Conference Program

Day 1
06 Jun 2018
Day 2
07 Jun 2018
Day 3
08 Jun 2018

Wood Products Safety Summit

Join government and private sector experts discussing wood products safety from all angles. Sponsored and run by the Wood Pellet Association of Canada.

Community Energy Workshop

Building Partnerships for Community Sustainability This is Northern BC’s premier community energy workshop. It’s a must-attend for local and First Nations governments, the clean tech sector, and energy managers considering local solutions. Learn from Växjö, Sweden, a leader in bioenergy and the first city in the world to pledge to go with 100% renewable energy. Sponsored by City of Prince George.

Conference Opening Reception

Kickoff the conference in style and jump-start your networking with great food and drinks in a casual atmosphere in downtown Prince George. Sponsored by Clean Energy Consulting, Integrity Welding, WGL Technical, CAW and Turboden.

Continental Breakfast

Sponsor Excel Transportation

Conference Official Welcome

  • Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Chief Dominic Frederick
  • Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall
  • Conference Chair Sandy Ferguson, Vice-President Corporate Development, Conifex Timber
  • Presenting Sponsor Greg Stewart, President, Sinclar Group Forest Products

Opening Keynote Address

Sponsor FortisBC
  • Anna Tenje – Mayor, Vaxjo, Sweden

Executive Panel

A delegate favourite, the Executive Panel will see industry association executives engage in a wide-ranging and frank discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the bioeconomy in North America.
  • Gordon Murray – Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
  • Derek Nighbor – CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada
  • Ian Thomson – President, Advanced Biofuels Canada
  • Moderator: Scott Stanners – Executive Director, BC Bioenergy Network

Refreshment Break

Sponsor Scotiabank

An Industry in Transition: Global Overview

Leading thinkers and business executives will provide a “big picture” view of shifts and trends in biomass markets across North America and into European and Asian markets.
  • Seth Walker – Senior Bioenergy Economist, Director of Business Development, FutureMetrics
  • Joel Stone – Principal, ConVergInce Advisers
  • Jeff Passmore – Principal, Passmore Group
  • Moderator: Sandy Ferguson – Vice-President, Corporate Development, Conifex Timber
Sponsor Conifex

Keynote Address

Werner Kurz – Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada.

Governments’ Role in Promotion and Regulation of the Bioeconomy

  • Meggin Messenger – Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Resources and Rural Development
  • John Kozij – Director General, Natural Resources Canada, Trade, Economics and Industry Branch
  • Benedict McAleenan – Head of Biomass UK
Sponsor Forest Products Association of Canada

Opportunities in the Low Carbon Economy

  • Martin Pudlas – Vice-President Operations, Canfor Pulp
  • Sarah Smith – Director, Natural Gas Transportation, Regional LNG and RNG Supply FortisBC
  • Tim Hoy – President, Clean Energy Consulting
  • Alex Stuthridge – Technical Business Manager, Bioproducts Institute, University of BC
  • Moderator: Dominik Roeser – Associate Professor, Forest Operations, University of BC
Sponsor College of New Caledonia

Networking Reception

Time to let down your hair while keeping the conversation going. A full menu and host bar await in the Conference Trade Show where you can do business in a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere. Sponsor Pinnacle Renewable Energy

Continental Breakfast

Sponsor Sacre Davey Engineering

Keynote Speaker

Bioeconomy Opportunities and BC’s Climate Commitment
  • Hon. George Heyman – Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Sponsor KPMG

Pellets: Shifting Fibre Baskets, Shifting Markets

Overview Presentation – Gordon Murray, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada Panel Discussion
  • Scott Bax – Senior VP Operations, Pinnacle Renewable Energy
  • Vaughan Bassett – Senior VP Sales, Marketing, and Logistics, Pinnacle Renewable Energy
  • Shawn Bells – Senior VP Operations, Pacific BioEnergy
  • Gregg Koehler – Sales Director, Sinclar Group Forest Products
  • Seth Walker – Senior Bioenergy Economist, Director of Business Development, FutureMetrics

Growth in the Use of Woody Biomass in New Applications

  • Perry Toms – CEO, Steeper Energy
  • David Dodds – President, Dodds & Associates
  • Greg DiCosola – Senior Process Engineer, Sacré-Davey Engineering
  • Phil Marsh – President, BC Biocarbon

Renewable Communities: Local Deployment

  • David Dubois – Manager, Business Development, Fink Machine
  • Donny Van Somer – Chief, Kwadacha First Nation
  • Blair Hogan – Teslin Tlingit Council
  • Alex Boston – Executive Director, Renewable Cities
  • Moderator: Dale Littlejohn – Executive Director, Community Energy Association

Industry tour to Pinnacle Meadowbank

Participants will be picked up by bus at 1:30 pm on June 8, immediately following the conference, and driven to Pinnacle Renewable Energy’s Meadowbank pellet facility, about an hour south of Prince George. Following a tour of the facility, participants will be returned to the Prince George Civic Centre. Return time is between 4:30 and 5:00 pm.