Slideshow: WMS reconnects Canada's robust woodworking Industry
November 6, 2023 | 10:21 am CST
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Mike Baker, CEO of the Wood Manufacturing Cluster of Ontario, cuts the ribbon to kick off WMS 2023. He's joined, left to right, by Tim Fixmer, CEO of Woodworking Network and CCI Canada; Harry Urban, WMS event manager;  Laurie Suikki, Association Manager, AWMAC Ontario Chapter; Lynn MacKinlay, Succeeding President, Wood Manufacturing Council;  and Kim LeBel, Executive Director - Events, CCI Canada and Woodworking Network.

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WMS 2023 attendees watch as a Stolbek sanding robot goes to work.

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A bustling crowd streams into WMS 2023 on opening day.

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WMS attendees took part in the WMS Live Auction in partnership with Boss Auctions on the show floor on Friday, November 3 at 3 p.m.  A professional auctioneer conducted the auction. A portion of the proceeds will go to Skills Canada.

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Many of the innovations in materials, supplies, software, and woodworking equipment made their debut in Canada.

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WMS 2023 opening keynoter, Luke Elias, launched the WMS Live Stage with a standing-room-only presentation titled, president of Muskoka, discussed his company's journey to drive his company using data and state-of-the-art technology 

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Surfacing materials, finishes, and substrates on display at WMS 2023 included innovations being seen for the first time in Canada.

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Robert Lacroix of JONH Moulding.

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Activity PRO-PLY Custom Plywood's booth.

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — The Woodworking Machinery and Supply Conference & Expo, held November 2-4 at the International Centre in Mississauga, drew attendees from nine provinces and all sectors of the industry, including manufacturers of furniture, cabinets, architectural woodwork, and a myriad of other wood products.

Registrants included woodworking professionals from 32 countries.  Attendees heard from inspirational keynotes, leading professionals, and their industry peers on the WMS Live stage, which engaged healthy crowds during its three-day run.

View the 2023 WMS Official Show Guide

The event marked the return of WMS for the first time since 2019, after COVID-related cancellations. WMS 2023 had two exciting new features, a live machinery auction, held at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 3, and Student Day, Saturday, November 4.

CCI Media Canada, owners of the show, announced that the next edition of WMS will be held Nov. 12-14, 2025, at the Toronto Congress Centre, conveniently located on Dixon Road near Pearson International Airport.

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

For general inquiries, contact Kim LeBel, Executive Director - Events, [email protected].

More Woodworking Network events
Closets Conference & Expo / Wood Pro Expo Illinois, April 17-19, 2024, Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, Ill.

Salon Industriel du Bois Ouvré (SIBO Expo), Oct. 24-26, 2024, Centrexpo Cogeco, Drummondville, Quebec.



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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.