International Convention

Forest Products Society

Keynote Speakers

Jean-Claude Mercier Monday August 11, 9:00 – 9:30
Jean-Claude Mercier, ing.f., MSc, is a former Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Forests of Canada, international leader on the sustainable forest development that influenced the reform of forest management around the world. From 1994 to 2006, vice-president of the Eastern Division of Forintek Canada (now known as FPInnovations); recipient of numerous awards, prizes and medals at the national and provincial level; after retirement in 2006, Jean-Claude remains active and volunteers in the areas of wildlife, forestry and Quebec forest history. In his opening keynote speech, Jean-Claude will talk about history of Quebec and its forests. The forest provided, over centuries, numerous economic activities crucial to its development and that of our province. In turn, the export of timber to Europe, shipbuilding, sawmills and the pulp and paper industry contributed to creating jobs, attracting immigrants, and building the Quebec of today. Even nowadays, the city and its immediate vicinity are the seat of important activities in trade and wood processing, training and forestry research as well as the use of structural engineered wood in a growing number of new buildings.
   
Robert Malczyk Monday August 11, 9:30 – 10:30
Robert Malczyk
, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Struct.Eng, MIStructE, MBA is a leading Canadian design and construction engineer, cofounder and principal of Equilibrium Consulting Inc. in Vancouver, BC. Robert is involved in the design of the first "Passivhaus" projects in Canada, development of "Tall Wood" project, seismic design of CLT structures, long standing member of CSA O86 "Engineering Design in Wood" technical committee and other code development groups. From over 600 of his design projects, several have received prestigious awards. Robert will speak about the renaissance of Canadian timber construction. The role of this keynote is to set the tone for the conference. It will be a journey showcasing Canadian achievements and a look into the future when the balance of the competitive energy and intimate cooperation brings the Canadian Timber Community to the next level - the level of world leaders.
   
Ian de la Roche Tuesday August 12, 8:30 – 9:30
Ian de la Roche
, BSc, MSc, PhD, was appointed CEO of Forintek in 1992. From 2006 to 2009 he served as founding president and CEO of FPInnovations. Ian then took retirement and started up DELAROCHE Consultancy. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia and as a Business Associate of Timwood AB, a world-leading consultancy specializing in identifying strategic opportunities for the wood products sector. In 2009 he acted as interim President of the Canadian Wood Council. Ian's presentation entitled "Wood Products and Construction; A Cornerstone of the Emerging Bio-economy" will address the geo-political drivers influencing the development of the bio-economy and the important role for wood products within the context of new applications in construction which will include disaster relief and affordable housing for developing nations.
   
Randolph Langenbach Wednesday August 13, 8:30 – 9:30
Randolph Langenbach
, FAAR is first known for his documentary work on the 19th Century American 'slow-burning' timber textile mills. It was their vibration resistance that inspired his later work on historic earthquake-resistant timber and masonry construction worldwide for which he received a Rome Prize in 2002. Randolph authored and co-authored many papers and books on this subject covering regions as diverse as Kashmir, Gujarat, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Italy, Portugal and Central America. Randolph will speak about how typologies of timber and masonry construction that have evolved over the past 3 millennia have demonstrated levels of earthquake resilience that have equalled and even exceeded that prescribed in modern codes, providing an inspiration for the present and future adoption of such measures for sustainable modern construction.
   
Dominique Gauzin-Müller Thursday August 14, 10:50-11:40
Dominique Gauzin-Müller
is a French architect and architectural critic, whose work focuses on building with wood and sustainability in architecture and urbanism. She teaches at the École nationale supérieure d'architecture in Strasbourg and at the University of Stuttgart, and gives lectures and workshops all over the world. Dominique is editor in chief of EkologiK/EK, a French magazine on sustainable architecture and urbanism, as well as the author of ten books on these subjects, which have been translated into up to seven languages. In her lecture, Dominique will first review some of the most innovating examples of sustainable architecture in the past two decades in the Vorarlberg region in Austria, and then will discuss some creative houses, schools, museums and offices in wood recently built in France. This last keynote speech will pass the WCTE torch to Europe, home of the next conference.
   
Paola Deda Guest speaker at WCTE/FPS Luncheon
Tuesday August 12, 12:30-13:00
Paola Deda
, Chief, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section
Paola Deda will explore what are the challenges for wood in construction to strengthen its role in the market and grow its visibility as the sustainable material of the future, supporting a greener economy. Her presentation will also be based on the work of the ECE-FAO Forestry and Timber Section, based in Geneva. This office has been monitoring and advising ECE member States on how to enhance and make the forest sector and wooden industry stronger and more sustainable for over 60 years.