December 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, taking a deep dive into the origins of our industry and propelling the value-added wood sector forward. Join us as we cultivate connections, foster learning, and collectively grow in this ever-evolving landscape 🌲

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December 6th, 6:00 - 8:30
Strange Fellows Brewing, 1345 Clark Dr, Vancouver

Jumping between the breweries around Main Street and East Van, we meet on the first Wednesday of each month for a mid-week social and networking event. Meet others who work across the various wood-related industries in BC, and connect with friends and colleagues after work. More Info+

Vancouver Island Wood Network

December 6th, 6:00 - 8:00
Herald Street Brew Works, 506 Herald St, Victoria

The Vancouver Island group continues with a WFW event in Victoria at a local brewery. More Info+

Sea 2 Sky Wood Network

December 6th, 6:00 - 8:00
Howe Sound Brewing, 37801 Cleveland Ave, Squamish

A new extension of the TWIG network kickstarts in Squamish this month to bring together professionals in the Sea 2 Sky corridor. More Info+
**All of the up-to-date TWIG events can be found online at


Hello TWIG community

Greetings to our new subscribers and heartfelt thanks to those who joined us for the engaging events in November and have got connected through our local WhatsApp groups. The recent open house event at UBC CAWP on November 23 marked a significant moment as they opened their doors for the first time in 4 years, drawing a fantastic turnout from our TWIG community.

Exciting news is on the horizon as we proudly unveil the expansion of the TWIG network to Squamish, collaborating with Lenny Rubenovitch to launch the Sea 2 Sky Wood Network with the inaugural gathering at Howe Sound Brewing in Squamish.
In a pivotal moment, this month witnesses a historic initiative by the BC and Federal Governments to safeguard our ancient forests. This move not only preserves our natural treasures but also signals a shift in the industry towards utilizing 2nd and 3rd growth trees for high-value products. It's a monumental step, backed by the largest funding package in Canada’s conservation history. The journey, championed by groups like the Ancient Forest Alliance, reflects years of advocacy. For more details, the comprehensive media release can be found on their site here.

While our work at TWIG and the efforts of groups like AFA may seem separate in practice, they are inherently interconnected. As we navigate away from the reliance on high-grade old wood, our shared goal is to move beyond the model of foresty that has defined BC for the last hundred plus years. It's about reimagining how we collaborate, create, and derive value—from raw materials to finished products—setting the course for the next century of forestry in BC.

Collaborative partnerships, guided by the fusion of technology, design thinking, and integrated supply chains, are the cornerstone for unlocking enhanced value across various sectors. Promising examples, ranging from pre-fab to mass timber, are already shaping our landscape, along with the work being done through the Value Added Accelerators. Through strategic alliances and a holistic approach to forestry, this generated value has the potential to uplift communities, create new jobs and reshape our future. Together, we're charting a new and transformative path forward.

Vancouver Island Wood Network


December 6th, 6:00 - 8:00
Herald Street Brew Works, 506 Herald St, Victoria

The Vancouver Island Wood Network (VIWN) is out to support and nurture an ecosystem of wood professionals who live and work on the south island. Through participation in these monthly events, you can make connections, learn great information from other professionals, and enjoy the good company. So far this group has jumped between breweries, shop spaces, and studios - all with a focus on wood. There is already such a strong presence of wood on the island, and with these monthly events the group aims to bring people in contact with each other so they can be aware of what services, products and capacities each person offers. What makes these events work is your participation, and the people you choose to invite. You never know who's going to show up and how that person might be essential in a project you're developing.

Once you attend one of the events, make sure you join the WhatsApp group where you can stay informed about the monthly events and other activities on Vancouver Island.

Events and information about the Sea to Sky wood network can be found online here
Photo taken at the last event hosted at WorkShop by MGA

🌲 The VIWN as part of the TWIG Network is made possible through the efforts of Marc deMontigny of Toolpath Design and Donna Shaw of Live Edge Design.

Sea to Sky Wood Network


December 6th, 6:00 - 8:00
Howe Sound Brewing, 37801 Cleveland Ave, Squamish

We're thrilled to introduce the Sea To Sky Wood Network in Squamish, led by the vision of Lenny Rubenovitch from Rubenovitch Furnishings. Lenny's active participation in our Shape program over the past year has been instrumental in forging this connection and providing valuable insights into the wood community in Squamish, alongside other local initiatives.

In our discussions, it's clear that Squamish is eager for a network akin to TWIG, fostering monthly events that connect people and showcase the vibrant activities already in motion. With the rich wood history of the Sea to Sky corridor, we stand at a unique juncture to encourage collaboration and unlock the innovative potential in Squamish, propelling fresh developments and new ideas within the Value-Added wood sector.

After your participation in the inaugural event, make sure to grab a link to join the WhatsApp group, as this has become the primary means of connection for our localized TWIG networks.

Events and information about the Sea to Sky wood network can be found online here
Photo of Lenny @ IDS Vancouver taken at the TWIG booth.

UBC Workshops + Events

Online Industrial Wood Finishing Certificate Course

The UBC Certificate in Industrial Wood Finishing is designed to provide professional learners from the woodworking industry with a broad understanding of the field of wood finishing. The program involves a comprehensive review of the various dimensions of wood finishing, including wood properties, colour theory, the physical and chemical processes associated with the applications of stains and coatings, application methods; pre-treatments; coatings; application and curing equipment and automation; safety; environmental considerations; quality control and testing methods; and costs/economics. Throughout the course, workplace examples and case studies are referenced as much as possible, to provide real-world context to the discussions.

We understand that it can be difficult for technical staff and managers to take time away from a production environment to attend training. For this reason, the program is structured in two distinct parts;
  • Part 1: learn all of the theory online through our e-learning website. Requires approximately one hour per day for 12 weeks. Study at home or at work, whatever fits your schedule. Get ongoing phone and email support from an online tutor, and interact with other trainees via online discussions
  • Part 2: come to a 6-day practical session, normally in Vancouver or at an alternate facility (depending on where most participants are located). Includes hands-on practice, demonstrations from industry experts, plant tours
Program begins January 8th 2024. More details on schedule can be found in the link.


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

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 - POSTPONED

April/May 2024 - Dates TBA

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.


Job Postings

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TWIG Futures

As we venture into the next half-year, this space will be dedicated to the dynamic collaboration between TWIG and the British Columbia Organizational Design Network (BCODN). TWIG's acceptance into the Building Community Organization (BCO) mentorship program, designed to foster the growth of BC community organizations, marks a significant milestone. In the coming months, we'll be partnering with a team of two dedicated volunteer consultants, our guiding "Sherpas," as we prepare TWIG for the next stage of our journey—transitioning towards an independent Non-Profit organization. Together, we'll navigate new territories and seize emerging opportunities.

Over the next month, our team will focus on clarifying our Vision and Mission, reflecting on the last decade of our work, and distilling the essence of what makes TWIG function. With a proud history of impactful events, we are committed to their growth and expansion into various regions across BC. The journey continues with a stakeholder analysis process, mapping our course forward as we build toward the next steps.

We invite you to join our ongoing call, extending an invitation to individuals passionate about developing an organization. Whether you have experience on a board, in organizational leadership, or provide essential services benefiting Non-Profits, your time and energy are crucial in this key evolutionary stage of TWIG's development.

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 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. We already have some projects underway from this past year that will be ready to present in 2022.
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