Annual Gala Held in Vancouver
Mary Tracey- Executive Director, WoodWORKS! BC
Winner of the Recreational
Design Award at the Gala- the Squamish Adventure Center
Wood WORKS! BC - an initiative
of the Canadian Wood Council, whose mandate is to promote the
use of wood and wood products in non-residential construction,
held their second annual awards event in March at the Four Seasons
Hotel in Vancouver.
"The Gala brought together the wood
products manufacturer and the design and building community to
celebrate excellence in wood design," said Mary Tracey , Wood
WORKS! BC Director. Guests represented academia, industry associations,
sawmill equipment engineering firms, municipalities
and the provincial government of British Columbia.
Honours were awarded in eleven categories for design
and construction projects, as well as leaders in respective fields
who have done their part in promoting a wood culture in BC.
Interior view of the
Squamish Adventure Center
Ross Gorman, of Gorman Bros. Lumber, was honoured
with the Industry Leader Award, which acknowledges contributions
made to the expansion and future growth of the wood industry in
British Columbia. This award honours an individual or company that
stands out as an advocate for wood and helps BC realize more benefits
from its wood production.
Ross got his start in the wood products industry 55 years ago
when he and his brother started resawing lumber to make fruit boxes
for the orchard industry. From there, they moved to manufacturing
high quality boards that are now shipped around the world.
Ross Gorman has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion
and development of wood markets, the use of Canadian wood products
and fostering a wood culture in BC. In fact, his company's newly
constructed office is an outstanding example of the beauty and
utility of wood in non-residential construction.
In 1997, Gorman was recognized for a lifetime of industry leadership
in the development and promotion of Canadian wood products, and
was the recipient of the Canadian Wood Council's Paul Bunyan Award.
"The Gala is a unique event in British Columbia as it brings together
the wood products manufacturer and the design and building community
to celebrate excellence in wood design," said Mary Tracey,
BC Wood WORKS!Director.
"The forest and wood products industry
is the economic driver of British Columbia and it is important
to understand how using BC wood in our own province strengthens
the entire province's economy. Whether we are working in the
forests or in a city office, the economy of our province is integrally
tied in to the wood products industry."
Ross Gorman was nominated for the award by the Council
of Forest Industries.
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