Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses

Government introduces Canada Emergency Response Benefit to help workers and businesses From: Department of Finance Canada Originally Posted March 25th, 2020 To support workers and help businesses keep their employees, the government has proposed legislation to establish the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This taxable benefit would provide $2,000 a month for up to four […]


BWA – COVID-19 UPDATE – Government of Ontario asking non-essential workplaces to close

As you are well aware, yesterday, the Ontario Government took new steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by asking non-essential workplaces to close. They released a list of essential workplaces that can remain open. Click here for the complete list. We just finished speaking with the MPP for Grey-Bruce, and he confirmed what appears in  #19, and #28 in the list allows […]


BWA and COVID-19 Response

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the BWA has taken several steps to assist members.  We have posted links to government services and available resources on our website. You can access them here. We are rapidly scaling up our capacity to engage members remotely. To this end, we will be conducting our first free webinars for members starting in […]

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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 Wall.  The 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 […]


BWA to postpone upcoming Quarterly Networking Event at Humber College.

To help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are postponing our upcoming Quarterly Networking Event at Humber College on March 26th, 2020. We are working with our guest speakers and community partners to reschedule. We will share the new date once we have a better understanding of the duration of this developing situation. We understand […]


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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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? […]

Year in Review Bluewater Wood Alliance!

Dear BWA members and partners: We would like to take the time to thank all of you for your ongoing engagement and support of the Bluewater Wood Alliance (BWA) Cluster! This past year had some important successes and milestones! Some quick data for 2019: 25 new member companies! 18 BWA cluster events this year! 410 […]