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Beth MacNeil

Beth MacNeil

Beth has spent 25 years working in science-based economic and regulatory departments and agencies across the federal government. Beth began her career as a biologist working for Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service. She later moved to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, followed by five years with Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forest Service, where she held the position of Senior Director, Science and Technology Governance. In 2014, Beth assumed the responsibilities of Director General, Strategic Policy, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard, and in 2016, she became Director General, Policy Development and Analysis, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. As…
Brenda Hopkin

Brenda Hopkin

Brenda Hopkin is an independent natural resource consultant providing professional services to government, industry, associations, certification organizations and conservation groups. She specializes in natural resource stewardship, sustainable forest management initiatives, certification systems, monitoring programs and public consultation. She has extensive technical and operational knowledge of sustainability and legality requirements for forest management, chain of custody and risk-based systems along the supply chain (FSC, CSA, SFI, PEFC, SBP). Brenda is familiar with the Sustainable Biomass Program, having worked as a technical advisory to SBP, is the Working Body Lead for the SBP Regional Risk Assessment in British Columbia, and as a…
Carsten Huljus

Carsten Huljus

SBP Chief Executive Officer

Carsten Huljus, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Biomass ProgramOver the past 18 years Carsten Huljus has been involved in forest and chain of custody certification, consulting and related activities and projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Latin America on behalf of private clients, GIZ, World Bank, WWF, FAO and EBRD. Carsten holds a Masters degree in International Forest Management from Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany. He is a trained auditor for forest management and chain of custody as well as for ISO 9001 quality management. Carsten was Managing Director and shareholder of GFA Certification GmbH, a world-wide operating certification business for sustainable…
Donald L. Smith

Donald L. Smith

Distinguished James McGill Professor - Director and CEO, BioFuelNet Canada

During his 33 years at McGill, 80 graduate students have worked under Donald Smith’s direct supervision, ~2/3 at the Ph.D. level. He has published more than 320 peer-reviewed papers, has an H index of 55, >10,000 citations, and 13 issued patents. These have worked largely in production and physiology of crop plants, more recently with an emphasis on plant-microbe interactions.
Dr. Jamie Stephen

Dr. Jamie Stephen

Founder and Managing Director of TorchLight Bioresources

Dr. Jamie Stephen is the Founder and Managing Director of TorchLight Bioresources, a bioenergy and biofuels consulting and project development company.
Fahimeh Yazdan Panah

Fahimeh Yazdan Panah

Fahimeh Yazdanpanah, Research and Technical Development Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada. Fahimeh joined WPAC in April 2019. Prior to joining WPAC, Fahimeh Yazdan Panah was a Research Associate in Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) at the University of British Columbia and the founder of Spark Biomass Consulting Inc. She has been engaged in research and discovery in the emerging area of bioenergy for over 12 years and have managed bio-product projects for a variety of clients including governments, manufacturers and technology developers. She led biofuel densification, pretreatment, storage and handling research studies in lab and pilot scale and…
Fiona Matthews

Fiona Matthews

Research Manager, Hawkins Wright

Fiona is a bioenergy consultant and market analyst with more than eleven years’ experience in the renewable energy industry. She holds the role of Associate Director at Hawkins Wright, where she is responsible for overseeing the company’s bioenergy activities. Fiona is the co-author of Hawkins Wright’s market-leading Outlook for Wood Pellets service and Editor of Forest Energy Monitor, a monthly information service which analyses global developments in bioenergy. She also regularly undertakes consultancy projects for clients in Asia, Europe and North America on topics including wood pellet and biomass markets, sustainability, and energy policy.
Georgia Gratton

Georgia Gratton

Georgia has worked in media since 2012, as a media analyst before joining Argus in early 2016. She worked on crude oil news before moving to Argus Biomass Markets, where she works on global biomass news and across several weekly biomass price assessments. Georgia holds a BA and MA from Cardiff University.
Gilles Gauthier

Gilles Gauthier

Gilles Gauthier is currently working as a Certification Director for the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) and as General Manager of European Pellet Council (EPC).
Gordon Murray

Gordon Murray

Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

Having been on the ground in sawmill and woodlands operations, as well as the corporate finance aspect of the industry - working in mergers, acquisitions, and project financing, Gordon Murray joined the Wood Pellet Association of Canada in 2009. Today, he works as an ardent advocate on behalf of Canadian producers, traders, ports, terminals, shipping companies, equipment suppliers and all those who want to participate in growing a safe and prosperous wood pellet industry.  Gordon Murray has a bachelor of science in forestry.  He is a registered professional forester and a chartered professional accountant.
Harry "Dutch" Dresser

