Find out more about the speakers who will be leading plenary sessions and workshops at Woodrise

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Plenary 1 : Decarbonising the construction sector with wood

Joséphine NELLERUP

Josephine NELLERUP, City of Malmö, urban planning strategist, Sweden. Initiator of Malmö´s climate-neutral construction and the local roadmap for a net zero construction sector in Malmö. Planning architect with 30 years of experience in urban development, in senior positions, as manager och leader in municipal and state organisations

  • Speaks at plenary session 1

Subject : We can reach Climate-neutral construction by 2030.


Paul leads the advocacy engagement of the European woodworking and sawmill industries towards the European institutions especially the Parliament and the Commission. Increasing the use of sustainable wood products in construction and in The Renovation Wave are the priorities with their contribution to helping tackle climate change being central.

Paul is a former UK Member of the European Parliament who in the last parliament served on both the Environment Committee and the Agriculture Committee. He led for the Socialists & Democrats political grouping on forestry and timber issues and was a rapporteur on the previous EU forest strategy and on the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry legislation where he was instrumental in achieving the inclusion of the promotion of long-life harvested wood products, particularly engineered timbers, for use in the construction industry. Paul was also vice chair of the Club du Bois.

Before becoming an MEP Paul worked for the development charity Christian Aid as head of advocacy working primarily on climate change. Earlier roles were with the Anti-Apartheid Movement, the Labour Party and HSBC. He holds an MBA for Durham University and a degree in theology and religious studies from Leeds University.

Paul was the 2022/3 David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise at Newcastle University Business School.

  • Speaks at plenary session 1 & 2


After joining the Japanese Ministry of Construction in 1992, he mainly served in the housing and city bureaus. Also seconded to UNESCO in Paris, the Secretariat for Regional Development Promotion of the Cabinet Office, Takarazuka municipal government, and other national organisations. He supervises the building regulations in Japan, including the fire safety and structural safety regulations. He also supervises energy efficiency standards and reduction of embodied carbon of buildings. Graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1990 and Harvard Kennedy School in 2001.

Subject : Our challenges to decarbonise mid-rise and high-rise buildings in Japan.


President and CEO

Dr. Kingsley is a well-known authority on innovative timber structures, with a special interest in tall mass timber construction. He is the President and CEO of KL&A, Engineers and Builders, a firm 115 with capabilities in vertically integrated work. He is well known for working creatively with architects to achieve novel and successful solutions to structural challenges. He is also an authority on the structural behavior of masonry buildings, with a special emphasis on seismic design.

His current passion is for innovative wood structures, and in the rapidly growing field of mass timber construction, which he considers our best hope for marrying carbon sequestration with environmental responsibility. In 2019, Greg lead the way making Denver the third jurisdiction in the U.S. to adopt the Tall Wood Provisions of the 2021 IBC early.


Patrick leads the Small Existing and New Developments Team at the City of Vancouver, where he works to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience in new construction and small existing buildings. His work supports the Climate Emergency Action Plan goals of reducing building emissions and embodied carbon by 50% and 40%, respectively, by 2030, and the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. Current priorities include increasing low carbon retrofits for detached homes, zero carbon and resilient new buildings, reducing embodied emissions from construction, and making it easier to build with mass timber.

Patrick is a professional engineer with over a decade of experience in the Vancouver building industry, including a number of years in mechanical design and energy modeling. Before moving to Vancouver, he worked in the national project management office of Defence Construction Canada, and holds a Bachelor’s of Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University.

Dominique WEBER

After a spell in the world of finance, Dominique Weber has been entrusted over the years with numerous mandates within the wood industry.

Chairman of Weber Industries since 1990, and of WM88 since 2011, he is renowned for his involvement at national level, notably through his positions on CODIFAB and Ameublement Français.

Now Chairman of the Comité Stratégique de la filière Bois since December 2022, Dominique WEBER works alongside industry professionals and public authorities to work together to meet the many challenges facing the wood industry.


Anne Fraisse graduated from Sciences Po Toulouse's Economics and Finance department in 1993, and also holds a post-graduate diploma (DESS) in Administration and Management of Local Authorities from the Institut d'Administration des Entreprises in Orléans. She is also a holder of the competitive examination for territorial attaché.

Anne Fraisse began her career in 1994 with the Finance Department of the town of Blagnac, where she managed a 250-hectare development project under direct management. In 1999, she joined SEM Constellation as Administrative and Financial Manager, overseeing the project to build the Airbus A380 assembly plant. At the end of 2001, she took over as General Manager of Services for the Blagnac Constellation intercommunality, dedicated in particular to the creation of major ZAC operations and the construction of public facilities, creating a shared instruction service for town planning authorizations and developing a system for sharing property tax between member communes.

In 2011, she joined Europolia, the société publique locale d'aménagement of Toulouse Métropole and the Occitanie Region, to oversee the project for the new Toulouse Exhibition and Convention Centre -MEETT- (€300m excl. tax) and the creation of an adjacent economic hub (100 ha). In 2018, she became Deputy Director of the company to initiate the restructuring of the neighborhoods around Toulouse's SNCF train station and launch the "Grand Matabiau" operation (135 ha, 450,000 m² of SDP over 20 years), where she led the single public inquiry and negotiated a Partenarial d'Aménagement project with the State and all interested local authorities.

In 2021, she will take over as Managing Director of Urbain des Bois, a new subsidiary of the Icade Group dedicated exclusively to real estate development and "low-carbon" development (in particular, construction using wood and bio-sourced materials).

For more than 10 years, Anne Fraisse has been involved at national level in promoting the environmental dimension in urban development projects. In 2015 and 2016, she successively represented developers on the specialized commission of the Conseil National de la Transition Energétique (National Council for Energy Transition) to support the ordinances on the modernization of environmental law, and took part in various ministerial working groups to support measures of interest to the development industry. She has been a member of the Réseau National des Aménageurs steering committee since its creation in 2014. She is also an active member of Club Ville Aménagement, where she continues to lead several working groups.

In April 2022, she was appointed by the French Minister for Ecological Transition to steer the national roadmap on decarbonizing the development and urban sector, with the support of the DGALN, in order to help align the French Energy and Climate Strategy with the European trajectory of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

In November 2022, she was elected "Personality of the Year" by the players who "make the city" at the Forum des Projets Urbains.


Chairman JIBH, Japan.

Stéphane DION

The Honourable Stéphane DION, Ambassador to France and Monaco, and Special Envoy to the European Union and Europe

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Plenary 2 : Unlocking new markets for wood in the built environment


Rachael JAMISON member of the U.S. Timber Council and Vice President, Markets and Sustainable Development, U.S.A. She holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Environmental Science and a Master of Business Administration.

