Canadian Management and Technical Team Visit Japan to Support Technical and Market Initiatives
Between February 29th and March 4th Canada Wood President Rick Jeffery, General Manager Barry Ford and UBC Professor Dr. Frank Lam visited Japan to support our team’s technical, market access and market development initiatives. One of the key objectives of this week of meetings was to apprise Dr. Lam on the evolving code related landscape in Japan and obtain his guidance on key technical initiatives. Carrying on with the invaluable support that was pioneered by UBC Professor Emeritus Dr. David Barrett, Dr. Lam is now assuming the role of Canada Wood’s key technical advisor for technical development initiatives for the Japanese market. The week included meetings with key structural experts, academics, Japanese industry and government officials from MAFF and MLIT. Dr. Lam met with leading structural experts Dr. Nakajima, Dr. Kawai, Dr. Tsuchimoto and Dr. Okabe whom have long been supportive of Canadian technical initiatives in Japan. The meetings included
visits to the Building Research Institute in Tsukuba to witness the new CLT and 6 storey PFC demonstration projects. Beyond the purely technical, our team met with a leading metal connector fabricator to discuss joint technical and market development initiatives to expand opportunities for Coastal Hem Fir in the growing non-residential market. Discussions were also held with a senior LDP Diet Member to identify joint opportunities for Canada-Japan collaboration on the international forestry file and to ensure fair recognition of Canadian forest products under Japan’s upcoming illegal wood legislation. We also had the opportunity to meet with Kuma Kengo; the renowned Japanese architect who is tasked with designing Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic Stadium. Discussions were held to explore opportunities for Canadian wood use in the upcoming Olympics.