May 2024 Edition
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The Wood Innovation Group

Welcome to the TWIG 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


May 1, 6:00 - 8:00
Off The Rail Brewing, 1351 Adanac St, Vancouver
Free | By Donation

The Vancouver group meets as usual, exploring local craft breweries in the city. The back room at OTR is booked for the group More Info+


May 1, 6:00 - 8:00
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 277, 40194 Glenalder Pl, Garibaldi Highlands
Free | By Donation

The TWIG network in Squamish continues with a gathering at the local legion. More Info+

S2S Festool Demo Event

May 8, 5:00 - 7:00
Rubenovitch Furnishings & Co. - 37831A 2 Avenue Squamish
Free | Register+

Come join us for a hands-on evening of demonstrations showcasing the latest Festool products.

Timber Tech Connect

May 21, 5:30 - 7:30
Concept Lab , #300. 397 W 7th Ave
$20 | Register+

Join us for a knowledge-based networking event, highlighting innovations and developments from the world of timber building and pre-fab.

Revaluing Wood Waste

May 28, 12:00 - 1:00
Online Event | Free | Register+

Join us for a lunch presentation hosted in partnership with Urban Jacks focused on innovations in reclaimed wood products with guests Urban Machine sharing info about their Robotics.

Ultimate Tools Festool Experience

May 30
Ultimate Tools, 3847 1st Ave, Burnaby
Free | Register+

Discover the latest Festool innovations. Free swag, door prizes, live demos, and refreshments.
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Greetings TWIG Community,

We've got an action-packed month of May for you as you can see from our event listings above. We go into further details for some of these events below, so take your time to browse through and register for anything that sparks your interest!

In a recent announcement as part of the Homes for People plan in the 2024 BC Budget, $198 million in new funding has been allocated to BC Builds. This funding aims to expedite the development of affordable housing for middle-income individuals and families. The investment directly impacts existing wood-building and prefab companies, as well as emerging businesses across BC specializing in contemporary prefab home systems. This investment may facilitate the introduction of more prefab home systems into the market, fostering growth, innovation, and job creation while making prefab construction more mainstream. The shift towards prefab construction signifies a systemic change in the construction industry, offering advantages over traditional methods, particularly with the integration of automation, specialized technologies and the benefits of a factory setting.

These emerging building industries, such as Designed for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA), encompass Mass Timber and prefab homes, and their future adoption could significantly impact construction projects. They contribute to waste reduction, time savings on-site, enhanced precision and quality control due to factory-based construction. Moreover, they are reshaping the workforce dynamics and skill requirements, paving the way for technology-driven job opportunities that appeal to the next generation of workers, and labour work that's less taxing on the body.

Ongoing research and development efforts focus on improving various aspects of these systems, including insulation, acoustics, structural integrity, and assembly processes. Concurrently, machinery companies are developing new systems to streamline and automate construction processes, complemented by production lines tailored for building manufacturing. These advancements coincide with the implementation of new educational programs to upskill the workforce, ensuring a competent workforce ready to participate in these evolving industries.

As we witness this significant progress, while experiencing the rise and fall of companies in the sector and the emergence of new ones, it's exhilarating to anticipate the trajectory towards more sustainable construction systems and the integration of material reuse practices. This journey towards sustainability is further enriched by the utilization of local materials, local manufacturing, and local expertise to create homes for the communities they serve.

Timber Tech Connect

Timber Innovation Series - Vol 3.

May 21th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Concept Lab - #300. 397 W 7th Ave
$20 | Register+

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, we aim 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 methodologies of mass timber construction and pre-fabrication.

Jason Chiu - TWIG Organizer and Managing Director at the UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing will present findings from a recent tour to Sweden, where he visited leading manufacturers of prefabricated panelized and modular building systems as well as manufacturers of mass-timber building components.

Brandon Sullivan from Concept Lab will be sharing details of the recently announced Timber-Concrete node, launched at the International Mass Timber Conference. Timber-Concrete Node (TCN) leverages a simple kit of parts to make easy and economical connections in post & beam timber structures.

Chris Naychuk from Mitsui Homes will present on acoustical research being conducted with CAWP on a mid-ply shear wall assembly for prefab home systems.

Food and Drinks will be provided as part of your ticket.
More about Timber Tech Connect+

TWIG Monthly - Online

Revaluing Wood Waste

May 28th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Online | Free | Register+

How companies and innovators are bringing technologies and process workflows to add new value to waste wood and create new products for the market.

