(Above) Andrew Wall is leading the online four-part digital prospecting sales training series.
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BWA Newsletter – Economist Forecast & Leadership Skills

BWA takes a high-level look at economic activity and launches a 12-part Leadership Series and continues with Online Sales Training!

Forecasting economic activity is part science and an art form. It aids in strategic planning in business operations, finances, and development. Stepping outside the sphere of such a tumultuous economy can help us see the bigger picture. On May 27th, the BWA brought in EDC’s Deputy Chief Economist, Stephen Tapp, to present on the Global Economic Outlook.Click here to access the event recording WATCH THE EVENT AGAIN BY CLICKING ABOVE!

Using many economic data sets including our current state of global trade Tapp presented various scenarios of outcomes Canadian wood manufacturers can anticipate, including GDP recovery scenarios, manufacturing trends leading up to COVID, historical economic shocks, and the positives and negatives that come from those shocks.

“my estimates are 3 million Canadians are forced to work from home…[with our real-time data] it’s not obvious to me we have hit rock bottom yet” – Stephen Tapp, Deputy Chief Economist, EDC

Tapp also provided a data analysis as to whether we have hit the bottom of the economy and discussed opportunities arising from our changing economy.

Stephen Tapp, EDC Deputy Chief Economist, speaking about the pandemic's economic impact on the wood industry.

(Above) Stephen Tapp, EDC Deputy Chief Economist, speaking about the pandemic’s economic impact on the wood industry.

Barry Reid of LMI returned to discuss leadership through challenge and crisis and addressed how we can manage priorities and time most effectively. Have you ever struggled with finding enough time in the day? Or wonder, where did the time go? Reid presented a tool to uncover those pernicious events that rob leaders and managers of their valuable time. Reid examined vital elements that are synonymous with success and how each contributes to the realization of success.

Did you know? The BWA is launching a 12-part Leadership Series starting June 24th!  
Do you have managers on your team who have yet to achieve their full leadership potential? Click here to learn more about this training event! This training qualifies for COJG funding.

(Above) Barry Reid of LMI speaking on how great leaders effectively manage and master time and results.

(Above) Barry Reid of LMI speaking on how great leaders effectively manage and master time and results.

“Before you can lead and manage others, you must learn to lead and manage yourself.” – Barry Reid, LMI. 

Further ongoing activities, the BWA is continuing to host our four-part series for digital sales and prospecting. Two sessions have concluded with real-world and practical approaches to connecting and prospecting in the new post-COVID digital era.

(Above) Andrew Wall is leading the online four-part digital prospecting sales training series.

(Above) Andrew Wall is leading the online four-part digital prospecting sales training series.

Did you know!
This four-part series provides valuable knowledge on digital prospecting and a platform to practice and test out the attitudes, behaviors, and techniques and build a successful sales process.


If you are now finding out about this event or would like to upskill your sales teams or your skills – contact the BWA for more information on how we can deliver this course again for you.

Did you miss or do you want to watch this video conference event again?
Click here to watch past Online Roundtable COVID-19 Events!
Please contact us with all of your questions and concerns.

Mike Baker
Executive Director

Bluewater Wood Alliance
e: [email protected]
p: 226-668-5455


Ryan Tabone
Program Coordinator/Advisor

Bluewater Wood Alliance
e: [email protected]
p: 226-808-7585


Tara Davey
Program Administrator 

Bluewater Wood Alliance
e: [email protected] 
p: 519-270-7141


 


There is strength in numbers.

Andrew Wall of Sandler Training presenting
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Digital Prospecting: An essential practice in an online world – but which method to employ?

It is perhaps safe to say how we interact online in business is now the new normal for the foreseeable future. Online meetings, collaborations, planning, and prospecting – all saw a dramatic shift from the fallout of COVID-19 and a changing economy.

On May 14th, the Bluewater Wood Alliance brought forth an online event featuring Retooling Sales in a post-COVID-19 World. The event stemmed from strong feedback from the recent polling of wood manufacturers and suppliers.

The event featured a highly interactive and collaborative discussion with Andrew Wall, President of Sandler Training Milton, on maximizing effective digital prospecting. Utilizing digital breakout sessions, the event explored various tools salespeople can benefit from in their customer interactions online. How has your company shifted gears to adapt? What changes have you made to connect with your prospects digitally?

The online event also included a brief segment on what companies can do to manage risk, whether you are open for business or are on a temporary shut down.

Alex Bilik of Cowan Insurance presents.

