The Canadian Wood Development Council was founded in 1959 as a federation of 18 eastern and western forest product associations. The purpose of the Council was to “join in the U.S. National Wood Promotion Council of publicity, advertising and information distribution, to establish better liaison with U.S. counterparts, and to expand the markets for wood through representation on various building code and specification committees and by supplying technical information”.
In 1965, the association’s name was changed to the Canadian Wood Council. And shortly thereafter the objectives of the CWC were reoriented to emphasize technology rather than promotion” with increased focus on education and communication.
1.2 What is the Canadian Wood Council
The Canadian Wood Council represents the Canadian wood products industry through a national federation of associations.
The Mission of the Council is to expand market access and increase demand for Canadian wood products through its work in codes, standards, regulations and education.
The geographic focus of the Mission is North America. Work in support of Canadian wood products internationally is done subject to member’s approval and the availability of additional dedicated resources.
The Council produces technical information about wood products and communicates it to the building and academic communities to ensure knowledge is transferred and target audiences are educated about wood as a superior building product.