Harry "Dutch" Dresser

Maine Energy Systems, LLC

Harry H. Dresser, Jr.Consultant, Biomass Heating PolicyHarry “Dutch” Dresser has been actively involved in innovative product and idea introduction for all of his professional life. Dr. Dresser was a Founding Director of Maine Energy Systems, the first North American company to fully implement the European pellet central heating and bulk pellet distribution model.Dutch was centrally involved in all facets of the company’s development including European manufacturer relationships, pellet quality control, bulk storage and distribution practices and protocols, management of regulatory, certification, financial and insurance issues, and assistance with sales and marketing practices. He has served as President of the Maine…
Jeff Waring

Jeff Waring

Director General, Trade, Economics and Industry Branch Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

Jeff Waring is the Director General, Trade, Economics and Industry Branch at Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forest Service, where he leads five divisions: Industry and Innovation, Economic Analysis, Trade and International Affairs, Softwood Lumber, Indigenous Forestry and BioHeat. Prior to his current role, Jeff spent seventeen years at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, where he held a number of positions, most recently as Director General, Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy Branch.
John Arsenault

John Arsenault

WPAC | Manager, Wood Pellets, Quebec Wood Export Bureau

John Arsenault, P. Eng. MBA, is the Pellet Group Director for the Quebec Wood Export Bureau and the Director of Market Access for the Wood Pellet Association of Canada. From 1997 to 2011, John served as Vice-President Operations of Energex Pellet Fuel Inc., in Lac Mégantic, Que. Energex is the largest producer of industrial and residential wood pellets in Eastern Canada and the North East U.S. John ran plant operations, participated in mergers and acquisitions and handled overseas sales and logistics. He previously served in several general management positions for a variety of manufacturing businesses, including electricity, light and heavy…
John Stirling

John Stirling

President, Pacific BioEnergy

John Stirling has been deeply involved in developing the biomass industry in both Canada and USA since 2006 and joined Pacific BioEnergy Corporation as President in September 2018 and recently added the CEO role in June 2019. John is responsible for the Company’s strategy, including developing the Company’s growth, operations initiatives and financing activities, maintaining and forming new business and industrial partnerships, and overseeing domestic and international sales activities.
John Swaan

John Swaan

John Swaan is an operations and project development expert for FutureMetrics. Often called “the grandfather of North American wood pellets,” John is widely recognized as one of the leading experts in the wood pellet sector. John’s experience, wisdom, and history in pellet manufacturing is legendary. In 1994, John founded Pacific BioEnergy Corporation located in Prince George, British Columbia, where he successfully established one of Canada’s leading wood pellet exporters. In 1996, John was instrumental in establishing the Wood Pellet Association of Canada and served as its executive director from 2005-2009. He manufactured and shipped the first ever trans-ocean shipment of…
Lindsay Veinotte

Lindsay Veinotte

Product Marketing Strategist, Shaw Resources

Lindsay currently works as a product marketing strategist at Shaw Resources. In her current role, she is responsible for driving and measuring all online activity for the company as well as promotional programs for all consumer products, including wood pellets. Lindsay has extensive experience in developing, executing and evaluating marketing programs targeted at the residential audience. She holds a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 
Luut Brink

Luut Brink

Project Manager, Control Union

Luut Brink is a Project Manager of the Canadian division of Control Union since 2012.  He works out of the Vancouver area office, where his responsibilities range from implementation of sustainable programs for the wood pellet ENplus, to Senior Marine Surveyor for coal, biomass and agriculture products, to supply chain management advice.
Martin Bentele

Martin Bentele

CEO, German Pellet Federation, and Managing Director, German Pellet Institute ltd.

Martin Bentele is chief executive officer of the German Pellet Association: "Deutscher Energieholz- und Pellet-Verband (DEPV)," since 2007.
Nicolas Blanchette

Nicolas Blanchette

President, INCOS Strategies

Nicolas Blanchette, ing.f., M.Sc.(for), MBA is a registered professional forester from Quebec. He founded INCOS Strategies in 2005 offering forest and chain of custody services across Canada and in the United States. He has extensive experience with the main forest certification systems working both as an auditor and as a consultant since the mid nineties.

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