Alex Bilik of Cowan Insurance & Connie Rowley of WOODsure presented on several easy to implement tips to save on insurance as well as highlight cautious measures companies should think about during the shutdown. The presentation included examples of historical black swan and grey swan events that showed business insurance challenges that may arise in these times.Connie Rowley of WOODsure present.

Want to watch this video conference event again?
Head over to the BWA member’s login page for all our video library content!

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BWA Newsletter – Staying aligned with updates!

By popular demand, April 29th saw the Bluewater Wood Alliance bring back a recap and status update on the Emergency Response Act (ERA) as well a document to help companies assert that they are an essential business* with common language wood companies can use creating consistency across our wood sector.

The BWA, also through strong feedback from our previous event, brought forth a discussion on various funding programs available at the Provincial level and the Federal level.

Edward Snetsinger of Sherrard Kuzz LLP returned to discuss, and disseminate the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Canadian Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB), an understanding of ESA job-protected leaves, and concluded with time for Q&A.

(Above) Edward Snetsinger of Sherrard Kuzz LLP presenting on Employment Law and Emergency Act Subsidies and Benefits

Snetsinger shared with the group information on how CERB has been amended to replace EI benefits for a revised period, how businesses are eligible for CEWS, pre-crisis remuneration, and the qualifying conditions. As well as an understanding of how to calculate revenue reduction to qualify and what employees are eligible for subsidies and CERB.

In the true spirit of a cluster organization, Snetsinger, in partnership with the BWA, created an industry-first standard language certificate of essential business* – brought forth by the request of a BWA manufacturing member.

Following Snetsinger’s discussion, the online event continued with guest speaker Stephen Smith of the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade (MEDJCT).

The programs and funding discussed by Smith enabled everyone attending the event to go into the details of how businesses can qualify and what criteria they should be focusing on strategically for optimal success with their applications for funding programs.

(Above) Stephen Smith, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT) presenting on funding programs

Programs ranged from incentivized innovation to assist in generating more sales in export markets.

Additionally, funding for training has been extended through the Canada Ontario Jobs Grant (COJG), and with that, it brings many opportunities to build up and educate a company’s workforce.

(Above) Mike Baker of the Bluewater Wood Alliance presenting on Industry 4.0 & BWA’s Buying Group

The online event concluded with BWA’s Executive Director, Mike Baker, presenting on how our wood industry is in a phase of continuing transformation with Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 is described as a market shift of how manufacturers are progressing towards the interconnectivity of technology and data links. This shift is rapidly advancing the speed, efficiency, effectiveness, and impact of manufacturers’ products and services.

Following Industry 4.0, Baker provided an update and insight into the next phase of development for the BWA’s Buying Group. The group is in the early stages of developing its committee and analysis of the data already collected from the various wood industry purchasing categories from wood manufacturers all across Southwestern Ontario.

For those interested in participating and tapping into the buying power of the group, contact the Bluewater Wood Alliance to find out more.

Want to watch this video conference event again?  Login to the members-only area for all our video library content! 

Mike Baker 
Executive Director, Bluewater Wood Alliance 

Cell: 226.668.5455
e: [email protected] 

It remains unclear if we are approaching the zenith of this health crisis or in this for a long battle. Working together to survive this challenge is something we can all benefit from.  Let’s keep our wood industry strong together, facing each challenge as one.

There is strength in numbers. 

*Essential Business downloadable pdf letters are being provided for our members who have deemed themselves to be exempt from the mandatory closure of non-essential businesses and therefore permitted to continue to operate. The BWA makes no representations regarding any member’s ability to do so and encourages each member to seek independent legal advice.

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BWA Online Roundtable COVID-19 Events Recap!

April 15thwood manufacturing businesses, suppliers, community partners all came together for a large online roundtable discussion to talk about the C.E.R.B, wage subsidy, legislation, essential businessesand what framework companies can operate in. 

As a follow up to the April 15th event that carried with it over 100 participants – the BWA returned the following week on April 22nd to recap C.E.R.B, wage subsidy, and included a discussion on the increased stress in the workplace and tools that can empower great leadership to meet those challenges. 

Throughout these online discussions and talks, the BWA has created the digital space for everyone in our industry to come together to speak, shareand listen in real-time with industry experts. 


(Above) Various attendees on BWA’s online roundtable discussion 

Sundeep Gokhale and Edward Snetsinger of Sherrard Kuzz LLP Employment & Labour Lawyers were able to provide a great deal of information and insight to the Ontario legislation, the rules, interpretations of the legislation, and how businesses can unpack all that information to help equip them with important answers. 

