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About Us

Who we are

The Wood Manufacturing Council is a non-profit corporation that works to bring together stakeholders in advanced wood processing to help collectively address human resource and skills development issues in the sector.

As the former sector council for the advanced wood manufacturing industry, we work for you. Since 2002, the Wood Manufacturing Council (WMC) has collaborated with employers, workers, educators, professional associations and government to help implement human resources solutions that will ensure the success of the advanced wood manufacturing sector.


Board of Directors

Richard Lipman, President
Wood Manufacturing Council
Jim Deslaurier, Chair
Deslaurier Custom Cabinets Inc.
Pierre Fournier, Vice Chair
President, Triangle Kitchens
Mike McClements, Past Chair
Retired Executive Dean, School of Engineering and Information Technology, Conestoga College
Peter Mate, Treasurer
President, Planit Canada
Iain MacDonald, Director
Associate Director, National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design, Oregon State University
Carla Coyle, Director
Owner, C2 Custom Furnishings Inc.
Joe Gushue
Operations Manager, Prestige Homes
Adam Hofmann
Business Development, West Bros. Furniture
Sandra Nigro
Executive Director, Modular Housing Association, Prairie Provinces


What we do


The Council's mandate is to plan, develop and implement human resources strategies that support the long-term growth and competitiveness of Canada's advanced wood products manufacturing industry and meet the developmental needs of its workforce. The Council identifies and examines the necessary skills and knowledge required to respond to changing industry needs. The Council also develops information and products to address key issues such as the shortage of skilled workers and the need for national standards for worker competencies.

 The Wood Manufacturing Council develops labour market information to help support the sector. These reports provide information on major needs and issues facing the sector, including economic factors that shape skills and labour supply and demand, the effects of skills and labour shortages, the occupations and skills that businesses need to meet their workforce needs, and strategies that stakeholders can use to develop and sustain a strong and successful workforce.

Through a variety of delivery methods, the Wood Manufacturing Council makes products, services and information available to assist the sector, to attract the right skills and enhance the skills of their existing workforce

Sector profile

The advanced wood manufacturing sector is a major contributor to Canada’s economy. It’s at the cutting edge of technology, using the latest practices and equipment to ensure efficient production that helps the sector—and the environment—thrive. Advanced engineering creates wood products from fast-growing species, and produces high-strength products from smaller trees. At the same time, the industry is able to use more of each log harvested, which means more products with less waste.

The industry is made up of five sub-sectors:

  • Furniture
  • Cabinets
  • Window and doors
  • Millwork
  • Building components, including structural engineered products and factory-built housing

A wide range of small and large businesses comprises the industry, including global brand-name companies with “household” recognition.Nonetheless, small shops and medium sized shops—employing 49 people or less—are the ‘heart’ of Canada’s advanced wood processing sector, accounting for approximately 68% of all sector businesses, according to our 2016 Labour Market Study.

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