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Former Hearst student recognized for wood research

Daniel Lacroix is the recipient of the 2016 Catherine Lalonde Memorial Scholarship for his doctoral work studying wood at the University of Ottawa.
Former Hearst resident Daniel Lacroix earned a scholarship from the Canadian Wood Council for his studies in wood.

A former Hearst resident is the recipient of a prestigious scholarship from the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) for his studies in wood.

Daniel Lacroix was born and raised in Hearst, but is completing his doctoral research at the University of Ottawa.

According to the CWC, Lacroix’s work “investigates the behaviour of glulam beam and column structural elements subjected to simulated blast loading and potential glulam reinforcement options.”

He was one of two recipients of the 2016 Catherine Lalonde Memorial Scholarship for “demonstrating academic excellence through research projects that will have positive influences on the structural wood products industry.”

Established 13 years ago, the memorial scholarship is awarded yearly to graduate students whose wood research exemplifies the same level of passion that Catherine Lalonde championed relentlessly for the wood/wood products industry as a professional engineer and president of the CWC. 

The other recipient was Sarah Stevenson of Western University, who is completing her Master’s degree thesis in engineering science, which aims to model the behavior of wood-framed residential structures in extreme wind events.

“The winning scholarship recipients’ submissions exemplify the level of enthusiasm and expertise that Catherine Lalonde encouraged and inspired within our industry,” said Etienne Lalonde, vice-president of market development for the CWC and national director of Wood WORKS! (a CWC subsidiary).

“Her legacy lives on through initiatives such as the memorial scholarship, and we are happy to celebrate and recognize future practitioners that share her passion for wood construction.”

The students were recognized during the 2016 WoodWORKS! awards gala in Toronto on Nov. 15.