New WMS Student Day to highlight woodworking advancements and career opportunities
September 19, 2023 | 11:51 am CDT
WMS 2023 Student Day

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – The Wood Manufacturing Council (WMC) and Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS) have joined forces to develop and promote WMS Student Day, Saturday, Nov. 4.

The goal of WMS Student Day is to expose students enrolled at high school and post-secondary woodworking programs to the latest equipment, software, and supplies, plus learn about the exciting career opportunities the industry has to offer. WMS Student Day will also allow woodworking instructors to update their knowledge of the industry, while providing them a forum to network with suppliers, woodworkers, and their peers attending the show.

To spur student attendance, the WMC recently began reaching out to several dozen high school and postsecondary schools located within a short drive of the International Centre, home of WMS 2023. The WMC’s correspondence included a unique passcode that instructors and their students can use to register to attend the show for free.

Plans are in the works to schedule special WMS Student Day presentations that will provide an overview of today’s high-tech woodworking industry and career opportunities at the WMS Live Stage.

“We’re pleased to partner with the WMC on WMS Student Day,” said Harry Urban, manager of WMS 2023. “Wood products companies are increasingly challenged to attract and hire qualified candidates to join their production teams. We believe Student Day represents an important opportunity to highlight the tremendous advancements that are transforming the woodworking industry from not just merely being a job, but a rewarding career.”

“I think attending the woodworking industry’s biggest event will be a real eye-opener for the students,” said Richard Lipman, president of the WMC. “They will see many of the most innovative machines and products that our industry has to offer. The experience will definitely challenge any misconceptions they might have about the woodworking industry’s vitality.”

WMS 2023 is scheduled for Nov. 2-4. In addition to three halls filled with woodworking equipment and supplies, the show features continuous, free education sessions at the WMS Live Stage spanning technology, management, and trends. Each day will open with a keynote address.

For additional information contact Richard Lipman. president of the Wood Manufacturing Council, at [email protected] or Rich Christianson, WMS 2023 conference director, at [email protected]

WMS 2023 Registration

About the Wood Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS)
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 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, WMS 2019 attracted attendees from nine Canadian provinces and two territories.

In addition, WMS 2019 featured 75,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 175 exhibitors. 

WMS 2023 Prospectus

For information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, contact Gavin McAuliffe of Corcoran Expositions at 312-265-9649 or  [email protected][email protected].

For general inquiries, contact Harry Urban, show manager at [email protected]

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Rich Christianson is the owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his nearly 35-year career, Rich has toured more than 250 woodworking operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. He has also directed and promoted dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars including the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Canada’s largest woodworking show.