Leading Canada’s low carbon economy

Sunday, September 22: Golf Tournament

7:30am to 4:30pm
Golf Tournament - Loch March Golf and Country Club
Loch March Golf and Country Club 1755 Old Carp Road, Ottawa

9:00 - 9:15am
Bus departure from Lord Elgin Hotel for Loch March G&CC

10:00 - 10:30

Welcome, coffee, outline of the day, rules and explanation

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: Certification Workshops - Lord Elgin Hotel

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=


  • Roles of EPC & WPAC regarding ENplus and CANplus certifications
  • Quality management
  • fibre supply
  • plant operations
  • on site storage & handling
  • Self monitoring and testing
  • Quality of supply chain
  • EPC latest news and up-coming revision
Location: 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
  • Simon Armstrong, Chief Technical Officer, Sustainable Biomass Program


  • SBP global and Canadian situation update
  • Steps to becoming certified
  • SBP basics
  • Recent updates to SBP documents (standards, instructions, guidance etc.)
  • 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. 
8:30am to 4:00pm
Biomass to Fuel the Bioeconomy Workshop
Workshop objectives: To examine the results of Biomass cluster research efforts to date, with a view to understanding how the results, and Biomass cluster collective effort, are serving to develop production of biomass and access to waste or other sources of available biomass, to provide a key underpinning to the developing sustainable Canadian bioeconomy.

8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.  Welcome to the joint meeting of Wood Pellet Association of Canada and Biomass Canada
Speaker: Gordon Murray, Executive Director, WPAC 
 8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Introduction to Biomass Canada 
Speaker: Dr. Don Smith and (CEO) and Lynne Guerrette (Director, Industry Development Division, AAFC)
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Develop a Low‐Cost and High Production System for Sorghum Biomass on Marginal Lands
Speakers: Drs. Lining Tian (AAFC), Julia Lu (Ryerson University), and Kevin Vessey (St- Mary’s University)
9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Development of Biologicals as Low Input, Sustainable Production Inputs for Fuel and Residue/Food Production
Speaker: Dr. Don Smith, McGill University
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Purpose‐Grown Biomass Crops: Efficient Production, Yield Modelling and Real‐world Verification
Speaker: Dr. Kevin Vessey, St Mary’s University
10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Networking break
10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.  Zero‐Waste Process for Conversion of Wet Greenhouse Wastes and Agro‐ Forestry Residues into Recycled Water/Bioenergy/High‐value Bioproducts
Speaker: Dr. Charles Xu, Western University
11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Valorization of Agricultural and Food Wastes: A Closed‐Loop Circular Economy Concept to Address Climate Change, Biogas Production, Wastewater Management, and Soil Health
Speaker: Dr. Animesh Dutta, University of Guelph
11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Application of Thermo‐chemical and Hydro‐thermal Pre‐treatments in Production of Fuel Pellets Using Agricultural Wastes
Speaker: Dr. Ajay Dalai, University of Saskatchewan
1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Biomass Feedstock for Food and Energy Security in the North: Solutions to Technical Issues, Economic Feasibility and Environmental Sustainability
Speakers: Drs. Lope Tabil and Duncan Cree, University of Saskatchewan 
1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Implementation of a Regional Biomass Depot for the Handling, Conditioning and Pre‐treatment of Agricultural Crop Residues for Further Biorefining: Centre‐du‐Québec Region Case
Speaker: Dr. Simon Barnabe, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.  Development of logistics, pretreatment and commercialization of agri-pellets
Speaker: Dr. Shahab Sokhansanj, University of British Columbia
2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.  Biochar Production from Canadian Lignocellulosic Biomass and Application for Carbon Sequestration, Soil Improvement and Crop Productivity
Speaker: Dr. Ajay Dalai, University of Saskatchewan
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Biomass cluster students/researchers presentations
4:15 p.m. Closing remarks 
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Pellet Party: Celebrating 152 Years of Sustainable Energy in Canada
Mill Street Brewery with live entertainment by Cassie and Maggie.
“Nova Scotian sisters Cassie & Maggie are among the top musical acts in demand on the Irish/American/Canadian scene”