Some common questions revolved around the C.E.R.B., wage subsidyand communicating with employees and the various situations employers are experiencing regarding compensation and earnings. 

Guest speakers Sundeep Gokhale and Edward Snetsinger of Sherrard Kuzz LLP Employment & Labour Lawyers contacts can be found at the end of the article. 

 (Above) Lucian Mihet – Senior Account Manager, SWO  EDC, discussing the latest news on Financial Relief 

Following the legal and essential business discussion, there was an opportunity to hear from Lucci Mihet of Export Development Canada (EDC) on new developments with financial relief resources available to businesses. EDC, now having been granted domestic powers, can service businesses that are not exporting companies of products/services. 

Carrying forward on April 22nd’s online discussion, Barry Reid of Leadership Management International (LMI) spoke with everyone about how the best leaders around the world and through time, share a certain mix of attributes that have stood the test of time. In light of the health crisis, it is easy to understand that many individuals are under an elevated level of stress and that stress can affect work performance and family life.  Barry brings many years of leadership training, resources, techniques, and forward-thinking perspectives to empower individuals and companies to greater success. 


The BWA also recently rolled out a
 
new online discussion platform to enable a central location where questions, answers, resources, and more can be found. It is much more functional than software like WhatsApp groups and not at all like Facebook and helps manufacturers and suppliers streamline their communications across Ontario’s wood manufacturing sector. 

 
(Above) Screen capture of newly launched online discussion platform for the BWA 

The Bluewater will be continuing to gather feedback from the wood manufacturing community and welcomes suggestions on what businesses want to hear about and what they want answers to. 

Contacts for recent guest speakers: 

Sundeep Gokhale 
Sherrard Kuzz LLP, Employment & Labour Lawyers
Direct 416.603.6246 
 
Cell 416.347.9459

Main 416.603.0700
 
24 Hour 416.420.0738

[email protected] 

Edward W. Snetsinger 
Sherrard Kuzz LLP, Employment & Labour Lawyers
Direct: 416.603.6245
 
Cell: 416.452.1864
 
24 Hour: 416.420.0738

[email protected] 

Barry Reid 
Leadership Management International (LMI)
Direct:
 905.745.0657 
[email protected] 

 The lines of communication have never been easier to access and tap into. The challenges ahead are uncertain, but it is something that can be addressed together. No longer is it a requirement to do this alone 

Join us for our next event; details can be found at www.bluewaterwoodalliance.com

There is strength in numbers.

 

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BWA – Challenging times met with new online connectivity

In recent weeks, we have all seen the rapid and devastating effects of the COVID-19 virus and its impact on the lives of everyone around the world and businesses alike.  Every week, information is changing and evolving, and companies are left grappling with how to cope with this new environment.

Zoom Screen

Figure 1. Some of the 50 + attendees on BWA’s online discussions with wood manufacturers, suppliers, industry experts & provincial government stakeholders. 

Recently the BWA has been ramping up services to provide a transformed digital landscape for wood manufacturers, suppliers, industry experts, and government stakeholders to come together to discuss, network, and help answer questions we are all sharing. Over 50 individuals attended the March 31st online roundtable discussion, so the BWA quickly responded with a follow-up event on Monday, April 6th.Figure 2. Lucian Mihet, Export Development Canada (Above) discussing Financial Relief resources

Figure 2. Lucian Mihet, Export Development Canada (Above) discussing Financial Relief resources

April 6th’s online discussion brought forth information on Financial Relief and Health & Safety from Export Development Canada (EDC) and Industrial Safety Trainers (IST).  For the first time in its 75-year history, EDC has domestic powers to support businesses that are not exporters financially.

Senior Account Manager, Lucian Mihet of EDC was online with the BWA to discuss a variety of financial resources now available to assist businesses and answer essential questions manufacturers are left wondering amidst the health crisis.

Also joining the discussion was President of Industrial Safety Trainers, Randy Dignard, who presented on how workplace regulations stand up to the Emergency Response Act.  Many manufacturers are asking what constitutes essential businesses, how they can keep their workers safe, and what they can do in their companies to create a safe environment.

