Conference Program

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

Wood Products Safety Workshop

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

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.

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.

Conference Official Welcome

  • Dominic Frederick – Chief, Lheidli T’enneh First Nation
  • Lyn Hall – Mayor, City of Prince George
  • Mike Morris – MLA, Prince George-Mackenzie
  • Conference Chair – Sandy Ferguson, VP Corporate Development, Conifex Timber
  • Presenting Sponsor – Greg Stewart, President, Sinclar Group Forest Products

Keynote Address

Anna Tenje – Mayor, Vaxjo, Sweden Often referred to as The Greenest City in Europe, Vaxjo is well on its way to its goal of becoming fossil-fuel-free in its municipal activities, using a combination primarily of biomass and solar for heating, cooling and power generation through an interconnected grid of district energy systems.

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 – President and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada
  • Additional panelists still to come
  • Moderator: Scott Stanners – Executive Director, BC Bioenergy Network

An Industry in Transition: Global Overview

Leading thinkers will provide a “big picture” view of shifts and trends in biomass markets and the bioeconomy across North America and into European and Asian markets.
  • Joel Stone – Principal, Convergence Advisors
  • Additional panelists still to come
  • Moderator: Sandy Ferguson, VP Corporate Development, Conifex Timber
Sponsor: Conifex Timber

Keynote Address

Hon. George Heyman, BC Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy Bioeconomy Opportunities and BC’s Climate Commitment

Governments’ Role in Promotion and Regulation of the Bioeconomy

 What is the most effective and appropriate role for governments at all levels to not just regulate, but to incentivize and support the use of sustainable bioproducts and technologies?
  • Benedict McAleenan – Head of Biomass UK
  • Additional panelists still to come

Opportunities in the Low Carbon Economy

Given most Western economies’ commitments to climate change mitigation, and to finding new, innovative strategies to move to renewable energy, where are the emerging opportunities in the new bioeconomy to combine decarbonization with economic development?
  • Panelists to be announced

Gala 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.

Keynote Speaker

Speaker to be announced

Wood Pellets in Canada: Shifting Markets, Shifting Players

As the industry in Canada reaches a new stage of maturity, there is a repositioning of the major wood pellet companies to meet new market demand amidst an ever-changing fibre profile. Hear from some of the main players and analysts on what the future holds from this growing sector.
  • Seth Walker – Senior Bioenergy Economist and Director of Business Development, FutureMetrics
  • Additional panelists still to come
  • Moderator: Gordon Murray, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

Growth in the Use of Woody Biomass for New Applications

It’s been a long time since biomass was “only” a fuel source for heat and power. But its only recently that woody biomass has been reaching its full commercial potential as a feedstock for everything from diesel and aviation fuel to biochemicals and early stage biopharmaceuticals.
  • Perry Toms – CEO, Steeper Energy
  • David Dodds – President, Dodds & Associates
  • Speaker to be announced – Canfor Pulp / Licella
  • Additional panelists still to come

Renewable Communities: Stories of Local Deployment

It’s been commonplace in Europe for two decades or more. Now, more and more, communities on and off the grid in North America are making use of readily available biomass to securely meet local energy needs.
  • Donny Van Somer – Chief, Kwadacha First Nation
  • Additional panelists still to come

Industry Tour

To be Announced