2017 Speakers

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André Bédard

André Bédard

sales manager for Granules LG

André Bédard has been a sales manager for Granules LG for five years. Founded in 1995 in St-Félicien, Granules LG is a Quebec-based company specializing in two types of wood densification: wood pellets and bioenergetic firedogs.
Andreas Wintzer

Andreas Wintzer

Biomass and Commercial System Manager, Viessmann Canada

Andreas Wintzer is the Biomass and Commercial System Manager for Viessmann Canada.
Budd Phillips

Budd Phillips

Regional Prevention Manager, WorkSafeBC

Budd Phillips is the Regional Prevention Manager for WorkSafeBC based in the Fort St. John Office.
Candace Carnahan

Candace Carnahan

Keynote Speaker

Lauded as one of the “Faces of the Future” by MacLean’s magazine, Candace Carnahan uses her unique life lessons to inspire us to dismantle the roadblocks that hinder efficiency, while celebrating the attitudes and behaviors that promote success – whether personal or professional.
Carsten Huljus

Carsten Huljus

SBP Chief Executive Officer

Carsten joined SBP on 1 May 2016 as its new, full time Chief Executive Officer.Carsten has a wealth of experience and a detailed understanding of forest management and chain of custody certification schemes. With insights into the biomass sector, he understands the debate, recognises the hurdles that need to be overcome as well the requirements of potential solutions.Prior to joining SBP, Carsten was the Managing Director of GFA Certification, part of the GFA Consulting Group (GFA), which in 2000 became the first German company to be accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council. Joining GFA in 2002 as a Director, Carsten…
Chris Walton

Chris Walton

President and Principal Consultant, Arbora Management Services Inc.

Chris Walton is the President and Principal Consultant of Arbora Management Services Inc, which is a Thunder Bay based management consulting firm. Chris has 20 years of management experience in government relations, policy development and environment and sustainability management, with a focus on the forest products and bio-energy sectors.
Chris Wiberg

Chris Wiberg

Laboratory Manager, Biomass Energy Lab

Chris Wiberg is the Manager of Biomass Energy Services at Timber Products Inspection (TP) and Biomass Energy Lab (BEL) in Conyers, GA.  His primary responsibilities include serving as the manager of the biomass laboratory as well as the manager of pellet mill auditing and inspection services for the implementation of the PFI Standards Program and EN plus.  He also assists pellet producers in the set up and operation of internal testing laboratories and quality management programs.
Colin Kelly

Colin Kelly

founding Director, Applied Research, Confederation College

Colin accepted the position of founding Director of Applied Research with Confederation College in April 2011. Prior to coming to Confederation, Colin worked with the Ontario Provincial Government for 12 years in community development where he managed a large portfolio of projects in various sectors. Colin also taught at Aurora College (Northwest Territories) and at Lakehead University (Thunder Bay) as a faculty member in Natural Resources Management. Colin’s academic background includes an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph (Ontario) and Masters of Science in Forestry from Lakehead University. Over the last 20 years, Colin has managed a…
Deborah Keedy

Deborah Keedy

Head of Biomass Procurement, Drax Power

Deborah is Head of Biomass Procurement for Drax Power responsible for buying compressed wood pellets for the converted units, as well as developing wood pellet trading capability.
Devin McCarthy

Devin McCarthy

Vice President of Public Affairs and U.S. Policy, Canadian Electricity Association

Devin McCarthy is the Vice President of Public Affairs and U.S. Policy at the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). Devin combines government relations, communications, research and outreach to influence public policy, build and maintain a strong electricity sector reputation and find common ground with stakeholders.During his tenure at CEA Devin has led many of CEA’s principle policy areas, including electricity generation, transmission and distribution, climate change, environmental legislation, grid modernization and innovation. Currently, Devin is CEA’s U.S. policy lead.Prior to CEA, Devin spent two years at the federal Privy Council Office, supporting a Deputy Minister-level committee. During that time he wrote…
Dr. Jamie Stephen

Dr. Jamie Stephen

Managing Director, TorchLight Bioresources

Dr. Jamie Stephen is the Managing Director of TorchLight Bioresources, a bio-strategy consulting and research services company based in Ottawa, Canada.
Fiona Matthews

Fiona Matthews

Research Manager, Hawkins Wright

Fiona is Research Manager at Hawkins Wright and has been working in the bioenergy industry for almost ten years.
Gilles Gauthier

Gilles Gauthier

Gilles Gauthier is currently working as a Bioenergy Expert for the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) and as General Manager of European Pellet Council (EPC). He works mainly on pellet issues: ENplus certification management, market data, pellet sector quality & safety and communication.
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 H. Dresser, Jr., Ed.D.

Harry H. Dresser, Jr., Ed.D.

Maine Energy Systems, LLC

Harry “Dutch” Dresser has been actively involved in innovative product and idea introduction and development for all of his professional life.  Dr. Dresser is one of the founding directors of Maine Energy Systems and is currently the company’s managing director. With the company since the very beginning, Dr. Dresser has been centrally involved in all facets of the company’s development.  Elements of operation commonly within his purview have included European manufacturer relationships, pellet quality control, bulk storage and distribution practices and protocols, management of regulatory, financial and insurance issues, and assistance with sales and marketing practices.  He has served on…
Hugues Imbeault-Tétreault

Hugues Imbeault-Tétreault

CIRAIG, Polytechnique Montréal, dép. génie chimique

Mr. Imbeault-Tétreault has a Master’s degree in chemical engineering and many years of experience working in the field of life cycle assessment at the International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG) in Polytechnique Montreal. Over the years, he has evaluated the environmental impact of several types of products, including different wood products. He was the coordinator of the wood and pulp and paper sectors during the Quebec LCI database project.
Jaap Koppejan

Jaap Koppejan

Jaap Koppejan coordinates Task 32, and is also managing director of Procede Biomass BV. This is a contract R&D company involved in development and market introduction of bioenergy technologies, however with a clear focus on biomass combustion and gasification.
John Ackerly

John Ackerly

Founder and President of Alliance for Green Heat,

John Ackerly is the founder and President of Alliance for Green Heat, a non-profit that promotes cleaner and more efficient residential wood and pellet heating. In 2011, he founded the Wood Stove Design Challenge, a semi-annual technology competition that promotes innovation in stove design. He is one of the leading stove policy experts in the US and is a certif
John Arsenault

John Arsenault

WPAC | Manager, Wood Pellets, Quebec Wood Export Bureau

Currently John serves as the Pellet Group Director Quebec Wood Export Bureau. & Director, Market Access, Wood Pellet Association of Canada.        QWEB is a nonprofit organization that promotes exports of all Quebec wood products and helps develop internal markets for wood pellets.  WPAC is the trade organization of pellet producers in Canada.1997-2011 Vice-President Operations of Energex Pellet Fuel Inc., Lac Mégantic Energex is the largest producer of industrial and residential wood pellets in Eastern Canada and the North East USA. Mr. Arsenault ran plant operations, participated in mergers and acquisitions and handled overseas sales and logistics.Previously  General management of…
Jonathan Levesque

Jonathan Levesque

Groupe Savoie

Jonathan graduated from NBCC in Business Technology. He has been with Groupe Savoie since 1999. Jonathan had various responsibilities such as shipping, sales, plant manager and since 2011, Im VP Marketing and Development Director of the Forest Product Association of Nova Scotia, Director of the Atlantic Council for Bioenergy Co-operative. Jonathan is also a Director of WPAC.
Exhibitors:
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: PDI: Port of Belledune: ProcessBarron: Prodesa: SHW: TSI: UZELAC: Wellons: