Knoop leaves Pacific Bioenergy for Viridis
September 3, 2014
By Canadian Biomass
September 3, 2014, Vancouver, B.C. – Viridis Energy Inc. announced that Tim Knoop has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Operations. Mr. Knoop will oversee Viridis’ Canadian West Coast and East Coast manufacturing operations with the goal to heighten cost efficiencies and fortify the Company’s operational framework in preparation for its expansion strategy.
September 3, 2014, Vancouver, B.C. – Viridis Energy Inc. announced
that Tim Knoop has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Operations.
Mr. Knoop will oversee Viridis’ Canadian West Coast and East Coast
manufacturing operations with the goal to heighten cost efficiencies and
fortify the Company’s operational framework in preparation for its expansion
Mr. Knoop brings over 20 years of experience in the forestry
industry and joins Viridis from Pacific Bioenergy, one of the largest pellet
producers in British Columbia, where he served as general manager of
operations, as well as director of Nazbec – a joint venture between Pacific
BioEnergy and Nazko, a first nations logging company. He also served in senior
management positions at Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (CanFor), the largest
forestry company in Canada, where he managed continuous improvements strategies
and oversaw quality control and optimization of its sawmill operations. In
addition, Mr. Knoop spent several years at Skeena Cellulose Inc. where he
supervised lumber operations and new product development. Mr. Knoop is an
active contributor to industry organizations such as the Prince George Air
Improvement Roundtable, the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, and the Northern
BioEnergy Partnership. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in resource
management and a technical diploma in wood products engineering and manufacturing
from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
“Knoop’s broad background in the timber and wood pellet
industries is an important addition to Viridis management team, as we expand
our production capabilities in order to satisfy the rapid increase in wood
pellet demand. Knoop’s operations management expertise, long successful track
record, and industry relationships will reinforce our management team’s efforts
to expand our product offering capabilities and achieve profitability,”
commented Christopher Robertson, CEO of Viridis.
“Heading operations at this dynamic stage in the company’s
development is a great opportunity. Viridis is fast working to become one of
the principle players in the rapidly growing global biomass industry. Viridis
is uniquely positioned as the only player with manufacturing facilities on both
coasts of Canada, providing a global reach. It is also one of the only public
pure-play pellet companies in the industry with access to the capital markets,
a growing track record of cost-effective acquisitions and successful
integrations and, importantly, a corporate goal to add capacity in an industry
with a highly favorable supply-demand imbalance,” commented Tim Knoop.
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