Speakers

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Christian Hansen

Christian Hansen

Christian Hansen is regional director and senior trade commissioner at Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC) Pacific regional office in Vancouver.
David Dubois

David Dubois

Dubois is the manager of business development for Fink Machine Inc., Canada’s leading supplier of commercial biomass boilers.
Fahimeh Yazdan Panah

Fahimeh Yazdan Panah

Fahimeh Yazdan Panah is a research associate in the Biomass & Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the founder of Spark Biomass Consulting Inc.
Hamid Rezaei

Hamid Rezaei

Hamid Rezaei (PhD) is a postdoctoral research fellow in the department of chemical and biological engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
Harry "Dutch" Dresser

Harry "Dutch" Dresser

Maine Energy Systems, LLC

Harry “Dutch” Dresser has been involved in innovative product and idea development all his professional life. Dresser is a founding director of Maine Energy Systems. Dresser has been centrally involved in all facets of the company’s development including European manufacturer relationships, bulk storage and distribution practices and protocols, management of regulatory and insurance issues, and assistance with sales and marketing practices. He has served on many committees developing best practices documents for the small-scale pellet central heating industry. Dresser has spoken across North America and in Europe on topics related to the promotion of biomass central heating.
Henry Pease

Henry Pease

RWE Supply & Trading

Henry Pease currently works in RWE Supply & Trading’s biofuels trading team. He has extensive experience of sourcing biomass from North America and Europe. He has worked closely on co-firing biomass at the Amer & Eemshaven Power Stations in Holland, as well as the conversion of Tilbury and Lynemouth Power Stations from coal to biomass in the U.K. He has developed new biomass supply markets including residential heat in Europe and industrial demand in Asia. Prior to joining RWE Henry developed and raised funding for a biomass CHP and wood pellet plant in Belgium. He has an MBA from the…
John Swaan

John Swaan

Swaan, often called “the grandfather of North American wood pellets,” is widely recognized as one of the leading experts in the wood pellet sector.
Joseph Aquino

Joseph Aquino

Joseph Aquino joined Pinnacle in August 2015 as the superintendent of forest biomass responsible for the procurement of forest based raw material.
Jun Sian Lee

Jun Sian Lee

Jun Sian Lee has been a PhD candidate in the chemical and biological engineering department from the University of British Columbia (UBC) since 2015.
Rene Landry

Rene Landry

Director of Wood Pellet Operations, Shaw Resources

Rene Landry is director of operations at Shaw Resources, a member of The Shaw Group Ltd. Before joining the Shaw Group in 2014 Landry held several senior leadership positions in both sales and operations in the wholesale building supply industry. Landry is a graduate from St. Francis Xavier University and a certified LEAN Blackbelt through LSI. He is currently the president and a Board Member of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) and a member of the Board of the Atlantic Building Supply Dealers Association (ABSDA).
Robert Tarcon

Robert Tarcon

General Manager, Premium Pellet Ltd.

As general manager of Wood Pellets for Tolko Industries, Tarcon is a key member of an integrated team that supplies vast amounts of sawmill and forest residuals to an ever-expanding wood pellet industry while supporting successful partnerships in pellet mills, chipping facilities and ocean port services. Prior to joining Tolko in 2017, Tarcon held increasingly senior roles within the industry, including general manager of sales and transportation for Pinnacle Pellet Inc., general manager of Premium Pellet Ltd. and is a past chairman and president of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada. These roles have allowed Tarcon the opportunity to learn,…
Scott Bax

Scott Bax

Pinnacle Renewable Energy

As Senior Vice President of Operations for Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Scott is responsible for the safe and productive operations of Pinnacle’s seven  pellet plants located throughout BC. Before joining Pinnacle in August 2013, Scott acquired over 20 years of forestry experience in various logging and wood manufacturing operations throughout Canada and the USA. Most recently, Scott was the Manager of Cedar Manufacturing Operations for a large North American forest products company. This included the management of the world’s largest western red cedar mill. He also managed a 300,000 m3 start up logging company in Louisiana, USA and was a performance…
Seth Walker

Seth Walker

Senior Economist and Director of Business Development, FutureMetrics

Seth Walker is Senior Economist and Director of Business Development for FutureMetrics.
Shahab Sokhansanj

Shahab Sokhansanj

Ph.D., P.Eng.

Shahab Sokhansanj is the research leader of the Biomass & Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Prior to joining UBC in 2002, Sokhansanj taught agricultural engineering at the University of Saskatchewan where he holds the title of Emeritus Professor. Sokhansanj retired recently from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where he led research on biomass preprocessing and supply logistics as a Distinguished Research Scientist. Sokhansanj holds an adjunct professor appointment in chemical and biological engineering at UBC supervising a team of post-doctorals and students conducting research on pelletization and supply systems modeling. Sokhansanj holds fellowships…
Shawn Bells

Shawn Bells

Shawn joined Pacific BioEnergy in 2010 and has been involved in the forest industry for the past 25 years. Shawn practiced forestry as well as supervised harvesting contractors before transitioning to operations in both sawmilling and value added plywood manufacturing. Shawn is a registered member of the Association of BC Forest Professionals and holds a BSc in forest resource management from the University of Alberta.
Vaughan Bassett

Vaughan Bassett

Bassett is a senior vice-president of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. based in Vancouver, B.C.,  where he is responsible for the commercial, logistics and sustainability activities of the company.
William Strauss

William Strauss

Future Metrics

William Strauss is the president and founder of FutureMetrics. FutureMetrics is the leading consultancy specializing in the wood pellet sector. Strauss continues to be a thought leader in the sector and has published numerous papers on a variety of subjects relevant to the wood pellet sector. Strauss has been named as one of the most influential leaders in the biomass sector in 2016 and again in 2017 by Argus Media, and is the 2012 recipient of the International Excellence in Bioenergy award. Strauss has more than 40 years of strategic and policy planning, project management, data analysis, operations, and modeling…
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