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Using Urban Wood Forum


Tue, Jan 17, 2017

6:00 pm — 9:00 pm



Location Accessible

Council Chambers Members Lounge, City Hall

100 Queen Street West
Toronto ON
M5H 2N2

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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. Walk-ins welcome.


Robert Akermann, Facility Manager, Weston Golf & Country Club

Jeffrey Forrest, Founder & Director, STACKLAB

Miles Keller, Owner & Design Director, Dystil

Justin Nadeau, Green Projects Team Leader, Plant Operations and Sustainability, Toronto District School Board and Daniel Kunanec, Green Industries Teacher, Toronto District School Board

Joseph Rotondi, Property Manager, TRIOVEST and Tim Stainton Supervisor, Facilities Management Services, TRIOVEST

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