Wood Solutions Conference

The Wood Solutions Conference is dedicated to design and construction with wood products and systems, including mass timber.  This one-day educational event will showcase wood uses in commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-unit residential construction through specifically designed seminar streams, new and current topics and an interactive trade show. 

See how Wood WORKS! in your community! Western Archrib and Wood WORKS! Alberta debut a new tour as part of the Edmonton Wood Solutions Conference.

8:30am-3:30pm $80+taxes, includes bus and lunch and 3 unstructured professional development credits!

Park at Edmonton Expo Centre (parking included)
8:30am bus will leave Expo Centre
Start with a tour of Western Archrib
Stops afterwards include: The Meadows Recreation Centre, The PriMed Mosaic Centre (a late lunch is included in the fee and provided), Ritchie Market. The bus will return the tour group to the Expo centre parking lot at approximately 3:30pm


11 unique sessions – 6 hours of Professional Development

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Tuesday, December 3 – Wood Building Tour $80+GST
Wednesday, December 4 – Conference & Trade Show $75+GST
Wednesday, December 4 – Networking Reception $25+GST

Speaker bios and abstracts:

Marc Alam, B.Eng, E.I.T., Manager, Codes & Standards – Fire Canadian Wood Council, Ottawa, ON
Marc Alam is a member of the Canadian Wood Council. He is a Technical Specialist in the fire division. As a Technical Specialist in Fire, Marc participates in CWC’s building code and standards fire-related initiatives and the development of CWC’s fire design tools, as well as code-related fire research projects.
Encapsulated Mass Timber: a new construction type for the 2020 NBC
This seminar will discuss the fire-related national building and fire code changes related to a new construction type called Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction (EMTC) to be used for wood buildings up to twelve storeys. As well, it will provide an overview of ongoing fire research at the National Research Council of Canada into various performance aspects of mass timber construction and tall wood buildings. 8 & 10:50am

Eric Andreasen, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Adera Development Corporation, Vancouver, BC
Eric is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Marketing and Sales and works closely with the acquisition, development, and design of residential, commercial, and industrial projects across the Adera portfolio. Involved professionally in the Canadian Real Estate Industry since 1987, Eric has been with Adera since 2007, and was previously with Jayman Master Built Homes in Calgary. Throughout the duration of his career, Eric has been responsible for the sales and marketing of over 12,000 homes.

Cross Laminated Timber – The Building Material of the 21st Century
As steel was the preferred material of the 1800s, concrete the 1900s, Cross Laminated Timber is the building material of the 21st century. Eric discusses the benefits of building with Cross Laminated Timber and its impact on climate change.
Adera has long harnessed the advantages of building with wood, both in its raw form, and as an engineered material with a modernized application to design tall, beautiful, and fire-safe buildings. This year, Adera combined 50 years of innovation, engineering, and experience, announcing a proprietary mass timber material.
9:30am & 2:20pm


Marianne Berube, Executive Director, Ontario Wood WORKS! – a program of the Canadian Wood Council, North Bay, ON
Marianne Berube has degrees and work experience in Environmental Science, Business and Investment Management. Marianne has been the Executive Director of Ontario Wood WORKS! for the past 19 years, building the program from its pilot launch to the Provincial initiative it is today. 

Lynn Embury-Williams, Executive Director, Wood WORKS! BC – a program of the Canadian Wood Council
Lynn is a Registered Professional Forester in the province of BC and has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario. She joined the BC Wood WORKS! program as Executive Director in 2014. Previously the Director of Marketing and Business Development at Canfor, Lynn has brought a wealth of experience and expertise in the areas of marketing and business development to Wood WORKS! BC.

