Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 - Golf Tournament & Opening Reception

Noon to 4:00pm
Golf Tournament - Seymour Golf and Country Club
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Bus from Marriott Pinnacle Hotel to Seymour G & CC
8:30 AM to 9:00 AM Coffee and rules explanation
9:00 AM to 2:30 PM Golf - eight flights
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Lunch and awards
 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM Bus from Seymour G & CC to Marriott Pinnacle Hotel

9th tee Seymour HUX6962
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Vancouver Harbour Cruise
Join us aboard the Magic Charm for a 3-hour cruise through Indian Arm, a steep-sided glacial fjord formed during the last ice age. 

This two-level yacht has a fully functional bar at the bow with an outdoor seating area perfect for networking and capturing stunning pictures. The second level is a sleek, modern lounge that opens onto a large, outdoor deck that offers the perfect arena to mingle, enjoy a snack, and take in the breathtaking views.

Departs from Westin Bayshore Marina promptly at 6:00 PM for a trip along Burrard Inlet to Deep Cove. Guests arrange own transportation to the marina.

Magic Charm

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018: Conference Part 1: Powering Asia with Canadian wood pellets

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
Global and Asian Markets
Moderator: Gordon Murray, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Check-in at WPAC registration located outside session room
9:00 AM to 9:10 AM Rene Landry, President, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
9:10 AM to 9:30 AM Christian Hansen, Director, Pacific Region, Global Affairs Canada, Canada as a Trading Nation
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM Argus Biomass Markets - Global Supply and Demand Dynamics
10:00 AM  to 10:30 AM Seth Walker, Senior Bioenergy Economist, FutureMetrics - Asian Pellet Market Development
10:30am to 11:00am
Networking Break
11:00am to 12:00pm
Sustainable Fibre Sourcing
Moderator: Robert Tarcon, General Manager, Wood Pellets, Tolko Industries Ltd.

11:00 AM to 11:20 AM Dr. William Strauss, President, FutureMetrics - Asian Biomass Fuel Options: Sourcing, Sustainability, Cost of Production, and Fuel Characteristics
11:20 AM to 11:40 AM Shawn Bells, Vice-President of Operations, Pacific BioEnergy - Managing Pacific BioEnergy's Fibre Supply Chain
11:40 AM to 12:00 PM Joseph Aquino, Head of Sustainability, Pinnacle Renewable Energy - Ensuring Sustainable Fibre Sourcing in Western Canada
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Networking Luncheon
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Wood Pellet Supply Chain
Moderator: Scott Bax, Senior Vice-President of Operations, Pinnacle Renewable Energy

1:30 PM to 2:00 PM Robert McCurdy, CEO, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. - Pinnacle's Journey: Becoming one of the World's Leading Pellet Manufacturers and Distributors
2:00 PM to 2:20 PM Fiona Murray, Vice-President, Industrial Products, CN - CN's role as a vital link in the wood pellet supply chain for Canada's Asian customers
2:20 PM to 2:40 PM Kerry Lige, CEO, Fibreco Export - Considerations in Wood Pellet Handling Through Port Facilities
2:40 PM to 3:00 PM Henry Pease, Solid Fuels Trading, RWE Supply and Trading - How the Biomass Supply Market is Becoming Global: What This Means for Asian & European Wood Pellet Buyers
3:00pm to 3:30pm
Networking break
3:30pm to 4:50pm
World Class Research and Development
Moderator: Dr. Shahab Sokhansanj, Professor and Director, University of British Columbia, Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (UBC-BBRG)
3:30 PM to 3:40 PM Dr. Sokhansanj - Introduction to UBC-BBRG
3:40 PM to 4:00 PM Dr. Fahimeh Yazdan Panah, Research Associate, UBC-BBRG - Developing Wood Pellet Combustible Gas Characteristics in Support of Ocean Shipping Regulations 
4:00 PM to 4:20 PM  Dr.Hamid Rezaei, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UBC-BBRG - Pellet Raw Material and the Effects of Particle Size on Industrial Boiler Performance
4:20 PM to 4:40 PM Jun Sian Lee, Doctoral Candidate, Biological and Chemical Engineering, UBC-BBRG - Analyzing the Impact of Rain Intensity on Wood Pellet Durability: Implications for Ship Loading During Wet Weather
4:40 PM to 4:50 PMN Vaughan Bassett, Senior Vice-President, Pinnacle Renewable Energy - Wrap-up and Key Takeaways
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Wood Pellet Barbeque and Reception
John Swaan, the grandfather of wood pellets and FutureMetrics pellet expert, will be cooking his world famous pellet-smoked ribs. Join us at 5:00pm in the Point Grey room and 3rd floor patio for some appetizers and networking.

