2021 Catherine Lalonde Memorial Scholarships for Wood Related Research

The Catherine Lalonde Memorial Scholarship is presented to graduate students, enrolled in a Canadian University, who demonstrate excellence in their studies of structural wood or wood design. The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) invites submissions from graduate students in engineering, architecture, wood science and forestry. The projects submitted must demonstrate the direct benefit of structural products manufactured by the Canadian wood products industry.


CWC will be granting two scholarships to graduate students whose wood research transcends the same level of passion that Catherine Lalonde championed relentlessly for the wood/wood products industry as a professional engineer and president of the CWC.


Catherine, a professional engineer, was a passionate representative of our industry who relentlessly championed the use of wood in residential and commercial construction. She was president of the CWC from 2000 to 2003, when sadly she lost her battle with cancer. This award was created to honour Catherine’s memory and to perpetuate the legacy she left to the Canadian wood products industry through her 10 years of work at CWC. 


Scholarship value  

Two scholarships each valued at $2,500.


Who can apply Students enrolled in an engineering, architecture, forestry, or wood science graduate program that contributes to the advancement of wood products in construction.
Application Process Submit by e-mail to Ioana Lazea ([email protected]):

  • One cover letter. Please indicate in the cover letter your current academic enrolment (i.e. first year in the Master program, first year in the PhD program)


  • Official transcript of marks (graduate and/or undergraduate if in first year of graduate studies).
  • Master Program- Undergraduate and Master official transcript of marks 
  • Doctorate Program – Master official transcript of marks 


  • Two pages description of the relevant project and two pages of relevant drawing, photos if applicable.


  • Two reference letters
Submission Deadline  

November 1, 2021


Scholarship Awarding  

Selected scholarship recipients will be invited to attend a WOOD WORKS! event (TBD) to receive the scholarship.



For additional information, please contact Ioana Lazea at [email protected] or 613-747-5544 ext. 227                                                      

2019-2020 Wood Design Award Book wins prestigious EXCEL Gold award

2019-2020 Wood Design Award Book wins the prestigious EXCEL Gold award in the General audience book category.

This award is presented by The Associations, Media & Publishing Network – a division of SIIA.

The General audience book category recognizes best writing and overall packaging of a printed or digital book written for a non-technical or lay audience.

The awards book was selected as a winner through the following judging criteria;

  • Quality of design
  • Quality and effectiveness of writing & copyediting
  • Quality of content
  • Editorial & graphic unity 

SIIA’s EXCEL Awards is the largest and most prestigious program recognizing excellence and leadership in association media, publishing, marketing and communication. From digital publishing to magazines, newsletters, newspapers, journals, books, and promotional content—the EXCEL Awards encompass every association communication vehicle.

About the book:

2019-20 Wood Design Awards Book – Celebrating Excellence in Wood Architecture

This limited edition hardcover book showcases stunning architectural design and building, and is a lasting reference for those seeking inspiration in wood design. Content includes in-depth building descriptions, detail drawings and plans, and striking color photos of award-winning projects from three key programs: Wood Design & Building Awards, US WoodWorks Wood Design Awards, and the Canadian Wood WORKS! Awards. The inspiring projects featured throughout the Awards Book are the end results from teams who were guided by tradition and inspired by the possibility of what’s to come in wood construction.

Bring home your copy of this beautiful book today:

The Canadian Wood Council is pleased to share our latest report – Insuring Timber

The Canadian Wood Council is pleased to share our latest report – Insuring Timber. Over the years, CWC has commissioned several studies to investigate and understand the workings of the Canadian and Global Insurance industry as it relates to #timber. Taking a slight detour from our usual focus on technical support, this document provides a high level overview of our findings and hopes to encourage collaboration across sectors by inviting interested allies to join CWC’s proactive initiatives and programs over the coming months.











