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 bioenergy and bioproducts sectors in North America.
Gordon Murray, Executive Director – Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Michael Weedon, Executive Director – BC Bioenergy Network
Carrie Annand, Vice-President External Affairs – Biomass Power Association
Doug Hooper – Alberta Bioenergy Producers Group / Advanced Biofuels Canada
Moderator – Jamie Stephen, TorchLight BioResources on behalf of Alberta Innovates–Bio Solutions
A “Forest Fibre Working Group” has been meeting for two years now to find a way through to a future that makes full and efficient use of available fibre in British Columbia, and balances the needs of all stakeholders. Tall order? Three members of the working group will be here to talk about the effort.
Doug Routledge, Vice-President – Council of Forest Industries
Rob McCurdy, CEO – Pinnacle
Dave Peterson, Assistant Deputy Minister – Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Moderator – Dominik Roser, Research Leader, FPInnovations
One of the biggest challenges in any industry is making the leap from demonstration to commercial scale. This session will bring together panelists who have the scars and successes to show for long histories developing bioproducts facilities to commercial scale.
John May – Stern Brothers – “Financing Biochemical and Bioproducts Plants at Commercial Scale”
Jeff Passmore – Principal, Passmore Group – “So You Want To Build a Plant: Steps to Biorefinery
One of the fundamental uses for biomass is as a community energy solution, providing energy and economic security and an alternative to expensive and carbon intensive fossil fuel energy systems. Hear from three parts of the continent that have successfully implemented small-scale energy systems, and how they can work in your communities.
Adam Sherman, Manager – Vermont Biomass Energy Resource Centre
Kyrke Gaudreau – Sustainability Manager, University of Northern BC
David Dubois – Chief of Engineering and Technical Outreach Specialist, Community Energy Association
Moderator – Rob van Adrichem, Director External Relations, City of Prince George
The future is now. Technological breakthroughs are allowing more and more creative solutions to emerge, allowing companies to consider even greater opportunities for fuel switching using woody biomass. These industry pioneers will bring the latest information on what’s happening now, and what’s just around the corner.
Michael Lakeman – Regional Director, Biofuel Strategy, Boeing
Sam Weaver – President, Proton Power
Jerry Ericsson – Co-Founder, Diacarbon
Thomas Hobby – CEO, Highbury Energy Inc.
Moderator – Michael Weedon, Executive Director BC Bioenergy Network