2019 WoodTALKS™ at the GBM

BC Wood’s Annual Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM), featuring WoodTALKS™, designed to enlighten, inform and inspire on the use of wood in design and construction. This 2-1/2 day event is full of opportunities for architects, designers, contractors, developers, public officials and other wood products specifiers to see first-hand what is new in BC’s wood industry, learn, network and catch up with colleagues. 

The GBM is Canada’s largest event of its kind with attendance on an “invitation-only” basis. The GBM brings together those who specify, source and use wood products, with Canadian manufacturers and suppliers. Once again it is set in spectacular Whistler Village, British Columbia. 



Wednesday, September 11th:
  • 9:00am-9:30am – Registration at the Whistler Conference Centre Foyer
  • 9:30am-10:30am – Seminar 1:  Robert Cesnik, HDR
  • 10:40am-11:40am – Seminar 2: Emily Dawson, Kaiser+Path
  • 11:45am-12:30pm – Buffet Lunch
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm – Seminar 3: Peter Busby, Perkins+Will
  • 1:40pm-2:40pm – Seminar 4: Bryn Davidson, Lanefab
  • 2:50pm-3:50pm – Seminar 5: Alfred Waugh, Formline
  • 6:00pm-9:30pm – GBM Welcome Reception at the Roundhouse Lodge, Peak of Whistler Mountain.
Thursday, September 12th:
  • 8:00am-9:00am – Hot Buffet Breakfast & Grand Opening Ceremony
  • 9:00am-12:00pm – GBM 16th Annual Networking & Tradeshow Event
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – Seminar 6: Graham Finch, RDH Building Science
  • 12:30pm-1:15pm – Buffet lunch
  • 1:30pm-4:00pm – Seminar 7: WoodTALKS Mini Seminars on the Tradeshow Floor
  • 6:30pm-9:30pm – GBM Evening Networking Dinner/Reception at the Audain Art Museum
Friday, September 13th:
  • 8:00am-9:00am – Hot Buffet Breakfast
  • 9:00am-12:00pm – 16th Annual GBM & Networking Tradeshow Event
  • 10:30am-12:00pm – Seminar 8: Your choice of Tour A or Tour B



SESSION 1: Evolution of Mass Timber in the Okanagan

Wednesday, September 11 | 9:30am-10:30am | Rainbow Theatre

Robert Cesnik is an architect and associate with HDR. He is a LEED accredited professional with over 15 years of experience and particular expertise in residential, commercial, and hospitality facilities. Based in Penticton, British Columbia, he is noted for his innovative design solutions tailored to the climate and culture of the Okanagan. Robert is a recognized thought leader in the field of Mass Timber Design, as illustrated in the 40-storey wood NAOIP Office Building of the Future Competition. Some of his most recent work using mass timber include the Taft residence, TIME winery, West Wing expansion, and the design of a 19-storey wood hybrid tower at Penticton Lakeside Resort.


SESSION 2: The Quantifiable Appeal of Mass Timber

Wednesday, September 11th | 10:40am – 11:40am | Rainbow Theater

Emily designed the first cross-laminated timber structure built in Oregon as part of an expansion of the Oregon Zoo, and has been investigating and implementing mass timber solutions ever since. A 2015 travel research fellowship to study mass timber applications in Europe brought her interest in modularity and off-site construction efficiency into focus. As a project architect and project manager at Path, she works exclusively on mass timber projects, from feasibility through construction. She has a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.


SESSION 3: Mass Timber: Here, There and Everywhere

Wednesday, September 11th | 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Rainbow Theatre

Internationally recognized for his contributions to architecture and planning, Peter Busby’s award-winning portfolio embodies his philosophy of social responsibility and commitment to sustainable design. Since opening his Vancouver practice in 1984, Peter’s body of work has gained a reputation for design excellence and innovation, becoming a powerful catalyst in the growth of the green architecture movement in North America and abroad. After merging his firm with Perkins+Will in 2004, Peter became a driving force across the company, compelling its industry-leading sustainable design initiatives. A Global Design Principal, Peter brings his focus on sustainable communities and regenerative design to projects across the firm.


