Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 - WPAC Business Meetings & Pre-Conference Workshops

9:00am to 11:00am
WPAC Annual General Meeting - open to all WPAC members
Location: Albert Room, Ottawa Marriott Hotel
Board meeting to follow directly after AGM from 11:00am to 12:00pm.

9:00 AM to 9:05 AM Call to order, introductions, review agenda and rules of order
9:05 AM to 9:15 AM Bylaw update
9:15 AM to 9:20 AM Confirmation of directors and officers
9:20 AM to 9:40 AM Executive director's report
9:40 AM to 9:50 AM Financial report
9:50 AM to 9:55 AM Appointment of auditors for 2018
9:55 AM to 10:10 AM Safety committee chair's report
10:10 AM to 10:30 AM Research director's report
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Business plan summary - 2018
9:00am to 11:00am
WPAC Board of Directors Meeting
11:00 AM to 11:05 AM Call to order, addiitons or changes to agenda
11:05 AM to 11:35 AM 2018 business plan and discussion of issues
11:35 AM to 11:45 AM 2018 financial plan
11:45 AM to 11:50 AM Any other business, date of next board conference call
11:50 AM to 12:00 PM Directors' closed session
9:00am to 4:30pm
The Economics of Wood-based Bioheat Workshop
Presented by Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ecostrat and Messersmith Manufacturing

9:00 AM to 9:15 AM Opening Remarks: Ralph Spaans, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Biomass Regulatory Changes in Ontario
9:15 AM to 9:45 AM Chris Walton, Arbora Management Services - Bio-heat in Ontario: Overview of Regulatory Permitting
9:45 AM to 10:15 AM Steven Law, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change - Ontario's new regulations and guidelines to promote biomass heating (MOECC ESAR process)
Coffee Break
10:15 AM to 10:30 AM  
Biomass Risk and Rewards
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM Jordan Solomon, Ecostrat - Biomass supply chain risks and how to mitigate them
11:00 AM to 11:30 AM Gilles Gauthier, European Pellet Council -  Evolution of wood pellet heating in Europe and how Ontario can learn from it
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM Sue Popadynec, Eco Wood Products - Wood pellet supply challenges and opportunities in Ontario
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM  
Successes and Challenges
1:15 PM to 1:45 PM Michael Burke, Senior Engineer, Sustainable Energy, Public Services and Procurement Canada - Introduction to Energy Services Acquisition Program (ESAP) and Biomass Pilot Projects
1:45 PM to 2:15 PM Colin Kelly, Confederation College - A Recent Biomass Installation at Confederation College, Thunder Bay – Lessons Learned & Opportunities in Northwestern Ontario
2:15 PM to 2:45 PM Jeremy Mortl - Messersmith Manufacturing - Biomass successes and challenges with public institutions in the Northeast United States
Coffee Break
2:45 PM to 3:00 PM  
Heating with Wood Pellets
3:00 PM to 3:30 PM Vince Rutter, Biothermic Wood Energy Systems - Wood pellet delivery and handling for institutional biomass users
3:30 PM to 4:00 PM Chris Wiberg, Biomass Energy Lab - Understanding Wood pellet quality and certification
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM Andreas Wintzer - Heating with wood pellets in Canada

Press release: Ecostrat in collaboration with Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry & Messersmith is hosting a bioheat workshop in conjunction with the WPAC AGM to promote bioheat in Ontario.
1:15pm to 4:30pm
Wood Pellet Sustainability Certification
Location: Capital/Carleton Room, Ottawa Marriott Hotel

Presented by Sustainable Biomass Program: Carsten Huljius and Simon Armstrong
Topics: Why do we need sustainability certification?
  What is the Sustainable Biomass Program?
  The SBP framework - key concepts
  Data tracking system
  Getting certified
  Key players - SBP, ASI, certification bodies
  Organization of SBP - roles of the board, advisory board, and stakeholder committee