  • Speaks at plenary session 2

Subject Radical Transparency: expanding markets story through numbers


Béatrice Lièvre-Théry, 54 years old and Graduate of HEC, has been CEO of SOGEPROM since March 2022. She began her career in 1991 at Crédit Lyonnais as an analyst in the United States, then in charge of Large Businesses at the “Agence Centrale” in Paris and in charge of Financial operations at the Finance Department. In 1999, she joined Suez as Corporate Finance Officer. She joined Societe Generale in 2005 as Head of strategic studies, particularly in the Retail Banking businesses in France. In 2009, she was appointed Senior Banker and then took over the management of the large accounts at Paris Etoile in 2014. Since June 2016, Béatrice Lièvre-Théry was in charge of the Real Estate Activities Department of Societe Generale in France.

  • Speaks at plenary session 2


She is an award-winning public relations professional with over 15 years of diverse experience working with federal- and state-level political campaigns, non-profits, trade associations and corporate organizations, including Fortune 50 companies and oversees overall communications strategies. 

  • Speaks at plenary session 2

Subject : Radical Transparency: expanding markets story through numbers.


Graduated from Osaka University, Faculty of Law in 1986, and joined Sumitomo Bank. After working in the business management department including business restructuring of large loan clients, he experienced planning and supervision of corporate governance, crisis management and contingency planning. He was in charge of overall credit screening of domestic and overseas, corporate and individual clients. In May 2023, he retired from Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation to his current position. He is currently promoting a project to establish a circular economy centered on the utilization of forest resources.

  • Speaks at plenary session 2

Stephan DE FAY

Stephan de Faÿ, 48, has been Managing Director of Grand Paris Aménagement, a state-owned developer and land operator active in some 100 operations in the Île-de-France region, since November 27, 2020. He previously held the same position at EPA Bordeaux Euratlantique, since 2014.

Ingénieur général de l'Armement, a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées (ENSTA), and a former student of French philosopher and academician René Girard, Stephan de Faÿ began his career in 2001 at the Direction des chantiers navals (DCN, now Naval group), He joined the Délégation générale pour l'armement (DGA) in 2003, then the Direction interministérielle aux mutations économiques in 2005, where he was tasked with revitalizing local economies and supporting industrial crises. He then returned to the DGA until 2008, in charge of NATO-related issues.

From 2008 to 2011, he joined the cabinet of Christian Blanc, then Secretary of State for the Development of the Capital Region, to build the architecture of a Greater Paris to be invented; He continued to work for Michel Mercier, Minister of Rural Affairs and Town and Country Planning, and then for Maurice Leroy, Minister for Urban Affairs in charge of Greater Paris, whom he accompanied - as Head of the Greater Paris Cluster - until the historic agreement of January 26, 2011 between the French government and the Ile-de-France region, unifying the routes of the automatic metro. From 2011 to 2014, he worked at EPADESA as Deputy Managing Director for Administration and Finance.

A member of the Steering Committee of Urban Land Institute France since 2013 and Global Governing Trustee Europe of ULI since 2021, he sits on the boards of directors or supervisory boards of several companies and organizations, including Société du Grand Paris, the Ecoles Nationales Supérieures d'Architecture de Paris Malaquais et de Versailles, and the economic development agency of the Île-de-France region, Choose Paris Region.

In 2015, he founded the Cré'Atlantique cultural endowment fund in Bordeaux, which he has since chaired. In 2022, he was awarded the Médaille d'urbanisme by the Académie française d'architecture and named "Man of the Year 2021" by the Innovapresse group in its publication "Les 100 qui font la Ville".


Frédéric Verreault has been a member of the management team of Quebec-based Chantiers Chibougamau, parent company of Nordic Structures and manufacturer of Nordic products, since 2005. Since 2018, he has been Executive Director, Corporate Development. He supports the company's COO on major corporate issues for the entire group, from the forest to the markets, whether in strategic development, governance, information technology, transactions, sustainable development or corporate financing, among others. He is also a member of the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF), a director of the Fonds régional de solidarité du Nord-du-Québec, president of the Conseil régional des partenaires du marché du travail du Nord-du-Québec, a member of Investissement Québec's Nord-du-Québec regional committee, a member of the natural resources committee of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) and a director of the Conseil de l'industrie forestière du Québec (CIFQ).

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Plenary 3 : Emerging mid and high rise timber construction projects worldwide


Otto is the driving force behind Modvion since it’s inception in 2016. He holds a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Business Design from Chalmers University of Technology, while previously serving as a commissioned officer in the Swedish Armed Forces.

  • Speaks at plenary session 3

Subjet : Making net zero wind energy possible.


She is a Partner with the renowned architecture firm Moriyama Teshima Architects known for remarkable, innovative Canadian and international projects. Carol is Design Leader for the firm’s most ambitious low carbon projects. A Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Carol’s inspired designs have received international awards and are distinguished by the spare but assertive use of materials that bring identity and grace to communities. Her practice is increasingly focused on low carbon and timber in the search for ways the construction industry can contribute better solutions to the climate crisis. Along with her built work, Carol provides service to the architectural community through teaching at the University of Toronto, lecturing internationally, acting as a juror for design awards, and, in addition to being a member of the Brookfield Sustainability Institute League of Innovators, she also advises Building Equity in Architecture Toronto, as well as the faculty developing theArchitecture Engineering program at the University of Waterloo.

Additionally, Carol sits on two design review panels – the City of Markham and Toronto Community Housing. For Carol, the collaborative creative process is the basis of inspired and innovative solutions to designs focused on connecting people to each other and to nature.

  • Speaks at plenary session 3

Subjet : Growth and regrowth - Limberlost Place and the use of wood in Ontario.


His decades of experience working with architectural and consultant teams in Australia and the United Kingdom includes innovative and award-winning projects across commercial, hospitality, education, and residential sectors.

Julian has been influential in promoting timber construction in Australia with the adaptive reuse of 55 Southbank Boulevard into the Adina Apartment Hotel, Australia’s first cross-laminated timber extension project and the world’s tallest engineered mass timber vertical extension.

  • Speaks at plenary session 3

Subject : Timber adaptive re-use – the Melbourne context


Vice-president of the Conseil national de l'Ordre des architectes since June 2021, Marjan Hessamfar is in charge of housing and development. In this capacity, she took part in the work of the SFEC (French strategy for energy, climate and development) and Group 2 of the Conseil National Refondation logement (National Council for Housing Refoundation) on "Reconciling France with the production of new housing".

On graduating from the Bordeaux School of Architecture and Landscape, Marjan Hessamfar, in collaboration with Joe Vérons, won the International Union of Architects prize for his study of the requalification of Teheran's urban rivers. The project reveals the sanitary and hydraulic issues of the disused river through an urban writing line and a water separation process, as well as the installation of ecological lagoons along the park.

