InfraIntelligence Discussion Series

ReNew Canada’s INFRAIntelligence discussion series focuses on topics in the national infrastructure landscape that are not being talked about enough, or perhaps need a fresh perspective considered. Topics are determined by our editorial team based on the information we collect in our day-to-day coverage of the Canadian public sector infrastructure industry.

Discussions are held on the fourth Thursday of each month. There are also special editions that are held when the timing of the conversation is appropriate.

All discussions are free and fully interactive. Anyone who registers will also be able to access a free recording of the event.

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Barriers to Mass Timber: Coming of Age – June 24th


It has been two years since ReNew Canada sat down with mass timber industry leaders from across the country to discuss opportunities and challenges for future asset development. Since then quite a lot has happened. One of the industry’s cornerstone projects in Canada has been cancelled (Toronto’s Quayside development) but several other projects have begun development. Changes to the building code now allow for taller wood development. And, the stereotypes of mass timber are beginning to fall away.

We’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities now available. From supply chain development and public education to fire resistance and long-term durability, we’ll find out what drives architects to spec wood, and discuss what needs to happen for mass timber projects to become part of the everyday development landscape.

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We’ll explore these questions with our panel of experts:

Andrew Bowerbank is the Vice President of Market Development at the Canadian Wood Council where he is helping to drive the latest trend in Mass Timber construction. Prior to his current efforts at CWC, he held a number of notable executive roles in Canada’s building, energy and infrastructure sectors through WSP and EllisDon. He is also the former CEO of the World Green Building Council, a published author, and recipient of the prestigious “Ontario Premier’s Award” for his career accomplishments.

Patrick Chouinard is the Founder and Director of Business Development at Element5, Canada’s newest and most technologically advanced CLT and glulam manufacturer. Patrick’s specialty lies in his ability to orchestrate mass timber solutions together with a consortium of the industry’s best service providers with experience in mass timber. He is the driving force behind a rapidly growing company that not only manufactures mass timber components, but also provides a complete range of services to successfully execute timber construction projects on a large scale.  

Patrick believes mass timber is the essential building material of the 21st century and the company is proud to manufacture their products from sustainably sourced Ontario wood. Patrick is a passionate advocate for construction industry transformation and believes that prefabricated mass timber construction is the key to the significant gains in construction efficiency and building performance that we need to meet our significant housing and infrastructure needs in a sustainable way that contributees to a low carbon future.


Jackie Trach is a Gold Seal Certified construction manager, AscT, with more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry; thirty-one of those have been with PCL. During the last 18 years, Jackie has worked primarily in PCL’s Vancouver Buildings and Civil office as a health-care and mass timber subject-matter expert.

 Jackie’s worked on many of the district’s design-build/DBFM pursuit/construction projects, and her recent experience includes leading the Whitehorse General Hospital Expansion and supporting the Whistle Bend Continuing Care design-build health-care projects. She was also senior project manager on the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, a $356 million LEED Gold Certified facility and British Columbia’s first DBFM hospital. Jackie’s portfolio of projects also includes the iconic Vancouver Library Square, completed in 1995; the $368 million BC Place Revitalization project, completed in 2011; and the Wood Innovation and Design Centre, one of the tallest contemporary wood buildings in North America, completed in 2014.


Vivian Manasc, AOE, LLD [Hon] Architect, AAA, MBA, PP/FRAIC, LEED AP BD+C leads Reimagine, global Architectural and Engineering Studio, with offices in Canada and in the EU. She is Past President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and has served on the Executive of many professional organizations across Canada for over 30 years.

Vivian leads the design of many of Reimagine’s projects, and it is her vision and skill in facilitating the design process that enables successful projects such as the LEED Gold Water Centre in Calgary, Calgary’s EOC, the new Cultural Gathering Centre at Métis Crossing and urban revitalization projects such as the reimagined WSP Place in Edmonton and Allard Hall at MacEwan University.

She completed degrees in Architecture at McGill University and an MBA at the U of A. She served for a decade on the National Capital Commission Advisory Committee on Design, advising on Architectural, and Sustainable Design aspects of our Nation’s Capital. She is past Chair of the Board of Governors of Athabasca University and the recipient of a 2017 Alberta Order of Excellence. She was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta in 2019.

Vivian has designed with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities since 1985, across Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Her new book, Old Stories New Ways invites readers to share in her journey of sustainable buildings designed with First Nations communities.

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