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Learn about the BWA.

Bluewater Wood Alliance is a not-for-profit wood manufacturing cluster serving Southwestern Ontario, that facilitates the interests and needs of our members.

Benefits of Membership.

If you are a wood products manufacturer or supplier, then joining can benefit you. With over 100 companies working together, you will never feel alone.

Upcoming events.

Learning seminars, plant tours and networking events provide a venue for members to come together and develop strategic industry relationships.

Recent Blogs

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Bill 148 — the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act

Ontario workplace laws are changing and we’d like to hear how your company plans to handle the various adjustments packaged with this new legislation. Here is a reaction from one of our members regarding the changes this bill brings. Log in…
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Export Survey

Have you had a chance to take our Exporting Survey. Just click on the link below to fill out our quick Exporting Survey. There are opportunities for our members to explore new markets and we are here to help. By taking this short survey you…
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Wish you the very best over the holidays.

Seasons greeting everyone! The Bluewater Wood Alliance and the board of directors would like to extend best wishes of the season to all of our members, future members, government partners, and community stakeholders! As the year ends,…

News

Ontario Wood and Government Programs

Indiawood Trade Show – 2018

Hello All, As you are aware there is a wood based trade show that takes place in India each year. The upcoming 2018 “India Wood” Trade Show will take place in Bangalore between March 8 -12, 2018. More details on the show are on the following…

SMART Green Program

In the Fall 2016, CME in partnership with Government of Ontario launched a new $25 million SMART Green fund that will assist small- and medium-sized manufacturers reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and improve their energy efficiency. SMART Green Program…

The Council’s mandate is to plan, develop and implement human resources strategies that support the long-term growth and competitiveness of Canada’s advanced wood products manufacturing industry and meet the developmental needs of its workforce. Visit WMC website.

Testimonials

“The BWA, in the short time we have been a member, has been a great resource for our company.  The seminars about lean manufacturing are invaluable and have really caused me to reevaluate all our manufacturing processes.
The network meetings offer insight, information and networking opportunities that are incredibly focused and relevant.
And my favourite part is the plant tours – they are fantastic!”

Simon Lloyd, Springwater Woodcraft

“Joining the BWA 4 years ago has had a big and positive impact on my business.  Through BWA sponsored programs, we have received grants to help us develop our new website, and grow our online sales.  Also, our staff have participated in several BWA workshops, trainings and plant tours which have provided valuable insight to help us grow our business.  Personally, the connections I have made networking with other BWA members has been invaluable in achieving my business goals.

The BWA is a very well run organization and I have no hesitation in saying that any woodworking manufacturer would greatly benefit from joining.”

Bob Nadon, Upper Canada Stretchers

 “Participation in the SR&ED project helped our company to complete our claim without the use of consultants, resulting in savings worth many times the cost of our membership.”

Andrew Schuster, Crate Designs

“The BWA has been an excellent source for us.  We’ve learned things that we likely wouldn’t have picked up anywhere else, and the networking has been invaluable.  The BWA has created a sense of “community” among Ontario woodworkers, and that’s a good thing for all of us.

Loren BurnsPrecision Woodcraft

Partners

Our partners are the organizations who have had an impact on Bluewater Wood Alliance’s ability to organize, provide services and make a difference to the wood products manufacturers in Soutwestern Ontario. Learn more.