Using Urban Wood

More than 100,000 trees are lost each year in Toronto due to old age, storms and diseases. These trees are often considered as waste when they are removed.  Yet urban trees can create beautiful lumber that can be used in uniquely urban furniture and green building designs.  The City of Toronto is leading the way to utilize this urban natural resource with local sawmills processing City owned fallen trees, facilitating projects made from the Maple Leaf Forever Tree across Canada and working in conjunction with IIDEXCanada and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry on the Woodshop Exhibition which features 15 prototypes made from primarily (75%) diseased ash wood.

This event will explore the initiatives that have been established to support urban wood utilization and showcase valuable end uses including furniture and green building designs. Designers, architects and other industry experts will speak about their salvaged wood designs and experience working with diseased ash wood. Following the speaker session, a reception will be held in the City Hall Rotunda where the IIDEX Woodshop Exhibit will display the 15 prototypes. Please click here, for more information on the Using Urban Wood Forum. Please click here, for more information on the 4th annual IIDEX Woodshop.

6:00-6:30pm Registration 
6:30-8:00pm Presentations and Q&A
8:00-9:00pm Reception in Rotunda 


Robert Akermann, Facility Manager, Weston Golf & Country Club
Jeffrey Forrest, Founder & Director, STACKLAB 
Miles Keller, Owner & Design Director, Dystil 
Daniel Kunanec, Green Industries Teacher,Toronto District School Board
Justin Nadeau, Green Projects Team Leader, Plant Operations and Sustainability,Toronto District School Board  
Joseph Rotondi, Property Manager, TRIOVEST  
Tim Stainton, Supervisor, Facilities Management Services, TRIOVEST 

Member (National or Chapter) FREE!
Non-member FREE!
1/17/2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Council Chambers Members Lounge City Hall, 100 Queen St W Toronto, ON
​Please Note:​ You must have a CaGBC account and be signed in to register for this course.