In Quebec City, September 30 – October 4, 2019, FPInnovations and the FCBA Technological Institute are pleased to host the Woodrise 2019 congress, dedicated to the construction of mid-rise and tall wood buildings. The congress brings together nearly 1,000 participants and exhibitors from some twenty countries to share the latest developments and discover the most recent advances in wood construction around the world.
The congress was launched with the opening address by Jean-François Lépine, master of ceremonies, who earned renown as a journalist and international correspondent before becoming the Director of Quebec’s representations in China. In attendance were Pierre Dufour, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (Quebec); Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (British Columbia); Christyne Tremblay, Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada; Stéphane Renou, President and CEO of FPInnovations; Christophe Mathieu, Executive Director of the FCBA Technology Institute; and many partners, industry members and international delegates.
Under the theme Building our cities for future generations, the Woodrise 2019 congress is focusing on positioning wood as an alternative building material that reduces the urban environmental footprint through carbon sequestration and substitution of high-carbon materials as well as on promoting international alliances and collaborations that are essential for wood to contribute to the fight against climate change around the world. The first edition of Woodrise was held in Bordeaux, France, in 2017.