Steven J. Thorburn, PE, LEED-AP, CTS-D, CTS-I Principal

Session Title – Urban Acoustics: As with any issue of building performance, the acoustics of a mixed-use wood-frame structure can be designed to meet or far exceed minimal requirements.

As a founding principal of Thorburn Associates, Steve is a licensed engineer with 30+ years experience in the architectural application of acoustic, technology (audiovisual, data/telecom, security) and lighting systems. His dual degrees from Michigan Technological University in theatre design and electrical engineering enable him to coordinate technical requirements involved in the construction bid process with practical issues required by the end-users. His experience on over 3,000 different projects includes laboratories, university and educational buildings, libraries, auditoriums and lecture halls, presentation and conference facilities, and film and video studios. Steve oversees all aspects of the project as Project Principal. He works not just as a consultant, but as part of a team geared toward making projects mutually successful.  Educator of the Year, two ICIA Facility Design awards, and noted author and teacher round out his professional career.



Reid Costley, P. Eng. Buildings Discipline Manager
Reid is responsible for leading and managing ISL’s Buildings group in the delivery of building projects for public and private sector clients. As a founder of Cascade Engineering Group, now part of ISL Engineering he is a leader in wood design and innovation. Reid is the Structural Engineer of Record for this project.

Session Title – Calgary Schools of Heavy Timber Construction

Two schools located in the Calgary neighborhoods of McKenzie Towne and New Brighton for the Calgary Board of Education are the CBE’s first use of Heavy Timber and Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT). With a total gross floor area of 8181 square meters per school, these two-storey structures, were designed from start to tender in 64 days and came back from the marketplace a total of $3M under budget.

The opportunities and challenges of a new type of school construction as well as a tight design timeline will be discussed.  Design and construction triumphs and, just as importantly, lessons learned, will be discussed.  The session will be presented by the structural engineer however it is not intended to be a structural engineering discussion.  The session will also be of interest to architects, contractors, project managers and educators as well anyone interested in what happens when you deliver an innovative project following traditional means and methods.

Len Garis – Adjunct Professor, University of the Fraser Valley’s Centre for Public Safety and Criminal Justice Research Fire Chief, City of Surrey, British Columbia

Session Title – Fire and Safety Risks Posed by Large Wood Frame Residential – An Evidenced Base Review

Len Garis is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice & Associate to the Centre for Social Research at the University of the Fraser Valley, a member of the Affiliated Research Faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, and a faculty member of the Institute of Canadian Urban Research Studies at Simon Fraser University. He has also been a member of the FIREfighting in Canada editorial advisory board since 2005. As Fire Chief for the City of Surrey, British Columbia, his focus is on addressing public safety challenges through evidence-based decision making and innovation.
Len Garis joined the Surrey Fire Service in 1998 and has worked in the fire service and related fields since 1980. He believes strongly that long-range vision, planning and innovation can reduce costs, improve efficiency and ultimately enhance services and public safety.
Several of these initiatives have garnered awards and recognition for the City of Surrey in the past decade, including the Union of B.C. Municipalities Community Excellence Awards (for four different programs), a Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award for Public Safety, recognition from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and in 2013 a Community Health and Safety Award from the International City / County Management Association (ICMA) and in 2016 a Professional Development Award from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) and an Award for Collaborative Excellence from the Canadian Collaborating Centre Injury Prevention (CCCIP). In 2013 Chief Garis was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadians.


Peter Moonen – Municipal Affairs & National Sustainability Manager, WoodWORKS! BC

Session Title – Canadian Low Carbon Solutions

Peter works to assist designers and builders in understanding how to use wood to enhance environmental performance and reduce the ecological footprint of buildings.  He regularly presents on achieving greater sustainability to various local, Canadian and international groups. He is also a Canadian representative at the U.N. Timber Committee and reviewer specializing in wood and the green economy for the Forest Products Annual Market Review published by the United Nations Timber and Forestry section with special emphasis on the role of wood in the green economy, including green design. In addition to a degree in Marine Biology and Zoology, he studied forestry at UBC and Journalism and Public Affairs in Alberta.



