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While Mass Timber is a hot topic locally and internationally, many of us have heard of the regulatory challenges we can face when implementing new construction methods.
The good news is that all levels of government have stepped up in their support for Mass Timber as a carbon sequestering construction material, which can positively impact climate change, and contribute to the supply of housing.
Join our panel discussion of forward-thinking government officials for our second webinar in our Mass Timber series, as they discuss how they are working with the development and construction community in this effort.
Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - Province of BC
Ravi Kahlon was elected as the MLA for Delta North in 2017. Ravi is the Parliamentary Secretary for Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.
Born and raised in Victoria, Ravi was introduced to Field Hockey by his father and grandfather. He is a two time Olympian in the sport for Team Canada and has been inducted into the Delta Sports Hall of Fame.
Prior to his election as an MLA, Ravi spent seven years in banking, and another six years working with the New Democrat Caucus as Director of Stakeholder Relations.
Ravi has been active in the North Delta community for many years as a volunteer on the boards of the Delta Parks and Recreation Committee and Men's High Performance Field Hockey BC.
He is also a certified coach and mentor to many youth in North Delta, and spends time coaching field hockey and soccer.
Ravi lives in North Delta with his wife and son.
Tim Ryce, Chief Building Official, Planning & Development - City of North Vancouver
Tim Ryce is a Professional Engineer and Chief Building Official for the City of North Vancouver. Previously, Tim worked as the Green Building Engineer for the City of Vancouver. He has developed and implemented construction regulations relating to green building, energy efficiency, and accessibility, both at the local and national level. Recently, he ensured the City was enrolled as a founding member of the BC Tall Timber Early Adoption Initiative, and continues to advertise that the City is good with tall wood!.
Doug Vance, Manager Building Permits, Inspections - City of Coquitlam
Doug Vance is currently the Manager Building Permits - Inspections at the City of Coquitlam. He currently serves as Vice President, Plumbing for the Building Officials of British Columbia and was a President of the former Plumbing Officials Association of British Columbia. He is also a member of the Building Code Appeal Board and Building Code Interpretation Committee. In his spare time Doug plays competitive slo-pitch softball and enjoys golfing.
Rocky Sethi has been involved in the development and construction of wood frame and concrete residential and mixed-use buildings across Western Canada for over 20 years. He has been involved in all aspects of development from acquisition and design to construction and delivery of thousands of homes and hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial developments. Rocky offers insight into the full spectrum of residential and commercial developments and has always worked on the leading edge of the industry, with companies looking to push the envelope with their projects in order to maximize the value of the real estate and offering to the customer. As the COO of Adera, he is championing projects incorporating Cross Laminated Timber and high levels of sustainability, in order to deliver cutting edge projects while combating climate change. Adera recently completed the Virtuoso project at UBC, and has four more CLT projects in planning or construction, including over 500 mass timber homes.