If you are like most visitors to the 2015 Wood Machinery & Supply Expo in Toronto (#WMSTOR15), you will arrive with an agenda. While you may make a beeline to that sliding table saw, CNC machine, or edgebander in Hall 1, or the latest panel and hardware in Hall 2, don't shortchange yourself - there are a number of don't miss elements at this show.

1. WMS Reboot Your Business Conference

For this first time, WMS 2015 will run a two-track conference program on November 5, opening day of the show, right on the exposition floor. This arrangement gives everyone a chance to stop in and attend sessions at will. Registrants are more than welcome to duck out for a product demonstration, then come back for a session. The two track conference agenda, divided between business and operations, means you have a dozen learning events to choose from, along with a keynote and luncheon.

2. Profit Booster WMS Expo Floor Tour

In addition to great conference sessions, registrants are invited to a special VIP showing of technology and new product developments on the floor. This curated tour will provide insights into the newest supplier offerings, and it is anticipated that it will include some beta products and developing technologies. A definite must-see.


Kitchener's Young Wood Pro Winner

Conestoga College woodworking program has delivered a brand new industry star: Young Wood Pro Dylan Horst. He'll be on the WMS Expo floor with his winning entry, this Benge and Ash masterpiece. His appearance is sponsored by Rampa Tec, at Booth 1085. Hear Dylan also during the Woodworking Inventors panel on Saturday,  Nov. 7 at 11:00 a.m.

3. Peer to Peer Woodworker Roundtables

This perennially popular feature at many woodworking venues makes its WMS debut, with two occasions to allow you to get elbow to elbow with other woodworkers. Friday Nov. 6  "What's your Problem Roundtable: CNC Technology" runs 11:00-11:45 a.m.; and on Saturday Nov. 7 "What's Your Problem: Finishing" runs 11:00-11:45 a.m.

4. Facetime with Houzz

The juggernaut that is Houzz.com has gone global,  (with offices in Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tokyo and London) but it's major audiences are concentrated across North America, where it is sharing the best work of fine cabinetry and home interior craftsmanship, and help customers find woodworking pros, and how to buy more than 3 million curated products. In two sessions, Houzz marketing guru Lindsey Thudin will guide you to getting prominence and sales, through your own Houzz website. Bring your laptop: wireless is provided and Thudin will help you build or improve your Houzz page in real-time.

5. Toronto Dining & Sightseeing

We don't have to go into great detail here. As one of the great cities of the world, and among the most cosmopolitan, Toronto has a wide range of dining and entertainment venues. The WMS show ends at 6:00 p.m. each evening, and Toronto awaits!



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