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About the Wood Science Technology Centre

The Wood Science Technology Centre (WSTC) was established in 1988 and is administered by a management team led by the Director and directed by its Advisory Board that consists of a variety of industries and of the UNB VP Research and the Dean of the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management.

We have grown from a small regional research centre to one which is now nationally and internationally recognized, particularly for its strength in wood engineering. We are one of the most successful and active research centres at UNB.

Working closely with the university and governments, we established the Canadian BioEnergy Centre (CBEC) through its active involvement in development and testing of solid biofuels.

We are recognized by the Canadian Construction Material Centre and the International Council of Building Research Studies and Documentation.

We are also an approved agency for the evaluation of kilns under Canadian Food Inspection Agency's Program for wood products and is a member of Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI) since 2008.

Our mandate

To operate as a self-sustaining research and development centre, under the administration of the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, that acts as a bridge between the expertise and academic programs of the University and the wood products industry.

Our mission

To strengthen the innovation capacity of the wood products industry and, through this process, create and foster an effective interface between the University and the wood products industry. The interface will be created and maintained by exposing faculty and students to the current issues and problems facing the industry and making University expertise available to the industry.

Our goals

  • To develop new technologies and knowledge that can be transferred to the industry
  • To provide innovation support to wood products sector to make it more competitive
  • To enhance the quality of University programs by exposing students and faculty to leading-edge technologies and relevant industrial problems