Bluewater Wood Alliance is searching for a talented outgoing BWA Program Manager.

Bluewater Wood Alliance is growing and now needs a talented outgoing BWA Program Manager. Reports to: BWA Executive Director

Working in collaboration with the BWA Executive Director (ED) and the BWA Program Administrator (PA)

Required Skills: Exceptional communication skills (oral, written, presentation, and social), ability to develop relationships with key stakeholders and industry members, proficient using Microsoft office (word, excel, power point, and other platforms), Ability to work independently and self-managed. Knowledge and education in the wood processing industry an asset. Use of car and ability to travel in southwestern Ontario region. Ability to take initiative and problem solve. Education and experience in the wood industry an asset, but not necessary.

Areas of Responsibility:

1. Member Engagement/Retention: In strategic collaboration with the ED

  •  Regular member visits and contact to maintain member engagement with BWA activities
  • Learn member needs, trends, ideas, and opportunities to drive BWA events and activities
  • Communicate above needs and trends to ED and PA to create and drive BWA programming and projects
  • Track the above data on companies and BWA activities above using shared tools and processes
  • Utilize website and social media to engage BWA members in collaboration with ED and PA
  • Participate in member events as deemed necessary in collaboration with the ED

2. BWA Membership Development

  • Marketing and sales of new BWA memberships, with emphasis on Manufacturing members
  • Tracking of new member lead development and follow-up
  • Relationship development with potential members
  • Follow-up to attend BWA quarterly events

3. BWA Event Facilitation

  • Organize, Host and Facilitate BWA events as required in collaboration with ED and PA
  • Tracking of member attendance and activity using established processes

4. Communication

  • Posting of news articles on events and activities and updates to website and social media
  • Development of reports and tracking of member activities and data as required
  • Regular communication with BWA members, ED, PA
  • Bi-weekly reports on PM activity
  • Relationship building with key partners

5. BWA Project Management- in collaboration with ED

  •  Management of BWA projects as required
  •  Tracking of milestones and activities and requirements
  •  Facilitation of BWA member participation
  •  Work with ED in proposal application data as required

Since this is a new position with the BWA, other duties will evolve as the position expands with the demands of the cluster

If you are interested in applying for this position, send resumes with cover letter to:

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Bluewater Wood Alliance Featured in Woodworking Canada!
November 24, 2017

The Bluewater Wood Alliance continues to grow its membership and its reach. What started out as just a handful of like-minded wood product manufacturers and suppliers…. click here to read article.

Toyota Plant Tour – November 15th

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 Overview

The SMART Green Program is open to small- and medium-sized manufacturers throughout Ontario and provides assistance in the form of non-repayable grants of 50% of eligible costs up to $500,000. The program will improve the competitiveness of the Ontario manufacturing supply chain by not only delivering value to the SME-eligible manufacturers, but also by contributing to Ontario’s 2020 targets for GHG emissions reduction.

The purpose of this Program is to support investments in technology and process improvements by manufacturers which result in GHG emissions intensity reductions and/or avoidance through upgrades to process/production equipment, deliver energy efficiency, and lead to productivity improvements, which in turn lead to lower GHG emissions on per-production-unit basis; more specifically, where improvements will include new process and/or production equipment installation and associated costs to an existing facility.

For more information visit

Feel free to contact Steve Smith to discuss this program further. 

Steve Smith, MBA
Senior Business Advisor
Ontario Investment Office

Ministry of Economic Development and Growth | Ministère du Développement économique et de la Croissance
Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science | Ministère de la Recherche, de l’Innovation et des Sciences

Suite 906, 30 Duke Street West, Kitchener, ON  N2H 3W5
Tel: (519) 571-6077
Cell: (519) 670-7808


Toyota Plant Tour – October 26th

Spaces still available for the November 15th – 2 pm Toyota Plant Tour.
Book Now!


As you know, the Bluewater Wood Alliance has been facilitating export development for its members in collaboration with its government partners.

The High Point Market in High Point, NC is the largest furnishings trade show in North America: Click to visit site.
The next market is April 14-18, and a fall market Oct 14-18.

We are currently calling out to interested companies to participate in this project. Costs are subsidized to allow our members to access this important US marketplace.

If you are interested in more information please contact:

Mike Baker
BWA Executive Director


RFQ Seating & Cabinetry – Subcontract

A BWA Member is looking to subcontract out some of its production and is seeking potential vendors.

The type of work is:

  • Lounge seating parts made and assembled out of plywood
    – no finishing required
  • Healthcare cabinetry – melamine casegoods machined and assembled

Drawings to be provided later, to those who have interest, capability and capacity. Volume in dollars is $1.5 million per year. Timing is probably for the new year but is somewhat flexible.

Any interested inquiries should respond to:
Mike Baker, BWA Executive Director

Mike Baker