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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

2 Second Lean - A fun and free way to get to know the principals of Lean

Paul Akers offers an entertaining and free chance for you to learn about the principals of Lean in his book 2 Second Lean. Available in ebook and audiobook format! Before you follow the link below do you have a book on Lean Training that you've…
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Quarterly Networking Event – Recap!

The 27th Quarterly Networking Event happened last week in Walkerton, ON. We hosted over 35 BWA members providing value with presentations on Ergonomics and injury management in the workplace, FSC certification, Severance, and Termination…

Mike Baker to speak at the Wood Best Practices Forum in Vancouver BC.

Mike Baker is looking forward to speaking at the Wood Best Practices Forum June 4-6, 2018 in Vancouver British Columbia. Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Canada…

News

Ontario Wood and Government Programs

New Small Business Health and Safety Leadership Awards

We know that many small business owners work hard to keep the people who work for them healthy and safe. We are shining a light on small business leaders who make their workplaces healthier and safer – and who can inspire their peers by example.…

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…

Events

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.

Our Mission

The primary mission of this organization is to increase our members’ competitiveness by improving their know-how, raising their powers of innovation and increasing internationalization.

Our Vision

The vision is for the Alliance to lead in the management of a cluster organization in support of its members’ increased competitiveness in wood products manufacturing in Ontario.

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

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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.