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Sylvain Labbé
Sylvain Labbé
President CEO
Québec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB)

A forest engineer by training, Sylvain Labbé is the president and chief executive officer of Quebec Wood Export Bureau (QWEB), which he founded in 1996. The organization works to promote and develop markets for Quebec wood products and represents over 200 Quebec manufacturing businesses. Sylvain Labbé is also the president of Canada Wood, which he founded in 2003. Canada Wood brings together various business associations in the field of wood products working to expand offshore export opportunities and develop the market.

In 2008, he created Coalition BOIS Québec and the Centre of Expertise on Commercial Wood Construction (cecobois) as part of the Quebec government’s Wood use strategy for construction in Québec.

On an international level, he has represented Canada for the United Nations Timber Committee (UNECE-FAO) since 2001 and has been a member of the advisory board of the United Nation’s Environment Programme’s Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative since 2010.

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