Wood Solutions Conference

Thank you to attendees, speakers and exhibitors for an exceptional Winnipeg Wood Solutions Fair!

The Wood Solutions Fair is the premier event in Canada dedicated to design and construction with wood and wood products. This one-day educational event, presented for the first time at the RBC Conference Centre Winnipeg on April 11 by Wood WORKS!  and the Canadian Wood Council, showcased wood use in commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-unit residential construction through a trade show and seminars. Thanks to this year’s attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and everyone else who helped make the event a success!

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View a video of the first Winnipeg Wood Solutions Fair!

Winnipeg Wood Solutions Fair

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 8am-5pm

If you love to design and build with wood, or if you want to increase your capacity to do so, you won’t want to miss this one-day educational showcase of wood use in commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-unit residential construction.

  • Customize your program from the 8 available sessions
  • Earn up to 6 professional continuing education hours
  • Network with colleagues and make new connections
  • Walk the trade show floor and meet the industry experts and product specialists with the knowledge to help you on your next wood project
  • Registration fee includes lunch

The Wood Solutions Fair is the premier event in Canada dedicated to design and construction with wood and wood products. This one-day educational event showcases wood use in commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-unit residential construction through a trade show and seminars. With over 8 unique sessions to choose from. Design professionals can attend up to 6 sessions in one day.


Timber Design Excellence in UK Schools – Sandal Magna Primary and Others

photo by Mark Hadden, Sandal Magna Primary School, SWA

The session will focus on a selection of SWA’s recent primary school projects, drawing on the practice’s experience in new build and extension projects located in both urban and rural settings. It will look at how the selection of structural timber solutions and timber finishes has responded to the clients’ briefs as well as site and programming constraints. We will also explore how community build was incorporated at Mellor Primary School and the way in which projects such as Mellor and Sandal Magna Primary School have supported the Schools’ sustainable pedagogy.

Eleanor Brough, MA DipArch ARB, Associate, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, London, UK

Eleanor Brough is a graduate of Cambridge University and University College London and has worked for ten years with SWA delivering a number of award-winning buildings. In 2016 she won the RIBA North West Project Architect of the Year Award for her work on Mellor Primary School, an exemplar rural school project. She has expertise in the education, housing and cultural sectors and currently heading up SWA’s older people’s housing in Devon, South West England and an urban regeneration project in Nottingham, UK.

 Unlimited Versatility of Wood Construction

Photographer: LTA, Tsleil–Waututh Admin & Health Centre

This project aims to stimulate the desire to design and build with wood by illustrating its potential in a selection of construction examples. Canada is home to more than 22,000 individuals educated and engaged in architectural endeavours (IBIS World, 2017) and over 34,000 civil engineers working in architectural engineering and related services (Engineers Canada, 2015). There are significant opportunities for wood in construction – it is Canada’s most natural, renewable and readily available resource and its inherent limitations are only perceived. This presentation will encourage design professionals to use wood to it’s full potential and further advance current wood construction technologies.

Lubor Trubka, Architect AIBC, FRAIC
Principal in Charge / Lead Design Architect, Lubor Trubka Associates Architects (LTA), Vancouver, BC

Established in 1975, Lubor Trubka Associates has been providing architectural expertise to clients across North America, Asia and Europe. Lubor’s projects have frequently been recognized for their design excellence, innovation, efficiency and sustainability, resulting in international commissions. Lubor is an enthusiastic advocate of wood construction and in 2008 became the second recipient of the Canadian Wood Council’s Wood Champion Award.


Effective R-value calculator for walls: A free tool to demonstrate compliance with the prescriptive wall provisions of the MBC 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 suit- able 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.

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.

Concentrating on structural engineering, building science, and energy issues, Rob is responsible for the CWC’s Publication and Software business centre, participates on the Technical Research Committee and the Net Zero Energy Housing council of the Ca- nadian Home Builder’s Association, participates on national building code committees (Structural and Energy) and is the Secretary/Associate for the Technical Committee on the “Engineering Design in Wood” (CSA O86) Standard.

Acoustics – Avoiding complaints and meeting/exceeding building code requirements

This presentation defines building code requirements and outlines acoustic principles in addition to discussing efficient means of acoustic insulation using multiple floor/ceiling assemblies for light wood-frame and mass tim- ber buildings. This presentation will benefit any building and design professionals such as architects, designers, acoustic engineers, builders/developers and general contractors.

André Rioux, Vice President, Sales and Development, AcoustiTECH a division of FINITEC GROUP, St. Lambert?de?Lauzon, QC

Since the creation of AcoustiTECH in 2000, Andre has been traveling all over Canada, the United States and the UAE to make presentations to groups of architects, project managers, general contractors, flooring contractors and more. Andre’s experience combined with the expertise of his team has resulted in AcoustiTECH being the num- ber one reference in the field of acoustics for new and existing buildings. After over 15 years, Andre continues to enjoy meeting with professionals and collaborating in the success of their projects.

Fire Safe Alternative Solutions for Tall Wood Buildings

A number of tall wood buildings in Canada are currently in the design phase, are currently under construction or have been constructed.  Since the current prescriptive code requirements, in all provinces, does not permit the use of combustible construction past 6 stories, the Alternative Solutions pathway to building code compliance is required in which the proponent must demonstrate that the proposed design using combustible construction achieves the levels of performance required of the acceptable noncombustible construction solution (e.g. steel or concrete building).  This presentation will focus on the alternative solution process and specific considerations which should be considered in an Alternative Solution for a Tall Wood Building.

