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September 18, 2014

Perceptions of Canadian forest products and forest management practices

Léger – The Research Intelligence Group conducted two surveys in the first quarter of 2014. They canvassed hundreds of buyers of forest products from Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia about their perceptions of our Canadian forest products and forest management practices, their use of wood as a building material, and key drivers impacting their wood purchasing decisions.The first survey evaluated the level of knowledge about the use and properties of wood as a building material. It revealed that information provided about Canadian wood and wood building systems leads to greater use of wood. The second survey evaluated stakeholder perceptions of Canadian forest products and forest management practices. It also measured their general awareness of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA). Key findings from this survey revealed that Canada is perceived as the best wood product supplier in terms of environmental practices and reputation, with 71% of those surveyed saying Canada’s environmental practices were better than average. The survey also revealed that most respondents consider sustainability a mainstream part of their business and perceive a strong forest management reputation to be a competitive advantage.

To obtain a copy of the full survey reports, please contact Cheryl Miltimore at [email protected]


July 1, 2013

Climate-based Performance of Wood/Heavy Timber Frame Construction in the Middle East – a Review

This work is a follow-up step to recent initiatives, supported by NRCan’s Expanding Market Opportunities (EMO) program, in assessing the potential of expanding and diversifying Canadian wood exports, namely to the Middle East. Such initiatives include – but are not limited to – a recent market analysis report by the Walker Consulting Group1, and a recent mission to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Leading to this study, there was no published compendium of climate-based information for Canadian wood exporters to the Middle East, namely concerning wood-based building envelope assemblies and structures and in particular how such constructions would perform in the hot and humid regions of the Persian Gulf.

To obtain a copy of the report, please contact Aude at [email protected]


April 15, 2013

Transportation Costs and Competitiveness of Eastern Canada Lumber in GCC Markets

Prepared for: Natural Resources Canada Prepared by: CPCS

This study focuses on the transportation costs and competitiveness of the supply chains used by Eastern Canadian suppliers of wood products to countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It aims to inform Canada’s GCC market development strategy. Transportation costs represent a very significant portion of total landed costs of lumber to GCC markets; thus Canada’s transportation competitiveness relative to other key importers is critical.

To obtain a copy of the report, please contact Aude at [email protected]