An Industry in Transition: Global Overview
An Industry in Transition: Global and Local Sector Overview
Warren Mabee – Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy
William Strauss, President – FutureMetrics
President and founder of FutureMetrics, LLC and a globally recognized expert in the wood pellet sector, Bill continues to be a thought leader and has published numerous papers on a variety of subjects relevant to the wood pellet sector. He is also a founder and a Director of Maine Energy Systems, the largest manufacturer of European style automatic pellet fuelled central heating systems in North America. Bill is the chief economist for the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (Washington, DC). He served as the chief economist on the Maine Governor’s Wood-to-Energy Task force in 2008. He is the 2012 recipient of the International Excellence in Bioenergy award and has almost forty years of strategic and policy planning, project management, data analysis, and modelling experience in the renewable energy sector. He has an MBA (specializing in Finance) and a PhD (Economics, Earth Systems Science).
Don Roberts, CEO – Nawitka Capital Advisors
CEO, Nawitka Capital Advisors Ltd., a strategic advisory and investment banking boutique which serves organizations in the Renewable Energy, and Clean Technology and Forest Products Industries. Immediately prior to starting Nawitka in July 2013, Don was a Vice-Chair of Wholesale Banking, and Managing Director in Investment Banking with CIBC World Markets Inc. In this position he founded and led the Bank’s cross-functional Renewable Energy & Clean Technology Team. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia, and is on the Board of Directors/Advisors of Kruger Inc, Endurance Wind Power, Ivey Foundation and the Rights & Resources Institute. In 2015, Don was selected as a Trudeau Mentor with the Trudeau Foundation. In 2012 he was chosen by Corporate Knights Magazine as the individual in the Financial Services sector who contributed the most to sustainable development in Canada. In 2006 Forbes Magazine recognized him as one of the top brokerage analysts in North America.