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Woodrise 2019 Convenes in Québec City

Woodrise 2019 - Building Cities for Future Generations

Québec City is set to welcome Woodrise 2019, a global congress on sustainable building - specifically, the use of wood in the construction of mid-size and tall buildings. Under the theme, “Building Our Cities for Future Generations, the event is expected to attract 1,000  attendees from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, the U.K., and the United States.

With the focus of sustainable development, the congress provides opportunities for delegates to hear from more than 55 speakers from 17 countries on a wide range of topics, from the contribution of timber construction to the bioeconomy and carbon market to the impact of wood on the quality of life and comfort.

“Woodrise 2019 will bring together international experts in wood construction and provide an exceptional platform for networking and discussing technological and commercial issues,” says Stéphane Renou, President and CEO, FPInnovations, a co-organizer of the event. “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.”

The opening keynote speaker is Richard Woschitz, a world-renowned engineer from Austria,  who will discuss the new 24-storey wood-based building, HoHo, in Vienna. The closing address will be delivered by architect Marie-France Stendahl, from the Swedish firm White Malmö, who will speak about how the use of wood impacts the quality of life and comfort in cities built with the material.

Some 20 delegations from across the globe 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. Participants will also get the opportunity to attend one of the six technical workshops under the following themes:

  • Acoustic and vibration performance
  • Seismic risk prevention
  • Fire safety
  • Forest resources and wood products
  • Asian construction market: R&D and market
  • Durable building enclosure design


The cultural heart of North American French culture, Québec City is a natural draw for global conferences. With a dynamic blend of old world and new, French and English, state-of-the-art and heritage spaces, conference organizers find plenty of enriching experiences, industry and academic experts and disruptive innovators here.