About Us

Building Forests in the City

Mass Timber Connections (MTC) Solutions is a specialty connection system supplier for heavy and mass timber connections in residential and commercial projects.

We are proud to be working with the most innovative partners on cutting-edge projects across North America. Our goal is to see the wood construction industry thrive and help to maintain a low carbon footprint through education, research, and cost-effective approaches.

We Supply

MTC Solutions stocks more than 450 mass timber connection solutions ready for delivery throughout North America.

We Fund

We do extensive research with leading North American universities to innovate Mass Timber Connections Solutions, reduce costs and extend the reach of mass timber in the market.

We Educate

We provide the support needed to design efficient connection solutions. Our North American Support team is available to answer design questions.

We Guide

We offer free educational sessions on mass timber solutions in forms of webinars, technical learning sessions and event participation throughout North America.

Meet Our Team

Max Closen

Owner & Technical Director

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Max Closen

Max was born and raised in a family of foresters in an area of dense woods in Germany. He completed a 3-year apprenticeship as a carpenter before entering the University of Applied Sciences in Rosenheim, where he graduated with a degree in Timber Engineering. After graduation, he worked in a variety of construction specialties, including traditional timber framing, residential construction, custom furniture construction, Passive House Technology, and commercial heavy timber construction. In 2007, Max came to Canada for vacation (he sometimes claims that he is still on vacation), realizing his dream of exploring big mountains, wildlife and experiencing the Canadian wilderness. A series of coincidences led Max to complete his Master’s Degree from the University of British Columbia’s Timber Engineering program. During his time at UBC, Max conducted research on timber connection systems and was fortunate to be involved in connection testing for the first commercial CLT structure in Canada.

Max founded MTC Solutions realizing that sustainable mass timber structures and their members are held together by connections that are not very well developed in North America. He firmly believes that connection technology advancements will be one of the driving forces to build bigger and better in North America with sustainable building materials such as mass timber.

Max cares deeply about the environment and demonstrates this in his life with a minimalist consumer lifestyle. Rain or shine, he cycles 62km to and from work, conserving non-renewable resources while reducing his own carbon footprint. When not in the office, Max still admires the great Canadian outdoors and likes to tackle the Grouse Grind trail where his personal goal is to stay under the 40-minute mark. Max has hiked and camped more of BC than most who were raised here. Max strives for excellence in all that he does./


JP Letarte

Technical Manager

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JP Letarte

JP is one of our most versatile team members and brings a variety of skills to the team: engineering, marketing, design, sales, and even shipping/receiving. This means he's always busy, or so will he tell you. The word in the office is that he's mostly busy telling people how busy he is. Some would find it impressive that JP crossed the entire country to join MTC Solutions, but we know better. He didn’t journey by canoe or fight off grizzly bears to get here; JP took Highway 1 and drove for five days straight across Canada in the comfort of his A/C. JP travels in style and keeps his hair fresh. He’s also French… which might explain why he’s always dancing and stashes cans of maple syrup in his desk.

Katelyn Cross

Key Account & Products Representative

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Katelyn Cross

Originating from Canada’s far east, Katelyn is not new to British Columbia. She lived in Vancouver for five years then ventured up North. One hit of -30 weather and she was scrambling back to Vancouver into a Marketing and Sales role with MTC. The girl has a great sense of humor and has enriched the male-dominated engineering environment. Katelyn likes to bike to work - when it’s not raining - and in Vancouver, it rains a lot, so the bike often sits in a dark corner of the office for days at a time. She plays slow-pitch and volleyball and impressed us all hiking the Grouse Grind. She’s a loving aunt and caring family person who never says no to a free taste of someone else’s lunch. The question, ‘do you want to try?’ is a rhetorical one, but she doesn`t seem to know. Overall, we would not know what to do without her. Her cheerfulness does not seem to be exhausted anytime soon.

Raman Dhaliwal

Warehouse Manager

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Raman Dhaliwal

Raman is a recent transplant from Australia. Raman once visited Vancouver’s famous Stanley Park, with its towering 50 metre Douglas fir trees and majestic red cedars, but he claims it was “rubbish.” At least he came with excellent warehouse experience. While he comes across as humble and well-behaved, there is much more to Raman than first meets the eye, like the fact that he owns a diamond plated watch, yet brags about the $5 watch he wears to work each day. Raman is a whiz in the warehouse and has even made changes to increase capacity. The MTC team is grateful he joined us.

