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Momentum building for Canada Woodworking West coming Oct. 2-3

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Canada Woodworking West is returning to Abbotsford, B.C.

Canada Woodworking West is returning to TRADEX in Abbotsford, B.C. for its third edition Oct. 2-3.
As Western Canada’s largest woodworking machinery and supply show, this event welcomes thousands of secondary woodworkers from across British Columbia and Alberta. In just six years, Canada Woodworking West has earned a solid reputation as the region’s can’t-miss event for the secondary woodworking industry. 
“Momentum is building for this year’s show and we are pleased to have a leading group of businesses joining the ranks of our exhibitor list,” said Mike Neeb, show manager. 
“The visitor experience is our priority for the upcoming event with a full schedule of informative seminar sessions.”
The seminar schedule is available on the show’s website, and include the following:

· Process optimization: from reducing dependence on sanding to transitioning towards Industry 4.0
Julie Cool, Ph.D., UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing
This talk will focus on process optimization; how to reduce dependence on sanding prior to coating or glue application, and what is Industry 4.0 and how to start adopting its principles. The discussion will be drawn from research and industry experience.

· Want retention? Think culture. 
Amrita Bhogal, Sunrise Kitchens
Presented by Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association (CKCA)

It feels as if our industry has been stuck in an era where product was the only table discussion. It’s time to hit refresh and begin to adjust our company values, culture and engagement to result in retention. Let’s all work together to give our employees the best workplace possible to grow and improve as individuals and as an organization.  

· Are you a spider or a wolf?
Dominic Rubino, CabinetMakerProfitSystem
When it comes to marketing, what kind of approach do you take to business? Are you a spider or wolf? Both are very effective hunters - but both work very, very differently. Where a spider spins a web, drawing everything to the center- a wolf ranges far and wide to find what it needs and… well – you know… It’s the same thing with your marketing.

· Recruiting a workforce is challenging
Richard Lipman, Wood Manufacturing Council
With workforce issues top of mind, the Wood Manufacturing Council has developed a “Pre-Employment Skills Program” that both recruits and introduces entry level and higher level individuals across the county. The WMC will present a model showcasing “Successful Recruitment, delivering Pre-Employment Skills including “Workplace Essential Skills” that prepares individuals for positions within the secondary woodworking industry.
Canada Woodworking West has once again been endorsed by regional industry leaders including UBC - Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association (CKCA), and the Wood Manufacturing Council.



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