Blair Tullis, was active in publishing for thirty-five years and in the wood products manufacturing industry in Canada for the past twenty-three years. He founded Woodworking magazine in 1987 and founded Wood Industry magazine in 2005, three years after the purchase of his previous publication. In support of the Canadian industry, and out of his interest in the business, he has traveled extensively, seeing many plants across North America, China and Europe and visiting wood industry trade shows.
Since the late 1980’s, he has shown an interest in, and commitment to, the needs of the industry, working with the Canadian Woodworking Machinery Distributors Association on many issues and sitting for many years on the board of the Canadian Kitchen Cabinet Association. Blair also sat on the program advisory committee of the Woodworking Centre of Ontario for 12 years and sat on the board of the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at UBC.
In 1992, he joined with industry leaders to form the National Educational Initiative for the Furniture and Wood Products Industry in Canada to build a program of wood production engineering based on the German model at Rosenheim University in Bavaria. That body established, in co-operation with the University of British Columbia, the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing to train the future leaders of Canadian wood products manufacturers.
Since that time, the NEI has become the Wood Manufacturing Council, of which he is the Past Chair, having served an extended term at the head of the organization. Through his extensive efforts, he has become recognized as one of most trusted and respected individuals in the value-added wood products business in Canada. He is one of the most connected people in our sector. In 2009, he was presented with the Wood Manufacturing Council’s Award of Distinction for his many ears of serving the industry.
After working with Sepp Gmeiner of Lignum Consulting to establish and run the Bluewater Wood Alliance, a wood manufacturing cluster in Southern Ontario, ten years ago, he is still consulting for BWA while in semi-retirement.