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Wood Design & Building Award Winners Announced

Inspiring Excellence in Wood Architecture & Design
Wood Design & Building magazine has announced the winning projects from the coveted Wood Design & Building Awards program. Launched in 1984, the awards program recognizes and celebrates the outstanding work of visionaries around the world who inspire excellence in wood architecture.
Click here to view the full press release


Job Posting: Structural Engineering Position

You are a professional structural engineer with a proactive personality that takes ownership for your work, aspiring to be a wood engineering expert for a dynamic organization committed to making a big impact in the market.

We are the Canadian Wood Council (CWC). We represent the Canadian wood products industry through a national alliance of leading industry associations. Our mission is to expand market access and increase demand for Canadian wood products through codes, standards, regulations, education and promotion. We live our vision of being passionate, credible agents of innovation, leading an advanced and sustainable wood construction culture.


As a Technical Service Specialist – Structural, you will be responsible for strategic building code and standards initiatives; applied engineering problem-solving; developing new design tools and publications; delivery of end products through seminars and media to targeted audiences including engineers, architects, building officials and builders, and supporting the development and maintenance of lumber design values. Required to travel within North America once it is safe to do so.


  • Ability to apply your excellent understanding of structural analysis and design with a good knowledge of wood as a structural material.
  • A strong understanding of statistics.
  • An undergraduate Civil (Structural) Engineering degree or a Wood Science degree having a solid understanding of wood design and appropriate structural engineering experience. A recent graduate with a graduate level degree(s) in Civil (Structural) Engineering, eligible for professional registration, will be considered.

Important Skills

To be a successful member of the Codes and Engineering team, you will have:

  • Strong computer skills, including structural modeling
  • Strong communication skills both written and oral in English
  • An ability to work in French (an asset)
  • Programming skills with Matlab or Python (an asset)
  • An understanding of the material and behavioural properties of wood (an asset)
  • An understanding of lumber grading and the lumber manufacturing industry (an asset)

Working at CWC

This is a full-time position that is based out of CWC’s downtown Ottawa office. During COVID-19 restriction periods, you should be able to work safely and effectively from home. In the future, you should be able to work both in the Ottawa office and remotely, as needed. We offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, and a defined contribution pension plan.

 Applying for this role

We strive to build a team that reflects the diversity of the community we work in and encourage applications from traditionally under-represented groups.

Interested candidates should reply in confidence by email to [email protected] before September 5, 2021.

French Translation:

Poste de spécialiste en ingénierie structurale

Vous êtes un spécialiste en ingénierie structurale, vous êtes proactif, vous assumez la responsabilité de votre travail et vous aspirez à devenir un expert en ingénierie du bois pour une organisation dynamique qui s’engage à avoir une forte incidence sur le marché.

Nous sommes le Conseil canadien du bois (CCB). Nous représentons l’industrie des produits du bois par l’entremise d’une alliance nationale des plus importantes associations d’entreprises. Notre mission consiste à favoriser l’accès aux marchés et à accroître la demande de produits du bois canadiens au moyen des codes, des normes, des règlements et de l’éducation. Nous concrétisons notre vision qui consiste à mettre notre passion au service de l’innovation en favorisant de façon crédible une culture de construction avancée en bois durable.


En tant que spécialiste des services techniques (structures), vous serez responsable d’initiatives stratégiques concernant : les normes et le code du bâtiment; la résolution de problèmes en ingénierie appliquée; le développement d’outils de conception et de la production des publications; la présentation des produits finaux par l’entremise de séminaires et d’événements médiatiques destinés à des publics cibles, notamment des ingénieurs, des architectes, des directeurs de la construction et des constructeurs, et d’appuyer le développement et le maintien des valeurs de calcul du bois d’œuvre. Le candidat devra se déplacer en Amérique du Nord, dès que ce sera sécuritaire.