Brian Woudstra, B.Sc.Eng – Business Development Engineer

Session Title – Nailed Laminated Timber: Something old, something new

Our first employee, Brian joined StructureCraft Builders in 1998. During his tenure, Brian has gained
extensive experience in timber design, connection engineering, cost estimating, structural detailing,
shop drawing review and procurement of special materials. Using his wealth of practical knowledge
about timber, coatings and details of construction he coordinates the preliminary designs, costing
and modeling in collaboration with our engineers and project managers.
Brian has been involved in managing projects and structural design work for many notable complex
timber structures. He works with clients, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors
and suppliers and is involved in every aspect of the project to ensure each finished structure meets
the requirements of the customer.




Robert (Bob) Marshall, P.Eng., BDS, LEED®AP,

Session Title – Learn not to Burn Fire Safety and New ASTC Sound Control Solutions

Bob Marshall is the Building Science Manager, for CertainTeed Saint-Gobain and has over 40 years of experience as a specialist in CODES, predesign/design/construction of energy efficient sustainable building envelopes for all types of buildings. He has worked on ~50 LEED buildings. He was Large Buildings Manager for the ON Buildings Branch.  Bob is founder of Cedaridge Services Inc. which successfully defended the Town of Ajax on a precedent setting BCC case on building envelope. He is co-author of the only in Canada LEED Durable Building credit.


Bob develops long lasting repeat customer relationships and provides BUILDING KNOWLEDGE sustainable support services. Bob has been appointed to NRC’s Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Bob is Standard Council of Canada’s appointed expert for ISO standards on Indoor Environmental Quality in the Built Environment.


Bob understands litigation and CODES.  He was retained by the BC Ministry of the Attorney General as an expert on the $1.5B Leaky Condominium Class Action, contributing to the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the case. CertainTeed SAINT-GOBAIN has a vision for Sustainable Habitat and sharing our Building Knowledge to inspire fellow professionals, protect the public and positively influence Codes & Standards.

Marianne Berube – Executive Director, Ontario WoodWORKS!

National Wood Design Awards Presentation: A Presentation Highlighting the wood design award winners throughout Canada in 2016


Dr. Mohammad Mohammad – PhD, Timber Engineering

Session Title – New CLT Design Provisions in the Canadian Timber Design standard (CSA O86)

Mohammad graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a PhD degree in Timber Engineering in 1996 and is currently Group Leader, FPInnovations. Currently, he is leading R&D activities under NRCan’s Tall Wood Buildings Demonstration Initiative and continues to be involved in several research projects dealing with the performance of connections and innovative wood-based systems in mid- and high-rise wood construction, including CLT. Mohammad is the author of some of the chapters of the CLT handbooks and chairs the CSA O86 Task Group on CLT.


Andy Teasell – Canadian Engineering and Technical Services Manager, Weyerhaeuser

Session Title – Mid-rise Tips to Help You Pick the Right Products and Fire Resistance Assemblies

Andy Teasell is ‎the Canadian Engineering and Technical Services Manager for Weyerhaeuser’s Trus Joist products. His 25 years’ experience includes construction project management, structural engineering, and engineered wood product support. Born and raised in Montreal and a graduate of McGill University, Andy now resides in “sunny” Vancouver.


Graham Finch – Principal, Building Science Research Specialist, RDH

Session Title – Building Enclosure for 5 & 6 storey Woodframe Buildings

Claude Lamothe, President Intra-Bois Inc.
Session Title – Pragmatic, Low-rise Commercial Mass Timber Assemblies

Claude graduated from McGill University in 1985 with a Civil Engineering Bachelor Degree. He worked four years in the lumber truss and steel industries before joining Trus Joist. After five years as a Technical Sales Representative and three years as Eastern Canada Regional Sales Manager, Claude joined Domtar Lumber Division as Marketing Manager and then worked for Goodfellow as Manager Engineered Wood Products. From 2002 to 2012, Claude was Sales Manager Structural & Industrial Segments for the Lumber Division of Resolute Forest Products. In 2012, Claude founded its own consulting firm Intra-Bois Inc. Intra-Bois offers structural engineering services and has performed several market studies for major North American forest products companies.

James Cooper, Architect AIBC, AIA, NCARB

Session Title – Six Storey Wood Frame: A Regulator’s Perspective

James Cooper is an architect with over 25 years’ experience working in design and management of major construction projects in Canada and the United States. In his current position as Manager of Plan Review for the City of Richmond he brings together in depth knowledge from the perspective of both the design profession and building official to the construction process.