Canadian Biomass Magazine

WPAC conference ties into DEMO International

September 1, 2016
By Wood Pellet Association of Canada

Sept. 1, 2016 - The annual Wood Pellet Association of Canada AGM and conference is happening at Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa, B.C., Sept. 20-22.

As part of our conference agenda, on Sept. 22, Gordon Murray and Dave Patterson have organized a trip to DEMO International, the flagship event of the Canadian Woodlands Forum. The Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia will host the show at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge.

Why is a visit to DEMO International important to the pellet industry? The short answer is that it will give us an opportunity to show our customers and stakeholders how sustainably Canadian forests are managed.

More than 75 per cent of Canadian wood pellets are sold into Europe for use as a coal replacement for power generation. In order to qualify for various government support schemes, our customers – the European power utilities – must demonstrate that they are sourcing sustainably produced wood pellets. In Canada, our raw material comes from the world’s most sustainably managed forests. A visit to Demo International will give us an opportunity to show this on the ground.

During our visit to DEMO International, tour participants will be able to see:

  • Sustainable forest management
  • Recent tree planting
  • Protection of culturally modified trees
  • Riparian management of streams
  • Four hundred year-old Douglas fir, western red cedar, western hemlock and amabilis fir trees
  • Protected recreation trail
  • Live equipment demonstrations

The visit will begin with a guided tour. Participants will then be free to visit the more than 100 exhibitors who will be set up in the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest.

Registration for the visit to DEMO International is just $40. Click here to register.

For more information, please contact:

Gordon Murray:, (250) 837-8821
Dave Patterson:, (604) 601-5310

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