Atlantic WoodWORKS! is a program of the Maritime Lumber Bureau (MLB)


About Atlantic WoodWORKS!:

Atlantic WoodWORKS! (initiated in 2011) is a non-profit program that partners with governments and industry to expand the use of regionally produced wood products in non-residential and multi-family construction markets by providing technical support, hosting educational events, and promotional services.

The MANDATE is to inform and educate architects, engineers, developers, regulators and various levels of government on the economic, environmental and performance benefits of wood construction.

The VISION is to be passionate, credible agents of change leading an advanced and sustainable wood culture.

The MISSION is to ensure the built environment in Canada maximizes the use of wood-based solutions for the domestic wood industry by advocating, educating and connecting.


The success of the Atlantic Canadian forest industry is largely dependent on the health of housing markets in the United States (US). This statement is supported by the fact that from 2010 to 2014 on average 71% of the Maritime Lumber Bureau’s (MLB) membership production was exported to US markets. Single market dependency to this degree subjects the industry to various factors of vulnerability beyond our control.  Atlantic shipments to the United States reached a high of 80% of production in 2003 and 2004.  The Atlantic WoodWORKS! Project was designed to focus on diversifying from single market dependency through stimulating demand and finding innovative uses for regionally produced wood products in our regional non-residential and multi-residential construction markets.

Meet our team:



Patrick Crabbe, Hon. BSc. Forestry Engineering – Project Coordinator:  Patrick joined the WoodWORKS! team in May of 2013.  Through executing the expansive WoodWORKS! program deliverables, Patrick educates decision makers, design professionals and code officials on the performance, economics and environmental benefits of wood construction – with the goal of fostering a wood culture in Atlantic Canada. Patrick graduated with honors from the University of British Columbia with a BSc. in Wood Products Processing, minor in commerce and Co-op designation.  He has over 10 years experience in the Atlantic Forestry industry, including 2 years as an executive Vice President at an engineered wood products manufacturing company.  Throughout his sales and marketing career, he landed numerous multi-million dollar “big box” accounts and engineered the first professional grade fencing product to ship to homeowners North American wide.







Matthew Babineau, P.Eng.  MBA  – Technical Advisor:  Matthew joined the WoodWORKS! Team in March of 2017.  Matthew is a mechanical engineer and is registered as a P.Eng. in New Brunswick. He also earned a Masters in Business Administration degree from the Université de Moncton in 2012.  Matthew has worked as a project manager in industry for more than 10 years where his focus was delivering solutions that reduced costs and improved operating efficiencies.








Carole Blenkhorn – Event Coordinator: Updated bio coming soon..











Kevin Merriam – Executive Director MLB:  Updated bio coming soon..






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Ed MacAulay – Project Advisor: Former Executive Director of Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Ed provides organizational guidance and advisory services to ensure program activities are meeting the desired goals and outcomes. He is an important liaison resource with regional government partners and industry.




Sponsors and Partners:

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Supported and funded by:

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Supported in Partnership with:

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Industry Partners:


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