Call for Interest: BWA Pilot Digital Adoption Project 2020

Hello Everyone, Recent transitions in Ottawa under the forestry innovation file have indicated there may be some funding program announcements early in the new year. The BWA wants to be ready to submit a proposal for a pilot project for our members for digital automation adoption (3.0) and Industry 4.0 connectivity projects. Please respond to this […]


BWA features continuous improvement at Windmill Cabinets for Plant Focus Tour

On November 21st, members of the Bluewater Wood Alliance attended the Plant Tour Focus Group at Windmill Cabinets located in Chatham, Ontario. The 40,000 sq. ft. facility opened its doors to the BWA and focused the group challenge around its product flow and the layout of the facility.   “We are looking for opportunities for continuous improvement, […]


BWA members get insiders view on TPS with seminar and plant tour

On November 18th, members of the Bluewater Wood Alliance attended the Cambridge Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) tour, which included a 2-hour seminar on the world-renowned Toyota Production System (TPS).  Attendees started with an in-depth guided tour of both the North and South Plant to see all aspects of production from stamping to final roll […]


Bluewater Wood Alliance at Doma Doors Mfg. Ltd.

Thursday, October 9th, 2019 the BWA facilitated a Plant Tour Focus Group of 35,000 sq. Ft Doma Doors Ltd. located in Mississauga. Plant Tour Focus Groups strive to spur innovation among wood companies by allowing the host company to showcase what they do well as a manufacturer as well as address the current challenge they […]


Bluewater Wood Alliance presents at sold out event – Manufacturing Matters 2019

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019, Mike Baker, Executive Director of the BWA, delivered an informative discussion on the state of Wood Industry 4.0 adoption and Innovation Networks at the sold-out event – Manufacturing Matters 2019. Manufacturing Matters is an annual event hosted by the London Economic Development Corporation & London Region Manufacturing Council.  The event features […]


Quarterly Networking Event – Export Readiness Series – September 26th

Export Development: Removing the risk; expanding markets Canada is widely regarded internationally for its high-quality wood products. Our expertise opens the doors to exporting, but exporting has its own set of challenges. Guest speaker Lucian Mihett, Export Development’s Senior Account Manager, and an experienced commercial banker discussed how to access capital, de-risk international sales, and take advantage […]

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BWA Sales Training – How to align sales strategies with customer expectations

September 18, 2019, the BWA hosted its Sales Training Event – An Export Readiness Series in Milton, ON and hosted by the President of Sandler Training Milton, Andrew Wall.  Small & medium size companies may not always have the time and resources to train their sales staff in house on effective selling techniques and it […]

Mike Baker, BWA’s Executive Director invited panelist at Africa Forum Toronto Sept 13th!

Dates: September 13-15th, 2019 Location: Ontario Investment and Trade Centre 250 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 2L7 To learn more visit The Forum, with the theme: Seizing Africa’s Opportunity for Progress will create a platform for both public sector, corporate leaders and academia to exchange ideas about Africa’s growth journey and the importance of innovating for Progress. As Canada’s only Porterian industry-led […]

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BWA Lean Leadership: To Export Readiness – paves the way for success! 

Thursday, August 29th marked an exciting new phase with the first BWA Lean Leadership: To Export Readiness Training Event at EDC’s Kitchener location: EDC Export Growth Hub. Is leadership a topic that resonates with you and your company? Do you have a struggle with getting new ideas implemented? Are you not sure what methods to […]