Pune, 2nd February 2023: The British Columbia (B.C.) provincial government’s crown corporation, Forestry Innovation Consulting India Pvt Ltd (FII India), popularly known as Canadian Wood, hosted a seminar on ‘Reman Projects with Canadian Wood’ in Pune. It focussed on the rising demand for the company’s sustainable wood, which is sourced from certified forests of BC Canada. Additionally, there were conversations on the emergence of India as an important market for sustainable wood construction, especially with several timber-built projects cropping up across the country.
The session, which saw a robust attendance by OEMs, contractors, architects, interior designers,
PMCs, builders and developers, began with a welcome note and message by Mr. Pranesh Chhibber, Country Director of Canadian Wood. Distinguished speakers from Pune at the seminar included Mr Amit Gandhi, Minimal Stroke, and Mr. Govind Ekbote, Ekbote Timber Homes, who gave presentations on sustainable wood, their experiences with it and their projects. As timber construction developers and interior designers, they were well-versed with the unique features of sustainable wood and the environmental advantage it offered.
Mr. Pranesh Chhibber, Country Director of Canadian Wood, “Canadian Wood is currently collaborating with 41 stockists in 22 cities across India to provide high quality wood. Since we are a non-profit organisation, our aim is to raise awareness among stakeholders about various Canadian wood species which are sustainably sourced and also become their go-to supplier. Our wood is acquired through sustainable means, and is certified wood. We are the largest lumber producer, and are growing fast and sustainably, providing multiple benefits to our partners.”
Mr Amit Gandhi, Minimal Stroke, Pune stated, “Canadian Wood is cultivated naturally and can enable sustainable living. The brand is good quality solid wood for outdoor furniture and offers superior material, and services. Hence, this makes it a stellar option for all architects and is highly recommended to all interior designers and architects.”
Mr. Govind Ekbote, Ekbote Timber Homes, Pune, said, “I have been associated with Canadian Wood for over 15 years, and shall vouch for their superior technical expertise and guidance provided. The demand for hotel/resort furniture and outdoor/semi-outdoor furniture by individual consumers is growing, and hence there is a lot of scope of delivering work. I look forward to working with them on many more successful projects, and hope for a continued long term association.”
The seminar, which was seamlessly moderated by Dr Jimmy Thomas, Assistant Director Technical Services, concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr Gajanan Patankar, Assistant Director Business Development.
FII largely promotes five wood species in India that are sourced from the sustainably managed forests of B.C., Canada. These five species, namely Douglas, Western Hemlock, Western Red Cedar, Yellow Cedar and Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPF), are recommended for different applications. They are available in 23 cities across India through a strong network of 40+ stockists.