Workshop pre-registration is required; spaces are limited.
8:30am to 5:00pm
IEA Bioenergy Task 32 Business Meeting
For task members only. Agenda to be provided by IEA Bioenergy Task 32
Noon to 5:00pm
Pellet Plant Tour
NOON to 5:00 PM Tour of Lauzon Recycled Wood Energy and Nearby Biomass Heating Installations
11:00 AM to 11:45 AM Check-in for tour in hotel lobby.
 NOON     Bus to leave hotel promptly at Noon for tour.  Boxed lunch will be provided.
 1:15 PM     Reach Papineauville to visit Viessman boiler at local high school.
 1:50 PM     Leave high school location on bus.
 2:00 PM     Visit Okofen boiler heating system in church.
 2:40 PM     Leave church on bus.
 2:50 PM     Arrive at Lauzon pellet plant 
 3:50 PM     Leave Lauzon pellet plant to return to hotel.
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Pellet Party: Celebrating 150 years of sustainable energy in Canada
Join us at the Mill Street Brewary to kick off WPAC and celebrate Canada's 150th birthday in the nation's capital!

Built in 1842, the historic Thompson-Perkins Mill pays homage to the rich Canadian history of brewing, as brewery and distillery operations have flourished in the vicinity of the Flats and Chaudière Island over centuries. The site and building offer unique views of the Capital, attractive access to the Ottawa River and exemplify the history and industrial heritage of Canada’s Capital Region.

Live Entertainment provided by Anna Ludlow! Anna is a Nova Scotia-born, Ottawa-based musician. She combines traditional Cape Breton style Celtic music with Jazz, Blues and Electronic influences to create her own unique style of music she likes to call Maritime Fiddle Fusion. Anna has entertained royalty, celebrities and Olympic athletes. Her wealth of experience set the stage for her to release her debut album “Reel to Reel” in 2010. The album drew nominations from both Music Nova Scotia and the East Coast Music Awards.

Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017: Conference Part 1 - Biomass Co-firing and Dedicated Firing in PC Boilers
Location: Victoria Ballroom (2nd Floor)

Chair: Gordon Murray, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
9:00am to 10:20am
Welcoming Remarks
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Check-in at WPAC registration located outside session room
9:00 AM to 9:05 AM Rene Landry, President, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
9:05 AM to 9:20 AM Rory Gilsenan, Acting Director General, National Capital Region, Science Policy Integration Branch, Natural Resources Canada
9:20 AM to 9:50 AM William Strauss, FutureMetrics - How wood pellets can be part of Canada's decarbonization strategy
9:50 AM to 10:20 AM Sandy Fleming, Capital Power - Economic and policy conditions to incent Canadian biomass conversions
10:20am to 10:50am
Networking Break in Cartier Rooms
Beverages and light snacks will be available in the exhibition area on the lower level. Elevators to LL or stairs are readily available.
10:50am to 11:20am
The Global Pellet Outlook
Fiona Matthews, Hawkins Wright - Global Pellet Outlook
11:20am to 12:20pm
Biomass Energy and the Environment
Moderator: Rob Mager, Ontario Power Generation

11:20 AM to 11:50 AM Hugues Imbeault-Tetreault, International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG) - GHG accounting frameworks for the analysis of the climate change mitigation potential from wood biomass in Canada
11:50 AM to 12:20 PM Carsten Huljus, Sustainble Biomass Program - Producing biomass sustainably
12:20pm to 1:30pm
Networking Luncheon
Hot lunch buffet will be available in the Cartier rooms on the lower level. Grab a bite and network with exhibitors!
1:30pm to 2:50pm
International Biomass Power Conversions
Moderator: Vaughan Bassett, Pinnacle Renewable Energy

