WMS Student Day presentation focuses on woodworking career opportunities
October 23, 2023 | 9:06 am CDT

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario -- In conjunction with the inaugural WMS Student Day, the Wood Manufacturing Council will lead a special presentation exploring the many exciting career opportunities available in today’s advanced wood products industry.  

The free session, "Today’s Wood Products Industry: Career Opportunities with Endless Potential," is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the WMS Live Stage in the machinery hall.

The featured presenters include Lynn MacKinlay, president of the Wood Manufacturing Council, who is also a certified Red Seal Cabinetmakers and former lead professor of the Cabinetmaking Techniques program at Georgian College; Richard Lipman, past president of the Wood Manufacturing Council; and Nancy Branco, Human Resources Manager of AyA Kitchens and Baths based in Mississauga.

Lynn MacKinley Wood Manufacturing Council President
Richard Lipman Wood Manufacturing Council
Nancy Branca, HR manager, Aya Kitchens
Lynn MacKinlay Richard Lipman Nancy Branca

The presentation will highlight the many different types of woodworking jobs available, from taking part in the design and manufacture of custom kitchen cabinets and furniture through large-scale architectural woodworking projects. Today’s woodworking industry is eagerly looking to hire the next generation of skilled woodworkers, plus CAD/CAM programmers, CNC machine operators, and robotic engineers among many other rewarding jobs.

All students, woodworking instructors, and others interested in learning more about dynamic woodworking careers are invited to attend this session.

The goal of WMS Student Day, Saturday, Nov. 4, is to expose students enrolled at high school and post-secondary woodworking programs to the latest equipment, software, and supplies, plus learn about the many and varied 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.

Learn more about WMS Student Day.

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.