According to Suezone Chow, chairman of British Columbia Council, the forest industries in Canada are going through a transition period. Transition means “opportunity”. Decreasing availability of old growth forest has resulted a greater proportion of lower quality juvenile wood. This coupled with an increasing number of tree species to be utilised have contributed to the changes in global timber supply. The variability in timber supply is occurring at a time when codes and standards are becoming more international as well as more rigorous, and are based on design and performance criteria. Thus, the predictability and uniformity of materials is becoming more important in the development, design and marketing of new products.