Industry Experts

Sandra Wood

CKCA

Association

Sandra Wood is the Secretary and Executive Director for the CKCA. She enjoys “connecting the dots” and facilitating strong networking opportunities to engage members. She believes associations are about fostering strong business relationships fueled by an empathic and sound business approach.

Amrita Bhogal

CKCA Vice-President

SBOT Board of Directors

Amrita Bhogal is the 3rd generation at Sunrise Kitchens, with a focus on People and Culture. She is leading change through lean principles and continues to strengthen culture through values and behaviors. She inspires to mentor individuals and provide them tools to achieve a growth mindset. Amrita is engaged with her industry as the Vice President of the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association and a member of board of directors with Surrey Board of Trade.

Robert Philips

Akhurst / Cantek

Machinery

Robert Philips is a project manager specializing in sanders at Akhurst Machinery and Cantek. He has been repeatedly recognized as an expert in his field and for his impact in the Wood Industry.

Jakub Stachurski

Sivam Coatings

Finishing and Coatings

Based in Vancouver, Jakub Stachurski is the Sales Director for North America at Sivam Coatings S.p.A. With 20+ years in the industry, he specializes in European coating systems, often advising at UBC’s Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, blending heritage with innovation.

David Smith

Garnica

Plywood, Panels, and Forestry

David Smith is the President of Garnica’s North American Division and brings over 28 years of industry expertise to his role. Prior to joining Garnica, he held senior positions at EGGER Group and Arclin USA, later founding The David Smith Group, a consulting firm focused on sustainable building materials. With a proven track record in customer-centric solutions, David specializes in dynamic market leadership through sustainable innovation.

Ric Ptak

Productivity Pros

Productivity/ Efficiency

With 40 years in manufacturing, Ric Ptak has journeyed from cabinetmaker to Industry leader, enhancing company efficiency and safety standards. An active AWMAC member and DCOE certified Master Black Belt Trainer, he’s improved numerous manufacturers’ operations. Based in Halifax, Ric offers services across Canada to optimize manufacturing processes, safety, and leadership, leveraging his extensive experience in operational excellence and employee engagement.

Lucy Traetto

Blum

Aging/Living in Place

Lucy Traetto works as a Senior Sales & Marketing Representative at Blum Canada Ltd, bringing homes to life with safety and accessibility. With her expertise as a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) and Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP), she focuses on products and designs that make every living space more inclusive and user-friendly for all ages.

Elizabeth Baldwin

Metropolitan Hardwood Floors

Environmental Compliance

Elizabeth Baldwin is Environmental Compliance Officer for Metropolitan Hardwood Floors. In her 30 plus year career in the wood industry has visited over 70 countries and hundreds of facilities of all sizes and types. She describes herself as a “jack of all wood trades.” Familiar with jungles of all sorts–having camped out along the Amazon and walked the halls of Congress–she blogs for the NWFA on both environmental and regulatory issues for educational and informational purposes only.

Donald Cooper

Wood Industry

Buisness / Management

Donald Cooper has been both a world-class manufacturer and an award-winning retailer. Now a Toronto-based business speaker and coach, Donald helps business owners and managers rethink, refocus and re-energize their business to create compelling customer value, clarity of purpose and long-term profitability.

Clare Tattersall

Wood Industry

Design / Trends

Clare Tattersall is an interior designer and decorator in Toronto, and the editor of Canada’s floor covering magazine, Coverings.

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