide those in the hardwood business with the opportunity to get together, learn and network during the winter months. The Ice Breaker Party was the key networking opportunity and was again sponsored this year by HUB International Quebec Ltee. The other key sponsors this year were the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and UC Coatings. This was the seventh winter meeting of the CHB.

Image from 2016 Winter Meeting of the CHBThe meeting featured three strong speakers, including Ron Cozean, an operating executive with Resilience Capital Partners, of Cleveland, OH. Resilience acquired Taylor Lumber in July 2010 and Weaber Lumber in December 2011. After turning the businesses around, Resilience sold Taylor Lumber in 2014 and Weaber Lumber in 2015. He spoke about the investment strategy, some highlights around the acquisitions, the keys to success, and shared his thoughts about the industry.

Meeting image from 2016 Winter Meeting of the CHBOur Wednesday speaker was Donna Gerrits, General Manager, Royal Woodworking Co. Ltd. Her presentation examined current trends and what has happened in the moulding industry over the past five years and where the hardwood moulding industry is headed in the short term. She discussed what can sawmills & concentration yards do to better cater to moulding manufacturing and is there anything the hardwood industry can to better promote the use of hardwoods for mouldings or interior products to make up for ground lost to other products such as MDF?

Final presentation image from 2016 Winter Meeting of the CHBThe final presentation was made by Crystal Oldham, Executive Director, Hardwood Forest Foundation, Memphis, TN, entitled “The Truth About Trees – Eliminating Misperceptions through the Eyes of a Child”. HHF is a not-profit organization that educates students and teachers across North America about our renewable resources. Ms. Oldham talked about their Canadian efforts and acknowledged individuals and companies that have assisted in their work. The CHB membership approved a motion to provide an annual donation for the next five years to HHF.

The event also featured the annual Industry Hockey Game. Our thanks to Jean-Paul Lupien for again organizing another outstanding hockey event.


Winter 2016 Hardwood Lumber Grading Course

January 19-21, 2016 - Listowel, ON

The CHB was pleased to advise that J.H. Keeso and Sons Ltd., in Listowel, ON will be hosted a Winter 2016 English language hardwood lumber grading short course.

The course was conducted by NHLA Canadian Inspector Simon Laroque. Instruction was geared towards production, sales and office personnel, not necessarily to those directly involved in lumber grading.

The goal was to make your personnel "rules conscious", not professional graders. The course covered such things as a basic introduction to hardwood lumber grading, a basic rules description, lumber characteristics, cutting unit method, general instructions, standard grades, grading practice, lumber rule, species exceptions, net/gross tally etc.


CHB Fall 2015 Meeting Report

October 9, 2015 (Nashville, TN -USA)

Red Rocks Casino and ResortThe Canadian Hardwood Bureau held its fall meeting on October 9, 2015 in Nashville in conjunction with the NHLA Convention. The breakfast meeting provided an opportunity for members and other interested parties to talk business and to network.

Brent Stief, Huron Forest Products, chaired the meeting and he introduced Shaun Rowe, Aurora Timberland as the new Vice-Chairman of the CHB.

chb fall meetingCrystal Oldham, Executive Director, Hardwood Forest Foundation made a brief presentation to the meeting and CHB voted to make a financial contribution to HHF. A number of members volunteered to put their names forward to support the CHB’s official application for not-for-profit status. A brief report on NHLA activities was also provided and there was interest in holding a hardwood lumber grading short course in Ontario in the near future.

Michael Snow, Executive Director, American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) was the guest speaker and he gave a highly informative and passionate presentation to the delegates entitled “Promoting American Hardwood Exports”. Since 1999, Mr. Snow has overseen the Council's promotional programs around the globe, and manages AHEC's many overseas offices. He spoke of the top 3 challenges for American hardwoods; finding new markets for grade lumber; finding new applications and capitalizing on green credentials.


CHB Winter 2015 Meeting Report

February 17-18, 2015 (Montreal, QC)

Red Rocks Casino and ResortMore than 120 delegates attended the 2015 Winter Meeting of the Canadian Hardwood Bureau (CHB), February 17-18, 2015 in Montreal, QC. Under the guidance of Chairman Brent Stief, the CHB again organized this successful event to provide those in the hardwood business with the opportunity to get together, learn and network during the traditional February period. The Ice Breaker Party was the key networking opportunity and was again sponsored this year by HUB International Quebec Ltee. The other key sponsors this year were the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and UC Coatings.

The meeting featured four strong speakers, including Maxim Armstrong, Senior Economist, The Conference Board of Canada; Iain Macdonald, Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, UBC; Judd Johnson, Editor, Hardwood Market Report and Pierre Richard, President and CEO, Quebec Furniture Manufacturers' Association

The event also featured the annual Industry Hockey Game. Our thanks to Jean-Paul Lupien for again organizing another outstanding hockey event.