We are back with our first online-based event since the times of COVID when TWIG events were hosted completely online. We held 19 events online over two years where we hosted a featured guest and invited them to tell their story and share the why and how behind what they do. We have been exploring ways to bring this event back, and we are excited to host a group presenting from south of the border who are developing partnerships with BC-based companies.

Urban Jacks is a wood-based startup in Vancouver, that harvests and diverts secondary wood material giving it a new purpose. Their primary product is finger-joined lumber, which after processing is straighter and stronger than standard SPF and dimensional lumber. We met the Urban Jacks crew in their early days when they were doing some testing at UBC CAWP, and became regulars at our Wood-First-Wednesday. They recently worked with the Emily Carr Industrial Design program, supplying 3rd-year students with material for their projects.

We met Urban Machine through Urban Jacks, and we figured it would be fun to collaborate on an event and share the latest innovations in the re-claimed lumber world and host a conversation around the future of the Industry.

Urban Machine is a robotics company specializing in construction wood waste management. Using AI, camera vision, and robotics, The Machine efficiently removes metal fasteners from wood waste, reclaiming it as premium lumber for reuse in new projects. Recently Urban Machine signed an LOI with VEMA Deconstruction in Vancouver, who will receive a wood-reclaiming robot for their operations in BC.

During this online presentation, co-founder and CEO Eric Law will explain how the process reduces environmental impact and maximizes reclaimed material value. Automation keeps reclaimed lumber prices accessible, promoting sustainability and circularity. Eric will discuss opportunities for new products and project development with reclaimed lumber.

Festool Demo Events

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TWIG teamed up with the local Festool rep to learn about their Festool experiences across BC at local dealers and to collaborate on hosting an event in Squamish.

There are some tools out there, that when you add them to your production can make a significant difference in quality, time, and precision, allowing you to deliver a better value product to your customer and make your job easier. Great tools are also a pleasure to work with, making the experience for your workers better, and allowing them to perform to a higher standard.

Don't miss this opportunity to experience the Festool quality firsthand and discover how these innovative tools can enhance your projects. Mark your calendars and make your way to an event in in Squamish or Vancouver.
S2S - Festool Product Demos
May 8th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Rubenovitch Furnishings & Co. - 37831A 2 Avenue Squamish
Free | Register+

Join us for a hands-on evening of demonstrations showcasing the latest Festool products at Rubenovitch Furnishings. Meet fellow professionals and learn valuable tips and tricks from local Festool rep Brad Veinot, and sales reps from Ultimate Tools. If you have been curious about incorporating Festool into your kit or adding some new gear to your sustainer stacks then this event is for you. The tools will be powered up and scraps will be on hand for you to cut, drill and sand to test out the features of Festool's current offerings
Festool Experience
Ultimate Tools - 3847 1st Ave, Burnaby
Free | Register+

The Festool Experience is a demo day put on by Festool and local dealers. Ultimate Tools has been a key supplier of high-quality tools and supplies for woodworkers in Vancouver and beyond. Festool representatives will be present to answer all your questions about the Festool system of power tools and demonstrate our latest innovations. In addition to, participants will get a chance to win a Festool prize, receive free Festool swag items, get access to in-store species and offers and provided free refreshments.

UBC Workshops + Events

Kiln Drying Seminar

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

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.

More Info +

Job Postings

Design Engineer - Mechanical
Rangate is seeking an experienced designer with a 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 specializes in delivering wood process equipment, supplies, and consulting services to the joinery and prefab construction industries.

More Info+

TWIG Futures

Join us in our exciting mission to build a BC-wide network of Wood Professionals, through localized events and programs.

We have concluded our work with the British Columbia Organizational Design Network (BCODN) and our participation in the Building Community Organization mentorship program, an initiative nurturing the growth of BC community organizations.

We are grateful to the team of volunteer organizational designers who helped us to dig into our past and chart ourselves a path to the future as we work towards a non-profit. If your looking for support to inspire change and leadership within your organization you can explore a conversation with Elizabeth Morris and Candace Brunt.

As always we extend a warm invitation for you to join our organizational team. Whether you bring expertise in board governance, and organizational leadership, or offer services beneficial to Non-Profits, your time and energy would be invaluable to TWIG's progress and the future of the Value-added wood products industry.

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, and we can schedule a call to explore what might be possible.

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.