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Shawn Lawlor

Shawn Lawlor

Director, Canada Wood Japan

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Shawn graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa in 1990 and later from the Asia Pacific Management Program at Capilano College in 1995. His career has spanned 15 years in international forest and building products marketing and sales with leading primary producers. Shawn joined the Canada Wood group in April 2007 to take on the role of Director, Japan Operations. He resides in Tokyo with his wife Christine and son Cole.

Japan SPF Shipments

Despite the impacts of the March 11th earthquake and subsequent swings in housing market activity, 2011 SPF shipments have remained remarkably stable, albeit tracking last year’s exports at a marginally slower rate. By volume, SPF… more

Japan Housing Construction

Housing Posts Strong Gains in July & August, but Cools in September
Overall Japan’s housing market registered positive gains in the third quarter; however growth was concentrated in July and August. Overall housing starts increased… more

BC Mission to Japan

Between November 9th and 14th a mission of 25 forest industry executives was led to Japan by British Columbia’s Minister of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations, the Honourable Minister Steve Thomson.  In Tokyo, Mission… more

Japan WHA manual to include SPF

Japan’s leading industry association representing the post and beam sector, the Wooden Home Association (WHA), is now in the process of drafting a structural design guideline for wooden post & beam houses.  In a chapter dealing with… more

Western Larch gains acceptance

As part of the current revision work to the JAS glulam standard, it was proposed to the JAS technical committee that Western Larch be included as an acceptable lamina species.  The JAS technical committee concluded that Western Larch is… more