North American Wood Design Awards: a Showcase of Wood Design Award Winners from 2018-19 
Wood is an extraordinary building material. It is strong, lightweight and safe. It is durable, versatile and adaptable. It is also sustainable and, as new products, systems, and advancements in manufacturing continue to come on-line, the applications for wood products are almost unlimited. Through design innovation, architects and engineers can create larger wood buildings of diverse occupancies that meet or exceed the requirements for safety and performance. Yet wood is also an intimate, precious material well suited to smaller projects and thoughtfully crafted installations. This presentation showcases award-winning projects of every type from the Wood Design Award programs held across Canada and in the US in the past year, shining a light on wood design excellence in both structural and architectural applications.
8am & 12:50pm

Ilana Danzig, P.Eng, M.Eng, PE, SE
Associate at Aspect Structural Engineers, Vancouver, BC
With over a decade of structural engineering experience, Ilana has worked on a wide range of projects in Canada and the US including the UBC Aquatic Centre, the Audain Art Museum, and the Oregon State University College of Forestry. Experienced in all materials, she is passionate in structural mass timber design and seismic engineering.
Tall Wood Case Studies in Canada 
Review and discussion of two tall mass timber buildings: A 12-storey building and a 30+ storey building. Discussions will include the structural system, fire requirements, lateral load considerations, and opportunities for prefabrication. Special focus will be on the differences in requirements and demands of different regions throughout Canada.
8am & 12:50pm

Rob Jonkman P.Eng, Director, Codes & Standards – Structural Engineering, Canadian Wood Council, Ottawa, ON
Completing a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Management degree at McMaster University in Hamilton in 1994, Rob worked for one year at a structural engineering consulting firm and over nine years at Normerica Building Systems, a Canadian manu- facturer of post and beam/timberframe buildings as “Design and Engineering Super- visor”. Rob joined the Canadian Wood Council’s Codes and Standards division in 2005, progressing to “Director, Codes and Standards – Structural Engineering” in 2014.

Effective R-value calculator for walls: A free tool to demonstrate compliance with the prescriptive wall provisions of the ABC 9.36
The Canadian Wood Council’s (CWC) interactive Effective R-value calculator is a free tool to help designers comply with the prescriptive energy provisions in any code that references effective thermal insulation values, including the ABC. The calculator enables designers to explore options, compare features, and determine a suitable wall assembly that can perform across a range of Canadian climates. This free online tool www.effectiver. ca provides effective R-values for wall assemblies and includes a durability assessment that considers computer modeling and field experience. 9:30am
Michelle Maybee, P.Eng
Architectural Solutions Manager, CertainTeed Canada

After completing a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at McMaster University, Michelle joined an Engineered Wood Manufacturer as a Field Engineer, after 9 years she took advantage of an opportunity to become an independent consultant, providing component design to the wood industry.

In 2008 she joined the Canadian Wood Council as a Technical Advisor, promoting the use of wood in institutional, industrial and commercial projects, including mid-rise and mass timber opportunities for the Ontario Market.

In 2018 she joined CertainTeed as an Architectural Solutions Manager for the Interior Products Group. She works with Architects and Designers on the specification and detailing of CertainTeed gypsum, insulation and commercial ceiling products.

Moisture, Fire & Sound Control

This session will address three key areas of building design – Moisture, Fire & Sound.

Design consideration for Moisture, Fire and Sound design is critical for all building materials, with wood design there are many options to meet performance requirements, while remaining on budget and improving the well-being of occupants.

In this session we will explore how gypsum responds in a fire and how fire-resistance rated assemblies protects the structural components.

Sound control is another critical element in building design and with changes to the Building Codes accounting for flanking transmission, designers have a better metric for predicting how assemblies perform in the field. In this session participants will gain a better understanding of Apparent Sound Transmission Control (ASTC) and solutions that are available.

Sound quality is another element of sound control which we will explore. Large open spaces finished with hard reflective surfaces can suffer from poor sound quality, but there are options for sound control which can enhance sound quality and improve occupant well-being, all while maintaining the aesthetics of a space. 12:50pm

Derek Nighbor, President & CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Since March 2016, Derek has been President & CEO at Forest Products Association of Canada. Prior to being at FPAC, Derek worked for over 10 years as a Senior Vice President for national industry associations in the retail and consumer packaged good sectors. He has also held senior political positions in the Government of Ontario and is currently Vice Chair of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada’s National Board of Directors.