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018: Conference Part 2 - Focus on Canada

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 10:00am
Safety Keynote Speaker
Keynote to be announced. 
10:00am to 10:30am
Networking Break
10:30am to 11:50am
Growing Canada's Pellet Market
Moderator: John Swaan, Manager, Senior Consultant, FutureMetrics

10:30 AM to 10:50 AM David Dubois, Manager of Business Development, Fink Machine (invited) - Growing the Biomass Boiler Market in Canada
10:50 AM to 11:10 AM Martin Bentele, Managing Director, German Wood Energy and Pellet Association - Growth of the German Pellet Heating Market: Is the Same Possible for Canada?
11:10 AM to 11:30 AM Dr. Harry "Dutch" Dresser , Founding Director, Maine Energy Systems - Tackling the Challenge of Bringing European Biomass Boiler Technology to Canada: Is There a Path for Canadian Adoption of EN 303-5?
11:30 AM to 11:50 AM Dan Coffey, Sales & Marketing Manager, Shaw Resources - Evaluating WPAC's Domestic Marketing Toolbox
11:50am to 12:00pm
Wrap-up and Adjournment
11:50 AM to 12:00 PM Gordon Murray, WPAC - summary and wrap-up
12:30pm to 2:00pm
WPAC Annual General Meeting - open to all WPAC members
Location: Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Hotel. Lunch will be served. 

Executive Director's reportExecutive Director's report​
12:30 PM to 12:35 PM Call to order, introductions, review agenda and rules of order
12:35 PM to 12:40 PM Confirmation of directors and officers
12:40 PM to 1:00 PM Executive Director's report
1:00 PM to 1:10 PM Financial report
1:10 PM to 1:15 PM Appointment of auditors for next year
1:15 PM to 1:25 PM Safety committee chair's report
1:25 PM to 1:35 PM Research director's report
1:35 PM to 2:00 PM Business plan summary for 2019
2:00pm to 3:00pm
WPAC Board of Directors Meeting
2:00 PM to 2:05 PM Call to order, addiitons or changes to agenda
2:05 PM to 2:35 PM 2019 business plan and discussion of issues
2:35 PM to 2:45 PM 2019 financial plan
2:45 PM to 2:50 PM Any other business, date of next board conference call
2:50 PM to 3:00 PM Directors' closed session
2:00pm to 3:00pm
Post Conference Site Tour, Northern British Columbia
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 

7:50 PM Air Canada flight Vancouver to Prince George
9:15 PM Pickup by bus, transfer to Coast Inn of the North, Prince George

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

8:00 AM Pickup by bus, transport to Pacific BioEnergy's fibre supply operation
10:00 AM Pickup by bus, transport to Vanderhoof
12:00 PM Arrive in Vanderhoof, lunch
1:00 PM Pickup by bus, transport to Nechako Lumber/Premium Pellet
1:15 PM Tour of Nechako Lumber/Premium Pellet
3:15 PM Pickup by bus, transport to Burns Lake
5:00 PM Arrive in Burns Lake, overnight at Key-oh Lodge

Friday, Sept. 21, 2018

7:00 AM Pickup by bus, transport to Pinnacle Pellet Burns Lake pellet plant
8:30 AM Pickup by bus, transport to Terrace
12:30 PM Arrive in Terrace, lunch
1:00 PM Pickup by bus, transport to Prince Rupert
3:00 PM Arrive at Westview Terminal, Prince Rupert
4:30 PM Pickup by bus, transport to waterfront restaurant in Prince Rupert (TBA)
6:30 PM Pickup by bus, transfer to water taxi, transport by water taxi to Digby Island
7:15 PM Check in for flight back to Vancouver
10:15 PM Arrive in Vancouver, end of tour
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