Video: Wood Tech Summit Keynoter Subject of Best Seller

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 09/28/2012 10:47AM


The year 2009 started off very badly for the owners of Deslaurier Custom Cabinets when a New Year's Day fire destroyed much of the company's 95,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Renfrow, ON.

Denis Staples and Jim Deslaurier, Deslaurier Custom CabinetsDeslaurier Custom Cabinets President Denis Staples, left, and Manging Director Jim Deslaurier are featured in the best selling business book, "That'll Never Work: Business Lessons from Successful Canadian Entrepreneurs." Staples will deliver the October 23 keynote speech at Wood Tech Summit in Vancouver, BC. But through shear determination and will, owners Jim Deslaurier and Denis Staples, not only rebuilt their company but made it stronger than ever. So complellling is their company's rise from the ashes, that Desloaruier and Staples are profiled in the No. 1 best-selling book, That'll Never Work: Business Lessons from Successful Canadian Entrepreneur.

Staples, president of Deslaurier Custom Cabinets, will be a featured speaker at Wood Tech Summit, October 22-23 in Vancouver, BC. He will discuss his company's state-of-the-art finishing operation on the opening day's Wood Finishing Conference. He will deliver the keynote speech on day two of Wood Tech Summit, giving a personal narrative of how he, how partner and fellow employees found opportunity in tragedy to build a more modern, productive and greener manufacturing plant.

Deslaurier Custom Cabinets was up and running by the summer of 2009, producing kitchen and bath cabinets in an all-new 50,000-square-foot facility, complete with the latest CNC machining and finishing technology. The company's products are of higher quality in terms of accuracy, construction and finish. In addition, the new plant provides environmental benefits in terms of energy and waste reduction.

About Wood Tech Summit
Wood Tech Summit, a management-level conference for North American woodworking professionals, is being organized by the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at the University of British Columbia and Woodworking Network. The two-day, three-conference event will be held at Robson Square, the University of British Columbia's campus in downtown Vancouver.

Discount advance registration will close soon for Wood Tech Summit, The event includes tabletop displays from leading industry suppliers, including In-House Solutions, Masse Machinery Sales and The Sherwin-Williams Company.

Wood Tech Summit opens up with a full-day program on Industrial Wood Finishing. Day two features a choice of two dynamic programs on Plant Productivity and Growing Your Business. Attendees can choose to attend any one of the three modules or attend the Finishing Conference and choice of one of the Tuesday programs at a reduced rate.

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About the Author

Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at or follow him on Google+.

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