  • Capacité à mettre en pratique votre excellente compréhension de l’analyse et de la conception structurale et votre bonne connaissance du bois en tant que matériau structural.
  • Excellente compréhension des statistiques.
  • Diplôme en ingénierie civile (structurale) de premier cycle ou diplôme en sciences du bois, solides connaissances en conception axée sur le bois et expérience appropriée en ingénierie. La candidature d’une personne ayant récemment obtenu un diplôme de deuxième cycle universitaire en ingénierie civile (structurale) et qui est admissible à l’accréditation auprès de l’ordre professionnel sera prise en considération.

Compétences importantes

Pour avoir du succès au sein de l’équipe Codes et ingénierie, vous devez posséder ce qui suit :

  • Solides compétences informatiques, y compris en modélisation structurelle
  • Solides aptitudes en communication écrite et orale en anglais
  • Capacité à travailler en français, un atout
  • Compétences en programmation avec Matlab ou Python, un atout
  • Compréhension des propriétés matérielles et comportementales du bois, un atout
  • Compréhension du classement du bois d’œuvre et de l’industrie de la fabrication du bois d’œuvre, un atout

Travailler à CCB

Il s’agit d’un poste à temps plein basé à notre bureau du centre-ville d’Ottawa. Lors des périodes de restrictions dues à la COVID-19, vous devriez pouvoir travailler de manière sécuritaire et efficace depuis votre domicile. Il sera éventuellement possible de travailler au bureau d’Ottawa selon les besoins et à distance. Nous offrons un salaire concurrentiel proportionnel à votre expérience et une série d’avantages exhaustive qui comprend une assurance médicale et dentaire et un régime de retraite à contribution déterminée.


Nous nous efforçons de bâtir une équipe qui reflète la diversité de la communauté dans laquelle nous travaillons et nous encourageons les candidatures de groupes traditionnellement sous-représentés.

Les candidats intéressés sont priés d’envoyer leur candidature, en toute confidentialité, par courriel à l’adresse [email protected] d’ici le 5 septembre 2021.











Virtual Map Highlights Leading-Edge Wood Buildings throughout Canada

The Canadian Wood Council and Forests Ontario kicked off the start of National Forest Week with the launch of their new, interactive digital map featuring wood buildings across Canada. The map celebrates the benefits of building with wood by highlighting select projects from coast to coast. Read the press release.

A Nuclear First for Canada – Wood Used at the Chalk River Laboratories

The wood products industry can add ‘nuclear’ to its resume! The Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) project located in Chalk River, represents the first research campus in the country to use engineered mass timber as a structural material. The new wood hybrid buildings will receive support under the Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) Program. The Program, administered by Natural Resources Canada, aims to broaden the awareness of wood as a sustainable and renewable construction material and to increase the domestic capacity for wood in Canadian construction. Read the press release.

2020 Catherine Lalonde Memorial Scholarships for Wood Related Research

2020 Catherine Lalonde Memorial Scholarships Application 

The Catherine Lalonde Memorial scholarship is awarded to graduate students who demonstrate excellence in their studies of structural wood or wood design. The Canadian Wood Council invites submissions from graduate students in engineering, architecture, wood science and forestry programs, whose wood research transcends the same level of passion that Catherine Lalonde championed relentlessly for the wood/wood products industry. The submissions must demonstrate the direct benefit of structural products manufactured by the Canadian forest products industry. Submission deadline October 30, 2020.

Canada’s wood construction industry is adapting to meet the needs of our audiences despite challenges presented by COVID

NEW! Fire Demonstration Video

Wood WORKS! BC has released a new educational video, Fire Performance Demonstration Workshop 2.0 – Understanding fire design: applications. Changes to the NBCC mean new considerations for fire, with Encapsulated Mass Timber Construction (EMTC) in tall buildings as a new construction type in the code. This video provides an overview of a Wood WORKS! BC workshop at the City of Surrey Fire Department Training Facility which demonstrates fire performance with a live burn of three large demonstration boxes, including one of mass timber, and summarizes the learning outcomes essential for understanding taller and larger wood building fire requirements. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO.

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