Are you a building supply retailer or vendor based in Western Canada? Whether you’re just starting out, run a third-generation business or find yourself often working within the hardware and building supply industry, there are many reasons why you may want to become a Western Regional Lumber Association member. We have a large and diverse membership base and continue to grow every year.
One of the top reasons that our members join and stay on is the opportunity to connect with one another, form business partnerships and tap into a wide network of knowledgeable industry people. WRLA hosts and supports a variety of networking events throughout the year. Our flagship event is the WRLA Buying Show that takes place annually. We also host WRLA golf tournaments and NexGEN student activities for our members.
WRLA will host two golf tournaments in 2020. [More]
In addition to the WRLA golf tournaments, our members host golf tournaments in Calgary and Kenosee in support of educational grants and programs. These tournaments are another great opportunity to meet with other members and network while contributing to vital educational initiatives in our industry and enjoying the fresh air.
WRLA understands that business is built upon the strength of relationships and we are here to help our valued members connect to each other in meaningful ways. Each event provides a unique opportunity for you to connect with your customers, vendors and fellow members.
All the services and activities that which the WRLA facilitates are for our paid, current WRLA members only. A company must be approved for WRLA membership and in good standing to access our annual show and attend other events throughout the membership year. [Less]
WRLA provides its members with regular news and updates for the lumber and building supply industry. Through Yardstick, the WRLA eNewsletter, the annual industry directory, and access to an industry career opportunity board, as a WRLA member you’ll have access to a wealth of knowledge.
The WRLA eNewsletter comes directly to your inbox on the first and third Thursday of each month. This brief update provides quick and current industry news, WRLA membership updates and reminders for important deadlines. To subscribe, click here.
Yardstick is published and delivered to members six times a year. This industry magazine provides leading information on business practices, industry trends, innovative technology, arising legal and legislative issues, and new products and services that impact the lumber and building supply industry across Western Canada.
Our Industry Directory and Product Source Guide is the most comprehensive information source available for the building supply industry. This guide is a must-have year-round reference resource for retailers and vendors. [More]
Each current WRLA Member location receives one (1) complimentary published directory valued at $60 + GST. If you or your team require more copies, simply contact us and we will invoice you at $60 + GST per each additional directory and send them directly to your office.
WRLA Member information is not distributed to non-WRLA members nor sold to third parties.
WRLA members can post career opportunities directly on the national Building Materials Council of Canada website at no charge. This lumber and building supply industry hub will allow your postings to be viewed nationally with a large viewership and employee pool. Similarly, it allows those looking for a career to view jobs available across Western Canada. [More]
Be sure to have your company logo and job description ready.
This service is free to WRLA members but the ads can be viewed by anyone.
WRLA has developed a list of job descriptions specific to the building supply industry to assist store owners and managers. This is a guide and resource for members that can be developed and tailored for specific purposes. [More]
WRLA conducts surveys with our members on topics such as wage and salary, business conditions and banking to provide real information that serves as a benchmark for your company against others in the building supply industry. Keeping up to date with industry information allows us, and you, to continue to grow and build.
Investing in your and your employees’ success is investing in your company’s success. Education is fundamental to maintaining our high industry standards. WRLA offers a wide-range of educational courses and certificates, updated procedural policies and educational grants so members can continue being the best in the industry. [More]
Education and training are essential components in hiring and retaining quality employees. Professional development is also proven to increase your ROI. Keep your employees safe by registering them for CERVUS Operator Safety Training Courses. [More]
We are currently restructuring the education grants program. Stay tuned for more information on how members can benefit from the WRLA education grants program.
This procedure manual is a guide and resource only. It’s a good idea to keep the attached file as the master template document to refer to after modification. The fields to insert your company name and information are underlined. Read the document carefully and modify accordingly to your specifications.
Our members' health is important to us. WRLA provides members with cost-effective means to ensure they and their employees have employee benefit plans, insurance programs and overall access to wellness initiatives. [More]
Get more information on the insurance and health and wellness programs available to our members here. [Less]
The WRLA Buying Show is the place to do business, learn about the future of the industry and the advocacy work WRLA is involved in, and connect with other members – this annual convention facilitates business development for the lumber and building materials industry. [More]
The Buying Show is where suppliers, service providers and retailers gather in the same room to conduct millions of dollars of business, learn together and grow their businesses together. It is the biggest event of the WRLA calendar and it brings together thousands of industry professionals.
This Buying Show takes place in January, making it the first buying show of the year for Western Canada. Mark your calendar for our 2020 event: January 22, 23, and 24.
There are plenty of business development opportunities during the course of the show, including an awards night event (open to all registered attendees), education sessions, speakers, live product demonstrations, lunches, breakout areas and more.
Retailers can see new products, get a head start on the year's buying and meet with vendors in person. Associates and affiliates have many opportunities to connect with potential customers and develop existing business relationships.
As a WRLA member, you have access to different discounts and special offers. These money-saving initiatives were developed to help you save money so it can be used to help your business continue to grow. Some of these offers including reduced shipping costs and fuel costs. [More]