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Mass timber investments to change face of B.C. construction

Mass timber investments to change face of B.C. construction

April 7, 2021 at 11:06 am  BC, News, Politics

The Mass Timber Advisory Council comprises 16 members representing a wide range of sectors and interests, including urban planning and development, First Nations, forest products industry, environmental non-profits, academia and government.

George Chow, Minister of State for Trade, will serve as chair of the Mass Timber Advisory Council.

Mass Timber Advisory Council members are:

Dan Battistella is president of the Interior Lumber Manufacturers’ Association (ILMA), which represents small to mid-sized independent, family-owned manufacturers of specialty forest products across B.C. Before joining the ILMA in 2015, Battistella held a variety of roles, from forest inventory to forest policy with large multinational and small independent companies in his 35 years in the industry.

Andrew Harmsworth is a principal of GHL Consultants Ltd. and the fire engineer responsible for Tallwood House at Brock Commons. He is currently working on more than 15 new tall wood buildings from eight to 30 storeys and is also involved in fire research related to mass timber construction. Harmsworth is a member of the Standing Committee on Fire Protection for Codes Canada (National Research Council of Canada).

Lynn Embury-Williams is executive director of the Canadian Wood Council and Wood WORKS! BC, which promotes and enables wood use in B.C.’s construction market. She previously worked for Canfor in market and product development. From 2009 to 2015, Embury-Williams chaired the NEWBuildS Forestry Network Program, which aims to advance the use of wood-based products in mid-rise, taller and non-residential construction. She is a registered professional forester in B.C. and has a master of business administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Paul Fast is founder of Fast + Epp, a leader in architecturally exposed structures and unconventional use of materials, including hybrids of timber, concrete and steel. For over three decades, Fast has been the design lead for many of the firm’s most significant projects, including the Richmond Olympic Oval roof, Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre and the 18-storey Tallwood House at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Karla Fraser is director of construction services at Hive Projects Inc. and director of construction at the Cape Group. She has 27 years’ experience in the construction industry. In 2018, Fraser won the Wood Works Technologist award for her achievements working on UBC’s Brock Commons, an 18-storey hybrid mass timber building. She holds a civil engineering degree from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Brian Frenkel has worked in forest and environmental consulting for over 35 years and was a business owner for 29 years. Frenkel has served on the District of Vanderhoof Council since 1995 and on the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) executive since 2014, where he currently serves as UBCM president.

Michael Green is an award-winning architect known for his advocacy in promoting the use of wood and new technologies in the built environment. Green founded MGA to create sustainable change in building through innovation in construction sciences and design. He is a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and has been honoured with two RAIC Innovation Awards and four Governor General’s medals.

Clair Huxtable is part of ERA Forest Products Research’s equity research team, focused on North American paper and forest products producers. She began her career with Western Forest Products and later worked in private equity with the Hancock Timber Resource Group. She holds an undergraduate degree in forestry from UBC and Laval University, and a master of business administrtion from UBC. She is a registered professional forester with the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals and a CFA charterholder.

Anne McMullin is president and CEO of the Urban Development Institute, an industry association of B.C. residential, commercial and industrial builders. McMullin has held multiple leadership and communications roles, including president and general manager of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and director of communications at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Anne studied political science at UBC and journalism at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Derek Newby is a principal in the Vancouver studio of Diamond Schmitt Architects. He has served as a member of the advisory design panels in the City of New Westminster, the City of Surrey, and presently, the City of Port Moody. Newby is a licensed architect and member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, a LEED accredited professional and a certified Passive House designer.

Robert Phillips is a member of the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (Shuswap) of the Canim Lake First Nation. He was elected in June 2019 for a third consecutive three-year term on the First Nations Summit political executive. Phillips was previously elected to three two-year terms as a commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission. He also previously served as chief negotiator and self-government director at the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council. Phillips holds a bachelor of arts from the University College of the Fraser Valley.

Tim Ryce is a professional engineer and chief building official for the City of North Vancouver.  Previously, Ryce worked as the green building engineer for the City of Vancouver.  He has developed and implemented construction regulations relating to green building, energy efficiency and accessibility, and acted as a peer reviewer for FPInnovations’ technical guide for the design and construction of tall wood buildings in Canada.

Karen Tam Wu is the regional director of British Columbia at the Pembina Institute and a member of the B.C. government’s Climate Solutions Council. Previously, she worked with First Nations, communities, government and industry on conservation initiatives in B.C. A registered professional forester, Tam Wu has worked with forest companies worldwide for over a decade developing and implementing sustainable forest management systems.

Terry Teegee is serving his second term as elected Regional Chief of the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations. As a former registered professional forester, Teegee previously held forestry and natural resources roles with the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council and Takla Nation. He holds a bachelor of science in natural resources management and a natural resources technology diploma.

Guido Wimmers joined the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in 2014 as chair for the Integrated Wood Design Program. Before coming to UNBC, he worked in multi-disciplinary teams in Austria, Germany and Italy in research and engineering, as well as architectural offices. Wimmers played a key role in the implementation of the International Passive House Standard and of mass timber in B.C. and across Canada. He received his doctoral degree in engineering sciences and a master’s degree in architectural engineering from the Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck, Austria.

Susan Yurkovich is president and CEO of the BC Council of Forest Industries. She also serves as president of the BC Lumber Trade Council, representing the interests of the B.C. forest industry on trade matters, including the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement. Yurkovich has worked in the natural resources sector for more than 25 years. She serves as a director of Centerra Gold and FortisBC, governor of the Business Council of BC, director of Vancouver College, and a member of the Faculty Advisory Board at UBC’s Sauder School of Business.

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