Forestry in Canada: Managing for Important and Multiple Values
Canada’s forests are a shared and precious renewable resource. Our forests are working forests – used for recreational activities and as an important source of food and economic opportunity for rural and northern Canada. These same forests are also a key weapon in Canada’s fight against climate change.
Given the role that Canadian forest sector workers play as stewards of our forests, this session will share information on how Canada’s forests are managed – and will look at the important values that must be considered as we deal with a dynamic landscape and a changing climate. 3:40pm

Kevin Nyhoff, Principal, Michael Green Architecture, Vancouver, BC
Kevin Nyhoff is a Principal at Michael Green Architecture in Vancouver and joined MGA after a decade leading his own award-winning architecture firm in Calgary. Kevin has extensive experience in adaptive re-use, historic conservation, museum, creative arts, residential and retail design. Kevin recently completed work on a 35-storey proto-model mass timber tower in Toronto and a micro housing project in Austin, Texas.
Mass Timber and Prefabrication – Large and Small
Kevin will present an overview of his experience working on the development of Sidewalk Labs 35 storey mass timber proto-model tower in Toronto and the Honeycomb Affordable Micro Housing prototype in Austin TX.
9:30am & 2:20pm


Carol Phillips, B.E.S., B.Arch. (U of Waterloo), OAA (BCDS), AIBC, NSAA, SCUP, LEED AP, FRAIC, Partner, Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Toronto, ON
Carol is a Partner with Moriyama & Teshima Architects, one of Canada’s most accomplished firms known for creating bold, enduring and sustainable architecture for 60 years that draw meaningfully from the communities and sites they help to define. As design leader for some of the firm’s most valued projects, she brings a passionate drive for powerful and graceful architectural solutions developed over 25 years of working in Canada and abroad. Recognized for her design leadership and contribution to public architecture, Carol was named a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in 2014.
The Arbour- The Growth of Tall Wood in Toronto
This presentation will focus on two aspects of the Arbour for George Brown College. Firstly, from the Client perspective, an exploration of the process involved in deciding to host an international design competition to meet a highly aspirational vision for a new type of learning environment. Secondly, from the Architect, an exploration of the winning solution and where the team is currently in approvals and development in the challenging intersection of mass timber, passive systems, higher occupancy assembly buildings and great spaces for learning. 10:50am & 3:40pm
André Rioux, Co-owner/Business Development, AcoustiTECH a division of FINITEC GROUP, St. Lambert-de-Lauzon, QC
Since the creation of AcoustiTECH in 2000, Andre has been travelling all over Canada and the U.S. to collaborate with architects, developers, engineers and contractors. Andre’s experience, combined with the expertise of his team, has resulted in AcoustiTECH being a reference in the field of acoustics for new and existing buildings. After over 18 years, Andre continues to enjoy meeting with professionals and contribute to the success of their projects.
The Truth about sound-insulation for wood-frame buildings

This presentation defines building code requirements and outlines acoustic principles. In addition to discussing efficient means of sound-insulation using multiple floor/ceiling assemblies for light wood-frame and mass timber buildings, you will be able to hear the difference between different acoustic ratings. This presentation will benefit any building and design professionals such as architects, designers, acoustic engineers, builders/developers and general contractors.

Junru Shen, Building Performance Consultant, Stantec, Vancouver, BC
Junru is a building performance consultant who works in Stantec Vancouver’s Sustainability and Building Performance group. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional and a Certified Passive House Designer. With her broad scope of knowledge, Junru is keen on helping projects achieving high energy performance and sustainability goals.
Bringing Passive House into the Cold
The Wood Innovation Research Lab is a small university laboratory designed to be used by university faculty and students to do research and testing related to wood construction. It is consisted of an industrial workshop with large piece equipment, offices and seminar rooms. The building is constructed with engineered wood products and received Passive House certification in July 2018.
10:50am & 3:40pm

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(Please note previously advertised speaker Harbinder Birdi of Hawkins/Brown is no longer able to join us – hopefully next year!)

No need to register in advance for individual sessions, you can plan your day in advance or choose in the moment.

  Edmonton – Wednesday, December 4, 2019
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Registration: $75+GST
Networking Reception: $25+GST NEW THIS YEAR IN EDMONTON

Dec. 3: Tour (see above for details)
DEC. 4:
7:30-8pm Registration
8am-4:40pm – seminars and trade show
5-7pm – networking reception (Edmonton only)
Reception tickets are separate from the Conference fee but can be purchased at the same time or individually.

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