Friday July 12, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
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National Research Council Canada, Ottawa 
1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, ON K1K 2E1

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Betty Quan 
IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter 
416-499-4000 x4119 

IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter

Seminar and Workshop


Blowin’ in the Wind: Understanding, Designing and Field Testing for Wind Uplift Loading on Roofs

Friday July 12th . 8 am – 12pm

National Research Council Canada

4 CEHs

In an exciting blend of classroom and onsite demonstrations at the National Research Council of Canada laboratories, this seminar aims to answer all of the questions commonly encountered when designing and installing a roof to withstand wind loads. How do I calculate wind loads? How do I specify an assembly to meet them? What industry codes and standards are applicable to my project?How do I improve the resiliency of my system? How do I know that the field installed system meets my design?

Through the course of a morning, the presenters will explore the fundamentals of wind loading, how to design a roofing system to meet Canadian code requirements and discuss the anticipated evolution of the Canadian code. We will also touch on existing and developing industry testing standards for design and testing for wind loading. Rounding out the classroom portion of the morning, representatives from government, consulting, and manufacturing sectors will discuss roles and responsibilities of the project team as they relate to wind uplift design and quality control. The seminar will wrap up with some first-hand demonstrations of portable field testing equipment and a discussion of quality control protocol to verify installation and load resistance onsite.


Registration & Breakfast: 7:30 am

Classroom: 8 am – 10:30 am

Demonstrations: 10:30 am – 12 pm



IIBEC Members: $75 + HST

Non-Members: $90 + HST


Speaker Bios:

Dr. Bas Baskaran: Dr. Baskaran is a Group Leader at the National Research Council of Canada. At the NRC, he is researching the wind effects on building envelopes through experiments and computer modeling.  As adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, he supervises graduate students.  As a professional engineer, he is a member of Roofing Committee on Weather Issues (RICOWI), RCI Inc., ASCE, SPRI, ICBEST, and CIB technical committees. He is a Research advisor to various Task Group of the National Building Code of Canada and member of the wind load committee of American Society of Civil Engineers. He has authored and /or co-authored over 200 research articles and received over 25 awards, including Frank Lander award from Canadian Roofing Contractors Association and Carl Cash Award from ASTM. Dr. Baskaran was recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with Diamond Jubilee medal for his contribution to the fellow Canadians.

Dr. Maurizio Chavez: Dr. Mauricio Chavez is a research associate at the Construction Research Centre at the National Research Council of Canada. He holds doctorate degree in building engineering from Concordia University. His research area focuses on the interaction of wind and building envelop, more specifically on the effect of wind on low-slope roofing systems and roof top add-ons such as vegetation’s and PV. Prior joining to NRC, he worked in Montreal at the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en Sécurité du travail (IRSST) and developed mitigation techniques of pollutant dispersion in urban landscape. Mauricio was recipient of several awards from North American and International conferences.

Stephanie Robinson, P.Eng.: Stephanie Robinson is the manager for the Building Sciences team of WSP Canada Inc. in Ottawa, Ontario. She has 11 years of experience in investigation, design, contract administration and construction review of building envelope components for new and existing construction in Canada and the United States. Stephanie leads technical decisions for roofing and cladding projects across Canada and manages WSP’s Roofing Centre of Excellence, a national team that connects the roofing business across all geographies and supports our teams by sharing knowledge, managing internal company processes and documents, and promoting industry reputation. She is a Level 2 Certified Thermographer and specializes in application of infrared technology for the diagnosis of heat loss and moisture ingress through the building enclosure. Stephanie has served on the Board for the Building Envelope Council Ottawa Region (BECOR) and currently serves as the Secretary and National Capital Region Branch Liaison for the IIBEC Southern Ontario Chapter.

Richard (Dick) P. Canon, FRCI, RRC, PE: Dick Canon has a BS in Civil Engineering from Auburn University with over 40 years of experience designing structures and roof systems. He is a registered Professional Engineer in several US states and one of the 1988 inaugural recipients of the RCI Registered Roof Consultant. He became a Fellow of the Roof Consultants Institute (FRCI) in 1987 and received the second Herbert Busching Award from RCI in 1996.  He was President of “RCI” from 1985 to 1986. In 2002 Dick built a prototype of a 5' x 5' negative pressure uplift test chamber. After refinements in 2006 he began marketing the uplift chambers capable of testing down to a remarkable -500 psf! The chambers are now being used internationally by roof consultants, Na­tional Research Council, Factory Mutual Engineering, roof systems manufacturers, and roof contractors.

Jean-François CôtéJean-François Côté is the Director, Standards and Scientific Affairs for Soprema Inc. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Université de Sherbrooke and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from INRS-Université du Québec obtained in 1998. He joined Soprema in 1999 as a research chemist where he worked on the development of adhesives and sealants used in roofing and civil engineering. From 2009 to 2015, he was Director of Strategic Development for Soprema, coordinating the activities of the Canadian R&D and technical departments of the organization. In his current role, he represents Soprema on technical committees of industry associations (ARMA, PIMA, CIMAC) and is actively engaged in various North American standards development organizations (CSA, ASTM, ULC). He is a registered chemist in the province of Québec (OCQ), is chair of the CSA A123 technical committee on Bituminous Roofing Materials, and is co-chair of the ASTM D08.04 Subcommittee on “Felts, Fabrics and Bituminous Sheet Materials”.


Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued up to two weeks prior to the event and a $25 administrative fee will apply.  After that time, no refunds will be permitted.
“No Shows” will not receive a refund.  Substitutions are permitted.