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Scott Bax

Scott Bax

Pinnacle Renewable Energy

As Chief Operating Officer for Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Scott Bax is responsible for the safe and productive operations of Pinnacle’s nine pellet plants located throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Alabama. Pinnacle is the world’s thrid largest wood pellet producer and an industry leader in safety engagement. Prior to becoming COO, Scott spent five years as Pinnacle’s Senior Vice President Operations.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. Past experiences include Manager of Cedar Manufacturing Operations for a large North American forest products…
Shawn Bells

Shawn Bells

Vice President, Operations, Pacific BioEnergy

Shawn Bells 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. 
Simon Armstrong, Technical, Sustainable Biomass Program

Simon Armstrong, Technical, Sustainable Biomass Program

Simon ArmstrongChief Technical Officer, Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP)Simon is a forester by profession, having worked in Europe, South America and SE Asia on public sector research and development projects, in commercial operations and with investors. He completed his first accreditation audit in 2000 and since then has been working in the area of assurance and standards development covering forestry, palm oil, social accountability and biomass sustainability. He has supported a number of schemes with their standards and process development and undertaken evaluation of sustainability programs for NGOs, companies and government agencies. Since January 2014 Simon has worked with SBP from…
Spencer Beach

Spencer Beach

Spencer Beach (Keynote Speaker), Professional Speaker, Spencer Speaks Inc. Spencer Beach was a 3rd generation flooring installer and among the best in his field when he endured a horrific flash fire that left him permanently and severely scarred. After spending 14 months in the hospital and a year more of rehabilitation he has gone on to carve out a new path for his life. He has now achieved such designations as a Construction Safety Officer through the Alberta Construction Safety Association, as well completed with distinction the University of Alberta’s, Faculty of Extensions, Occupational Health & Safety Certificate program. Spencer…
Steven Townsend

Steven Townsend

Chief Boiler Inspector for P.E.I.

Steven Townsend has held the position of Chief Boiler Inspector for PEI for the last eight years. He has been a boiler inspector for 14 years.
Vaughan Bassett

Vaughan Bassett

Vaughan 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, LLC. Bill and his FutureMetrics team are globally recognized as the leading experts in the wood pellet sector. Bill 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. He is also a founder and director of Maine Energy Systems, the largest manufacturer of European style automatic pellet fuelled central heating systems in North America. Bill is the 2012 recipient of the International Excellence in Bioenergy award and was named as one of the most influential…
Yann Sellin

Yann Sellin

General Manager, Granule 777 Inc

As General Manager for Granule 777 Inc, Yann Sellin is responsible for the management of the largest wood pellet plant in eastern Canada. Granule 777 Inc has been under construction for the last twelve months and is being commissioned. Before being General Manager of the company, Yann was the Chief Project manager for the development of the wood pellet plant and the export terminal project in Grande Anse (QC).

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