SESSION 4: From Laneway House to Passive House to Net Positive

Wednesday, September 11 | 1:40pm-2:40pm | Rainbow Theatre

Bryn Davidson is co-owner and lead designer at Lanefab, an award winning design/build firm located in Vancouver, BC.   Bryn’s design background includes a degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley and a Masters of Architecture from UBC. In 2009 Lanefab, designed and built the City of Vancouver’s first laneway house using prefab components and triple glazed windows. In the following decade the Lanefab team has grown and completed more than 100 high performance homes of all sizes.  In recent years Bryn and the Lanefab team have taken the next step by adopting the Passive House standard as their default for for all full-size homes. Lanefab’s approach to ‘Net Positive’ infill development was the topic of Bryn’s TEDx talk in 2014 and the firm’s projects have been featured by Dwell, Gray Magazine and the New York Times


SESSION 5: Indigenuity

Wednesday, September 11 | 2:50pm-3:50pm | Rainbow Theatre

Alfred specializes in culturally and environmentally sensitive projects and has extensive experience with First Nations, cultural societies, and educational institutions. Alfred, who is part Chipewyan and born in raised in Yellowknife, was the first Status Aboriginal person to graduate with honours from UBC School of Architecture in 1993 and become LEED certified and a registered architect. Prior to his architecture degree Alfred acquired a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Urban and Regional Analysis at the University of Lethbridge in 1989. He is influenced by native culture, the northern climate and frontier architecture and his connection to, and respect for, nature is inherent in his work.


SESSION 6: Industry Trends and Lessons Learned: The BC Energy Step Code, Mass Timber Building Enclosures and Prefabrication

Thursday, September 12 | 11:30pm-12:30pm | Garibaldi Room
Graham Finch is a Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist with RDH Building Science. Graham works across a wide spectrum of RDH’s core service areas and is directly involved with building enclosure consulting, existing building investigation work, and research related to building materials and building enclosures across North America. Graham regularly works with building product manufacturers and other clients on product research and development, performance monitoring, forensic investigations, and field testing. He also works closely with architects and developers to support the design of high-performance building enclosures and façade systems. Graham is directly involved with the majority of RDH’s mass timber and high-rise wood building projects and instrumental in leading industry research, guideline development, risk management, and façade development for these new wood buildings.  His publications related to mass timber and tall wood has included the Guide for Designing Energy-Efficient Building Enclosures, the Building Enclosure Design Guide for Wood Frame Buildings, Mass Timber Building Enclosure Design Guide, Building Enclosure Chapters within the CLT and NLT Handbooks and the Guide for Tall Wood Buildings.

TOUR A: Site Tour of a Design/Build in WedgeWood, Whistler: A Custom Builder’s Insight

Friday, September 13 | Time TBA | Meet-up Location TBA
Tour Guided by Tamlin International Homes

Just a 12-minute drive north of Whistler Village, B.C., WedgeWoods Properties encompasses 600 acres spread across a terraced mountain valley with year-round sun, hiking and biking trails, vast acreage estate properties, and 350 acres of protected wilderness. This session will focus on a guided tour of a newly-built modern style west coast post & beam home in WedgeWoods, customized for a local Whistler couple’s lifestyle, growing family, and lot configuration.

Through the insight of the custom builder (Tamlin International Homes Ltd), this tour and presentation examines the Design-Build process from conceptual plans, to budgets and planning, permit plans, hiring of professionals, managing of all materials and labour for construction, and final delivery to owner. On-site structural components will be featured including ICF foundation (insulated concrete forms), factory built pre-fabricated wall panels, precut-ready to install glue laminated beams/timber frame, engineered wood components, exterior insulation, factory pre-stained sidings, and other energy efficient technology. Also covered will be on-site installation and environmental advantages in factory-built house packages, including less waste, less on-site labor, fewer vehicle deliveries, adaptation to remote locations, and constructing efficiently (especially to “lock up”) within seasonal limitations.

TOUR B: Site Tour of a Ski-In High End Residence in Kadenwood Estates, Whistler, BC – Finishing Phase

Friday, September 13 | Time TBA | Meet-up Location TBA
Tour Guided by Daizen Joinery

Kadenwood Estates is a private enclave of mountain homes situated high above Whistler Creekside with high end residences (4,000-7,500 sq.ft.) nestled among the old growth forest and astounding Coastal Range Mountain Views. This session will focus on a tour of a new high end residence in Kadenwood, now at its finishing phase of construction. The tour will be guided by designing architectural firm Openspace Architecture with a first-hand inner looking into the project design, the construction process, and the building materials applied. The tour will also be guided by the timber component supplier Daizen Joinery to explain the structural and aesthetic features of the glulam post and beam and engineered timber components that were manufactured for this project.