Québec builds on its forestry future with Woodrise 2019

Québec is building upon innovation in its forestry industry as host of Woodrise 2019, the second World Congress on Mid-and High-rise Wood Buildings.

The event is expected to attract more than 1,000 international wood construction stakeholders, decision-makers, and professionals to the Québec City Convention Centre, 30 September – 4 October.

With the objective of positioning wood as a leading construction material for tomorrow’s sustainable cities, Woodrise 2019 will be themed ‘Building our cities for future generations’.

This year’s edition has been jointly organised by FPInnovations (Canada) and Institut technologique FCBA (France).

The forest industry is one of Canada’s most important manufacturing sectors, contributing roughly $24.6 billion to Canada’s economy in 2017. It is a major employer nationwide, particularly in rural and Indigenous communities. More than half of the country’s forest operations are in Ontario and Québec.

“As the world opens up to new renewable and clean energies, wood from sustainably managed forests will play an increasingly important role. That’s why we’re investing strategically today in areas such as high-rise wood buildings and the emerging bio-economy to ensure that Canada continues to lead the world in forestry well into the future,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources.

Québec Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Pierre Dufour, added: “Sustainable management of Québec’s forests and the products they generate are our main priorities. Developing innovative wood products and projects spurs Québec’s economic growth and helps in the fight against climate change. That’s why we’re proud to join with FPInnovations and the other partners of Woodrise 2019 to promote responsible development that will be a source of pride for future generations.”

FPInnovations is a not-for-profit organisation specialising in the creation of innovative scientific solutions that support the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness. With more than 470 staff, it has R&D laboratories in Québec City, Montreal, and Vancouver, and technology transfer offices across Canada. With many partnerships across industry, universities and other institutions in Canada and abroad, it offers complete value chain solutions – from forest management to consumer goods.

Key amongst its research aims is delivering solutions using wood’s structural performance and environmental sustainability for next generation building.

With Canada’s commitment to clean technology and the transition to a low-carbon economy, non-traditional forest products, such as advanced bioproducts, are also growing in importance. This includes projects in biorefining, and the production of nanoproducts such as nanocrystalline cellulose.

“Woodrise 2019 will bring together international experts in wood construction and provide an exceptional platform for networking and discussing technological and commercial issues. FPInnovations is pleased to help bring such an event to Canada and demonstrate our commitment to solutions that will shape the future of our built environment with a view to sustainable development,” said Stéphane Renou, President and CEO, FPInnovations.

This year Québec City will also host the 50th Annual Meeting of the International Research Group on Wood Protection, May 12- 16, 2019.

(via Natural Resources Canada, FPInnovations, Wood Business)

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