Figure 3. Randy Dignard, Industrial Safety Trainers (Above) discussing the topic of Health & Safety surrounding COVID-19

Figure 3. Randy Dignard, Industrial Safety Trainers (Above) discussing the topic of Health & Safety surrounding COVID-19

Already as this article is being written, the BWA is preparing for another online discussion. This time it will include Employment and Labour Lawyers to discuss and answer questions surrounding the health crisis and your business.

Additionally, the BWA has now launched an online discussion platform where members can now privately share resources, connect to discuss, and network in an environment that sets itself apart from the nuisance of social media platforms.  Members were given a video introduction to the platform, and many are already quickly signing up.

Figure 4. Screen capture of BWA's new online discussion platform for its members

Figure 4. Screen capture of BWA’s new online discussion platform for its members

All video discussions and information from these online events are now available to be watched again on the BWA’s new online discussion network and our members’ login page on www.bluewaterwoodalliance.com

The BWA will continue to bring forward discussion opportunities via video conferences and include experts to help companies get answers to pressing questions they have for their businesses. Check back on our website for up to date information on the next event and reach out to us with your questions. If you are a member of the BWA, make sure you join our new online community! Contact us directly, and we will send you the link to join.

Mike Baker
Executive Director

Bluewater Wood Alliance
e: [email protected]
p: 226-668-5455

Ryan Tabone
Program Coordinator/Advisor

Bluewater Wood Alliance
e: [email protected]
p: 226-808-7585

Tara Davey
Program Administrator 

Bluewater Wood Alliance
e: [email protected] 
p: 519-270-7141

There is strength in numbers.

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BWA Sales Training – Selling Quality & Selling Smart!

Last week on March 4th, the Bluewater Wood Alliance held our BWA Sandler Training Milton – Sales Workshop: To Export Readiness with President of Sandler Training Milton, Andrew WallThe event was a day full of information on how your business can sell smarter instead of working harder.   

“In sales, if you look, act and sound like your competition there is only one way your prospect will decide… and that’s price – is that really what you want?” – Andrew Wall, President of Sandler Training Milton

There was no shortage of content as Wall went on to educate and train by touching on topics such as proper time management with prospects; selling techniques; software tools to manage sales; sales cycles; qualifying time; managing outside sales; calculating key sales ratios, and re-evaluating where our sales focus should be. 

“I really, really like the style of teaching and the way that he made all the knowledge he was trying to get to us try to relate to our business. Also, I didn’t realize all the things I was going to learn today until I came here today.  (One of the many things) he (Andrew) was teaching us was ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’. His style of teaching was very easy to relate to and actually understand.” – BWA Member & Sales Designer, CW Kitchens

Wall addressed the importance of exploring new markets and contacts so local businesses can think about expanding market share in this global economy that is continuing to reach beyond borders. 

Above: Andrew Wall, President of Sandler Training Milton looks on.

Those who attended the event also got to workshop in teams to evaluate sales interaction processes and practiced cultivating language that revealed sales opportunities and exposed the tire-kickers. 

How much time are you developing relationships with architects and builders and new markets outside your country?  Do you have networking time allocated in your calendar at regular intervals? 

Whether your sales are steady, or you wish to raise the bar, this training event helps businesses evaluate their current methods and shows proven methods to help empower their sales forceDon’t let complacency of contentment be your hidden enemy. 

Think about it this way as renowned author Dr. Stephen Covey once said: “To achieve goals you’ve never achieved before, you need to start doing things you’ve never done before.” 


Capture the market share you want today with the BWA’s Sales Training program. 

Are you interested in learning more about: Sales, Health and Safety,  Lean Manufacturing,  and Leadership  to boost your company’s competitive edge?

Can’t wait for the next training event?   Would you rather have the BWA’s trainers come to your facility?  We can do it! 


If you would like more information about when the next Health and Safety & the Law event is happening, please contact: 

Tara Davey
Program Administrator
Bluewater Wood Alliance
e: [email protected] 

Sign up today to the Bluewater Wood Alliance and get yourself a seat at the table. 

Together we are strengthening Ontario’s wood manufacturing future. 

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Health & Safety and the Law: Are you sure you’re in the know on H&S?

Recently the BWA launched its brand-new Health and Safety Program for the wood industry!

The first event in the series was Health and Safety & the Law and took place on March 4th, 2020 in Kitchener. It was an information-packed event providing attendees with a comprehensive understanding of what supervisory roles need to be aware of, a clear understanding of their legal requirements, as well as how to employ their due diligence and responsibilities.