Back in France, Hessamfar & Vérons architectes associés was founded in 2004.

Since then, the firm has worked on a wide range of projects combining architecture, urban planning and landscape. Selected by France for the Mies Van der Rohe award for projects with a social vocation, the firm has specialized in the decarbonization of construction processes in public buildings, and has won the regional wood construction prize several times.

Highly committed to the construction of alternative social housing closer to the aspirations of its users, and in line with an idea of desirable densification, in 2017 the agency received the housing medal from the Academy of Architecture for its work on intermediate housing.

A consultant architect to the DRAC Hauts de France since 2020, Marjan Hessamfar is involved in consultancy missions for regional planning and the labeling of remarkable contemporary architecture.

Christophe LEMAITRE

Christophe Lemaitre began his career with Bouygues Construction in 1995, managing new housing projects in the Ile-de-France region.

In 2004, he joined Brézillon, a subsidiary of Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France, where he developed the rehabilitation business.

In 2017, he was appointed Wood Construction Director at Brézillon and then at Bouygues Bâtiment Ile-de-France.

In 2019, he played an active role in the creation of WeWood, Bouygues Bâtiment France's wood construction center of excellence. 

Since 2022, he has also been in charge of environmental expertise (Low Carbon, Circular Economy, Energy, Operations and Biodiversity) at Elan, Bouygues Bâtiment France's environmental consulting subsidiary.


Clément de Lageneste has been Regional Director for Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Occitanie at Linkcity, Bouygues Construction's property developer since 2022. He began his career in 2006 with Bouygues Construction in Ile de France before joining Linkcity's teams in Normandy as Territory Director. In 2018, he became head of Linkcity's Czech subsidiary based in Prague before moving to France in 2022

  • 1990 Graduated from Faculty of Forest Products, Univ. of Tokyo
  • ‘92-‘94 Graduate Student Facl. of Agricultures, Univ. of Tokyo
  • ’94-’99 Assistant Professor, Lab. of Wood-Based Materials and Timber Engineering, The University of Tokyo
  • ’99-2004 Building Research Institute
  • ’04-’13 National Institute for Land, Infrastructure and Transport, MLIT
  • ’13-’14 Visiting researcher, The Univ. of British Columbia
  • ’14-’23 Chief Res. Engineer, BRI
  • ’23- Director, BRI


Susan Jones, FAIA, is founder of Seattle-based architectural firm, atelierjones. Her award-winning, all-woman owned and woman-led firm drives new lower-carbon pathways within architecture and construction at scale and is a national leader in mass timber design. Advancing new, prefabricated mass timber systems, atelierjones has completed some 8 mass timber projects, and designed over twenty, from large-scale urban housing to urban infill housing, to missing-middle housing to rural mass timber modular housing. atelierjones’ national leadership in multiple international collaborations creates sustainable change at scale. Their decade of work devoted to mass timber constantly seeks transparency and rigor on multiple levels, from forest health to LCA collaborations to fire testing to Tall Wood regulatory code leadership to award-winning design projects that introduce immersive, biophilic experiences for all.


Susan earned her B.A from Stanford University in Philosophy, and her M.Arch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is licensed in multiple states, has been a visiting design critic at numerous universities, and is Affiliate Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington. She was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2010. A third-generation native of the Pacific Northwest, Susan grew up in Bellingham, Washington, and has raised her family in Seattle.


Ruth Reichstein works in I.D.E.A., the Advisory Board of the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. She follows mainly Green Deal related issues, including Fit for 55, and coordinates the New European Bauhaus initiative for the President.

Ruth is a trained journalist and occupied several positions before joining the Commission beginning of 2019; both in the European Parliament and as journalist for several German news outlets such as “die tageszeitung”, “ARD” and “Deutschlandfunk”.

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Workshop 1 : Acoustic Performance of Wooden Buildings workshop

Jeffrey MAHN

Jeffrey Mahn is a senior research officer at the National Research Council Canada specializing in flanking sound transmission in timber framed and mass timber buildings.  His most recent research includes the measurement of structure-borne noise through junctions between CLT floors and timber frame walls and CLT to CLT junctions.  He is the author of a number research reports which are publicly available from the NRC’s website including RR-335 The Apparent Sound Insulation in Mass Timber Buildings and RR-331 The Guide to Calculating Airborne Sound Transmission in Buildings.  


Klas Hagberg has dedicated his professional life to acoustics and specifically building acoustics in wood constructions. Klas is holding a PhD in building acoustics and is working as CEO of the own company Acouwood AB founded 2018 (, head quartered in in Malmö in the south of Sweden. Klas strong focus on acoustics in wood constructions implies that the company is carrying out projects all over Sweden but also in some other European countries. Acouwood is a growing entity and now comprises six employees, carrying out complex design work for different types of wood constructions, both residential buildings and public buildings like schools and offices. Additionally, Klas and the Acouwood team are doing acoustic research and system development for better optimization of future wood constructions for different applications.


Postdoctoral researcher working on developing a novel acoustic design methodology for wood construction by integrating LCA at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, Canada. Ph.D. degree in building acoustics, developed a sound insulation prediction tool for lightweight wooden constructions using an artificial neural networks approach. Two Master's degrees in materials and structural engineering, worked with applied acoustics methods to non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring.


Dr. Rok Prislan is research group leader for Buildings and is leading research in the field of acoustics at InnoRenew CoE. Dr. Prislan is also holding the position of an assistant professor at the University of Primorska, where he teaches physics. His main research topics are advanced measurement techniques for sound field characterization and geometrical room acoustic modelling. As part of his career, dr. Prislan was working as an acoustic designer/consultant and has led over 60 projects in the field of acoustics and noise control. ​Dr. Prislan has two master’s degrees, one in physics (mathematical physics) from the University of Ljubljana and one in engineering acoustics from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).


Jean-Luc Kouyoumji holds a PhD in Civil Engineering and Building Sciences from the University of Savoie, and has been a research engineer at FCBA since 1997. He has managed over 35 private and public research projects funded by Europe, ANR, ADEME, French Ministries and Regional Councils. He has written over 38 articles on building acoustics and high-performance energy systems. His areas of expertise are:

(1) Improving and modeling the acoustic performance of wood buildings and flanking transmissions

(2) Knowledge of innovative bio-sourced materials for high-energy performance construction

(3) Technology and Innovation transfers in construction

(4) Exchanges between researchers, engineers, technical centers, development managers and construction companies.

He has chaired acoustic sessions at the Internoise, WoodRise and ICA international conferences. He was Vice-Chairman of the EU-COST Action FP0702 and expert in the TAIEX European programs for Mediterranean countries. He was co-author of the "Cross Laminated Timber Handbook" for Canada and reviewer for the "Technical Guide for the Design of High-Rise Timber Buildings" in Canada and for the CLT Handbook USA. He is scientific coordinator of the WoodRise Alliance, which brings together 26 international institutions and universities.


