Registration Open for Virtual Wood Solutions Conference (November 16 – 20)


The annual Wood Solutions Conference is dedicated to showcasing innovative advancements and applications for wood products and building systems in design and construction. Leading-edge speakers will inform and inspire you at the 2020 Virtual Wood Solutions Conference.
Don’t miss this exceptional week of learning to advance your knowledge and ingenuity with wood!
  • Learn about the latest in wood innovations from distinguished presenters and two renowned keynote speakers  
  • Interact with wood product experts at the virtual exhibit hall and find the resources you need to achieve your vision in wood design and building
  • Participate in seminars with wood design leaders and project teams from across Canada
  • Earn up to 14 continuing education credits

The 2020 Wood Design & Building Awards is NOW OPEN for submissions!

Are you, or someone you know, involved in a project that embodies the essence of innovative wood design? Submit your project(s) to our Awards program for your chance to be featured in various conferences, press releases, and highlighted in the Wood Design & Building award winning and popularly circulated awards book and magazine.


Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors: SFI, Sansin, Real Cedar, Canadian Wood Council & the Wood WORKS! program. 

NEW this year! – Wood WORKS! Awards has partnered with the Wood Design & Building Awards program to offer wood design  project proponents double the chances of winning! With one submission(entry) to the Wood Design & Building Awards program, projects built in the provinces of BC, Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario in the past three (3) years will be automatically submitted to the Ontario Wood Design Awards, Prairie Wood Design Awards and the Wood Design Awards in BC. 

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

We’re Hiring a Vice President of Market Development

If you’re a results-driven experienced senior leader, looking for a dynamic role, then look no further, because we have just the role for you. Apply today to be the Vice President of Market Development at the Canadian Wood Council.

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.

Canadian and American Wood Councils Update Environmental Product Declarations

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) and American Wood Council (AWC) have released updates for six environmental product declarations (EPDs) for North American wood products. Originally developed in 2013, the updated cradle-to-gate EPDs include softwood lumber, plywood, oriented strand board, laminated veneer lumber, I-joists and glue-laminated lumber. View the press release

Earn Free Continuing Education Units

Earn free continuing education credits from the comfort of your home or office. Visit to browse over 100 professional development courses accredited for CEUs by the American Institute of Architects, all Canadian Provincial Architect Associations, Engineering Institute of Canada & BC Housing.

2019 CLT Handbook Now Available

Get your copy of the new, fully updated Canadian CLT Handbook, 2019 Edition. This handbook is a must-have for every professional interested in building with CLT in Canada and beyond!

  • NEW! An extra chapter provides a design prototype of an eight-storey mass-timber building.In-depth, multi-disciplinary and peer-reviewed information on all performance attributes of CLT construction;
  • Includes the new CLT provisions in the Canadian Standards Association’s Standard in Engineering Design in Wood;
  • In-depth, multi-disciplinary and peer-reviewed information on all performance attributes of CLT construction


Ontario Recognizes Excellence in Wood Architecture

Ontario Recognizes Excellence in Wood Architecture Winning Projects Celebrated & Announced during OFIA Convention

Toronto, ON, February 26th, 2020 – The Canadian Wood Council’s Ontario Wood WORKS! program joined forces with the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA) on February 26th in Toronto to recognize six winning projects as part of the Ontario Wood Design Awards program.

Ontario Recognizes Excellence in Wood Architecture

  • Kenora Airport New Terminal, Kenora, Architecture49
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart Flagship, Toronto, Brook McIlroy Architecture
  • Deerhurst Lakeside Lodge, Huntsville, Richard Wengle Architect
  • Temagami First Nation Multi-Use Facility, Temagami, Larocque Elder Architects
  • King Township Municipal Administration Centre, King City, +VG Architects
  • 80 Atlantic Ave., Toronto, Quadrangle Architects

The awards presentation were part of OFIA’s 77th Annual Meeting and Convention, and were an opportunity to showcase excellence in wood architecture throughout the province.

