Montréal Wood Convention 2018: record of participation shattered
The 2018 Montreal Wood Convention brought together nearly 1,000 participants from 20 to 22 March. In addition to Canadians from 7 provinces and Americans from 26 states, this year's Congress welcomed visitors from Mexico, France, China, Japan, Senegal, Germany, Austria, Hong Kong and Jordan.
The challenges of transport logistics and labor as well as the opportunities offered by the growing Chinese economy were widely discussed during the event by the twenty or so speakers present.
"The wood products industry needs to work on succession planning, job creation, regional work promotion, and continuing education," said Sven Gustavsson, manager, softwoods, at the Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB) co-organizer of the event with the Québec Forest Industry Council, the Maritime Lumber Bureau and the Ontario Forest Industries Association. As for the exhibitors' fair, it had a record attendance for the 110 exhibitors present.
The 2019 edition will take place March 19-22 at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montréal.
Speakers' presentations from the 2018 edition are now freely available (and downloadable) here.