Canada Wood Hosts Forest Industry Round Table with the Honourable Deron Bilous, Alberta Minister of Economic Development & Trade
On November 17th Canada Wood Tokyo, in collaboration with the Alberta Japan Government Office, hosted a forest industry round table luncheon for the Alberta Government’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade, the Honourable Deron Bilous. Japan based managers from the Japan Lumber Importers Association, Interex Japan, Weyerhaeuser Japan, Canfor Japan, West Fraser, the Canadian Embassy, BC Wood and COFI SPF Group participated in discussions with the Minister and accompanying delegates. Prior to the round table, Canada Wood’s Shawn Lawlor provided the Minister with a 45 minute briefing on key trends in Japan’s construction sector. A round table lunch ensued with topics covered including the significance of the Japanese market to the Alberta forest products industry, key challenges and market opportunities as well as the unique characteristics of the Japanese wood market compared with other international jurisdictions.