Business View Magazine | January 2021

40 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE JANUARY 2021 and products. They are the repository for all the information behind these codes and changes.” BVM: What will the future landscape look like for the industry? Karacabeyli: “If I put a crystal ball in front of me, I see more 12-story mass timber buildings in Canada as it will soon be recognized in the national building code. Some of our members who are producing mass timber products like CLT will be producing more and there will be newcomers in the market. And in 2021, the U.S. codes are expected to accept 18-story construction using mass timber. So a lot of exciting developments are happening.” St-Onge: “There is also a part we’re doing, where the industry demonstrates a huge appetite for new products made from wood. We are looking at developing new sustainable materials for construction, such as panels with new characteristics which is something we are developing, as sustainability and the carbon footprint is more and more of a concern.” Knee: “I think the future landscape is one of exciting transformation. The industry is changing rapidly – it is sometimes considered a sunset industry but we actually see it as quite the opposite.”