1:30 PM to 1:50 PM Rick Taylor, Drax Power - Drax's biomass power journey
1:50 PM to 2:10 PM Preben Messerschmidt, Ramboll - International experiences with biomass power conversions
2:10 PM to 2:30 PM Yves Ryckmans, Laborelec - Engie's experience in Belgium: conventional power plants at Les Awires and Rodenhuize powered solely by wood pellets
2:30 PM to 2:50 PM Rob Mager, Ontario Power Generation - OPG's Biomass program experiences
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Networking break
Beverages and light snacks will be available in the exhibition area on the lower level.
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Biomass Policy and Legislation
Moderator: Jaap Koppejan, IEA Bioenergy Task 32

4:00 PM to 4:20 PM Devin McCarthy, VP Public Affairs, Canadian Electricity Association - Biomass in the power mix
4:20 PM to 4:40 PM Jamie Stephen, TorchLight Bioresources - Review of global biomass support policies
4:40 PM to 5:00 PM Lynne Patenaude, Environment and Climate Change Canada - Canada's Proposed Clean Fuel Standard
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Cocktail Reception
Enjoy spectacular views overlooking Parliament Hill in the Revolving Summit Room, located on the top floor of the Marriott for a networking cocktail reception.

Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017: Conference Part 2: Wood Pellet Heating Markets

Chair: Gordon Murray, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
8:15am to 10:00am
Safety Matters at the Plant
Moderator: Scott Bax, Pinnacle Renewable Energy

8:15 AM to 8:45 AM Budd Phillips, WorkSafeBC - Creating a safer wood pellet industry together
8:45 AM to 9:00 AM Scott Bax, Pinnacle Renewable Energy - A paradigm shift in safety
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Keynote speaker: Candace Carnahan - See something…say something!
10:00am to 10:30am
Networking Break
Beverages and light snacks will be available in the exhibition area on the lower level.
10:30am to 11:40am
The Case for Pellet Heating: Wood Benefits, Markets and More
Moderator: John Arsenault, Wood Pellet Association of Canada & Quebec Wood Export Bureau

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM John Ackerly, Alliance for Green Heat - Heating North American homes and businesses with wood pellets
11:00 AM to 11:20 AM Gilles Gauthier, European Pellet Council - Review of European pellet heating markets
11:20 AM to 11:40 AM Lindsay Veinotte, Shaw Resources - WPAC's new Canadian market development tools
11:40am - 12:40pm
Networking Lunch
Hot buffet luncheon availalbe on the lower level in the Cartier rooms. Grab a bite and network with exhibitors!
12:40pm to 2:30pm
Developing the Canadian and US Pellet Heating Markets
Moderator: Sebnem Madrali, Natural Resources Canada

12:40 PM to 1:00 PM Seth Walker, FutureMetrics - Review of North American pellet heating markets
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Panel discussion: developing heating markets in Canada and the United States. 

Panelists: Dutch Dresser, Maine Energy Systems; Gilles Gauthier, European Pellet Council; John Ackerly, Alliance for Green Heat; Jamie Stephen, TorchLight Bioresources; Jonathan Levesque, Groupe Savoie; Andre Bedard, Granules LG
2:30pm to 2:45pm
Wrap-up and Adjournment
2:30 PM to 2:45 PM Gordon Murray, WPAC - summary and wrap-up

Post Conference Field Trip to Thunder Bay and Atikokan

Immediately following its 2017 WPAC AGM & Conference, WPAC, together with IEA Bioenergy Task 32, is offering a bioenergy tour of Thunder Bay and Atikokan Ontario. Participants will separately receive a detailed itinerary. This tour is SOLD OUT.
AGI: Airex Energy: Airoflex Equipment: Andritz: Biomass Energy Lab: Bruks: Brunette: Bulldog bag ltd.: Certified Labs: CPM Global Biomass Group: Dansons: Fike: IEA Bioenergy: IEA Energy Technology Network: IEP Technologies: Kahl: LMM: MoistTech Corp.: PDI: Port of Belledune: ProcessBarron: Prodesa: SHW: TSI: UZELAC: Wellons: