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Sunday, September 22: Golf Tournament

7:30am to 4:30pm
Golf Tournament - Loch March Golf and Country Club
In town for WPAC and looking for an additional networking opportunity? Join us Sunday, Sept. 22 for a round of golf at Loch March Golf and Country Club

9:00 - 9:15am
Pick up from Lord Elgin hotel

10:00 - 10:30

Welcome, coffee, outline of the day

10:30 - 11:00am 
Rentals and warm up

First group tee time

4:30 - 6:00pm 
BBQ and prizes 

Bus back to Lord Elgin Hotel, arriving by 6:45pm. 


Monday, September 23: Pre-Conference Workshops & Welcoming Reception

8:00am to 12:00pm
Morning Workshop - Wood Pellet Quality Certification
Workshop leaders
  • Gilles Gauthier, General Manager, European Pellet Council
  • Luut Brink, Operations Manager, Control Union & Administrator of ENplus/CANplus for WPAC=


  • Update on the ENplus and CANplus quality certification programs
  • Steps to becoming certified
  • ENplus quality management fundamentals
  • Sharing among participants

Lord Elgin Hotel 
*Pre-registration is required; spaces are limited.
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Afternoon Workshop - Sustainable Biomass Program
Workshop leaders
  • Carsten Huljus, CEO, Sustainable Biomass Program
  • Brenda Hopkin, Professional Forester, Hopkin Forest Management
  • Nicolas Blanchette, President, INCOS Strategies


  • SBP global and Canadian situation update
  • Steps to becoming certified
  • SBP basics
  • SBP regional risk assessments in Canada
  • Fibre supply tracking software demonstration
  • SBP audit issues

Location: Lord Elgin Hotel

*Pre-registration is required; spaces are limited. 
9:00am to 5:00pm
BioFuelNet Business Meeting and Workshop
Presentation of research papers - speakers and agenda to be announced
6:00pm to 9:00pm
WPAC Welcoming Reception

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019: Conference Part 1.

Chair: Gordon Murray, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
8:00am to 9:00am
Networking Breakfast
Check-in at registration outside the exhibition area and enjoy a hot breakfast before sessions commence.
9:00am to 10:30am
Welcoming Remarks & Global Markets
Moderator: Vaughan Bassett, President, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

9:00 AM to 9:10 AM Vaughan Bassett, President, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
9:10 AM to 9:30 AM Beth MacNeil, Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Forest Service
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM John Bingham, Director, Hawkins Wright: Global Wood Pellet Market Overview 
10:00 AM  to 10:20 AM Dr. William Strauss, President, FutureMetrics: A Biomass Tour of Japan
10:20 AM to 10:40 AM Rick Taylor, Head of Fuels, Drax Power: Wood Pellet Supply Dynamics in Europe. 
10:40am to 11:10am
Networking Break
11:00am to 12:00pm
Ensuring Sustainability and Quality

11:10 AM to 11:30 AM Carsten Huljus, CEO, Sustainable Biomass Program: Recent Developments with SBP
11:30 AM to 11:50 AM Brenda Hopkin, Professional Forester, Hopkin Forest Management: Regional Risk Assessments in Canada
11:50 AM to 12:10 PM  (1) Quebec's Regional Risk Assessment, (2) Tracking Biomass Suppliers through the Supply Chain
12:10 PM to 12:30 PM Gilles Gauthier, General Manager, European Pellet Council: The Argument for Wood Pellet Quality Certification
12:30pm to 1:30pm
Networking Luncheon
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Managing Safe Operations
Moderator: Scott Bax, Chief Operating Officer, Pinnacle Renewable Energy

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Keynote Speaker: Spencer Beach, Forged in the Heart of Fire
2:30 PM to 2:50 PM Scott Bax, Chief Operating Officer, Pinnacle Renewable Energy: Combustible Dust Management
2:50 PM to 3:10 PM Fahimeh Yazdan Panah, Director of Research and Technical Development, Wood Pellet Association of Canada: Silo Fires: Prevention and Response
3:10pm to 3:40pm
Networking break
3:40pm to 4:20pm
Government Supporting Industry
Moderator: Gordon Murray, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

3:40 PM to 4:00 PM Expanding Wood Pellet Export Opportunities
4:00 PM to 4:20 PM  IFIT - Facilitating Forest Innovation
4:20pm to 4:40pm
Focus on New Brunswick and Quebec
Moderator: John Arsenault, Director, Wood Pellet Group, Quebec Wood Export Bureau

