Mass Timber Institute Strategy Workshop

On Tuesday, June 4, more than two dozen industry representatives met at DIALOG’s Toronto studio to discuss the Mass Timber Institute’s strategic direction, and to find ways to create an effective network that would be able to shape the future of mass timber industry in Canada.

No national network for mass timber research exists in Canada. The MTI aims to support research efforts to close knowledge gaps where needed, and to contribute to the coordination and delivery of mass timber research efforts throughout Canada. Improving access to mass timber research outcomes by key market participants is important.

A tremendous thank you to Craig Applegath, Heather Goddard, and the DIALOG team for hosting the event, and to all of the participants for devoting a day to this important endeavour.

Call for Abstracts - STTPA Conference at University of Toronto Mississauga

The University of Toronto Mississauga will host its first international sustainability conference: Sustainability: Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice and Action (STTPA). Contributions are welcome from all disciplines and stakeholders. The STTPA Call for Abstracts provides information on submitting papers, posters, proposals for themed sessions, panel discussions, workshops and more!

Registration is now open, and the submission deadline for abstracts and session proposals is Saturday, May 25, 2019.

Introducing Craig Applegath as Acting Chair of the Mass Timber Institute Leadership Council

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We are pleased to announce that Craig Applegath, DIALOG, has accepted the role of Acting Chair of the Leadership Council. The Mass Timber Institute is looking to the Leadership Council for strategic advice on bridging the gap between the practical needs of architects, engineers and construction companies, among others interested in mass timber building, and the broad range of mass timber research that is being conducted across Canada and elsewhere. Finding solutions to provide more education and training to support the growing mass timber sector is another challenge.

Architect, urban designer, and a pioneer in the planning and design of zero-carbon buildings and campuses, Mass Timber buildings, climate adaptation, and regenerative cities, Craig is a Principal and founding partner of DIALOG’s Toronto studio.

Trained as a biologist, and then as an architect and urban designer, Craig is passionate about finding planning and design solutions that make sense in a world challenged by climate change and environmental deterioration. Since graduating from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University with a Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Craig has focused on leading complex, sustainable planning and design projects, and is internationally recognized for his design and advocacy of zero-carbon regenerative buildings and cities. Craig’s area of practice at DIALOG includes the master planning and design of institutional and mixed-use projects.

In addition to his professional practice responsibilities, Craig speaks about his research and design explorations at conferences and workshops internationally. This has included recent presentations at conferences, including the UN Habitat III Conference in Prague, the World Future Council Conferences in Munich and Beijing, and most recently, at the International Living Futures Institute Conference in Portland. Craig also hosts the Twenty First Century Imperative podcast, where he explores the questions of how will we continue to live on our planet without destroying our biosphere; how will we repair and regenerate the environmental damage we have already caused; and how will we successfully adapt to the escalating impacts of climate change?

Craig is a founding Board Member of Sustainable Buildings Canada, and a past President of the Ontario Association of Architects. Craig was made a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada for his services to the profession of architecture, and an Honourary Member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects for contribution to the profession of landscape architecture.

With his skills and multi-disciplinary experience, we are confident that Craig is well positioned to help us expand the Council in the coming year.

The Working Forest: Mass Timber Institute Officially Launched

The Mass Timber Institute officially launched on October 30, 2018 with an industry leaders’ collaboration event hosted by Perkins+Will at their downtown Toronto office.

Key industry leaders from education and industry participated in this collaboration to help propel the mass timber industry forward.

In her welcome address, Anne Koven, director of the Mass Timber Institute spoke about the role MTI can play to push the industry ahead and how MTI can help the industry get access to so much more of the research that has been done.

Click here to read the article on The Working Forest website.

Congratulations to the Honourable Vic Fedeli on his appointment to the position of Minister of Finance

Minister Fedeli's appointment is exciting news for the mass timber industry.  He is a proponent of the use of timber in large-scale construction, evidenced by his introduction of a private members bill called the Ontario Forestry Industry Revitalization Act, which had its first reading in the Ontario Legislature in March 2018.  The Act proposes amendments to the Building Code Act, 1992 to allow for wood-frame construction in buildings up to 14 storeys.

These amendments would provide a boost to northern Ontario’s forestry industry and create jobs, while helping southern Ontario achieve targets for growth & density. Furthermore, this legislation would reduce the carbon footprint in the construction of mid-rise buildings.

British Columbia and Quebec have already enacted similar changes to their building codes, creating immediate impact on their economies. Fedeli is urging all parties to support this legislation, given its potential for positive impacts across multiple sectors across the province if passed.