Our History
The origins of the Ontario Wood Products Export Association (OWPEA) began in 2006 in response to a clear need for the development of new markets for the wood industry. After initial consultation with industry, a Steering Committee composed of representatives from federal and provincial departments, ministries, and agencies was formed to take the initial steps in establishing an export association for Ontario-based manufacturers and distributors of value-added wood products and lumber.
GGA Management Consultants (GGA) was commissioned to complete a feasibility study for the formation
of such an association. Released
in March of 2007, the feasibility
study report identified sufficient
industry support, interest, and
need to merit further consideration
for its establishment. Based on
the findings of this study, the
Steering Committee identified
potential sources of funding that
might be available to assist in
laying the foundation for this
A joint industry/government
meeting on February 21, 2008
resulted in sufficient industry
support and commitment to form
an initial board of governors and
a “core implementation team” to
develop the terms of reference
and take the proposal forward.
A formal legal entity is registered with the Ministry of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. The implementation team has identified and confirmed eight members of the board of directors, and initiated the recruiting process for a Managing Director.
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