CWC’s “federation of associations” model allows national, regional or product-specific associations producing Canadian wood products to come together in a forum where the best interests of Canada’s wood industry are first and foremost. Being a member gives diverse regions and products a strong voice in the development of policies, regulations, codes and standards that directly impact billions of dollars in wood product sales each year.
Being a CWC member gives members a seat on the Board of Directors and representation on CWC’s working committees where issues such as fire and structural design, lumber properties and market development are dealt with, always with the interests of the industry at heart. It is through CWC’s committees that the broad experience of all of CWC’s members is put to use in the development of policies and programs that aim to achieve the Council’s Mission and Vision.
There are 3 categories of membership in the Council all subject to the approval of the Board of Directors and with terms and conditions as so directed. These are:
1. Members: Wood industry associations
Eligible for membership under the member category is a wood industry association involved in the production, manufacture, distribution and sale of wood products. All members are expected to advance the Council’s Mission, Vision and Objectives. Their leaders are encouraged to seek proactive ways to develop their membership’s allegiance to CWC so that the Council may remain viable and valued. A member may also be an Honouree Member named according to terms and conditions established by the Board in recognition of superior industry or Council support.
A Member is responsible for:
Nominating Member Delegates according to the CWC Bylaws
Receiving reports and statements as required by the Corporations Act
Participating in Council’s AGM / SAGM
Engaging in the Council’s strategic planning process
Engaging in the Council’s committees / task groups
Approving the annual budget, basis for dues assessment, and any special fees
Transacting other business brought before members
Informing their member association of CWC activities / results
Providing CWC with information on assessment formula
2. Industry Supporters (Partners): Persons, companies, associations, post-secondary institutions, and government departments
- An industry supporter can be a person, company, association, post secondary institution or government department
- An industry supporter must be seen to help CWC carry out its Mission / Vision
- An industry supporter must help CWC remain viable and valued.
Industry supporters are responsible for:
- Carrying out terms and conditions of relationship as engaged in by the Council
- Attending CWC member meetings but not voting
- At the request of the Council participating in committees and projects of the Council
- At the request of the members or the Nominating Committee standing for election to the Board of Directors where full voting privileges and protection will be accorded.
3. Honoree: A person so designated by the CWC Board of Directors