Speakers 2020

Keynote Speaker

Steve Patterson is a well-known comedian, radio and television moderator in Canada and on the international stage. Mr. Patterson began his career in 1997, shortly after ending his advertising copywriter career. In addition to playing in every major city in Canada, he has also headlined in Ireland, United States, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. Since 2007, he has hosted "The Debaters" on CBC Radio One, a program listened by 700,000 listeners each week. At the Canadian Comedy Awards, he was twice awarded the "Best Male Stand-up Comedian", twice the "Comedy Person of the Year" and several nominations for his one-man show "This is Not Debatable" and "I Wrecked My House". Painstakingly persistent in creating new material, Steve Patterson gives his very best to each audience he performs for.


Industry Seminar on Economy and Markets




Brendan Lowney is a Principal of Forest Economic Advisors LLC, a premier source for North American wood products analysis. Brendan interprets and forecasts the North American and international economic landscape – analysis that forms the basis of FEA’s industry projections. Brendan is also responsible for deepening FEA’s coverage of the key end-use markets in the residual, manufacturing, and trade sectors. Brendan writes FEA’s Macroeconomic Advisor and he is a contributing author to each of FEA’s Quarterly Forecasting Service publications. Brendan earned a master’s degree in economics from Boston College. He holds a B.S. in mathematics and economics from Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Author, Building Pioneer, Founder, and CEO of Bensonwood & Unity Homes, Tedd Benson is a crucial figure in the revival of timber framing in America. Since the creation in 1973, Bensonwood established itself as a creative leader in timber frame design, engineering, craftsmanship, and CAD‐CAM technology. This work has taken the company to nearly every state in the U.S. as well as Canada, England, and Japan. Bensonwood pioneered the use of Mass Timber and CLT and works towards the development of new systems, processes, logistics and technology that focus on making high performance and sustainable homes the industry norm. Mr. Benson is a nationally known speaker and presenter and is the recipient of many awards, including an honorary doctorate from Unity College, and most recently, The Granite State Award in recognition of his statewide and national influence on best building practices.

Industry Seminars' Moderator

Karina Lehoux is a professional animator, founder, and president of Eklosion – Animation professionnelle. Since her first stage and television appearances in the early 2000s, more than 600 mandates have been entrusted to her as master of ceremonies, mainly in the context of business events: conventions, symposiums, and conferences, recognition galas, annual general assemblies and more. A bilingual experienced leader and trusted accomplice, Ms. Lehoux is recognized for her professionalism, authenticity, and interest in optimizing communication in order to serve the business objectives of her clients.

Panel with Industry CEOs

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