February Edition
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The Wood Innovation Group

Welcome to the TWIG Monthly Newsletter, a dedicated space crafted to inspire and guide professionals like you to gather, connect, and share knowledge. Our curated events bridge the realms of tradition and innovation, creating a space for sharing knowledge exchange, propelling the value-added wood sector forward. Join us at our events to make new connections, learn new things and share a story or two. Collectively we can grow and influence the future of value added wood together 🌲

At TWIG, we recognize the potent force within our community. Your voice holds significance, and we are eager to showcase you and support your events. If you have content to share, send it our way at info@twigbc.ca.

MGA Big Winter Bash

February 2nd, 8:00 - Late
1535 West 3rd Ave. Vancouver

Head over to Michael Green Architecture for a night of fun More Info+


February 7th, 6:00 - 8:00
Parallel 49, 1950 Triumph St, Vancouver

The Vancouver group meets again, with participants joining from the DFMA workshop More Info+

Sea 2 Sky Wood Network

February 7th, 6:00 - 8:00
Tag Panels, 39619 Galbraith Ave, Squamish

The TWIG network in Squamish continues with its first shop tour at Tag panels. More Info+

Timber Tech Connect

February 13th, 6:00 - 8:00
Concept Lab, 397 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver

At the second edition of Timber Tech Connect, we host UBC's Dr. Haibo Feng More Info+
**All of the up-to-date TWIG events can be found online at twigbc.ca/events/


Greetings TWIG Community,

Monthly our list grows and we are meeting new people at our events across BC. We are grateful for those who stay engaged, share our events and keep us informed. This month is busy one in the space of Timber Building Innovation, as February plays host to a number of events including Buildex and the DFMA workshop. Alongside this, we are excited to bring back Timber Tech Connect with our second edition of this event taking place at Concept Lab.

We ask you that in your journey over this next month you make a contribution to TWIG and our network by mentioning us, our events and mailing list to one person. We know there are more folks out there who really enjoy coming to our events and participating in the dynamic social atmosphere at TWIG.

Coming up in the early spring and summer we have some stuff in the works with Festool to create some demo events for people in Squamish, Vancouver and the island so stay tuned.

More info about the events, and programs at CAWP below.


February 7th, 6:00 - 8:00
Parallel 49, 1950 Triumph St, Vancouver

Wood-First-Wednesday this month will help kick off the DFMA workshop in Vancouver at UBC CAWP. Participants from the DFMA workshop are being invited to WFW to connect with the network before jumping into their 3 day program. This event continues to be a hit in Vancouver as we reached a record attendance and packed Electric Bicycle last month and took over the whole venue.

Same format as usual. Show up the location above and connect with a diversity of like-minded folks working across various sectors of the Value-Added Wood industry.

Events and information about Wood-First-Wednesday in Vancouver can be found online here
🌲 WFW as part of the TWIG Network is made possible through the efforts of Tanya Pilon

Vancouver Island Wood Network

The Vancouver Island Wood network is taking a break this month, but stay tuned for a shop tour in March. We are always on the lookout for spaces that want to host a TWIG event, so if you are on the Island and want to open your doors. please reach out to us.

Events and information about the Vancouver Island Wood network can be found online here

Sea to Sky Wood Network

Shop Tour

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February 7th, 6:00 - 8:00
Tag Panels, 39619 Galbraith Ave, Squamish, BC

The next Sea 2 Sky event is also the first shop tour hosted in Squamish. TAG panels will opening up their doors and welcoming you into the shop, showcasing their facilities and their product line. Tag creates custom facility fabricated panels that are step code and Passive House ready.

Food and drinks will be provided at the event.

About TAG Panels

Aiming for a net positive environmental impact, Tag Panels focuses on producing high-performance buildings through waste-reducing practices and the use of low embodied carbon materials. Crafted in a warm, dry facility, these panels exemplify quality craftsmanship and air-tight construction principles.

The integrated design process plays a pivotal role in ensuring a streamlined operation, ultimately advancing project timelines. The overarching goal is to contribute to a carbon-negative construction industry by intertwining sustainable initiatives with a Kaizen philosophy, fostering continuous improvement and environmental responsibility.


Events and information about the Sea 2 Sky wood network can be found online here

🌲 S2S as as part of the TWIG Network is made possible through the efforts of Lenny Rubenovitch

Timber Tech Connect

February 13th, 5:30 - 7:30
Concept Lab, 397 W 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Timber Tech Connect offers an up-close look at the latest innovations in timber design and the individuals driving progress in wood-based design, engineering, architecture, and construction. Through these events, our aim is to provide a platform for networking, learning, and exploring the possibilities of Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA), sustainability and low carbon construction, building systems and the overall methodologies of timber construction.

This event will feature a presentation from UBC's Dr. Haibo Feng - Assistant Professor in the Department of Wood Science, and some research presentations from students under Cristiano Loss. Alongside this we will hear updates from Brandon @ Concept Lab on some ideas for moment connected CLT panels that they have been working on with UNBC.