Dr. Atsuo Hiramitsu is Chief Research Engineer in the Department of Environmental Engineering at the Building Research Institute (BRI). He has an extensive background, having served as both Head and Senior Researcher at the National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (NILIM) from 2013 to 2022. Prior to that, he worked as Senior Research Engineer and Research Engineer at BRI from 2005 to 2013. Additionally, since 2019, he has been serving as an Associate Professor in the Cooperative Graduate School Program at the Faculty of Art and Design, University of Tsukuba. He is actively engaged in various professional organizations and committees; the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) working groups in TC43/SC2 and serves as a committee member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of Japan (INCE/J) and the Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) and so on. His research primarily centers around the acoustic performance of timber construction buildings, with a specific focus on floor impact sound insulation performance. In pursuit of his expertise, he obtained a Ph.D. in engineering from Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan, in 2013.

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Workshop 2 : Recent R&D work on fire safety in buildings

Christian DAGENAIS

Christian is a Lead Scientist and Project Leader in the Building Systems group at FPInnovations where his main research topics are fire resistance, reaction to fire, performance-based fire design, fire modelling and fire safety engineering. He participated in many performance-based designs allowing to build timber buildings that would have otherwise been required to be of noncombustible construction. He is the author of numerous technical publications and research reports on fire performance of timber elements and buildings.

Moreover, he is actively involved in several technical committees on fire tests, fire safety engineering and timber design, such as ULC, ASTM and CSA. He is currently the ISO TC 92 Fire Safety Canadian Mirror Committee Chair and Head of Canadian delegation at its sub-committee SC4 responsible for developing international standards on fire safety engineering. He participates in many overseas standardization activities, namely the United States, Australia, China and Japan. Finally, he is an Invited Professor at Université Laval where he teaches a full course on fire safety in buildings and supervise graduate students. Christian is a member of OIQ and SFPE.

Joseph SU

Dr. Joseph Su is a Principal Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada with over 30 years of research experience and 300 publications in combustion chemistry, fire dynamics, fire detection and suppression, fire performance of materials and systems including midrise wood construction and mass timber construction through full-scale fire testing. He has led numerous fire research projects with support from private and public sector clients and been influential in national and international codes and standards. Dr. Su is a member of the ULC Standards Committee on Fire Tests, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and the Convenor of ISO/TC92/SC3/Working Group 2. He was a recipient of the 2000 Jack Bono Engineering Communications Award from SFPE, 2019 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal from NFPA, 2019 Interflam Best Paper Award, 2014 and 2023 NRC Value for Canada Awards.


More than 40 years of experience in wood research and development. Been alternating between research institutes and R&D within private corporations in most areas of wood production and products.

Main areas of work are fire safety of wood constructions, Engineered Wood Products and wood physics. Chairman of The European Confederation of Woodworking Industries Subgroup fire, which aims to coordinate industry activities within the fire safety area, promote research and support financing of research and development. Key areas are support of standardization, development of fire safety legislation and spread of knowledge. Presently a strong focus lies on the new Eurocodes and reaction to fire where we amongst other support improved material properties and testing methods to reduce the risk of fire spread over external surfaces. Regarding EWP, the main focus lies on finger jointing and lamination to increase value and yield of sawn products. In wood physics main focus is reducing the risk for surface growth on wood and methods to handle growth after water damage.

Left the position as Director of Research and Standardization at Swedish Wood in 2021 to start a private business within wood research. Presently supporting organizations, industry and universities on a consultancy basis as well as developing new processes and products in a newly built laboratory that opened early 2023.  


Wood construction engineer, responsible for technical affairs at the Union des Industriels et Constructeurs Bois (UICB).

Clément QUINEAU, Technical manager of UICB The UICB (French industry and wood builders), grouping more than 280 companies, has the role of promoting and developing the use of wood in construction. UICB is particularly active in the field of French regulations (environmental regulation for construction, fire safety) and standardisation.


After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Wood engineering from Laval University in Canada with a specialty in Timber structures, Luc Girompaire undertook a Master's project in wood engineering and biobased materials. His research project focused on the development of an analytical model predicting the fire dynamics of mass timber compartment with and without exposed surfaces. Before starting his research, Luc completed an internship at the wood engineering production department of Nordic Structure (QC, Canada) then worked as an intern for FPInnovations (QC, Canada) in the Building Systems group.


Gildas AUGUIN, holder of a PhD in Sciences of the University of Aix-Marseille, joined the Efectis fire safety laboratory in 2005, after having worked for 5 years on ventilation and fire safety in tunnels, combining studies, numerical simulations and tests, and during which he was able to participate during the rehabilitation works of the Mont-Blanc tunnel in 2001.

With strong knowledge of fire safety and fire science, Gildas AUGUIN, Technical Director, carries out and supervises studies (expertise, numerical simulations, fire behavior, etc.), but also ad-hoc and full-scale fire tests (up to 100MW) for the evaluation and assessment of building fire performance.

Thus, in charge of studies on buildings and special works, he has worked in particular for more than 6 years on fire timber. Representative of the Efectis laboratory within the Workshop “Incendie” of Adivbois association since 2017, he has piloted the studies and fire tests funded by CODIFAB, including full-scale real fire tests. In 2022, it also carried out the evaluation tests for extinguishing on a 300m² CLT wooden structure from the promoter WO2 and partly financed by CODIFAB.


Wood Innovations Success Story 2022 - Désigné par : US Dept. of Agriculture - Forest Service (USA) pour : "Tests de résistance au feu menant à des modifications du code de la construction aux États-Unis".Daniel Brandon Ph.D. M.Sc. is an expert on timber structures in fire and the dynamics of fires within timber structures. He has authored several book chapters, over 30 research papers and numerous published reports. He is leading international research on this topic and is involved in international standardization and has influenced several building regulations.

Daniel has received professional Awards and recognitions from associations that represent different industries/countries:

  • Foundation Medal 2019, by the National Fire Protection Association (USA) recognizing "outstanding achievements in fire and Life safety".
  • Howard medal 2016 (main author), by the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK). Best paper Award recognising "exceptional quality and benefit to the civil engineering and science Community".
  • L.J Markwardt Award 2019, by the Forest Products Society (USA). Best paper Award recognizing "Forest Products Journal or Wood and Fiber Science technical paper published during the previous two years that had the most outstanding merit in the field of wood as an engineering material".
  • Wood Innovations Success Story 2022   -   Named by: US Dept. of Agriculture – Forest Service (USA) for: “Fire tests leading to US building code changes”

Grégoire PIANET

Grégoire PIANET has a doctorate with a computational fluid dynamics specialty. From 2009 to 2020 he oversaw the CNPP fire safety engineering section and arson fires
reconstruction studies. As FCBA fire expert, he participates and supervises engineering approaches to facade fire and timber buildings fire safety through collaborative studies.
Grégoire PIANET holds a doctorate in physical and engineering sciences, specializing in numerical fluid mechanics.
From 2009 to 2020, he supervised and developed CNPP's Fire Safety Engineering department, where he led and carried out smoke ventilation engineering and evacuation studies, as well as modelingbased disaster reconstruction studies. Today, his experience is at the service of wood construction engineering and fire safety at FCBA, in close collaboration with the reaction to fire laboratory and leading wood material specialists.

