Québec City, Quebec — The eagerly anticipated Woodrise 2019 conference on mid- and tall-rise wood buildings officially opened yesterday evening at the Quebec City Convention Centre with speeches by dignitaries and a keynote address by world-renowned engineer Richard Woschitz. He was introduced by master of ceremonies Jean-François Lépine, Quebec’s representative in China, who addressed the crowd in French, English and Mandarin.

An Aboriginal purification ceremony by a member of the Huron-Wendat nation preceded an address by Christyne Tremblay, Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada. There were also speeches by Doug Donaldson, British Columbia Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development; and Pierre Dufour, Quebec Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks. They spoke about wood’s place in the bioeconomy and the fight against climate change.

Woschitz, the principal engineer behind Vienna’s 84-metre HoHo Tower, then took the stage. He spoke about the benchmark multi-storey wood construction. Its 24 floors are home to apartments as well as business and service areas.

Attendees, among them a who’s who in the field of mid- and tall-rise wood buildings, also heard from Woodrise 2019’s co-organizers, Christophe Mathieu, Executive Director of the FCBA Technology Institute in France; and Stéphane Renou, President and Chief Executive Officer of FPInnovations. Renou spoke of the challenges facing mass-timber construction. He told the crowd, “We need everybody to work together, collaboration is key.”

A stimulating performance by the group LightsnDrums concluded the official opening of Woodrise 2019. The evening was capped by a welcome cocktail held in the exhibition hall. Conference-goers got the chance to meet and mingle with stakeholders and decision-makers in the midrise and tall wood-building industry.

Woodrise 2019 brings together nearly a thousand participants and exhibitors from some twenty countries to share the latest developments and discover the most recent advances in wood construction around the world.

For details, consult our program.

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