Canadian Woodworking Machinery Distributors Association

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Press release CWMDA – November 14th 2017

Mr. Andreas Grabe (Homag Canada), President of the CWMDA (Canadian Woodworking Machinery Distributors Association) is pleased to announce the nomination of Marc Proulx as the new Manager for the Association. Marc is a well-known figure in the Canadian Industry as he has been working for a major importer- distributor for almost 30 years. He takes over from Blair Tullis, who lead the Association for more than 20 years. The CWMDA wishes to thank him sincerely for his dedication and most valuable contribution through all these years. For more information about the CWMDA and its members, please visit our website at

 CWMDA Supports Wood Programs Across Canada
Since 2004, the CWMDA has provided scholarship funds to wood products processing programs across the country.  In BC, we provide two awards for second year students in the UBC Wood Products Processing Program at the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing.  Edmonton’s Northern Alberta Institute of Technology receives the CWMDA grant for their carpentry program.  In Ontario, the Woodworking Centre of Ontario at Conestoga College continues to receive our support, as does l’École Nationale du Meuble et de l’Ébénisterie, from Victoriaville, Québec.  Finally, in New Brunswick, we support the Woodworking Centre of Excellence.  Our aim is to support the students with a tangible recognition for their hard work.  With members across the country, who make their living off the wood products manufacturing industry, it is important for us to work with our customers to bring more young people into the wood industry for the rewarding careers that are offered.

CWMDA awards two scholarship prizes at University of British Columbia.

As part of a scholarship program that was started by the CWMDA in 2004, two students in the Bachelor of Science in Wood Products program at UBC were awarded $300 each in recognition of their excellence in the 2013-14 academic year.  The second year students were David Brandson of Abbotsford, BC and Evelyn Yi Gao of Vancouver.  According to the Associate Director of Annual Awards at UBC, the continuing program of CWMDA awards “not only provide much-appreciated academic recognition and financial support to our students, they also help the university recruit and retain outstanding scholars.”  This awards program, which has given scholarship money to 21 students since its inception, has made a difference in bringing more outstanding students to the UBC programs, leading to careers in the advanced wood products processing industry.

Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick
Scholarship of Excellence awarded to a Woodworking Centre of Excellence graduate
June 19, 2014
The Canadian Woodworking Machinery Distributors Association (CWMDA) scholarship of Excellence, a $300 value, was awarded to Mr. Michel Pelletier, a graduate of the program Gestion de la Production en Bois Ouvré. The selection criteria for this scholarship are teamwork skills, problem solving skills, demonstrated initiative, demonstrated sense of responsibility, leadership and comprehension in the use of high technology equipment. The members of the selection committee are instructors of the WCE. 

On the picture, from left to right,  Mr. Jean-Guy Pelletier, WCE manager, Mr. Michel Pelletier, Woodworking Production Management graduate and Mr. Graig Robinson, representing CWMDA.

CWMDA proud Partner and Sponsor of the
«École Nationale du Meuble et de l’Ébénisterie»
Victoriaville, June 15, 2014 – Once again this year, the Canadian Woodworking Machinery Distributor Association (CWMDA) awarded a $300 merit scholarship to l’École Nationale du Meuble et de l’Ébénisterie, from Victoriaville, Québec.
CWMDA merit scholarship program aims at rewarding students’ efforts and success from Canadian institutions specialized in woodworking education.
2014 Benny Evening

Mr. Andre Normand, CWMDA, Mr. Harry Villeneuve, winning student, Mr. Jeannot Bourque, ÉNMÉ