Workshop Agenda & Speakers

Agenda (all speakers are confirmed)

Speaker Biographies

Archie Landreman – Regional Director North Central            


Archie lives in Racine, Wisconsin and is the North Central Regional Director for WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council. He has been active in the wood and structural building component industry since 1970, and has extensive experience with structural lumber, engineered wood products and mass timber. He is an active and participating member of the American Institute of Architects, Association of Licensed Architects, Construction Specification Institute, Forest Products Society, National Frame Building Association, Structural Building Component Association, Structural Engineers Association, Structural Insulated Panel Association and works closely with the Forest Products Lab in Madison, Wisconsin.


Katie Fernholz – Executive Director                                                       

Dovetail Partners, Inc.

Kathryn is a forester by training with twenty years of experience and has worked on development and forest management issues in a range of roles. Kathryn has been a leader within the forestry community in the Upper Midwest through her service as Chair of the Minnesota Society of American Foresters and her appointment to the Minnesota Forest Resources Council. She is a current member of the Board of Trustees for the American Forest Foundation. Kathryn is also a member of the SFI External Review Panel; serves as a Technical Expert for the FSC-US Working Group charged with development of additional indicators for lands managed by the US Forest Service; and is a member of the Technical Committee for the Sustainable Biomass Partnership. Kathryn has a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota, College of Natural Resources and also studied at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN and Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska.


James B. Smith, P.E. Midwest Regional Manager                        

American Wood Council

Jim Smith joined the American Wood Council (AWC) staff in 2014 as the Midwest Regional Manager who is a resource for code officials in the States of ND, SD, MN, IA, WI, IL, MI, IN, OH and KY. He is also a member of the ICC Building Code Action Committee (BCAC). Prior to joining AWC, Smith was the Chief Building Inspector and Zoning Administrator for the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Before Waukesha he spent over 30 years with the State of Wisconsin’s Safety and Buildings Division, the last 16 of which were as the Program Manager responsible for their Commercial Building Code program.


Crawford Dewar – Manager of Engineering and Sales          

Guardian Structures

Mr. Crawford Dewar lll is the Manager of Engineering at Guardian Structures & Guardian Bridge Rapid Construction Inc. of St.Marys Ontario Canada. Since 1983, he has been directing the design, manufacturing processes, involving autoclave, vacuum infusion, pultrusion, filament winding continuous, etc, for applications involving advanced composite hybrid products for ballistic, implosion, explosion, semi-submersible, submersible, non-structural and structural. Producing CLT, Glulam since 1996 for FRP bridge applications, Guardian recently invested in new CLT equipment, CLT CNC, Glulam presses straight, curved up to 35m long. Crawford has been recognized by the Canadian and US Patent offices as an inventor with two issued patents and currently three patent pending applications involving Mass Timber hybrid process and products.


Kris Owen

Kris has more than 40 years of experience in construction material production, sales, marketing and development, including 27 years focused on treated wood products and 12 on wood windows. He is a member of numerous organizations – including the International Code Council and the American Wood Protection Association – is a Certified Code Instructor, and is active on ASTM committees related to wood, fire, plastics and sustainability. Kris has a BSc in Forestry from Michigan State University.