I started the process of opening this branch one year ago (June 2015). It wasn't too tough, but there were a lot of steps involved. We had to restructure our USA company in the summer and fall in order to support adding a Canadian business entity. With the new Canadian company formed, I began looking for warehouse space in January. After a 3 month search, we took possession of 105 - 334 East Kent Ave South in Vancouver in April.
During the process, a local friend, Monte Paulsen of Red Door Energy Advisors, worked to create a new air tightness training with the City of Vancouver to help local builders learn to reach the new blower door requirements. Monte brought the City of Vancouver, RHD Building Sciences, and Small Planet Supply Canada together to design and offer the training at our new warehouse.
So now we need a classroom? And a training lab? I guess this means we gut the offices and start again.
We worked on the office rehab with local builders and a friendly landlord through April and were able to host our first workshop in May. Good friend Francisco Simoes of Amorim Isolamentos was able to journey from Portugal and lead the workshop after we worked together at the Living Futures Un-conference in Seattle.
The ThermaCork workshop was lightly attended since we just barely got the classroom ready and could have done a better job of publicizing it, but it was a great start.