In recent decades, environmental and safety concerns, particularly in high seismic risk areas have prompted engineers and designers to develop new wood and wood-based building products and systems. Modern structural products and systems made of solid wood (such as CLT and GLT) are just a few of the engineered wood products that now make it possible to build higher and over a larger area, while providing safety and a reduced environmental footprint.
The workshop on forest resources and wood products will highlight the various approaches now available, particularly through the fourth industrial revolution and the interconnectivity of tools, in order to enable sound management of forest resources and their optimal use in transforming them into sustainable, safe and low environmental footprint building products.
Moderator : Jean-Frédéric Grandmont, MFFP, Canada
Démystifier la ressource forestière en amont du matériau bois massif
Speaker: Frédéric Verreault, Chantiers Chibougamau, Canada
Solid wood buildings stand out. Future occupants are enthusiastic. Solid wood responds to the highest safety standards. Just like Obélix, who fell into a cauldron of magic potion to obtain his unparalleled strength, solid wood, in addition to being carbon neutral, is in a league of its own for its contributions to the fight against climate change. Whether it is about GHG tons, acoustics or fire resistance, everything that comes before the arrival of a wood plank to create a beam, a column or a panel, is rather mysterious. A great deal of the success of solid wood is due to the wood itself, the fibre and the tree. How do you cut down a tree? How do you plan its harvest, and how do you ensure regeneration? Are there enough trees to satisfy the demand for solid wood, which is set to increase by ten times in the coming years? The presentation will explain everything that precedes the manufacture of solid wood structural elements.
Making the most of a fantastic resource
Speaker: Daniel Wilded, Martinsons, Sweden
Our forests play a key role in mitigating climate change. Throughout its 90-year history, family-owned company Martinsons has been famous in Sweden for adding as much knowledge as it can into every piece of wood that it produces. Whether it is working with cross-laminated timber frames or traditional sawn goods, the company has innovation and quality at heart. Daniel Wilded tells the story of how that has helped create relationships with the owners of forests that span generations.
Where will the wood come from? Brazil’s potential to meet the demand for structural timber and elements
Speaker: Patrick Reydams, AMATA, Brazil
Brazil has 54% of its territory covered by forests, is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, is at the forefront in terms of clean energy matrix and is among the 10 largest economies in the world. Its location and soil conditions provide excellent forest growth potential. The country has 7 million hectares of commercial reforestation, with potential for another 12 million hectares. In Brazil, pine grows at a rate of around 32 square metres per hectare per year. Its growth is 6 times faster and more productive than the European one. This makes the Brazilian pine competitive in quantity and cost. AMATA, is a 10-year-old Brazilian company that believes in forest economics and the valuation of natural resources as a sustainable development path for Brazil. It has a 30,000-hectare market share and is investing in research and technology, to ensure the best quality material for the construction industry. All this forest potential, coupled with the quality of the wood and the easy export logistics, place Brazil and AMATA in a great position to supply high-quality engineered wood to the international market.
In May 2005, Frédéric Verreault joined the Chantiers Chibougamau company as director of corporate affairs and communications. From 2012 to 2018, he was associated with TACT Intelligence-conseil, while maintaining his participation in Chantiers Chibougamau activities. Since October 2018, he has been executive director for all the company’s activities, which include Scierie Landrienne, the kraft pulp mill in Lebel-sur-Quévillon and Nordic Structures.
He is president of the wood transformation committee for the ACCORD Épinex project, president of the ACCORD Nord-du-Québec regional committee, vice president of the Fonds régional de solidarité FTQ Nord-du-Québec, member of the public affairs committee of the Conseil de l’industrie forestière du Québec, member of the northern development committee of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec and member of the Conseil régional des partenaires du marché du travail du Nord-du-Québec. From 2014 to 2018, he was a member of the Board of Directors of FPInnovations.
Daniel Wilded has been a Product Chief at Martinsons for the last seven years. As well, for the last three years he has been a sales manager and project manager there. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Building Technology.
Patrick Reydams is a forestry engineer, who graduated from Paraná’s Federal University in Brazil, with a specialization in Industrial Management and an MBA in Business Management. He has always worked in the area of wood technology, specializing in the processes of sawmill, drying, machining, gluing and quality control of native and exotic species of wood. He has worked for Amata since 2013, being responsible for forest management, native planting and the wood-processing industry, as well as being a member of the Executive Committee.