When: November 14th, 2017

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre

Coordinator: Taylan Jarvis

The Wood Solutions Conference occurred on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 as a one day educational event at the Vancouver Convention Centre and showcased wood use in commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-unit residential construction. The event gathered over 800 architects, engineers, builders, contractors, building officials, technologists, planners and developers to listen, learn, collaborate, and connect.

Students interested in attending the conference were provided with tremendous value, since the conference organizers agreed to allow UBC CSCE Student Chapter members to attend the event at a significantly discounted price.

Once at the conference, students had the opportunity to select from 30 different presentations and a variety of trade show vendors – with each individual presentation and vendor varying in its respective level of technical expertise. The most appealing aspect of the conference was the variety in speakers, topics, and presentations. As a result, students were able to select the presentations that they found most interesting and this allowed for the creation of a very personalized experience that was both entertaining and educational.

Michael Green, designer of the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, BC and Principal of Michael Green Architecture, gave an effective keynote address that focused primarily on mass timber construction from a global perspective, and that emphasised a need for industry and local professionals to continue to push the envelope of mass timber construction in Canadian cities.

The Wood Solutions Conference was a tremendously successful event and students with an interest in wood and mass-timber design and construction should consider attending this conference in the future! Thank you again to the coordinators of the conference for providing such a large discount to our members.


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