Canadian Biomass Magazine

Virtual Event
WPAC Conference & AGM 2020 – Day 1
September 22, 2020 at 11:00am ET

*If you missed our live event, you can still register by clicking on the sessions you are interested in to view our on demand content.

Responsible, Renewable Clean Energy for a Cooler Planet

Due to COVID-19 we are holding this year’s WPAC Conference and AGM as an on-line event. Hopefully by next year we will be able to hold a physical event again so that we can reconnect face to face and enjoy all the social activities that are traditionally part of our conference.

This year, together with our media partner, Canadian Biomass Magazine, we have put together a condensed program to take place in short bursts over three days from September 22 to 24, 2020. The live conference will take place over three hours on September 22; the AGM – open to all WPAC members – will be on September 23 for one and a half hours; and there will be a board meeting for one and a half hours on September 24. In addition, we have loads of pre-recorded presentations available for conference registrants.

Although our live conference program is only three hours – including a break at the halfway point – we will still able to pack in a lot of information. We will cover global and domestic pellet markets, WPAC’s new sustainability messaging initiative, recommendations for policy changes to improve domestic wood pellet consumption, progress on reforming Canadian biomass boiler pressure regulations, and making our industry safer by implementing critical control management. We will leave plenty of time for questions and answers after each presentation.

This year we are not charging a fee to participate. We only ask that participants register to access our amazing content. Although costs are lower than normal, we will still incur expenses, so we are most grateful for our sponsors who are making this event possible.

I invite you all to join us and I look forward to an excellent event!

All the best,

Gordon Murray, Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada



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11:00am - 11:15am ET
Welcome & Opening Remarks

Gordon Murray, WPAC and
Vaughan Bassett, Pinnacle Renewable Energy & Chair of WPAC
Minister's message:
Honourable Doug Donaldson

11:15am - 11:45am ET
Global and Domestic Market Review

Speaker: Dr. William Strauss, FutureMetrics

11:45am - 12:05pm ET
Canadian Wood Pellets: Responsible, Renewable Clean Energy

Speaker: Jason Fisher, Pinnacle Renewable Energy

12:05pm - 12:20pm ET

12:20pm - 12:50pm ET
Wood Pellets in Canada’s Low Carbon Energy Future

Speaker: Dr. Jamie Stephen, TorchLight Bioresources

12:50pm - 1:20pm ET
Reforming Canada’s Biomass Boiler Pressure Standards: Progress Report

Dr. Harry "Dutch" Dresser, Consultant Biomass Heating Market Development and Regulatory Review

1:20pm - 1:50pm ET
Implementing Critical Control Management for a Safer Pellet Industry

Speaker: Cherie Whelan, BC Forest Safety Council

1:50pm - 2:00pm ET
Final Thoughts

Speaker: Vaughan Bassett, Pinnacle Renewable Energy


On DEMAND (1 hour)
The Potential Heat Market for Wood Pellets in Canada

Speaker: Dr. Jamie Stephen, TorchLight Bioresources

On DEMAND (1 hour)
Japan Biomass Outlook: Overview and Analysis in the Context of a Changing Power Market Confirmation

Speaker: Annette Bossler, FutureMetrics

On DEMAND (30 minutes)
Launch of the SBP Standards Development Process

Carsten Huljus, Sustainable Biomass Program
Simon Armstrong, Sustainable Biomass Program
Adam Harrison, Sustainable Biomass Program

On DEMAND (7 minutes)
Best Practices in Managing Combustible Gas

Video: WPAC, BC Forest Safety Council and UBC Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group

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

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

Product Demos

Frequently Asked Questions About WPAC Conference & AGM 2020 – Day 1

When & Where?

WPAC Conference & AGM 2020 – Day 1 will take place virtually via Zoom Webinar on September 22, 2020 at 11:00am 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 September 22, 2020.

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.