A Moral Imperative
We’re very open about our end-game in this course: We want to see more local, Canadian, well-engineered woods specified in traditional and non-traditional uses—because the case for doing so is overwhelming. In addition to carbon sequestration, wood offers immense direct benefits to human health, and designers of all stripes are picking up on cultural best practices. Shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of forest bathing, acknowledges that forests—and wood generally—reduce stress and improve the immune system’s natural killer cells. Natural wooden rooms are in almost every Japanese home, and just about every Finnish home in the form of a sauna.
It’s about using the most cost-effective, versatile, engineerable material that this beautiful planet has to offer. We cover the key wood types (natural, pressure treated, modified) and how best to use them outdoors to ensure that, when conditions are present, wood can dry. We're helping to ensure that your team has the technical components required for your projects to utilize wood in a way that extends its life cycle.
We also provide a snapshot of the culture of wood in Canada and the status of our forests, and leave you with concrete resources for continued learning.
An optional 20-minute Q&A at the end is available for participants to ask detailed questions about their projects — but we also encourage questions throughout the main presentation.
About the Instructor
Yuill McGregor is one of Canada's foremost authorities on wood and the Founder & President of North on Sixty — a Toronto-based builder (R-2000, 1988). Yuill’s passion for wood began at age four, when he was given a set of Maple building blocks from his grandmother. He’s been building things ever since. Yuill’s expertise on the subject of wood — from forestry through to building applications — is matched only by his passion for sharing that knowledge.
His company, North on Sixty, takes on ambitious building projects of all types — most employing the unmatched aesthetic and performance characteristics that only his favourite building material can offer.
Participants will receive a certificate for one learning hour that can be submitted to the OAA, LOA or ARIDO for a continuing education credit.
Free for OAA member companies
North on Sixty will provide all training materials, as well as Fair Trade maple crystal milk chocolate bars. Host to provide refreshments, if desired.