It’s a Summer of Wood Design with our inspirational July seminar!
Our Summer seminar includes two inspiring presentations from Prairie Wood Design Award Winners.

Joe Kalturnyk of AUX: Projects, Winner in the Prairie Wood Design Awards Commercial category two years in a row and a speaker at TEDxManitoba.

Melissa Kindratsky of ISL Engineering and Land Services, Prairie Wood Design Awards Wood Advocate Winner 2016 and part of the design team for multiple winning projects and exceptional nominations.

An additional speaker will be announced soon

Full presentation information and biographies will be posted soon.

Melissa Kindratsky, Structural Project Engineer
ISL Engineering and Land Services 

Melissa Kindratsky, P.Eng., LEED® AP BD+C, is a structural project engineer for ISL Engineering and Land Services. With 400 people in 14 offices in western Canada, ISL established a Buildings Group in 2012 with the acquisition of Cascade Engineering Group, and Melissa joined the growing team in the Canmore office in 2015.

Melissa supports the successful delivery of building engineering to a range of clients, from independent homes owners to internationally renowned architects, timber framers, and mass timber fabricators. With over 15 years of experience in design engineering and construction, Melissa has experience in commercial, residential, and industrial developments of various shapes and sizes. Her material of choice is timber and she focusses most of her time on both concept and detailed design of timber structures. These range from modern developments to repairs of heritage structures and even playgrounds.

She passionately believes that to engineer a structure in wood, one must respect the unique properties of this natural material and even use them to enhance the design, both structurally and architecturally. Close attention is paid to the contribution of the structure to the sustainability features of a building project and these are even more easily achieved when the structure is timber.


This presentation will cover a range of topics from the simple to the complex. Wood: what is it?,  to what is the best modern timber fastener to use in a specific architectural and structural application? Fire considerations will be touched on and connection detailing to respect the properties of timber will be discussed.

We’ll take a short journey through select time periods of heavy timber construction, from thousands of years ago to last month. Early construction types will be explored as well as modern advances in heavy timber construction which allow us to create beautiful innovative and sustainable structures today.


Edmonton – Tuesday, July 30
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Chateau Lacombe Hotel
10111 Bellamy Hill, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1N7

Calgary – Wednesday, July 31
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Location TBC

Spring into Wood Design Seminar
8:30-9am registration
9-10am first session
10-11am second session
11-12am third session
12-1pm lunch

Early bird $50+GST ends May 31, 2019
Regular $75+GST starts May 31, 5pm ends July 19, 2019