Ted Conners, of Industrial Safety Trainers, was there as the BWA’s key trainer for the day. As a former woodworker and product engineer, Ted understands well the challenges and perspectives that wood manufacturing companies must work through to meet industry compliance.

(Above right) Ted Conners, BWA H&S Trainer highlighting industry data.

 

Throughout the day, attendees got to learn in-depth about how to successfully interpret the Ontario Health & Safety Act & Regulations Consolidated Edition “the Green Book Manual” and apply it to their factories.

The Health and Safety & the Law training event highlighted many high value take away points supervisors, owners, managers, and health & safety reps can use and be mindful of at their factories.

The training addressed so many topics it was challenging to fit it all in a single day! Topics included: transfer of responsibilities, what companies can to do better protect if they are ever brought to court; a safety culture at work; the counter-intuitive age range for accidents and why; a deeper understanding of legal clauses and terms; navigating human rights vs. health & safety; when the right to refuse (work) is applicable and when it isn’t and much, much more.

(Above) Ted Conners, BWA H&S Trainer, highlighting key points from OHSA Regulations Manual

 

 

 

 


“The Health & Safety seminar was very informative and helpful to me.
It was a great stepping stone to the next level of learning.  I learned how to maneuver through the Green book and learned from my peers.
Keep up the good work.”
 – Terri-Sue Clare, Diamond CNC 

The event rounded off with a quick quiz at the end to recapture the lessons learned and help instill greater awareness and knowledge from all the attendees. If you haven’t attended this training event and have ever thought it may be worth refreshing your understanding of Health & Safety in your factories, you do not want to miss the next opportunity!


Watch for our next event to be posted on the BWA’s website. 

Are you interested in learning more about: Health and Safety, Sales,  Lean Manufacturing,  and Leadership  to boost your company’s competitive edge? 

Can’t wait for the next training event?  Would you rather have the BWA’s trainers come to your facility?  We can do it! 


If you would like more information about when the next Health and Safety & the Law event is happening, please contact:

Tara Davey
Program Administrator
Bluewater Wood Alliance
e: [email protected]

Make sure you don’t miss out on the next event. Check out our event page for the latest  calendar of events  and sign up for events there too.  Want to take part in these events?  Sign up today to the Bluewater Wood Alliance and get yourself a seat at the table.

Together we are strengthening Ontario’s wood manufacturing future.

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BWA Export Round Table Report!

February 14th at EDC Growth Hub in Kitchener, BWA members came
together to discuss and share experiences in a round table discussion about their experience with exporting as well as address questions for those looking to extend their sales into export markets for the first time.

The event tackled a wide variety of topics from logistics to installations,
dealer networks and more with industry professionals of various specialties
able to weigh in on how to address these matters.

(Above) Mike Baker conducts Export discussion.


 

“I thought I got a lot of usable information and (the event) gave me more confidence to proceed.” – remarked a BWA attendee who continued on to comment about now having more contacts to help move ahead.

In a short period of time, BWA members were able to network and discuss themes that included how to effectively manage and mitigate risk; as well as available customizable financial resources to assist in exporting.

The round table event also helped manufacturers think about strategies to focus on as part of a business plan when entering new markets.

One BWA manufacturer also shared a case study on how he effectively safeguarded his material procurement with protection from available financial instruments to maximize return and minimize risk.

Other manufacturers and industry specialists shared stories and lessons learned from their past and ongoing experience in exporting – including how to effectively focus on A, B, and C prospects at trade shows.

A key take-away many enjoyed was the unmasking of what it takes to get started into exporting and learning from others what works and how they started their journey.

Export markets open the doors to a whole new host of customers and financial opportunities.  It also has the benefit of maturing a company by making it more competitive globally.

Watch for our next event to be posted on the BWA’s website.

Are you interested in learning more about health & safety, sales, lean manufacturing, and leadership to boost your company’s competitive edge?

Can’t wait for the next training event? Would you rather have the BWA’s trainers come to your facility? We can do it!

If you would like more information about when the next Export event is happening, please contact:

Tara Davey
Program Administrator
Bluewater Wood Alliance
e:  [email protected]

Make sure you don’t miss out on the next event. Check out our event page for the latest calendar of events and sign up for events there too. Want to take part in these events? Sign up today to the Bluewater Wood Alliance and get yourself a seat at the table.

Together we are strengthening Ontario’s wood manufacturing future

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Lean Leadership Rises to the Occasion

If you could change one thing in your factory, what would it be?
What is a key struggle you deal with in your business?
Electricity and expensive machines can only do so much for a company. It takes great ideas, great company culture, and a road map to guide you to your destination.