Dr. Haibos presentation will cover the following topics.
  • The quick review of Vancouver embodied carbon guidelines and impacts to wood industry
  • The current status of LCA/EPD calculations in timber suppliers in Canada
  • The tall wood building design challenges and the research going on UBC sustainable built environment lab
  • Next step for zero carbon timber building designs
Additionally there will be some research presentations from students under Dr. Cristiano Loss at UBC and we will hear updates from Brandon @ Concept Lab on some ideas for moment-connected CLT panels that they have been working on with UNBC.

$20 - Food and drinks will be provided.

Register +

🌲 TTC is made possible through the efforts of Brandon Sullivan @ Fast + Epp Concept Lab

UBC Workshops + Events


Mass Timber - Design for Manufacturing and Assembly Workshop (DFMA)


February 8, 2024 - February 10, 2024

Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) is a design approach that focuses on ease manufacture and efficiency of assembly. In North America, due to the fragmented nature of construction whereby the designers, engineers, manufacturer, and contractors all work independently, the bridging of the knowledge gap will help improve the success rate of projects. DFMA will improve projects by reducing time, waste, cost and labour, while increasing quality and efficiency.

This 3-day hands-on workshop will be a lecture/design/build format. It will be led by UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) and UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) faculty and staff. The expertise from industry leaders in design, engineering, fabrication, and installation will also be called upon to discuss lessons learned in mass timber construction. Participants will be guided through the process of designing mass-timber projects with the consideration of manufacturing technologies.

The use of digital technology in design and manufacturing are aiding the realization of mass-timber projects. The participants will be supported through a design-build exercise utilizing Computer Aided Design (CAD) software for design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software for manufacturing of components. The project will culminate with the fabrication of components and the assembly of a mass-timber structure.

For more information, please contact Jason at 604 822-0082 or by email at jason.chiu@ubc.ca

DFMA Workshop Description

Link to the workshop on the CAWP site


Photo taken on the last day of the DFMA workshop 1.0

Kiln Drying Seminar

May 27 - 31st - 9:00 to 5:00

Essentials of Wood Drying

A 5-day comprehensive, hands-on introduction to drying technology taught from a practical, real-life perspective and backed with solid explanations into the scientific background of drying.
This highly-regarded workshop discusses the key processes and concepts involved in drying wood. Beginning with wood properties and moisture movement, students become familiar with kiln design considerations, drying schedules and kiln loading considerations. Other topics include drying with air, drying degrade, lumber storage and handling, control systems and power plants.

Visit the link to download the course PDF and to register for the workshop.


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Job Postings

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Explore the world of wood craftsmanship with Rangate Woodworking Solutions. Rangate specializes in delivering wood process equipment, supplies, and consulting services to the joinery and prefab construction industries.

Project Manager
This full-time Project Manager role at Rangate involves developing, managing, and executing internal and client projects. We seek an immediate contributor with a minimum of two years of project management experience, particularly with a strong mechanical aptitude. The role encompasses diverse responsibilities, including product design, sourcing, marketing, development, documentation, support, maintenance, and enhancing customer experiences. The ideal candidate should have a positive mindset, effectively manage risks, and contribute as a leading team member. Reporting to the Company Operations Officer, this position collaborates closely with the Technical Development Manager and Design Engineer.

Design Engineer - Mechanical
We seek an experienced designer with high degree of mechanical experience in powered and non-powered motion mechanics, including pneumatics and hydraulic systems, detection and feedback controls, and ancillary devices. An ideal candidate will communicate a timely, compliant, (re)engineered product to fabrication. This position reports to the Technical Development Manager and works closely with the Company Operations Officer, Product Engineer, and Project Manager.

About Rangate
Rangate North Woodworking Solutions Inc. has established its presence in the solid-wood processing marketplace by adhering to a core motto of Knowledge, Products, Connect. The company's success is evident in its emphasis on teamwork, a customer-centric approach, the delivery of uncompromising products, flexible business processes, and robust financial acumen. As Rangate expands its organization, it aims to build stronger brands and undertake new projects, introducing added responsibilities, programs, and opportunities. The company remains dedicated to maintaining capability and quality as foundational principles in its product and project deliverables.

More Info+

TWIG Futures

This space is dedicated to updates from the ongoing collaboration between TWIG and the British Columbia Organizational Design Network (BCODN). TWIG is participating in the Building Community Organization mentorship program, an initiative nurturing the growth of BC community organizations.

Our team right now is working on stakeholder mapping, identifying all the people and organizations within the network that influence TWIG and that we impact. We are reviewing our mission and purpose and looking bigger to see if our path forward grows beyond BC. It's an exciting next step for us as we gain a better understanding of who our network is and what are the unique relationships are within them.

We extend a warm invitation for you to join our continuous conversation, reaching out to individuals passionate about organizational development. Whether you bring expertise in board governance, organizational leadership, or offer vital services beneficial to Non-Profits, your time and energy are pivotal during this crucial evolutionary phase in TWIG's progress.

If this resonates with you and you are passionate about our mission, we would love to hear from you. Please reach out and connect with us at info@twigbc.ca, and we can schedule a call to explore your interests and time commitments.

Got an idea?

Do you have a concept, product, or prototype that you want to realize? TWIG can work with you to make this happen with financial support through The Wood First Program. Carried out through the Center for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) and its team of technical staff, we are able to provide an array of support on various wood-based projects.
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