Dominique Robitaille

Technical Team Lead

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Dominique Robitaille

Dominique joins MTC Solutions’ technical support team from Quebec, where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Wood Engineering and a degree in Accounting from Laval University. Aside from his intelligence, Dominique brings his own unique flair to the team, and has altered our belief that all Quebecois wear Crocs with socks. Dominique is fascinated with wood construction and research and development, making him a perfect addition to MTC Solutions' cutting-edge research efforts. Dominique is a big fan of water sports, especially the ones involving sails and waves, and he has quite the Green Thumb (or so he says). We look forward to fresh plants and roses blossoming in the office.

Agata Konopka

Marketing Specialist

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Agata Konopka

Agata joins MTC Solutions' marketing team with a unique background in software development and interior design. She moved to Vancouver from Calgary a few months ago with dreams to trade in her winter boots for much cuter summer shoes; we must say we're impressed with her determination, she pulls off high heels even in the worst West Coast rain. A voracious reader, Agata likes to know everything about everything, but still can’t figure out what the engineers are up to.

Neda Naderi

Technical Support

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Neda Naderi

Neda Joins the technical support team with a Master’s in Structural and Earthquake engineering from the University of British Columbia. She is eager to learn and work in the mass timber industry and use her knowledge from her Civil engineering background. Neda is local to Metro Vancouver, so she knows where all the good brunch spots are, that is if you’re willing to wait in line. On the weekends you will find her standing in line at the latest Marvel movie.

Daniel Yaptangco

Sales & Marketing Manager

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Daniel Yaptangco

Daniel brings over 15 years of research, product management, global marketing, and business analysis to MTC Solutions. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines with a BSC – Major in Management of Financial Institutions from De La Salle University. Daniel has worked in various industries such as Banking, Steel Recycling, Architectural Hardware, and Concrete Waterproofing. He has now left concrete behind and crossed over to our side and the mass timber connections industry. A firm believer that hard work beats talent, he is very competitive in nature. A former soccer varsity, you will see him kicking a ball around a nearby field during weekends. Daniel also enjoys travelling around the world and checking out the local food scene.

Hugo Le Jolu

Technical Support

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Hugo Le Jolu

Hugo is a French engineer that specializes in wood technology and construction. He joins MTC Solutions with a background and degree in Mechanical Engineering and Production. He was raised in Brittany, France, which he claims is obviously the most beautiful and friendly region in France. We trust him! After a year spent in a sawmill in Germany, three months in the forests of Sweden and six exciting months in British Columbia, Canada, Hugo choose to settle in Vancouver to continue his discovery of this giant and awesome country! Hugo cares about the environment and is highly concerned with sustainable development. He tries to orient all of his life choices (education, job, food, furniture, activities, etc.) to reduce his carbon footprint on the earth. “Local and organic first!” his motto goes. However, Hugo also loves sophisticated things that make his choices complicated! He swears he is doing his best!

Nicole Kobilansky

Product Consultant

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Nicole Kobilansky

One of the unicorns born and raised in Greater Vancouver, Nicole is the youngest member of the sales team at MTC Solutions. She has a background in sales & customer service so she will excel in her new role. Nicole leads a busy lifestyle, between riding & performing on her horse, playing competitive slow-pitch, spending time with friends & family, it's true that “spare time” doesn’t arise often. If she could ride her horse to work, Nicole would be all over it, unfortunately, in this day & age, they don’t have horse parking stalls! Asking “did you bring a lunch today?” is basically a rhetorical question to her ordering from a local sushi place is usually on the top of the list instead of eating leftovers. Her teamwork skills promise an exciting future for this bubbly ball of energy!

Fabiana Saraiva

Accountant

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Fabiana Saraiva

Born in Brazil, Fabiana moved to Vancouver a year ago to study English for 5 months. Things didn’t go quite according to plan though and after three months she fell in love with the multiculturalism and natural beauty of the Lower Mainland. Impressed by the sunset at English Bay Fabiana quickly put her new English skills and accounting degree to work, and decided to stay!

A real homebody you will find Fabiana at home perfecting recipes. She laughs off everything even the 10% of the experiments that don’t quite work out. It isn’t good to waste food and she will eat it anyway even if things didn’t go quite as planned. When Fabiana isn’t cooking you will find her taking in the trails around Vancouver.