“The winning projects reflect the sophistication of an evolving wood culture that is gaining momentum in Ontario,” explained Marianne Berube, Executive Director for the Ontario Wood WORKS! Program. “We’re happy to partner with OFIA this year to recognize the design and construction teams that are pushing the boundaries of innovation for wood construction.”

The inspiring submissions for this year’s awards program were a reflection of the advancements in wood research and technology that are diversifying the application of wood in construction. The winning projects are thoughtful in design and execution, highlighting both structural and aesthetic benefits.

“The design and construction teams from the winning projects are revolutionizing the way we think about wood in construction,” said Jamie Lim, President & CEO of OFIA. “Growing pressure for the built environment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has resulted in more sustainably conscious building material choices that align with our members’ commitment for sustainable development – meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations.”

For more information, please contact:

Jamie Lim

President & CEO, OFIA


Marianne Berube

Executive Director, Ontario Wood WORKS!


Forest Industry Applauds Government for Facilitating Tall Wood Construction

Edmonton, January 24, 2020 – The Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) and Wood WORKS! Alberta congratulate the Government of Alberta for becoming the first jurisdiction in Canada to permit 12 storey wood buildings province-wide.

This change raises the permissible limit for wood buildings in Alberta from 6 to 12 storeys.

“The Government of Alberta is to be commended for taking action to promote Alberta jobs and support local business,” said Paul Whittaker, President and CEO of the AFPA. “By becoming a leader in wood construction, we are adding value to our resources right here. We are also creating public spaces and homes that Albertans will cherish for generations.”

“This is a tremendous step forward for Alberta,” said Rory Koska, Program Director for Wood WORKS! Alberta. “We have seen tall wood buildings sprouting up around the world. With the innovations in wood construction, building taller with mass wood will provide an economic and environmentally responsible option for builders and developers. This announcement will bring an exciting change to the architectural landscape across Alberta.”

Facts About Tall Wood Construction

  • Tall wood construction in Alberta has the potential to consume $40 million of locally produced lumber each year.
  • The market for wood buildings of 7 to 12 storey buildings, in Canada, is approximately 27 million square feet.
  • Since many components of tall wood buildings are prefabricated offsite, wood buildings can be assembled more quickly, with less noise and disruption to neighbours.
  • The world’s tallest wood building is the 18 storey, 85.4 metre Mjøstårnet Tower in Norway.
  • Wood products store carbon absorbed by the trees while growing. As a low-carbon material, wood has significant potential to reduce the overall greenhouse gas emissions of the building sector.
  • Tall wood construction is safe. Wood buildings must meet or exceed the safety requirements for buildings constructed of materials like concrete and steel.


Brock Mulligan
Director of Communications
Alberta Forest Products Association
p) 780.239.6890

Barbara Murray
Communications Co-ordinator
Wood WORKS! Alberta
p) 780.392.0761

Job Opening: Manager – Communications, Events, and Member Services

Manager – Communications, Events, and Member Services
Ottawa, ON

The Canadian Wood Council, the national association representing Canadian manufacturers of wood products used in construction is seeking a self-motivated Manager – Communications, Events, and Member Services with experience in an industry association environment, to coordinate its communication program, deliver educational events, and optimize the value proposition of member services.


  • Working with the Director of Communications, Events and Member Services, and Wood WORKS! program Executive Directors across the country, develop annual communications and event program strategies, and manage related budgets.
  • Plan, develop and coordinate a series of education and training events that support annual plans and objectives for the Wood WORKS! special program.
  • Draft new content for a variety of wood construction industry communication initiatives
  • Organize industry events which include speaking opportunities and trade show participation
  • Manage projects and ensure content is publication-ready and consistent with CWC branding and messaging
  • Create and distribute press releases and maintain media lists
  • Generate new sponsorship opportunities to maximize engagement and revenue, manage budgets, and provide support to the CWC team
  • Critically evaluate existing services and develop new offerings for members and stakeholders to build greater engagement and revenue opportunities for CWC and its Wood WORKS! special program
  • Ensure communication platforms (websites, LinkedIn, social media) are engaging, innovative and appealing, yielding excellent analytics and SEO
  • Essential travel within Canada to ensure effective communications, successful events and new member and stakeholder service delivery (approximately 20% annually)


  • At least five years of communications experience creating strategic, targeted content generating measurable ROI
  • At least five years of experience in planning, managing, promoting and executing events
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Experience with website editing, management and content creation
  • Required verbal and written proficiency in English. French verbal and written proficiency a strong asset
  • Demonstrated ability to use social media channels effectively to deliver marketing content
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of industry association governance and member relations an asset
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, event planning, journalism or a related field

Interested candidates should apply with cover letter before Friday, February 14th, 2020 (at midnight EST).

