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IWPA's 62nd World of Wood Convention - International Wood Products Association

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana
Mar 14 - Mar 16, 2018

Why Attend

Event Overview:

The IWPA Annual Convention provides access to over 300 importers, U.S. manufacturers, exporters, wholesalers, offshore suppliers and service providers of wood products from nearly 30 countries. As an attendee, you will experience informative educational sessions, fun activities and networking events. Get new ideas for your business, important market intelligence and opportunities to network with colleagues from around the globe.  

Exhibitor / Sponsor Information:

IWPA offers several options to enhance your registration with a sponsorship or table top exhibit space. New this year, we also have the Supplier-Importer Exchange to help make connections between overseas suppliers and North American importers.

About IWPA:

Established in 1956, IWPA is the leading international trade association representing the North American imported wood products industry, with over 200 companies and trade organizations engaged in the import of hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests in more than 30 nations across the globe. Association members consist of three key groups involved in the import process: U.S. importers and consuming industries, offshore manufacturers and the service providers that facilitate trade.


Mar 14   

7:00 am - 1:00 pm


10:00 am – 4:00pm


2:00 – 3:30 pm


3:30 – 4:15 pm





4:15 – 5:00 pm



IWPA Annual Golf Classic (optional)


Registration Open


Committee Meeting - Due Care and Education


 Briefing on World Wildlife Fund/Metropolitan Hardwood Floors Sourcing   Project

 Elizabeth Baldwin, Metropolitan Flooring

 Amy Smith, World Wildlife Fund


 Crisis Communication Workshop

 Andrew Escott, Global Timber Forum

5:30 – 6:00 pm



 Spouse & Guest Reception


6:00 – 7:30 pm

 President's Opening Reception

Mar 15   

8:00 – 9:00 am



Networking Breakfast with Exhibits

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Spouse Program

New Orleans Walking Tour & Lunch at the Iconic Antoine's  (Optional)


9:00 am – 9:45 am

Opening Welcome & Business Speaker

Cindy Squires - Executive Director

JoAnn Gillebaard Keller - Board President


9:45 – 10:45 am

Keynote Speaker

Win Thin, Renowned Economist and Brown Brothers Harriman Senior Vice President, Investor Services


10:45 – 11:00 am

Networking Break with Exhibits


11:00 – 11:45 am

Due Care: A Supplier-Importer Partnership from the Compliance Professional's Perspective

Amy Davidson, Tumac Lumber Company

Caroline McIlvain, J. Gibson McIlvain Company

Michelle Meincke, Masco Cabinetry

Hugh Reitz, UCS Global


Noon – 1:30 pm

Supplier-Importer Exchange and Lunch

New in 2018, this is a great opportunity to forge business-to-business connections and for importers to find overseas suppliers that meet their needs. Importers are encouraged to attend the event, briefly meet with suppliers of interest, and schedule follow-up meetings later during the convention.

1:45 – 2:45 pm

Emerging Trends in Global Trade: NAFTA and FCPA

Brian Ledgerwood, U.S. Department of Commerce

Sam Witten, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Andy Johnson, Hardwood Market Report (moderator)


2:45 – 3:00 pm

Networking Break with Exhibits


3:00 – 4:30 pm

Formaldehyde Update: EPA Implementation and Developments in Canada

Erik Winchester, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Lynn Baker, California Air Resources Board

Lara Kouri, Health Canada

4:30 – 5:15 pm


5:30 – 6:30 pm

Taking CITES into the Next Millennium


Networking Reception

Come enjoy a Sazerac, the official drink of New Orleans!

Mar 16   

7:00 – 7:30 am


President's 3K Fun Run/Walk

8:00 – 9:00 am 


8:00 – 8:45 am 

Networking Breakfast with Exhibits 


Plywood Standard Working Group Meeting


9:00 – 10:00 am  

Keynote Speaker –

Mary Kelly, Productive Leaders

"Master Your Wood Products World"


10:00 – 10:15 am 

Networking Break with Exhibits 


10:15 – Noon 

Beyond Scope: Classification and Anti-Circumvention Following the Chinese Plywood Ruling

Laurel Duvall, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Kristin Mowry, Mowry & Grimson PLLC


Noon – 2:00 pm

Lunch on own


12:15 – 2:00 pm 

IWPA Past President's Luncheon (Closed)


2:00 – 3:30 pm

Keynote Speaker Breakout Session –

Mary Kelly, "Leading Growth in Your Wood Products World"


2:00 – 3:30 pm 


3:30 – 4:45 pm 

Committee meeting - Formaldehyde Compliance


U.S. Regulations - Suppliers, Bring Your Questions

Elizabeth Baldwin, Metropolitan Hardwood Floors

Chris Battin, Benchmark International

Rachel Butler, Global Timber Forum

Cindy Squires, International Wood Products Association


5:15 – 6:00 pm 

IWPA PAC Appreciation Reception (By invitation only)


6:15 – 7:00 pm

Second Line Parade


7:00 – 10:00 pm

Passing the Gavel Reception and Banquet

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