June 2024 Edition
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The Wood Innovation Group

Welcome to the TWIG Newsletter! We're working to help shape the future of the value-added wood products industry. Our events and programming provide a dynamic platform for professionals to connect, learn, and share innovative ideas. Our newsletter is dedicated to those interested in using creativity and design to transform wood into finished products while blending tradition with cutting-edge technology.

Your voice matters. If you have events, projects, or ideas to share, reach out to us at info@twigbca.ca


June 5, 6:00 - 8:00
R&B Ale & Pizza House, 1-54 E 4th Ave, Vancouver
Free | By Donation

The Vancouver group meets as usual, exploring local craft breweries in the city More Info+

Tour - Create Makerspace

June 5, 6:00 - 8:00
Create Makerspace, 39449 Queens Way #1, Squamish
Free | By Donation

The TWIG network in Squamish comes together for its second tour More Info+
**All of the up-to-date TWIG events can be found online at twigbc.ca/events/


Greetings TWIG Community,

As we transition into the summer months, our event calendar slows down, and we gear up for planning future events in the fall. However, our popular Wood-First-Wednesdays will continue throughout the summer, offering you a chance to enjoy some sunshine on a patio after work. Be sure to mark your calendars and stay tuned for events coming your way later this year.

At TWIG, we're always looking for fresh ways to connect with our community, providing relevant and engaging events that are informative and inspiring, helping you expand your network. This year, we made some changes by expanding our networks from one to three and introducing our Timber Tech Connect series. Additionally, we reintroduced our online series, starting with Urban Machine and Urban Jacks, for the first time since the pandemic, testing the waters for potential future events. We've seen great success with our tours in the past, and we're exploring ways to invite you into shops and spaces to further enrich the TWIG experience.

We want to hear from you if you have a project, space, or idea you're passionate about. Whether it's showcasing your work, hosting a tour, presenting on innovation, or collaborating on an event, we're here to support you and help amplify your impact. Contact us with your ideas, and let's do something together.

With forest-felt regards,
Patrick Christie and The TWIG team

Sea 2 Sky Wood Network

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June 5th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
39449 Queens Way #1, Squamish
Free | By donation

For our next S2S event, we are being hosted by the folks at Create Makerspace. Owner Oscar Radevsky will speak about the business, along with a presentation from cabinet maker Burke McGuinness of Burke Woodworks.

Create Makerspace is on a mission to create a well-equipped, accessible, inclusive community hub that makers and innovators can use in the following ways:

Business - to support artisans and aspiring creatives with the tools and space they need to thrive, including a retail store where they can sell their products. We also cater to companies looking to develop products through rapid prototyping.

Recreation - to enable hobbyists and community groups to congregate, work on and develop their passions in a supportive, safe and inspiring environment.

Education - to facilitate workshops, classes and knowledge sharing for the community.

TWIG Futures

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

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 info@twigbc.ca, 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.