Steven Craft, Principal, CHM Fire Consultants Ltd., Ottawa, ON

Steve Craft is a Principal Engineer with CHM Fire Consultants Ltd and an Adjunct Professor in the Fire Safety Engineering Program at Carleton University.  He holds a Ph.D from Carleton University in Fire Safety Engineering and an undergraduate degree in Forest Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. He actively participates in several committees including as Chair of the ULC Fire Test Committee; ASTM E05 Committee on Fire Tests where he is on the Executive Committee and CSA O86 Technical Committee on Wood Design where he chairs the TG on Fire Resistance.  Dr. Craft has taught graduate courses in Wood Engineering, Wood Structures and Fire Safety, and Fire Dynamics at Carleton University.  He was appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Fire and Materials Journal in 2015. Dr. Craft has spent the last 15 years conducting research in the fire performance of wood structures and is recognized internationally for is expertise.

Heavy Timber Budgeting
Understanding the cost drivers in a heavy timber framing system can be simple and complicated. Glulam can be made into many different shapes and sizes and the cost implications can be missed.  It can be difficult to understand why one system costs more than another. How much impact do coatings have on the overall package cost? When should one system be chosen over another? Understand the design choice implications before a tender closes. Use glulam to gain maximum exposure without stepping outside your budget.We will investigate the different options for connecting timber, material choices, and tools to choose the best system for the application.

Andre Lema, Business Development, Western Archrib, Edmonton, AB

Graduate of NAIT in Building Construction Engineering, 3 years site experience, 10 years with a wood truss manufacturer and 17 years with Western Archrib in sales and marketing.

Growing midrise wood buildings- the rise of 5 and 6 storey midrise in Ontario: A brief history

Ontario’s Building Code was amended January 1, 2015, allowing for 5 and 6 storey wood buildings. The session will cover opportunities and challenges that this created for builders and developers, design teams, municipalities and material suppliers.

Steven Street, Technical Manager, Ontario Wood WORKS!, Kitchener, ON
Steven has been with Wood WORKS! since 2007 after a career in design and off-site panelisation and factory prefabrication.  As Technical Manager, he provides market information and technical support to design professionals, developers & builders. Steven is actively involved in a number of key Canadian market development programs, including the role wood plays in advancing mid-rise and tall wood building construction.  He engages with Stakeholder groups, and currently sits on the board of the Ontario Structural Wood Association, and is an active member of RESCON’s technical council. Steven regularly presents at Colleges and Universities on wood and its uses. Wood rocks!!!
Timber Office Buildings: Everything Old is New Again
Century-old brick and beam industrial buildings are highly sought after as modern commercial office real estate, and in many markets they have largely all been converted. New versions of the old brick and beam vernacular are being pursued as an attractive and economical form of Class A office space and are highly desirable among progressive employers, especially in the technology start-up sector.

Cory Zurell, PhD, P. Eng., Principal, Blackwell Structural Engineers, Waterloo, ON

Cory is a structural engineer, managing Blackwell’s Waterloo, Ontario, office. He has a particular interest in timber design—a subject he also teaches for civil engineering students at the University of Waterloo. He is a member of the PRG-320 standard committee for CLT and is currently the chair of the timber design subcommittee for CSA S6, the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code.

CLICK HERE to view the program schedule 


Would you like to have a booth at our trade show? CLICK HERE for the Winnipeg Exhibitor Application PDF
Exhibitor Information:
Shipping + Receiving
Items being shipped in advance must be shipped to Central Display.
Click here for a PDF of the Central Display Exhibitor Package (info. on shipping and booth extras) Materials must be received by April 6 at Central Display warehouse.

To order internet and electricity for your booth visit the following website:
Exhibitor Order Forms: http://www.wcc.mb.ca/planners/order-forms/

We have a room block at the Delta Hotel by Marriott Winnipeg for the Fair – EXPIRES MARCH 13, 2018

To book by phone:

Call Marriott Reservations at 1-844-294-7309 and quote the group name “Wood Council Room Block”

Room rate is $170/night +tax

Delta Hotels Marriott
350 St. Mary Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 3J2
The hotel is located across the street from the convention centre.


Previous WSF events:

Thank you to attendees, speakers and exhibitors for an exceptional 2017 Prairie Wood Solutions Fair!

The Wood Solutions Fair is the premier event in Canada dedicated to design and construction with wood and wood products. This one-day educational event, presented at the Edmonton Expo Centre on December 13 by Wood WORKS! Alberta and the Canadian Wood Council, showcased wood use in commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-unit residential construction through a trade show and seminars. Thanks to this year’s attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and everyone else who helped make the event a success!

CLICK HERE for speaker bios   |  CLICK HERE for presentation abstracts   | CLICK HERE for the exhibitor list 

For more information please contact Barbara Murray at 1-780-392-0761.

CLICK HERE to view PDF support materials for “The Price is Right, but will this product work in a Mid-Rise project?” Tips to help you pick the right products and fire-resistance assemblies session

Many of the sessions at the Wood Solutions Fair will be made available on our e-learning site in the new year.  This is a free resource and archive of presentations from events all over Canada: https://woodworkselearning.com/