Gordon Murray, Executive Director – Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Gordon a registered professional forester and chartered professional accountant who has worked in the forest and bio-energy industries for 33 years. He began his career working in the woods, eventually becoming a woodlands manager for a lumber manufacturer from 1987 to 1992. From 1992 to 2002 he owned and operated a forestry services company and was part-owner of an independent sawmill. Since 2003 Gordon has managed an accounting practice specializing in forest industry mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and management accounting. In 2008 he began providing financial support to the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, and in 2009 became its executive director. He is deeply passionate about the wood pellet industry and bio-energy.
In this role at BC Bioenergy Network, he is responsible for implementing strategies to develop a world class bioenergy industry in BC, by investing in high potential companies and projects and creating effective collaborations between industry, government, and academia. He has spent several years working in the environmental industries and alternative energy sectors where he provides business consulting, restructuring and corporate governance advice. He is also the founder of a small environmental products and consultancy company dedicated to the advancement of environmentally responsible technologies.
He brings to this emerging sector, over 25 years of senior finance and general management experience with large corporations in the manufacturing, natural resource, and service sectors. These include Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of the B.F. Goodrich Canada, President and Chief Executive Officer of Epton Industries, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Sherritt and the Executive Vice-President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Loewen Group.
Carrie Annand, Vice-President External Affairs – Biomass Power Association
Carrie Annand has more than a decade of public affairs experience in Washington, DC. Her diverse communications background includes political communications, experience serving on the staff of one of the most influential Congressional committees, and international expertise honed from years spent working for foreign governments. Carrie has worked with the Biomass Power Association for nearly six years, expanding her role as a communications consultant to become Vice President for External Affairs. She oversees communications, government relations and membership outreach for the association.
She also leads National Bioenergy Day, an annual national advocacy day for bioenergy. Now in its fourth year and supported by the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Department of Energy, more than one hundred corporations, universities and state government agencies across the country have participated in events recognizing bioenergy. An alumnus of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, Carrie previously served as Deputy Press Secretary under the “Dean of the House,” Chairman John Dingell. Carrie began her career at Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm.
Doug Hooper – Alberta Bioenergy Producers Group / Advanced Biofuels Canada