Québec City to host Woodrise 2019, an international congress on mid-and high-rise wood buildings

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The Québec City Convention Centre, in collaboration with the City of Québec, is pleased to announce that the second World Congress on Mid-and High-rise Wood Buildings will be held in Québec City in the fall of 2019. From September 30 to October 4, Woodrise 2019 will bring together wood construction stakeholders, decision-makers, and professionals to share their knowledge and strengths in order to position wood as a leading construction material for tomorrow’s sustainable cities.

The event is expected to attract over 1,000 international attendees, including some 20 delegations, who will gather to hear keynote speakers and experts in the field discuss topics such as seismic risk prevention and fire safety in wood buildings, the impact of wood on quality of life and comfort, and emerging markets.

The theme for Woodrise 2019 is “Building our cities for future generations” and has been jointly organized by FPInnovations (Canada) and Institut technologique FCBA (France). The first congress, held in 2017 in Bordeaux, France, was a huge success, helping to raise the city’s international profile


“As the world opens up to new renewable and clean energies, wood from sustainably managed forests will play an increasingly important role. That’s why we’re investing strategically today in areas such as high-rise wood buildings and the emerging bio-economy to ensure that Canada continues to lead the world in forestry well into the future.”

Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, Canada

“Sustainable management of Québec’s forests and the products they generate are our main priorities. Developing innovative wood products and projects spurs Québec’s economic growth and helps in the fight against climate change. That’s why we’re proud to join with FPInnovations and the other partners of Woodrise 2019 to promote responsible development that will be a source of pride for future generations.”

Pierre Dufour, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks

“Woodrise 2019 will bring together international experts in wood construction and provide an exceptional platform for networking and discussing technological and commercial issues. FPInnovations is pleased to help bring such an event to Canada and demonstrate our commitment to solutions that will shape the future of our built environment with a view to sustainable development.”

Stéphane Renou, President and CEO, FPInnovations

“This second congress is another testament to the strong collaboration between FCBA and FPInnovations. Following Woodrise 2017 in Bordeaux, we’re pleased to see that Woodrise is here for the long haul as a leading international event in wood construction.”

Patrick Molinié, Institut Technologique FCBA – Creator of Woodrise 2017

“We’re proud to host major conferences like Woodrise 2019, which show that the Québec City Convention Centre is a premier venue for showcasing the knowledge and expertise of high-performance industries.”

Pierre-Michel Bouchard, President and CEO, Québec City Convention Centre

About FPInnovations

FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners. It is ideally positioned to perform research, innovate, and deliver state-of-the-art solutions for every area of the sector’s value chain, from forest operations to consumer and industrial products. Its R&D laboratories are located in Québec City, Montréal, and Vancouver, and it has technology transfer offices across Canada.


About FCBA

The mission of the FCBA industrial technical centre is to promote technical progress, help improve performance, and guarantee quality within the industry. FCBA’s scope includes all of the national strategic forest and wood sectors: forestry, pulp, logging, sawmills, carpentry, woodwork, framework, wood panelling, furniture, packaging, and various wood products. It also works with suppliers in these sectors. Its 350 experts work in 25,000 m² of laboratories located in Champs-sur-Marne (part of the sustainable city cluster), Bordeaux, Grenoble, Cestas, Charrey-sur-Saône, Nantes, and Limoges, where they carry out research, innovation, testing, certification, consultancy, training, and standardization missions. It is one of the three largest forest and wood technology centres in the world. FBCA values scientific excellence and human relations.

About the Québec City Convention Centre

Through its activities and mission to attract conventions and major events, the Québec City Convention Centre generates significant economic benefits for Québec City, while enhancing the capital’s reputation around the world. The Centre is LEED-CI and EB, BOMA BESt, and AIPC Quality Gold certified—the highest certification in the industry—and was named World’s Best Congress Centre by AIPC in 2006 and was a finalist in the same award in 2014. It is known for its high management standards, its staff’s ability to think outside the box, and its outstanding customer service.

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