Canadian Biomass Magazine

Virtual Event
Maritime Bioheat Conference
June 2, 2021 at 1:00pm ET


The first-ever Maritime Bioheat Conference, Net Zero by 2030: Growing the Region’s Largest Source of Renewable Energy was a huge success with more than 300 registered guests.

The event was held on June 2, 2021 and was hosted by the Wood Pellet Association of Canada and its media partner Canadian Biomass Magazine. The three-hour conference, which was supported by gold sponsors Heizomat Canada and Triple Green Products, and silver sponsors Fink Machine Inc. and BCA Énergie, brought together leading bioheat experts from across Canada and Europe. Participants heard how Canada, as the world’s second-largest producer of wood pellets, can provide global and domestic marketplaces with clean, renewable and responsible energy as both strive to meet ambitious greenhouse gas targets.

Transitioning to biomass heating is a win for the environment and a win for Maritime households and businesses. By using local natural and renewable resources, provinces like Nova Scotia and New Brunswick could reduce CO2 emissions by 3.2 million tonnes per year or about 16% of the Canadian Clean Fuel Standard’s 2030 target for liquid fuels. It could also result in a savings of nearly $1 Billion for household and commercial heating across these two provinces.

You can listen to the presentations by clicking the links below, to learn how the Maritime Forest sector is leading the transition to modern biomass heating.

*Live Simultaneous interpretations will be available in French.


On Demand
Pre-conference Tour

Take a virtual tour of sustainably managed forests, sawmills, wood pellet plants and modern bioheat facilities in the Maritimes.

1:00pm - 1:08pm
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Speaker: Gordon Murray, WPAC and Rene Landry, Shaw Resources and VP of WPAC

1:08pm - 1:15pm
Welcome to the Maritime Bioheat Conference

Speaker: Kody Blois, Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants, NS, Government of Canada

1:15pm - 1:45pm
How to cut Maritime GHG Emissions by 30% by 2030 Using Bioheat

Speaker: Dr. Jamie Stephen, TorchLight Bioresources Inc.

1:45pm - 2:10pm
Goodbye Oil, Hello Pellets

Speaker: Christiane Egger, Upper Austria Energy Agency, a network of 160 companies active in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

2:10pm - 2:35pm
Maritime Bioheat Success Stories

Speaker: Theo Losier, Biomass Solutions Biomasse

2:35pm - 2:45pm

2:45pm - 3:10pm
Bioheat Combustion Technology

Speaker: Terrence Sauvé, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

3:10pm - 3:35pm
Bioenergy: the Main Source of Residential, Commercial and Institutional Heating in Sweden

Speaker: Gustav Melin, Swedish Bioenergy Association

3:35pm - 4:00pm
Energizing the forest sector with biomass

Speaker: Dr. Jeremy Williams, ArborVitae Environmental Services Ltd.

Concluding Comments

Speaker: Rene Landry, Shaw Resources and VP of WPAC

Remotely Powerful: Experiences of nine rural and remote communities with biomass energy

Sebnem Madrali, Ph.D., CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada
Jean Blair, Ph.D. 

Video: Heating with Wood Adds Value to the Region, Austrian Biomass Association

Solid Wood Bioheat Webinar Series, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Canada’s Wood Pellets: Responsible, Renewable Clean Energy.

Today in Canada’s forest sector, an increasing amount of forest residuals left over after harvesting, sawmilling and low quality logs traditionally left as waste are being turned into wood pellets. These pellets are sold around the world to produce clean energy, displace fossil fuels and support efforts to meet important global climate change targets.

The Role of Wood Pellets in Meeting Climate Change Goals

For decades, wood waste from manufacturing was burned in beehive burners and unwanted logs, branches and tops from harvesting were either left on site, creating a fire and insect risk, or burned in piles releasing CO2 and fine particulate without generating any economic or energy benefit.

Canada’s Wood Pellets: From Sustainably Managed Forests

Canada’s forests are some of the most resilient and sustainably managed in the world. They are subject to stringent environmental regulation, careful management and extensive third-party certification.

Canada’s Wood Pellets: Leading the Way in Certified Fibre

Canada is a leading supplier of wood pellets from certified sustainable and legal sources.


Frequently Asked Questions About Maritime Bioheat Conference

When & Where?

Maritime Bioheat Conference will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on June 2, 2021 at 1:00pm ET.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of June 2, 2021.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.