Gunish Rai

Warehouse Associate

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Gunish Rai

Gunish (who we like to call Gary) completed his bachelor in food technology in India and worked for PepsiCo. as a Lab technician. He soon grew bored and to sharpen his skills he decided to move to Canada. He arrived in Canada in 2018 to pursue his Masters in food science at UBC, getting his Master’s destroyed his appetite.
Exploring his options he ended up pursuing another of his passions, wood construction and landed at MTC Solutions. The love for wood started with cricket bats but wood construction is almost as good. Gary used to experiment with different willows to make homemade cricket bats with different shapes just to figure out how he can hit the ball as far as possible.
In his spare time, Gary loves to stay active and participate in innumerable sports, including of course cricket. When not outside Gary likes to stay home and have fun with arts and crafts.

Taylor Gendron

Marketing

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Taylor Gendron

Taylor comes to MTC Solutions with experience in marketing and business strategy. As a former Business Specialist for Apple, he learned what matters most is solidifying relationships. As a Digital Nomad, he has acquired a vast network of contacts in the Press, Funds, SMBs and Startups. Solving high-level problems strategically then dispatching the solutions is what he loves to do. Taylor is also a big fan of TED talks, movies, running, reading, and beating his friends at “21” as a former point guard. He is a big fan of architecture and design; the belief in the increased demand for timber in buildings (along with the awesome team) is what drew him to MTC Solutions. He also gives back by being an 80,000 Hours member, an organization that conducts research on which careers have the largest positive social impact and provides advice based on that. When he isn’t attending conferences as Media, he lives like a local in the 20+ countries he has visited- not to be mistaken for vacation time.

Kristin Leger

Junior Product Consultant

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Kristin Leger

Kristin is another Unicorn born and raised in Vancouver. She loves spending time with her family including her dog Chewie, who we are told is adorable. Kristin stays active by doing kickboxing and loves doing her high heel dance class. Performing in front of an audience can be nerve-racking but she loves it and is a born performer. She loves Pizza and Chocolate and has already tempted the team with some tasty treats. She has a great sense of humour and loves to laugh and have fun. A fun fact about her is she loves Christmas and is known to decorate as early as mid-November.

Gaurav Rathee

Technical Advisor

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Gaurav Rathee

Gaurav finished his Bachelor’s in civil engineering in India then moved to Canada to hit the books in a new environment. He completed his Master’s in Civil/Structural Engineering at the University of Ottawa with a slight focus on timber engineering. He never thought in his wildest dreams that high-rise buildings can be constructed with wood until he came to Canada. He found out this is not only a dream but a reality at MTC Solutions. He looks forward to doing research and development with MTC Solutions’ team, watching timber buildings reach new heights as a result of his efforts!
On one point he disagrees with the rest of the team as he seems to think all pizza tastes the same. He wants to have long hipster hairs but is scared of his Indian parents. You can find him playing badminton on university courts on weekends. He loves CANADA but hates winter (the west coast office can find him an empty desk). He hopes to someday be able to fly back to India for the winters. Gaurav is impressive enough to have found a job in our Montreal office without knowing a lick of French!

Shelly Mangat

HR Coordinator

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Shelly Mangat

Shelly, born and raised in Mumbai, India; finished her Bachelor's in Business Management from Mumbai and her Masters in Business Administration specializing in Human Resource from the Management Development Institute in Singapore. She has worked in the HR industry for nearly 5 years before crossing continents and arriving; in the ‘chilly’ city of Vancouver. A firm believer in “Working Smarter not Harder”, she is a people person and thinks of HR as her calling. She is a family person and doting to her parents, cousins and friends. Her list of hobbies is way too long, from being a crazy fitness freak to running marathons for causes to blogging and having her own blog page to being an avid reader she is always up to something. Her passion for Zumba is not hidden from any. She fulfilled her passion and dream of becoming a Licensed Zumba Instructor after moving to the lower mainland. She is also a Reiki Practitioner and Healer with a belief that there is much more to the energy in the universe than anyone can offer. Weekends you may see Shelly club-hopping, catching on a cliché Bollywood Movie or just sitting at home; ordering in some Pizza with a glass or two of wine and binge-watching shows on Netflix on the weekend. This girl is not afraid to let her hair down!

Darrell Booth

Operations Coordinator

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Darrell Booth

Darrell returns to BC from the frozen tundra of Edmonton, Alberta. Born and raised in British Columbia, Darrell ventured to Alberta to pursue a career in nursing. Somehow, we don't ask how the nursing graduate found himself with a career in construction. Darrell has experience on both sides of Projects with experience working in both Contractor and Architectural capacities. His experience comes from Oil and Gas, Commercial Projects, Institutional Projects, and Glulam Manufacturing. Darrell is an avid Camper, Hiker and Traveler. You can see him during the summer months setting up camp, or heading out for a hike. In the winter he's planning his next adventure whether that be camping or travelling to sunnier beaches.

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