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CHAIR'S MESSAGE

RON TU

BSIA CHAIR

VIRTUAL WAVE OF THE FUTURE

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he year 2020 has been an unprecedented one with the ongoing pandemic,
related travel restrictions and businesses in lockdown. Fortunately, and with great
perseverance, most of us in the building materials supply and distribution industry have

fared much better than others in non-essential service industries. Furthermore, many in B.C.
reported a surge in business over the first 10 months that they had not expected or planned
product supply and service to accommodate for.
To keep workers safe, businesses had to install new barriers and redesign store
configurations to meet changing health and safety regulations. Additional challenges
materialized as the demand far exceeded supply for wood fibre, affecting the supply of
framing lumber, plywood, OSB, pressure-treated wood and cedar wood products. Many
suppliers are projecting higher pricing and fibre shortages extending into next year.
In 2021, on the demand side, low-interest borrowing costs and the limited travel restrictions
should continue to inject funding into home renovation and improvement projects for at least
the springtime. By then, the promise of new COVID-19 vaccines and improved treatments may
improve consumer spending and the outlook for other B.C. service industries.
At the BSIA, we have progressively moved toward a virtual presence to service our
membership. Many of our educational, skills development and management retraining courses
are offered online, reaching more rural areas. Our BSWD program, attracting workers to start
new careers in the building materials industry, is also offered online.
This past September, we successfully launched the new 2020 BSIA Look & Learn, a
virtual conference focusing on education and professional development. The event was
co-sponsored by the BC Floor Covering Association (BCFCA) and was well attended by
members of both associations, including many architects and design professionals.
In the new year on Jan. 19, 2021, the BSIA will once again host a virtual event, Product Expo and
PK Sessions we are calling the Wave of the Future. This is not another virtual trade show, but a
webinar focusing on product knowledge where multiple BSIA vendor companies are provided a
brief time to introduce their company, contact information and their offers of innovative products
to the marketplace. Our BSIA members have requested this type of forum to provide product
knowledge to sales staff in different departments. The communication reach is far greater than just
simply providing information and pricing to their specific purchaser of multiple product categories.
Zoom conferencing, webinars and other virtual media sharing platforms are the " Wave
of the Future. " Many businesses are already integrating such means of communication and
networking into their daily information sharing, both internally and externally with other
businesses. As we emerge from our pandemic isolation and begin meeting face to face again,
this virtual form of communication will only enhance our ability to communicate with others
and extend our reach in the marketplace.
Before signing off, we would like to thank Jackie Trafton for all the years of service with the
BSIA and wish her all the best in her retirement later this year. Jackie has been an integral
part of all BSIA membership, social and planning events, and with administration of our BSIA
health care benefits program.
See you all at our next virtual event, Jan. 19, 2021, the Wave of the Future.
Stay safe and stay healthy.

Ron Tu
BSIA Chair

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CHAIR’S MESSAGE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WAVE OF THE FUTURE – PRODUCT EXPO AND PK SESSIONS
BSIA NEWS AND EVENTS
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
IN MEMORIAM
ORION AWARD PRESENTATIONS
BURSARY RECIPIENTS
TIME FOR BUILDING MATERIALS TO GO ALL-IN ON VIRTUAL SELLING
LAST WORD
BSIA’S AFFINITY PARTNER PROGRAM & BENEFITS
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES MARKETPLACE
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2021 - CHAIR’S MESSAGE
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2021 - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2021 - WAVE OF THE FUTURE – PRODUCT EXPO AND PK SESSIONS
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2021 - CALENDAR OF EVENTS
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2021 - IN MEMORIAM
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2021 - ORION AWARD PRESENTATIONS
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2021 - BURSARY RECIPIENTS
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2021 - 15
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2021 - TIME FOR BUILDING MATERIALS TO GO ALL-IN ON VIRTUAL SELLING
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BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2021 - LAST WORD
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2021 - BSIA’S AFFINITY PARTNER PROGRAM & BENEFITS
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2021 - PRODUCTS AND SERVICES MARKETPLACE
BUILDING SUPPLY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION - Spring 2021 - INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
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