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WEBINAR: Meet the mass timber speakers

September 23, 2019  By CFI staff

On Oct. 8, join Canadian Wood Council’s Peter Moonen and Canada’s premier CLT manufacturers – Structurlam, Element5 and Nordic – to discuss the mass timber landscape in North America, and what the future holds for this segment of the wood products industry in Canada.

Webinar title: Mass opportunity: What does mass timber mean for Canada’s forest industry?
Webinar date: Oct. 8, 2019
Webinar time: 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT)
Cost: FREE
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Meet the speakers:

Peter Moonen
National sustainability manager, Canadian Wood Council

Peter Moonen works to assist designers and builders in understanding how to use wood to enhance environmental performance and reduce the ecological footprint of buildings. He regularly presents on achieving greater sustainability to various local, Canadian and international groups. He is also a Canadian representative at the U.N. Timber Committee and reviewer specializing in wood and the green economy for the Forest Products Annual Market Review published by the United Nations Timber and Forestry section with special emphasis on the role of wood in the green economy, including green design. In addition to a degree in Marine Biology and Zoology, he studied forestry at UBC and Journalism and Public Affairs in Alberta.


Louis-Philippe Poirier
Director of operations, Nordic Structures

Louis-Philippe is the director of operations for Nordic Structures, one of North America’s largest Mass Timber manufacturer and builder. Although he only recently joined the company in 2018, Louis-Philippe has been involved with Nordic Structures since it’s beginning, as a design consultant, participating in the realization of many of Nordic’s iconic and innovative projects.

Louis-Philippe earned his engineering degree at McGill and completed a Master’s degree at the Polytechnique of Montreal, developing an expertise in seismic engineering, the subject of his research project. During his 15+ years as a structural engineering consultant, and 9+ years as head of department, he has overseen the work of talented multi-disciplinary engineering teams on a vast array of projects including institutional, commercial, residential, industrial, mining, infrastructure and bridge projects for one of the largest engineering firms in North America.

In 2012, Louis-Philippe joined the CSA O86 Technical Committee for Engineering Design in Wood, the Canadian Standard, as a voting member and Chair of the Design Principles Sub-Committee. He’s also an active member of the Wood Design Subcommittee of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code CSA S6.

Patrick Chouinard
Vice-president business development, Element5

Patrick Chouinard’s experience in the wood industry is the driving force behind Element5’s capability of providing integrated solutions that combine access to exceptional-quality wood products and a complete range of services to successfully execute timber construction projects on a large scale. During his three years with the company, Patrick has orchestrated mass timber solutions together with a consortium of the industry’s best, wood-friendly professional service providers from structural engineers, cost consultants, code, fire, acoustic, building envelope and green building consultants, through specifiers, insurance companies and general contractors with experience in mass timber construction.

Before starting at Element5, Patrick served as director of wood solutions for Spring Valley Architectural Innovations, prior to which he was the regional manager for Eastern Canada for Structurlam Products LP.

Stephen Tolnai
Vice-president sales and marketing – construction, Structurlam 

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in International Business from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Forestry in Wood Science degree from the University of British Columbia. Stephen has worked in all areas of the forest industry both domestically and internationally for the last 20 years working with companies like Weyerhaeuser, Fletcher Challenge Forests, and Carter Holt Harvey. He has also spent time developing and leading smaller startup companies. In his nine-year tenure, Stephen has led the mass timber product development, marketing, and sales strategy and execution for Structurlam.


Nicholas Sills
Technical design manager, Structurlam

Nicholas spent many of his early years working onsite in Whistler, B.C., on luxurious timber frame homes, completing residential projects with values upwards of $18 million. He attained his Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Processing from the University of British Columbia and furthered his education with a Master of Science in Timber Engineering from both Bern University of Applied Sciences and Rosenheim Fachhochschule in Bavaria. Nicholas has brought BIM modelling to a new standard with online coordination throughout the project team and protocols to ensure project success to deadlines.


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