Fall Meeting Speakers Announced

CPA’s 2022 Fall Meeting, September 11-13, at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in Montreal, Quebec will feature a strong slate of speakers covering timely topics of interest to the industry.

What’s Next for Housing, Remodeling, and the Economy?”
Angi Inc.
Mischa Fisher, Chief Economist
Monday, September 12 @ 8:30am (Opening General Session)

Mr. Fisher leads market research for Angi Inc. (formerly Angie’s List) that encompasses consumer spending behavior, labor market dynamics and residential housing trends.  His research and insights have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Meet the Press, US News, Fox, and CNBC, among others. With the Covid building boom waning and as market growth normalizes, the macroeconomic environment remains unprecedented.  This session will cover what’s going on, expectations for the composite panel industry and a forward looking analysis of what to expect for the future.

Trends in Life Cycle Analysis,  Environmental Product Declarations and Carbon Neutrality
Athena Institute
James Salazar, Senior Research Associate and Director of EPD Services
Monday, September 12 @ 10:30am (Production-Technical Committee Meeting)

Mr. Salazar has over 15 years’ experience working with the wood products industry and has developed hundreds of environmental product declarations (EPDs) as well as sector-specific life cycle analysis (LCA) for a range of construction products.  The Production-Technical Committee has invited Mr. Salazar to educate CPA members on the mission and activities of the Athena Institute.  The presentation will also cover trends in LCA, EPDs and carbon neutrality.  Mr. Salazar will also introduce a new CPA-commissioned research project to collect end of life (EOL) carbon disposition data from finished products made with composite panels.  The EOL project will generate scientific-based data of embodied and embedded carbon beyond the cradle-to-gate LCA information previously documented for particleboard, MDF, hardboard and engineered wood siding and trim.

“2021 Safety Innovation Award Recipient: Stairway to Safety
Mike Butzlaff, Finish End Supervisor
Wes Gadwa, Montana Engineering and Controls Manager
Monday, September 12 @ 10:30am (Production-Technical Committee Meeting)

Weyerhaeuser will present its 2021 CPA Safety Innovation Award winning initiative, “Stairway to Safety” during the Production-Technical Committee meeting.  The initiative was an engineered solution to mitigate a fall hazard that was present when employees accessed the inside of a loaded box car to secure units for shipment.  The stairway to safety, a collaborative effort between the mill personnel and fall protection industry experts, is a ladder system that not only virtually eliminates the two fall hazards but is designed to be mobile and compact when not in use.

The Impact of Corporate ESG (environmental, social and governance) on Design and Construction.
JoAnna Abrams, Founder and CEO
Tuesday, September 13 @ 8:30am (General Session)

Ms. Abrams has more than 10 years of sustainability experience and 20 years in brand management, market research and finance.  She was named a hospitality industry innovator by Lodging Magazine and has been recognized by Wharton’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, Cornell’s Hospitality Research Summit and is a recipient of CIO Review Magazine’s 20 Most Promising Supply Chain Tech Solution Providers. Ms. Abrams will discuss the increasing importance of design and construction Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) business practices to investors, financial institutions and occupants of the built environment.  The real estate and building products industries are faced with challenges and opportunities to meet ESG objectives despite no standard definitions.  Ms. Abrams will share insights on the current state of ESG along with MindClick’s Design for Health tool that creates a single environmental reporting rating system for architects and designers to identify and specify sustainable building products for interior spaces.

Hotel reservations for the Fall Meeting are being accepted through August 26 or until the room block is full, whichever comes first.  The Fairmont is located approximately 12 miles from the Trudeau International Airport and is a short walk from the storied cobbled streets of Old Montreal.  Information regarding registration, meeting schedule and hotel reservations is available online.  See CPA 2022 Fall Meeting. More Info: Amy Woodward

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