Catherine Lalonde Memorial Scholarships Awarded

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) awarded three student recipients as part of the 2019 Catherine Lalonde Memorial Scholarships – Gabriella Vojtila (Queen’s University), Md Abdul Hamid Mirdad (University of Alberta) and team of Shawn Dylan Johnston and Siqi Wang (University of Toronto). The winners demonstrated academic excellence through their research projects that will have positive influences on the structural wood products industry. Read the press release.

Submissions now being accepted for the Wood Design & Building Awards!

The Wood Design & Building Awards program invites North American and International entries for 2019 -honouring excellence in wood architecture. Submit your projects today!

The Canadian Wood Council Welcomes Kevin McKinley as President & CEO

The CWC announced Kevin McKinley as President & CEO, effective September 30. Kevin is a highly experienced and well-regarded leader, with previous work experience at the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the Standards Council of Canada. 

Rick Jeffery, Interim President of the CWC, welcomed Kevin to his new role, “Kevin’s appointment will be an excellent fit with the strategic direction of the CWC and the Wood WORKS! Program.” Rick added, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as Interim President and cannot think of a better candidate to fill this leadership position.”

Eric Paradis, Chair of the CWC Board and a member of the HR Committee added, “On behalf of the CWC Board and Staff, we very much appreciate Rick’s service since his appointment last year.” He added, “As part of the HR hiring Committee, I am delighted to welcome Kevin McKinley to the CWC. He will be an excellent addition to the outstanding Staff at CWC.”

As President & CEO of the CWC, Kevin will be the primary liaison with stakeholders and will advocate for the positive benefits of using wood products in construction. Kevin McKinley added, “I’m looking forward to working with Canada’s wood industry and stakeholders. Wood construction is the safe and sustainable solution for development. New and exciting designs in residential, commercial and tall building construction present tremendous opportunities across the country.”


Reader Survey – Wood Design & Building Magazine

Your opinion matters to us! Complete the reader survey for your chance to win one of four visa gift cards valued at $350 each! 

Green Construction for Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Administrative Office

A new 4-storey administrative office building slated for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of the winning proposals that will receive funding under the Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) Program. Read the press release

Next Generation of Designers and Builders Learning Innovative Wood Construction

Investing in Canada’s forest sector is an investment in the future. That is why Canada supports wood innovation, including educating the next generation of Canadian engineers and architects on the benefits of designing and building with wood. Read the press release

Ontario Investing Almost $5 Million in Mass Timber Innovation

Ontario’s first cross laminated timber plant will create jobs and support the forestry sector. Learn more.

Tall Wood is on the Up-and-Up in Toronto

The Arbour, a 10-storey building planned for George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus, is one of the winning recipients of the Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) Program. Launched by Natural Resources Canada, the GCWood Program encourages the broader awareness and domestic capacity for wood in Canadian construction. The Arbour, which will use mass timber products, will demonstrate wood’s ability to complement other building materials in innovative applications such as tall construction. Read the press release.

Premier John Horgan Supports a Strong and Sustainable Future for BC’s Forest Industry

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) applauds Premier John Horgan’s announcement today at the BC Council of Forest Industries (COFI) annual convention to choose wood construction wherever possible for public sector buildings.  Read the press release.

Canadian Wood Council Commends the Government of British Columbia for Supporting Forest Communities

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) applauds the Government of British Columbia’s announcement today in support of opportunities in the province for forest communities and innovative low-carbon solutions such as tall wood construction. Read the press release.

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