4:20 PM to 4:30 PM  Grand River Pellet: New Brunswick's Newest Wood Pellet Operation
4:30 PM to 4:40 PM  Quebec's Forest Fibre Supply Situation
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Wood Pellet Barbeque and Reception
Join us for John Swaan's world famous pellet-smoked ribs at 5:00pm for some appetizers and networking.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019: Conference Part 2 

Chair: Gordon Murray, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
8:00am to 9:00am
Networking Breakfast
Enjoy a hot breakfast and networking before sessions commence.
9:00am to 10:30am
Growing Canada's Pellet Heating Market
Moderator: Rene Landry, Director, Wood Pellet Operations, Shaw Resources

9:00 AM to 9:30 AM  Luc Lefrancois, Director, Resomasse Inc: Biomass Boiler Projects in Quebec
9:30 AM to 9:50 AM WPAC's Efforts to Grow the Canadian Pellet Heating Market
9:50 AM to 10:10 AM Situation Update - Harmonizing Canadian and European Biomass Boiler Standards
10:10 AM to 10:30 AM How will the New Canadian Clean Fuel Standard Impact Wood Pellets?
10:30am to 11:00am
Networking Break
11:00am to 12:15pm
Panel Discussion: Pellet Producers and Power Utilities
Moderator: Gordon Murray, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
A Discussion of Current Issues

  • Vaughan Bassett, Senior Vice-President, Pinnacle Renewable Energy
  • Rick Taylor, Head of Fuels, Drax Power
12:15am to 12:30pm
Wrap-up and Adjournment
12:15 PM to 12:30 PM Gordon Murray, WPAC - summary and wrap-up
1:00pm to 2:30pm
WPAC Annual General Meeting - open to all WPAC members
1:00 PM Call to order, introductions, review and approve agenda 
1:05 PM Confirmation of directors and officers
1:10 PM Executive Director's report
1:30 PM Financial report
1:40 PM Appointment of auditors for next year
1:45 PM Safety committee chair's report
1:55 PM Research director's report
2:05 PM Business plan summary for next year 
2:30 PM Meeting adjourns 
2:30pm to 3:30pm
WPAC Board of Directors Meeting
2:30 PM Call to order, addiitons or changes to agenda
2:35 PM Business plan for next year 
3:05 PM Financial plan
3:15 PM Any other business, date of next board conference call
3:30 PM Directors' closed session
Post Conference Site Tour, New Brunswick
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 

9:00 PM Depart Ottawa Airport, flight to Fredericton New Brunswick
11:15 PM Arrive Fredericton, overnight in hotel

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019

8:00 AM Depart Fredericton hotel by bus, bound for Florenceville-Bristol NB
9:30 AM Arrive at H.J. Crabbe & Sons Ltd.
9:45 AM Tour H.J. Crabbe sawmill and pellet plant
10:45 AM  Discussion of H.J. Crabbe's forest management and pellet fibre sourcing
11:15 AM Depart H.J. Crabbe, bound for JD Irving - Grand River Pellet
12:30 PM Arrive at Grand River Pellet
12:45 PM Tour Grand River Pellet and St. Leonard Sawmill
2:15 PM Discussion of JD Irving's sustainable forest management and fibre sourcing
2:45 PM Tour of JD Irving woodlands
6:00 PM Depart Grand River Pellet, bound for Grand Falls
6:30 PM  Arrive Grand Falls, overnight in hotel

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019

8:00 AM Depart Grand Falls hotel by bus, bound for Saint Quentin, NB
9:00 AM Arrive at Groupe Savoie
9:15 AM Tour Groupe Savoie pellet plant
10:15 AM Discussion of Groupe Savoie's forest management, pellet fibre sourcing and biomass boiler projects
11:15 AM Depart Groupe Savoie, bound for Belledune NB
1:15 PM Arrive at Shaw Resources pellet plant 
1:30 PM Tour Shaw Resources pellet plant 
2:30 PM Depart Shaw Resources, bound for Port of Belledune 
2:45 PM Arrive at Port of Belledune 
3:00 PM Discussion of Shaw Resources sustainable fibre sourcing, sustainability certification, Port of Belledune operations
4:00 PM  Tour of Port of Belledune pellet storage and loading facility
5:00 PM Depart Port of Belledune, bound for Bathurst, NB
5:30 PM Arrive Bathurst, NB, overnight hotel 

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 

4:30 AM Depart hotel by taxi for Bathurst Airport 
6:00 AM Depart Bathurst Airport, flight to Montreal, QC 
6:55 AM Arrive at Montreal Airport. End of tour. 

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