The Centre d’expertise sur la construction commerciale en bois (cecobois) held, on February 2, the 5th edition of the cecobois Excellence Awards, an opportunity for the organization to celebrate the use of wood in the non-residential construction industry in Québec. It was also an occasion for cecobois to honour individuals for their contribution to our industry. The Émérite category recognizes an individual’s exceptional contribution to the development of wood usage in Québec’s non-residential construction market.
This year, one of the Émérite awards was given to Louis Poliquin, now with FPInnovations, who managed cecobois from its creation in 2007 up until recently. “If the province of Québec has come this far in terms of wood usage in non-residential construction, it is partly due to him,” said André Tremblay, president of the Conseil de l’industrie forestière du Québec (CIFQ), when he handed the award to Louis Poliquin, with Luc Blanchette, Québec minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks.
After receiving his forest engineer diploma from Université Laval and a master’s degree in project management, Louis began his career in Baie-Comeau as the director of the Forest Fire Service for Québec’s Côte-Nord region. He then worked at the Canadian Forest Service in Ottawa as part of the forest product industry branch, before joining FPInnovations (formerly known as Forintek) in 1996, as the director of the Building Systems research program. In 2002, he started working for the promotion bureau for forest products in Québec (QWEB). In 2007, he created cecobois and he contributed to its current success. “His competence, tenacity and vision allowed the province of Québec to make giant steps”, said Mr. Tremblay. “From the Beaulieu report to the Régie du bâtiment du Québec and the Wood Charter, he has always greatly influenced the use of this noble material.”
Back with FPInnovations in 2016, Louis is now the director of the Secondary Processing Program, which helps the industry improve its production efficiency and market wood products and construction materials, facilitating the competitivity of the Canadian sector. “I think it is both very surprising and touching to receive this award from the industry and my peers”, said Louis upon receiving his award. “If cecobois’ work managed to make a difference, it is naturally because we were able to rely on manufacturers who invested in this market as well as partners such as universities and FPInnovations, who also helped develop this sector. It is, of course, the result of team work, and I fully intend on continuing to collaborate, focusing more on R&D, which is just as fascinating. ”
To see the list of cecobois’ Excellence Awards recipients, please visit cecobois’ website.