Job Posting for Communications and Outreach Manager – Ontario Wood WORKS! Program

About CWC

Canadian Wood Council (CWC) represents the Canadian wood products industry through a national alliance of leading industry associations. CWC’s mission is to expand market access and increase demand for Canadian wood products through codes, standards, regulations, education, and promotion. You can learn more about us and our work at

Position Overview
The Canadian Wood Council, Ontario Wood Works program, is seeking a self-motivated Communications and Outreach Manager with experience in an industry association environment, to coordinate its communication program, deliver educational events, and optimize outreach to our target audience.


  • Working with the ON Executive Director, the Ontario Technical team, and coordinating efforts with the National Communications and Events team, develop and execute annual communications and event program strategies. 
  • Plan, develop and coordinate a series of education and outreach events and presentations that support annual plans and objectives for the ON Wood WORKS!  program.
  • Outreach will also cover Municipalities and their associations, particularly in Northern Ontario to generate new project leads.
  • 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.
  • Working with the Executive Director, generate new sponsorship opportunities to maximize engagement and revenue, manage budgets, and provide support to the ON Wood WORKS! team.
  • Critically evaluate existing services and develop new offerings for sponsors and stakeholders to build greater engagement and revenue opportunities for the ON Wood WORKS!  program.
  • Ensure communication platforms (websites, LinkedIn, social media) are engaging, innovative and appealing, yielding excellent analytics.
  • Essential travel within Ontario and occasionally Canada to ensure effective communications, successful events and new member and stakeholder service delivery.

Qualifications and Assets

  • At least five years of communications experience creating strategic, targeted content generating measurable ROIs.
  • 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 wood industry and government relations is an asset.
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, event planning, journalism or a related field.
  • Candidate must be located in Northern Ontario.
  • Bilingual (French/English) an asset.

Working at CWC

This is a full‐time remote position located in Northern Ontario.  You will be required to travel within Ontario and occasionally Canada. We offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, and a defined contribution pension plan.

Position Type

Full-time, Permanent

Reports to

ON Executive Director

Interested in Applying?

At CWC we are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. We celebrate it within our team and believe that our different backgrounds and experiences make us stronger. With every person we hire, we aim to add to a culture where everyone is valued and all employees can grow in our team-oriented organization.

Interested candidates should apply in confidence to [email protected] by May 31, 2022.

We sincerely thank all applicants for their interest but only those under consideration will be contacted.

Click here for a PDF version of this job posting.

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.

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.

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 Continuing Education Units

Exciting News!
We are restructuring our on-line learning centre!
Online courses will be temporarily unavailable. We look forward to sharing our new format and structure with you soon.

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


[email protected]

Marianne Berube

Executive Director, Ontario Wood WORKS!


[email protected]

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
e) [email protected]

Barbara Murray
Communications Co-ordinator
Wood WORKS! Alberta
p) 780.392.0761
e) [email protected]

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!

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.

Fire Safety / Fire Protection Engineering

The Canadian Wood Council, the national association representing Canadian manufacturers of wood products used in building construction, seeks a highly motivated and skilled individual to advance the use of wood products as a state of-the-art and fire-safe building material. Read the full job posting.

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