These are unprecedented times and we have made the decision to postpone our gathering on top of Whistler Mountain for the annual Global Buyers Mission (GBM). As most of you are aware, gatherings the size and international scope of the GBM have been sidelined for the foreseeable future and we are officially announcing the postponement of the GBM until September 9th to 11th, 2021.
However, this does not mean that we will not have an opportunity to engage the industry and invite international buyers to meet our Canadian suppliers to develop new business opportunities. The GBM will go virtual for 2020, with exhibits, networking activities, business meetings and educational opportunities. In this digital age, there are numerous opportunities and means to not just stay in touch but expand your business options and diversify your markets.
We are in this together, not just here in BC or Canada or North America, but across the globe. Let’s make this virtual opportunity one that exceeds our expectations for making new connections worldwide. With no travel concerns over costs and visas, we anticipate a significant increase in the number of international buyers looking to source wood products from Canada. The 2020 virtual GBM will invite the world to meet our industry suppliers! I hope you will join us in welcoming them.
Stay tuned for more details as we finalize our strategy for 2020.