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Montréal Wood Convention 2014:
a success across the board

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The Montréal Wood Convention 2014, held last February 19 and 20, was a resounding success with over 750 participants from North America and overseas and a trade fair with over 70 exhibitors. "The new format of the event, with conferences by renowned speakers in the morning and the exhibit hall in the afternoon, has been appreciated by the lumber industry," said Sylvain Labbé, CEO of the Quebec Wood Export Bureau on behalf of the organizing committee.

The keynote speaker, Canadian Senator and hockey legend Jacques Demers, captivated the audience during the lunch on February 19 by establishing a link between the management of a hockey team and the wood companies. "In both spheres, there are individualists who should be required to work as a team for the common good, he said, and the golden rule of a good leader is to respect his people.''

The analyst Russell Taylor, president of the International Wood Markets Group, explained how China continues its economic growth and the demand will continue to grow, sending at the same time a positive message for Canadian exporters. Stéfane Marion, chief economist at the National Bank of Canada, was cautiously optimistic about the long-term economic development of the industry. In North America, demand is good due to immigration, though for the United States, statistics show the housing starts level is not the one expected.

Within the Convention, the 2nd Canadian Wood Pellet Heating Conference, organized by the wood pellets group of the Quebec Wood Export Bureau and the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, gave a high-level program for the stakeholders of this strong developing sector.

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Sylvain Labbé
President and CEO
Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB)

André Tremblay
President and CEO
Québec Forest Industry Council
Diana Blenkhorn
President and CEO
Maritime Lumber Bureau
Jamie Lim
President and CEO
Ontario Forest Industries Association

Steve Alen
Chairman 
Ontario Wood Products Export Association

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Sven Gustavsson
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Denis Rousseau, Québec Forest Industry Council
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