Great ideas to create a lean culture in your manufacturing operations are easy to come by, but the absence of buy-in can be a struggle to move things forward. On January 29th, 2020, the Bluewater Wood Alliance delivered a dynamic and engaging training event on Lean Leadership at EDC Export Growth Hub in Kitchener, Canada’s only business hub!

The event looked at four key areas that have a direct impact on your Lean work culture and drilled down into each area with detailed examples and video analysis the attendees could evaluate.

“The information was extremely good!”
BWA manufacturing attendee commenting after the event. 

Think bigger… 

BWA’s Lean trainers Brad Cairns and Sepp Gmeiner also showed how a lean company can align itself to manufacture for export markets by analyzing the competitive cost & time-saving advantages lean manufacturing has.

(Above) BWA Lean trainers Brad Cairns & Sepp Gmeiner teaching Lean Leadership 

(Above) BWA Lean trainers Brad Cairns & Sepp Gmeiner teaching Lean Leadership.

Are your production meetings having
the impact you wanted?

The Lean Leadership event also continued to discuss the dynamics of effective morning meetings and how to build teams that are more open to sharing and contributing.

With the many examples and discussions had at the training event, it was still important to review what makes up the building blocks of a lean environment. Attendees were able to come away with a refreshed look at the various wastes that are hidden in the factories as well as conclude the day’s event with an interactive knowledge testing game for everyone to compete in.

Top performing companies understand people are at the heart of a well-run business. When a company can marry the principles of Lean Manufacturing and having its workforce to champion the sound and time-tested principles of lean you have a recipe for success.

Watch for our next event to be posted on the BWA’s website.

Can’t wait for the next event?  Would you rather have the BWA’s Lean Training come to your facility?  We can do it!  If you would like more information about this or other aspects of the BWA, please contact:

Tara Davey
Program Administrator
Bluewater Wood Alliance
e:  [email protected]

Make sure you don’t miss out on the next event. Check out our website for the latest calendar of events and sign up for events there too.
Not a BWA member yet? Sign up today to the Bluewater Wood Alliance and get yourself a seat at the table.

Together we are strengthening Ontario’s wood manufacturing future.

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BWA Launches Production Leadership Training Event

January 15th at EDC Export Growth Hub in Kitchener, Canada’s only business hub, the Bluewater Wood Alliance launched for the first time it’s Production Leadership Training Event!

The landscape of our workforce is changing, and so is the approach to traditional management styles for a new generation of employees. But what does it take to be a leader? What are the attitudes, perspectives, and objectives that define the great managers and leaders that separate them from the rest? 

The BWA brought in Barry Reid of Leadership Management International (LMI) to address the essential components that leaders and managers need in their companies. Barry explored proven practices and habits of where motivation comes from.  The event continued on to look at how we are incentivized as human beings and also explored how we, as managers and leaders can look at the value of time and develop formulas for success. 

(Above) Barry Reid of LMI introducing the day’s event content

Another integral part of the day’s event was delineating the differences between the workforce (age) generations and what drives each successive generation. 

(Above) Emily Collins of Magnet speaking on Magnet Export Portal

BWA members also had the opportunity to learn about an exciting new online Export Portal. Emily Collins of Magnet spoke to the group about the Magnet Export Portal designed to take the time-intensive work needed to navigate export opportunities and get custom-tailored content relevant for manufacturers’ needs and more!  

Barry Reid of LMI has spent over 15 years building and developing teams in various trades, including construction, manufacturing, financial services, retail, and other public and private services. His experience ranges from strategic planning, training, and developing managers, building effective teams, and more. 

The BWA recognizes that the baby boomer’s generation is approaching retirement in the next several years, and we as a wood cluster of manufacturers need to be ready as managers and leaders to educate, communicate and lead the evolving and changing needs of the workforce. 

Watch for our next event to be posted on the BWA’s website.  

Can’t wait for the next event? 
Would you rather have the BWA’s Production Leadership training come to your facility?  We can do it! 

If you would like more information about this event and the BWA, please contact: 

Tara Davey
Program Administrator
Bluewater Wood Alliance
e: [email protected] 

Make sure you don’t miss out on the next event. Check out our website for the latest calendar of events and sign up for events there too.   

If you’re not a member, sign up today to the Bluewater Wood Alliance and get yourself a seat at the table.
Together we are strengthening Ontario’s wood manufacturing future.