WMS kickoff just days away
October 27, 2023 | 8:48 am CDT
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The puck drops at Canada’s largest display of industrial woodworking machinery and supplies on Thursday, November 2 at the International Centre for a three-day run. 

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Canada’s largest display of industrial woodworking machinery and supplies kicks off Thursday, November 2 at the International Centre for a three-day run. WMS is back, featuring more than 150 exhibitors who will be displaying a wide range of woodworking equipment, materials, hardware, software, supplies, and services. This marks the return of WMS, the first time since 2019, following cancellations due to the pandemic.

"Anticipation is building for WMS to make its grand return," said Tim Fixmer, President and CEO of CCI Canada, the event's owner. "A wealth of cutting-edge technologies, materials, and displays, will be making their Canadian debut," said Fixmer. View the 2023 WMS Floorplan and Exhibitor List

WMS 2023 Official Show Guide

View the 2023 WMS Official Show Guide

Live machinery auction
WMS attendees can participate in a live machinery auction on the show floor on Friday, November 3 at 3 p.m. The WMS Live Auction in partnership with Boss Auctions, will allow attendees to participate at the show or online via the auction’s website.  A professional auctioneer will conduct the auction of used, high-value woodworking machinery.

The auction will be held at the WMS Live Stage, adjacent to Taurus Craco’s booth. Taurus Craco is the parent company of Boss Auctions. The auction will occupy 5,500 square feet of the WMS show floor. In addition to Taurus Craco's bid items, equipment, materials, and supplies from other WMS exhibitors will be offered at the auction on consignment. 

A portion of the proceeds will go to SkillsCanada.Skills/Compétences Canada. The organization was founded in 1989 as a national, not‐for‐profit that works with employers, educators, labour groups, and governments to promote skilled trade and technology careers among Canadian youth. Learn more at skillscompetencescanada.com. The auction is a cooperative venture between Boss Auctions and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference and Expo. Learn more about the WMS Live Auction.

WMS Live
WMS Live is a free conference program right on the show floor. Each day of WMS Live will open with a keynote presentation including:

Thursday, Nov. 2 – “Investing in Robots; Incentivizing Employees” by Luke Elias, president of Muskoka Cabinet Co.

Friday, Nov. 3 – “Digital Integration: Industry 4.0 Roadmaps for Cabinetry, Millwork, and Furniture Manufacturers” by Mark Corker, executive director, MTechHub and Mike Baker, CEO, Wood Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario.

Saturday, Nov. 4 – “Seriously Disruptive Digital Marketing Methods” by Darrell Keezer, CEO, Candybox Marketing 

Other WMS Live highlights include:
A panel discussion on “Troubleshooting Common Wood Project Miscues” featuring members of the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada (AWMAC);

“Employee Recruitment & Retention,” a joint presentation by the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association and Wood Manufacturing Council;

Lessons learned for succeeding in the closet and storage market by a seasoned professional.

View the entire WMS Live agenda.

WMS sponsors include:

Grass Canada
Blum Canada
Marathon Hardware
Crows Nest Software
CabMaster Software
Royal City Paints
Planit Canada

The event also has the support of leading trade organizations including:

Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada - Toronto Chapter
Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association
Canadian Woodworking Machinery Distributors Association
Fenestration Canada
Toronto Chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association
Wood Manufacturing Council
Wood Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario
Leading trade media backing the show include Wood Industry, Woodworking Canada, and Woodworking Network. 

WMS is world-renowned as Canada’s preeminent industrial woodworking event. For more than four decades, WMS has connected Canada’s woodworking professionals with the world’s most prominent machinery manufacturers and suppliers. Last held four years ago, WMS 2019 attracted attendees from nine Canadian provinces and two territories. WMS reg button

To register go to wmscanada.ca.

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Harry Urban

Harry Urban is the retired publisher of the Woodworking Network. Urban spent more than 30 years working in business-to-business publishing, trade shows, and conferences. He has travelled extensively throughout North America and overseas visiting and reporting on major manufacturing facilities and trade shows. In retirement, he's still following the woodworking industry, but he plans to do a lot more fishing.