Junichi SUZUKI

Junichi Suzuki has worked for Building Research Institute of Japan since April 2010. He has been engaged in fire research and performance evaluation of building structures since 2004. He is a member of AIJ (Architectural Institute of Japan) and JSSC (Japan Society of Steel Construction). He has researched structural fire safety of timber and steel buildings.

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Workshop 3 : Dynamic performance of timber buildings workshop


Marie Johansson is a Senior Researcher in Wood building technology at RISE - Research institutes of Sweden. In that role she has been coordinator for the European project DynaTTB - Dynamic Response of Tall Timber Buildings under Service Load with partners from Sweden, Norway, UK, France and Slovenia. She has also been involved in several national and international research projects regarding Wood Science and Timber Engineering. She has a PhD in Steel and Timber Structures from Chalmers University of Technology and has worked as a researcher at Linneaus University before moving to RISE.

Hiroshi ISODA

Dr. Hiroshi Isoda received his Ph.D in Faculty of Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1995. From 1990 to 1995, he was a Faculty and an Assistant Professor in Architecture and Civil Engineering at Shinshu University where he taught in the area of Structural Engineering. He moved to the Building Research Institute (BRI), National Institute of Japan, as a Senior Researcher in 1995, where he involved in the revision of Japanese Building Standard Law. In 2000-2001, he was also Visiting Researcher in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of California in San Diego, where he analyzed the seismic response of four index wood buildings within the FEMA-funded CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project. In 2006, He was Visiting Researcher in the Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he involved in the shaking table tests of the NEESWood Project. He moved to the Shinshu University as an Associate Professor in 2006 and was elevated to a Professor in 2011. He moved to the Kyoto University in 2013. He is now a Professor in Laboratory of Timber Science and Engineering at Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere of Kyoto University and Visiting Researcher in BRI.

He has many experiences in shaking table tests of full-scaled wood buildings including collapse tests and analyzed the collapse behavior.


A structural engineer by education, Pierre specialised in timber connections, addressing the issues related to their brittle failures. After 20 years of academic and professional practice in Canada, he moved to the University of Auckland in New Zealand and experienced the requirements for timber connections’ ductility in seismic events. This lead to the research and development of resilient seismic solutions for sustainable timber structures.


I am a Lead Scientist in the Building Systems Group at FPInnovations. In addition, I am an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Wood Science at the University of British Columbia, and at the Centre for Integrated Wood Design, at the University of Northern British Columbia. I have 35 years of research and technical experience in structural and seismic performance of buildings, specializing in mass timber buildings. I am an author and co-author of over 180 scientific and technical publications, textbook chapters, and chapters in special publications such as the Canadian Technical Guide for the Design of Tall Wood Buildings, two editions of the Canadian CLT Handbook, and the Canadian Technical Guide for Mid-rise Wood Frame Construction. I have been on the forefront of the introduction of CLT as structural material and system in North America.

Over the years I have been member of a number of Canadian, US, and International Technical Committees, including the Canadian TC on Engineering Design in Wood, the National Building Code of Canada Standing Committee on Earthquake Design, the AWC Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic, and ISO TC 165.


Laurent LE MAGOROU is the National Expert for Timber Structures at the Technical Solutions and Innovation Department of SOCOTEC Construction. After a PhD in the field of Mechanics of Materials and Structures, specializing in timber materials, in 2002 he joined the engineering Department at the Technological Institute FCBA. He carries out Technical Support and training missions, assessment of structural products, expertise on timber structures and actively participates in numerous studies intended to be implemented in the French and European Standardisation.

In 2019 he joined the Technical Department of SOCOTEC Construction to bring his expertise in the field of timber construction in general and timber structures in particular. Its missions are similar within the network of the SOCOTEC agencies.

A member of several standardization committees, he participates in the development of the Eurocode 5 and Eurocode 8 design rules.

Dr. John Van de LINDT

Dr. John W. van de Lindt is the Harold H. Short Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He has conducted more than 50 research projects related to buildings and other systems related to earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes and floods. Van de Lindt led both the NEESWood and NEES-Soft project teams between 2005-2013 which consisted of two-story, four-story, and six-story shake table tests on the world’s largest shake tables including in Miki Japan and San Diego, California.  He currently serves as Chair of ASCE’s Technical Administrative Committee for the Structural Engineering Institute.  He is the Co-director for the National Institute of Standards and Technology-funded Center of Excellence (COE) for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning headquartered at Colorado State University.  Professor van de Lindt led the project to introduce cross laminated timber into U.S. building standards and codes as an approved seismic force resisting system, served as a Co-PI for NHERI Tallwood, and serves as a Co-PI for the NHERI Converging Design Project currently testing a six-story building with a new philosophy.   He has published more than 450 technical articles and reports including more than 240 journal papers, served on a number of editorial boards, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Structural Engineering.

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Workshop 4 :Digital Value Chain (from trees to buildings workshop)

Frederic GRAND

Frederic Grand is currently Director of the Define and Link Business Unit at Cobuilder.  

He is member of the steering committee of the building SMART International Product Room, and deeply involved in the building SMART Data Dictionary (bSDD) as its product manager for 1 year and technical advisor since 2022. 

Frederic has also been a French expert at CEN/TC 442, ISO/TC59/SC13 and a member of the AFNOR PPBIM standardization commission. He is one of the authors of the XP P07-150 standard, has been the project leader of ISO 23386 and been deeply involved in the ISO 12006-3 revision.


He worked for Urstamm AG as Co-Founder & CEO in August 2021. Present Urnäsch, Switzerland

Urstamm is a young start-up and technology provider of an industry solution for the forestry and timber industry. With the digital proof of origin of timber, we enable complete transparency from the forest to the completed timber object. In addition to building regional networks, we are committed to promoting Swiss timber, regional value creation as well as sustainability.

He worked for Blockchain Trust Solutions AG as COO & Partner in June 2022 - Present Urnäsch, Switzerland. Blockchain Trust Solutions AG (BCTS) is your contact partner for all aspects of Blockchain! BCTS was founded in 2018 and offers complete solutions around the topic of blockchain. In addition to NFT projects, tokenisation and infrastructure solutions, we also offer various products in the field of sustainability.

