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MTS Canada Conference 2023

The BSI is happy to announce the first Toronto Mass Timber Conference in collaboration with Rothoblaas.
Sep 6, 2023
Sep 8, 2023
51 Dockside Dr, Toronto, ON M5A 0B6


Discover sustainable building innovation at the Mass Timber Seminar (MTS) Canada Conference. This 3-day live in-person event is all about exploring mass timber design and construction methods, learning about the latest Mass Timber developments, and networking with like-minded professionals and over 18 guest speakers.

The conference, co-organized by Rothoblaas and the Brookfield Sustainability Institute (BSI), will feature inspiring presentations, engaging discussions, and plenty of networking opportunities. Sponsored by Element5 and ULI Toronto, it's the perfect chance to stay ahead of the curve in the mass timber industry and gain valuable insights.

When and where:

Date and time

September 6 · 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT

September 7 . 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM EDT

September 8 . 8:00 AM - 5:15 PM EDT


George Brown College, Waterfront Campus at Queens Quay, 51 Dockside Drive

What are the Streams?

Ways of Sharing

• The relationship between Working & Learning

• Themes: harmonization of work and learning practices, eco-friendly workspaces, sustainable learning methodologies

• Facilitator: Eric Meerkamper
• Case Study: FireNtegra

In a world facing sustainability challenges, the relationship between work and learning needs a paradigm shift. Traditional models contribute to environmental strain, and there’s a pressing need for sustainable innovations that harmonize work and learning practices.

This Stream will explore sustainable innovations in learning and work.

Determine how cutting-edge practices can provide solutions to the environmental impact of traditional approaches. From eco-friendly workspaces to sustainable learning methodologies,we’ll delve into transformative solutions that shape a greener future.

• The relationship between Health & Wellness

• Themes: holistic approaches to healthcare, mental well-being, community resilience, and inclusive care strategies

• Facilitator: Jane Cooke-Lauder
• Case Study: SourceFarm

Exploring novel ways of caring for individuals and communities.

In our fast-paced world, health challenges abound, impacting both individuals and communities. The traditional approaches to healthcare often fall short in addressing the holistic well-being of individuals, leaving communities vulnerable to various health-related issues.

This Stream will explore innovative solutions in the realm of Health & Wellness.

We’ll lead discussions on holistic approaches to healthcare, mental well-being, community resilience, and inclusive care strategies. We’ll delve into the latest advancements, compassionate strategies, and collaborative initiatives that contribute to healthier societies.

Ways of Caring

Ways of Living

• The relationship between Housing & Community

• Themes: redefine urban living, infrastructure development,and housing design

• Facilitator: Kristina Verner
• Case Study: Eglinton West

Our current living practices and infrastructure often contribute to environmental degradation and urban challenges.

Traditional approaches to housing and infrastructure can be unsustainable, posing threats to both the well-being of individuals and the health of the planet.

This Stream will explore cutting-edge solutions and sustainable practices that redefine urban living, infrastructure development, and housing design. We’ll envision and create a blueprint for tomorrow’s living spaces where comfort and environmental harmony coexist.


  • Gain insights from acclaimed national and international speakers in the timber sector. 
  • Explore hybrid structures, multi-family developments, BIM, fire resistance, acoustics, sustainability, and the circular economy within Canada's mass timber construction industry.
  • Experience a Special Tour the Limberlost Place, a new mass timber structure under construction in downtown Toronto that showcases new sustainable technologies and techniques in the build sector.
  • Learn about new mass timber affordable housing work being done in Europe, with special speaker Jose Toral from Spain.
  • Be the first to see the global mass timber database developed by the Brookfield Sustainability Institute.
  • Engage in a meaningful discussion addressing the future of timber construction.
  • Topics include: Rothoblaas innovative products, Hospital Mass Timber case study Architectural Design Considerations, Health and Carbon Benefits of Mass Timber, International Logistics of Construction Sites, Mass Timber from the Real Estate, Developers’ Perspective, Changing Building Code Environments for Mass Timber, Acoustics Applied to Mass Timber Structures and Mass Timber in Affordable Housing.
  • With inspiring speakers from companies including Moriyama Teshima, Hullmark, EllisDon, Farrow Partners Architects, Hines, BDP Quadrangle, Bird Construction, R-Hauz, Dialog, Provencher Roy, and more! 

Join us for a special evening kickoff event in partnership with Urban Land Institute, on Affordable Mass Timber: Cracking the code of sustainability and affordability.

Join ULI Toronto and George Brown College for a special presentation by Jose Toral, partner in the award-winning architectural firm PERIS+TORAL ARQUITECTES, based in Barcelona who will present their work in Europe in Mass Timber affordable and social housing. A moderated panel will follow, discussing demonstrable examples of how mass timber can be used for affordable housing both locally and internationally, tackling the twin challenges of our climate and the housing emergency.

Special speakers include:

  • Jose Toral, Partner, Peris + Toral Arquitectes
  • Claire Brewster, Consultant, Non-Profit Management & Capital Projects
  • Mwarigha M.S, Vice President of Housing and Homelessness Services, WoodGreen
  • Leith Moore, Co-Founder, R-Hauz Solutions

Take the chance to share your experiences and network with the other participants across the multi-day conference. Don't miss the chance to join the dinner on September 7 to further connect with industry experts and expand your network.


Select the ticket that suits your needs. All breaks and lunches are included in the day ticket, while the evening events are sold separately. Please make sure to select all of the events that you wish to participate in.


Toronto was selected as the host city for this Canadian Mass Timber Conference due to its thriving construction industry and reputation as a center of innovation in mass timber. The event is a strategic partnership with the Brookfield Sustainability Institute (BSI) at George Brown College, an institution renowned for its leadership in smart sustainable solutions for the future. By leveraging the expertise and resources of the BSI, participants can expect to gain access to the latest industry knowledge and best practices, ensuring a comprehensive and informative experience.


Luigi Ferrara, George Brown College - Eli Gould, STIX / OffsiteWood - Craig Appelegath, DIALOG - Patrick Crabbe, Bird - Tye Farrow, Farrow Architects - Franco Piva, Ergodomus - Mark Gaglione, EllisDon - Steven Craft, CHM - Richard Witt, BDP Quadrangle - Carol Phillips, Moiyama - Veronica Madonna, Athabasca University - Stephen McCann, Thornton Tomasetti - David Moses, Moses Structural Engineers incl - Catherine St.Marseille, Provencher Roy - Lee Scott, Element 5; Toral & Peris – Jose Toral


Element 5

Urban Land Institute Toronto


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