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
Opening and Welcome
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. 
10:30am to 11:10am
Networking Break
11:10am to 12:30pm
Ensuring Sustainability and Quality
Moderator: Andre Bedard, Director of Sales and Marketing, Granules LG

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 Nicholas Blanchette, Presidentm INCOS Strategies: (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
Lunch in Exhibition Area.
1:30pm to 3:10pm
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 Shawn Bells, VP Operations, Pacific BioEnergy: Silo Fires - Prevention and Response
3:10pm to 3:30pm
Networking break
3:30pm to 5:15pm
Industry Working with Government
Moderator: Vaughan Bassett, President, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
3:30 PM to 3:50 PM Dr. Donald Smith, CEO, BioFuelNet: Catalyzing Expansion of Canada's BioEconomy through Research.
3:50 PM to 4:05 PM Jeff Waring, Director General, Trade Economics, and industry Branch, Natural Resources Canada: Overview of NRCANS's Forestry Funding Programs
4:05 PM to 4:10 PM Shawn Bells, VP Operations, Pacific BioEnergy: Reducing Machine Wear with the ClassiCleaner (IFIT Program)
4:10 PM to 4:15 PM Yann Sellin, General Manager, Granule 777 Inc: Developing a Wood Pellet Export Facility in Quebec (IFIT Program)
4:15 PM to 4:20 PM Gordon Murray, Executive Director, WPAC: Developing Canada's Wood Pellet Export Markets (EMO Program)
4:20 PM to 4:25 PM Nikki Manitowabi, Business Development Manager, Wiikwemkoong Development Commission: Wood Pellet Development in Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory. (CERRC Program)
4:25 to 5:15PM Panel Discussion and Meeting Ajourns.
5:20pm to 7:20pm
Cocktail Reception
John Swaan, the grandfather of wood pellets and FutureMetrics pellet operations expert, will be cooking his world famous pellet-smoked ribs.

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 breakfast and networking before sessions commence.
9:00am to 10:30am
Growing Canada's Pellet Heating Market
Moderator: Dr. Harry "Dutch" Dresser , Consultant, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

9:00 AM to 9:10 AM  Dr. Harry "Dutch" Dresser , Consultant, Wood Pellet Association of Canada: Project Update - Harmonizing Canadian and European Biomass Boiler Standards
9:10 AM to 9:35 AM Luc Lefrancois, Director, Resomasse Inc: Biomass Boiler Projects in Quebec
9:35 AM to 9:55 AM Lindsay Veinotte, Product Marketing Strategiest, Shaw Resources - WPAC's Efforts to Grow the Canadian Pellet Heating Market
9:55 AM to 10:20 AM Steven Townsend, Chief Boiler Inspector, Prince Edward Island: How and Why did PEI Include European Standards in their Boiler Regulations?
10:20 AM to 10:40 AM Martin Bentele, Managing Director, German Energy Wood and Pellet Association (DEPV): Success of Wood Pellet Central Heating in Germany
10:40 AM to 11:00 AM Dr. Jamie Stephen, Managing Director, Torchlight Bioresources: How will the New Canadian Clean Fuel Standard Impact Wood Pellets?
11:00 am to 11:30 am
Networking Break
11:30am to 12:30
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
  • John Stirling, President, Pacific BioEnergy
  • Rick Taylor, Head of Fuels, Drax Power
  • Martin de Wolff , Head of Biofuels Trading , RWE Supply & Trading
12:30am to 12:45 pm
Wrap-up and Adjournment
12:30 PM to 12:45 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

September 25-27, 2019: Post Conference Tour

Limited to 20 Participants
Post Conference Site Tour, New Brunswick - Limited to 20 Participants
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 Moncton, NB
7:30 PM Arrive at Moncton Airport
8:45 PM Depart Moncton Airport, flight to Montreal, QC
9:47 PM Arrive at Montreal Airport. End of Tour

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