He has also worked for BSG Unternehmensberatung AG as Consultant in August 2019 - Mai 2022 St.Gallen, Switzerland. And for ODLO Interantional AG as Product Manager (Internship) for September 2017 to March 2018.


“Mr. Olausson have for +25 years worked within the software industry, with digitalization of business processes and operations for B2B and B2C corporations, in Europe and North America.

He is currently working with integrated solutions for large volumes of product data, for the private software developer Tanico and for the Swedish Wood association.”


"Markus Pfannkuch began his career as a forestry worker in Switzerland. He later completed a Master's in Forestry in Switzerland and Germany before working as a forester in the Republic of Congo. After some years as a forest manager for Precious Woods in Gabon, he started at Precious Woods' headquarters in Switzerland. In the last years, he acted as the company's Chief Sustainability Officer before taking the position of co-CEO. Markus also holds an EMBA degree from HEC Paris."


Director of Trade and Technology.


Thomas Brotschi is experienced in delivering a wide range of mass timber projects in Europe and North America and understands the challenges and opportunities of such building systems, leading to the success of a project. As a specialist timber engineer, he gained valuable knowledge in the industry, including the supply chain, and has designed timber structures from concept to completion. With great attention to detail and on site experience, Thomas always pursues a holistic approach leading to efficient solutions.

After working on site as a licensed carpenter in Switzerland, Thomas studied timber engineering at Bern University of Applied Science and spent his internship in Canada. During his time in Canada, he gained experience in steel and concrete design, rounding off his skill set. His portfolio of delivered mass timber structures ranges from high-end single-family houses, to sports and multi-purpose halls, large-scale educational, commercial and multi-storey residential buildings.

His great passion is enjoying the outdoors in the mountains – winter and summer - and playing in Brass Bands.

Hansueli SCHMID

Since 2015, Hansueli Schmid has been working for Lignum- Holzwirtschaft Schweiz, the umbrella organization of the Swiss forest and timber industry.

As a project manager, he is responsible for the areas of durability, sustainability and digitization and represents Switzerland at CEI-Bois. At Lignum, he also provides advice and expertise in all those topics.

He is a trained joiner and wood engineer FH with CAS "Digital Networking in Timber Construction".

He wrote his diploma thesis at Precious Woods in Costa Rica. In the past he worked as a project manager at Vitra and in technical sales at the companies Tavapan and Knauf.


A timber and structural engineer with degrees from ESB and CHEB-ENSTIB, I am Head of Sales at Dietrich's Technology France. I previously worked for around twenty years in the timber construction sector, mainly in France but also in North America, England and Switzerland. I have been in charge of R&D, timber project design and training for a major construction company for over 10 years, and have been involved in a number of construction projects, including new buildings and renovations.


I have a degree in Civil Engineering. I've been working with wood since early 1997. I started out working for a glulam manufacturer: Weisrock. As a draughtsman, I was able to work on projects of all sizes and complexities. I then moved on to CMBP, also a glulam manufacturer, with the same position. I also have experience of working on historic buildings with Les Charpentiers de Paris. I worked on a wide variety of projects, including church frames, the French National Assembly and the INSEP building.

Then I started out as a cadwork sales technician in 2002. Today, I'm Sales Manager for France.

Frederic STAAT

Frédéric STAAT is a Chemical Engineer from Compiègne Technology University (1985) holder of a Specialized Diploma in Business Strategies, CNAM Paris (1991).

As an Innovation Expert, he has a 35 years leadership experience in B to B Services in Cosmetics, Agro and Wood Industries.

Since 2009, he is FCBA Timber Industry and Construction Department Director and currently the WoodRise Alliance Coordinator.

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Workshop 5 : Circular economy and reuses


Yosuke Komiyama / Kyoto University / Architect

  • 2017 - present : Kyoto University
  • 2014 - present :  Emeraude Architectural Laboratory
  • 2007 - 2014 : Horden Cherry Lee Architects
  • 2004 - 2006 : Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
  • 2001- 2005 : The University of Tokyo


Obayashi Corporation / Architect

  •  2006 - present : Obayashi Corporation
  •  2013 - 2015 : Ingenhoven Architects
  •   2004 - 2006 : Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University
  •   2000 - 2004 : Kyoto University


Karin Sandberg works as a researcher and project leader at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, department Wood building technology. She has a long experience coordinating research projects and has participate in national as well as international projects. In that role she applies strategic research, innovation and development together with industry and society to create sustainable solutions. Started her research with studying water uptake in solid wood with CT scan (computed tomography) and imaging processing and have a PhD from Luleå University of Technology. Today her main competence is outdoor exposed wood structures as facades, moisture related issues and circularity in timber buildings. She was the coordinator for the European project “InFUtureWood- Innovative Design For the Future - Use and Reuse of Wood (Building) Components”, to answer the question, How to build to day to be able to reuse tomorrow? She will talk about experience from a Swedish project “Design of the future- Reuse of wooden buildings in a circular economy” how to develop wooden structures so that they can be reused.

Stephan OTT

Stephan OTT has been working in teaching and researching construction technology and applied building physics in sustainable timber construction for more than 14 years. His projects focus on improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings through innovative prefabricated façade elements based on renewable raw materials. He is also researching the efficient use of resources in buildings and constructions for the sustainable improvement of environmental properties. Another important branch in his research deals with the durability of building envelopes in timber construction.

Stephan Ott is an architect with an architectural engineering office focusing on construction technology and sustainable construction consulting. His goal is to realize, together with his clients, frugal and Minimal Buildings in the sense of mono-material, durable, and sustainable constructions and to create technically modest, comfortable, healthy living environments for the residents and users.

He is recognized for his research work with several prizes:

  • Schweighofer Innovation Prize 2011 for TES EnergyFacade
  • German Timber Construction Prize 2011 for TES EnergyFacade
  • German Sustainability Prize 2012, in the category of research for TES EnergyFacade
  • Franz-Berberich-Prize 2018, Einfach Bauen (Minimal Buildings)

Further, he is a peer-reviewer for scientific journals and the European Commission. He is also active in the Sustainable Construction CEN TC 350 standardization committee. He is a WoodRise Alliance’s strategy group member and an approved DGNB consultant.


Pierre Blanchet is a Department of Wood and Forest Sciences professor at the Faculty of Forestry, Geography, and Geomatics at Laval University. He holds a master's degree and a doctorate in wood science from the same university. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in wood and biobased material engineering. He currently advises and co-advises over 20 graduate students. His expertise includes secondary wood processing, product development, bio-based materials, wood construction, and sustainable building. He holds the Industrial Research Chair on Eco-responsible Wood Construction (CIRCERB), a major initiative that has brought together over 120 research projects since 2013, for which the building is the main object of study. He also led the Industrialized Construction Research Initiative.

He is co-director of the Research Center on Renewable Materials (CRMR). He is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Sustainable Development Operationalization (CIRODD), the Center for Intersectoral Studies and Research on the Circular Economy (CERIEC), the Research Center on Advanced Materials (CERMA) and the Hydro-Quebec institute for environment, development et society (Institut EDS). In 2022, Professor Blanchet received the prestigious Synergy Award for Innovation from Canada's Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. This award recognizes the most successful and effective research partnerships between higher education institutions and public or private organizations. This award was presented to Professor Blanchet for creating and succeeding the industrial partnership of 22 public and private organizations that bring together all the expertise in sustainable buildings and biobased materials.

Zsofia VARGA

Since 12.2019: Research associate at the chair of Timber Structure and Building Construction, TUM Technical University Munich

10.2019 -12 2019: Research assistant at the chair of Building Physics, TUM Technical University Munich

11.2018-04.2019: Civil engineer at ELEMENT A Architekten Taufenbach und Partner mbB

04.2018-09.2028 Junior consultant, Alpha Immobilien Consulting GmbH

07.2017-01.2018 Engineer at Leicht Structural engineering and specialist consulting GmbH

12.2016: finished studies, Civil Engineering, Master of Science, TUM Technical University Munich

Born 01.06.1988 in Budapest, Hungary


Arnaud Depond joined FCBA in March 2022 as environmental engineer alongside the Economy, Environment and Bio-resources team. Arnaud specializes in life-cycle analysis, and more specifically in environmental product declarations (EPD). He is also taking part in collective projects for the construction wood sector, covering various environmental hot topics such as products eco-design or corporate social responsibility.


Dr Gérard Deroubaix is Head of the Environment, Economy and Bio-resources Department at FCBA. He holds a doctorate in chemistry and a degree in chemical engineering. He holds a doctorate in chemistry and a degree in chemical engineering. His career spans over 20 years of experience in environmental research for forest and wood value chains. His main areas of expertise are the environmental performance of wood-based products and the circular economy in the wood industries.

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Workshop 6 : Forest resources and wooden construction


Yuuko Iizuka was appointed executive officer on March 29th, 2022, after having been the head of the Sustainability Department since April 2015. She has extensive experience in sustainability, government relations, IR and PR at Sony Corporation and two other global conglomerates before joining Sumitomo Forestry in February 2012. Her current responsibilities include strategic planning and management of climate-related issues within the midterm sustainability targets, ESG disclosure, ISO14001, supply chain management and other sustainability-related issues. Yuuko also oversees the Company’s philanthropic programs and enjoys organizing and participating in the reforestation volunteering program of the 90-hectare national forest at the foot of Mt. Fuji. In her private time, she serves on the advisory committee of Kesennuma High School, a government-designated “super global high school” in Miyagi Prefecture, which was hit hard by a tsunami during the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

Dre Lyndall BULL

Dr Lyndall Bull is a Forest Policy Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. In her work at FAO she focuses on sustainable forest products with a particular emphasis on their role in the development of a sustainable bioeconomy.  She has a Phd in innovation in the forest sector from the University of Melbourne.

Lyndall has extensive experience across the global forest sector including in forest product innovation development and management, policy and research. Lyndall has worked in a senior capacity in the government, private and education sectors.

Prior to joining FAO, Lyndall ran a consulting business serving the global forest sector and was a Non-Executive Director for two of Australia’s largest forest owners.


I am a PhD student at the University of Vigo. I am writing my thesis at the forest research center of Lourizán (CIF Lourizán), within the context of the Galician breeding program for Pinus pinaster. I am focused on genetic breeding for wood quality traits and how they are related to other desirable traits for the forestry sector and the Galician breeding program. As part of this research, I am also studying the resistance against the pinewood nematode Bursaphelenchusxylophilus and the relationships among the wood quality traits, growth traits and nematode resistance. The main goal of the project is to improve the breeding population in multiple traits. Before starting my thesis, I gained some experience in forest management of private forests."


Armand Clopeau is a forestry research engineer at the Territorial Forest Resources division of the FCBA Institute of Technology. His current research focuses on improving maritime pine harvesting methods, anticipating treatments associated with the spread of pinewood nematode, and the application of new liDAR and drone technologies for dendrometry and flower counting. A graduate of AgroParisTech, he worked in research at the Office National des Forêts on the health crisis observed in Picardy state oak forests, then at the Institut Européen de la Forêt Cultivée on European projects linked to the development of bio-based products, climate change, pathogens and education.

Jean-François DHOTE

An INRAE scientist since 1986, with a 6-year experience at ONF (French National Forest Service), I am now senior scientist in the Joint Research Unit BioForA, an association of INRAE & ONF. My field of expertise is the sustainable management of forest resources and their ongoing evolution linked to climate change and the emerging bioeconomy. Following my early studies on the dynamics and silviculture of broadleaves (Beech and Oak), I coordinated research programs at the crossroads of several disciplines, using modelling as a shared language : design of silvicultural guidelines, tree growth and wood quality, ecological factors and forest productivity, interpretation of forest health crises, ecosystem dynamics, long-term management of forest carbon assets, biodiversity engineering. I managed two 80-scientist Laboratories, the Laboratoire d’étude des ressources forêt-bois at Nancy (1999-2008), then the R&D Department at Office National des Forêts at Fontainebleau (2008-14). Supervised 20 PhD theses, member of 60+ PhD defense committees and evaluation panels, 500+ scientific papers, book chapters and communications for the science community, industry professionals and a broader audience.


Since January 2020, Jérôme MARTINEZ has been director of BOIS DE FRANCE label.

At the service of the French timber industry for more than 20 years, he has successively worked in regional wood interprofessions and for PEFC forest certification. After missions concerning the forest and logging, he developed projects for the entire sector. Since 3 years, he has put his skills, particularly in wood traceability, at the service of BOIS DE FRANCE label. This label provides two guarantee on wood products: wood from French forests and processing in France. It’s the only national label that promotes the entire sector, from foresters to marketing or construction companies.


Annika Nordin is Head of Forests and Biodiversity at Stora Enso’s Forest Division. She is responsible for advancing the company’s commitment on achieving a net positive impact on biodiversity and the sustainable forest management to enhance forests’ full contribution to people and nature. Nordin has a background in academia being titled PhD and professor in forest ecophysiology.


Forestry Engineer from Universidad Austral de Chile and MBA from Universidad del Desarrollo, with more than 25 years of experience in management and silviculture of native forests, plantations and forestry research. His experience in the technical and managerial administration of companies in the forestry and industrial sector also acquires great relevance, as well as his experience as an independent consultant and technical advisor on issues of resource evaluation and productive potential of forests.

His more than 20 years of experience as a teacher at four universities in the country acquires special relevance.

He was president of the College of Forestry Engineers of the Biobío Region, between 2012 and 2014, remaining as a member of the board of directors until April 2018.


DR Henri Bailleres is General Manager for Forests to Timber Products at Scion in New Zealand. In this impact area, the research efforts aim to facilitate the shift from a linear to a circular economy. The intention is to empower the sector to identify and seize new opportunities and optimise value acquisition from the forest to the finished product. They also seek to equip the forestry sector with the tools and pathways to address potential risks associated with the industry and increase its productivity.

Henri has had a comprehensive scientific and technical career in the forestry-wood chain sector, involving various disciplines and projects across multiple continents. His work in Research, Development, and Engineering (RD&E) spans France, Australia, and several other countries. He has consistently aimed to sustainably impact the community and industry by providing practical knowledge and results. He led the Forest Products Innovation Team at the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for fourteen years, successfully leading multiple national and international projects. He developed an extensive research network and collaborated with major Australasian partners. He also recently served as Product Development Manager at a major Australian wood processing company, specialising in manufacturing and optimising CLT and glulam products. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS).

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Workshop 7 : Securing innovation in wood construction projects


Antoine du Souich has been Director of Strategy and Innovation at SOLIDEO since September 2019. A graduate of the polytechnic school and the national school of Bridges and Roads, he successively held the positions of head of the water agencies office at the Ministry of Ecology from 2006 to 2008, and district manager at the national infrastructure authority of Essonne (southern Paris region) from 2008 to 2011. He also took part in the prefiguration of the public establishment Paris-Saclay, of which he was director of sustainable development from 2011 to 2015, then deputy managing director in charge of strategy and innovation from 2015 to 2019.


Jim has been responsible for the project management, structural design, and construction review of countless bridge, building, industrial, and civil engineering projects. He is committed to working with design and construction teams to achieve innovative, reliable, and serviceable structures within project deadlines and budget constraints. With a downto-earth ability to get the best out of a team, he also enjoys working with contractors and coordinating the various engineering disciplines on projects. Jim was APEGA’s 2007 Centennial Leadership Award winner; the most prestigious award offered by the engineering profession in Alberta. He was also the recipient of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2010, and became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers in 2012.

Thomas WU

Throughout his nearly four decades at DIALOG, Thomas has focused on the complexities of designing and constructing commercial and residential high-rise buildings that are sustainable, adaptable, and forward looking. His tall tower experience has materialized across the iconic skyscraper skyline of Vancouver. He led the designs of The Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel and Residences, a 47-storey landmark addition to Vancouver’s waterfront; the Shaw Tower; and the 62-storey Shangri-La Vancouver; one of Vancouver’s tallest buildings at 659 feet. A recent invention by Thomas is a patent-pending prefabricated Hybrid Timber Floor System (HTFS), which offers an unprecedented 40’ clear span with improved fire safety, and could potentially impact mass usage of wood in buildings of any size and height. Details of the HTFS were published in a significant industry research paper by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats. Thomas was instrumental in winning the Fast Company’s 2021 “World Changing Ideas Award” in architecture with the submission “Zero Carbon, Hybrid Wood, Supertall”.


I am a structural engineer with a passion for Wood, Design and Technology. I was among the very first in Sweden to develop and promote the use of multi-storey timber framed buildings, from when it was allowed in 1994, due to new performance based building codes.

My design philosophy is to integrate function, economy, beauty and technology into a whole, into a circular wood design. I have been working in the building industry, as well as at different universities. During six years I was adjunct professor in Wood Design and Technology.

I have worked as business area manager and vice president at Tyréns, one of the largest consulting companies in the Swedish urban development sector. I was the CEO at Nyréns Arkitektkontor, one of Swedens best known architectural firms.

I have also been design manager at BoKlok, a well known Swedish housing developer. In 2019 I started up my own business, focusing on supporting engineers, architects, developers, construction companies etc in wood, design and technology. Since August 15, 2021 I am Head of Innovation and Research at Swedish Wood.

Dorian TUNG

Dr. Dorian Tung is the Vancouver Manager for Building Systems in FPInnovations. He has more than 20 years of experience in industry and academia, and is a licensed structural engineer in Canada and USA. Dorian has a strong portfolio in developing innovative solutions to building resilience. He has ongoing collaborations with researchers and engineers around the world to apply state-of-the-art technologies.


After joining the public service in 2007 as a territorial engineer, Julien HERBERT worked for several years as a public contracting authority for the construction and renovation of schools. He then joined the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion where he was Deputy Head of Office in the Office of Stakeholders, Products and Innovation in Construction within the DHUP. Since 2019, he has been project manager at AQC (Agence Qualité Construction) and supports some project owners such as SOLIDEO in mastering innovation, particularly in the field of bio-based construction.


Program Manager of Resilient Timber Homes

Paolo’s extensive experience with Engineered Wood Products encompasses both hands-on and advisory roles in the design and construction of timber structures, project management, research and product development, teaching and training.

With a Forestry degree in Florence (Italy) and a PhD in Industrial Technologies, Wood at ENSTIB/Université de Nancy (France), Paolo worked in the industry for 7 years before starting an independent timber consulting and engineering practice. Among the many projects with which he has been involved are the design and specification of multi-storey timber buildings (5, 7, 9 and 12 storeys), developing new models for prefabricated homes and transportable units and the design for cross laminated timber (CLT) manufacturing plants. He also authored a widely used book on the design of timber structures and funded the development of specific structural engineering software.

Paolo has succeeded in changing mindsets in the mid-rise construction market and helping those with a little pioneering spirit to take advantage of the demonstrated efficiencies and cost savings provided by timber structures and continues his work with FWPA on the Resilient Timber Homes Program.

Annette RIEL

Annette is a senior project manager at CREE Buildings, specializing in integrating prefabricated products and key technologies into a proven resource-efficient timber-hybrid system as well as engaging their manufacturers and service providers in the partner network.

She completed her Bachelor's degree in Forest Products Technology and Wood Construction at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and earned a Certificate in Virtual Design and Construction at Stanford. Her extensive expertise in timber design and construction is especially valuable in helping traditional builders adopt different construction methods.

Prior to her employment at CREE Buildings, Annette worked at EURBAN as a Project Engineer in Timber Engineering projects in the UK and was later able to combine her knowledge with turnkey construction at Züblin in the newly established Timber Engineering division where she was responsible for several substantial timber projects in Germany as project and construction manager.

In her current role, Annette's vision is to release timber from its status as a collector's item and establish it as a mainstream construction material.

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