September 17-18, 2024
Victoria, British Columbia

Presented by

Wood Pellet Association of Canada

WPAC Conference, Sept. 17-18,
Delta Hotel, Victoria BC



Thank you to our Diamond and Platinum sponsors​

WPAC Conference & Trade Show

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada Conference is Canada’s largest gathering of the Canadian wood pellet industry. Each year, the event attracts hundreds of wood pellet, biomass and bioenergy professionals from across the country, as well the U.S., Europe and Asia, to discuss the issues that are having an impact on the industry here in Canada. The WPAC Conference is your opportunity to learn about the most important issues from industry experts around the globe.

Golf, Monday, Sept. 16

Register for a full day of golf and hit the greens with industry colleagues at the Bear Mountain Golf Club, Canada's only golf resort with 36 holes of Nicklaus Design golf.

Workshop, Monday, Sept. 16

Opening Reception, Monday, Sept. 16

The opening reception is the grand entrance to the conference where the vibe is fun and welcoming. Located in a pub or unique venue, the event features a live band, food, and drinks.Some of the most meaningful business partnerships have been forged at this event! The reception is included with your conference pass.

Post-Conference Tour, Wednesday, Sept. 18

One of the biggest draws to the Wood Pellet Association of Canada’s annual September meet-up: the post conference tour. This year, we’ll explore Vancouver Island. Stay tuned for updates!
Bob McDonald

Bob McDonald

Host of CBC’s Quirks & Quarks

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2024 Conference Schedule
Powering Sustainability The Role of Biomass in Electrification

Across Canada and around the globe there’s an electrification revolution. Powering the shift from fossil fuels to clean, renewable and responsible energy will require new innovations and solutions. Biomass and wood pellets have a critical role to play in the transition to a greener and brighter future.

Day 1

Tuesday, September 17, 2024

7:30am to 8:30am

Breakfast, registration, exhibits open

8:30am to 9:00am

Opening Remarks

Moderator: Gordon Murray, Executive Director, WPAC

Speaker: Rene Landry, President, WPAC

9:00am to 10:00am

SESSION #1: The Electrification Revolution

The green revolution is well underway. This session will examine key drivers behind the revolution to those leading the charge and the solutions at hand.

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM 
Revolution Drivers – Dr. William Strauss, President, FutureMetrics

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM

Leading the Charge in Canada

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Leading the Charge in BC

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM

10:00am to 10:30am

Coffee Break & Networking in Exhibit Areas

10:30am to 12:00pm

SESSION #2: The Role of Biomass in Electrification

Moderator: Dr. Fahimeh Yazdan Panah, WPAC

Around the globe and in Canada, biomass is playing an important role in electrification. Join us as we hear from leading examples, the actions being taken and the challenges in ensuring biomass takes its rightful place in the clean energy transition.

10:30 AM – 10:50 AM

10:50 AM – 11:10 AM
Asia – Vaughan Bassett, Senior Vice President, Biomass Sales and Logistics, Drax Group

11:10 AM – 11:30 AM
New Brunswick

11:30 AM – 11:50 AM
Rural and Remote Solutions  – David Dubois, Manager of Business Development, Fink Machine Inc.

11:50 AM – 12:00 PM

12:00pm to 1:15pm

Lunch & Networking in Exhibit Areas

1:15pm to 2:15pm

Keynote Speaker

Keynote: Solving the Climate Crisis With Today's Technology, Bob McDonald

Moderator: Vaughan Bassett, Senior Vice President, Biomass Sales and Logistics, Drax Group

Bob McDonald is one of Canada’s best-known science journalists, making science accessible to the public for more than 50 years. He is the host of CBC Radio’s award-winning science program, Quirks & Quarks, which has a national audience of nearly 500,000 people. McDonald is also a science correspondent for CBC Television’s The National; the Gemini-winning host and writer of the children’s series Head’s Up; and the host of The Great Canadian Invention, Wonderstruck, and the seven-part series, Water Under Fire.

Keynote Speaker: Bob McDonald

McDonald has hosted and written numerous television documentaries and more than 100 educational videos in Canada and the United States. He has also authored six bestselling science books, with his latest being The Future is Now: Solving the Climate Crisis with Today’s Technology.


2:15pm to 2:45pm

SESSION #3: Ready, Set, Go?

Moderator: Vaughan Bassett, Senior VP, Sales and Logistics, Drax

Are we ready for the green revolution? Join us for this session as we take a deep dive into current and future market conditions, new opportunities and emerging markets, and potential

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Supply and Demand – Dr. Erisa Senerdem, Editor and Head of Biomass Pricing, Argus Media Ltd.

2:45pm to 3:15pm

Coffee Break & Networking in Exhibit Areas

3:15pm to 4:30pm

Session #4: Safety Is a Shared Responsibility

Moderator: Bill Laturnus, Senior Safety Advisor, British Columbia Forest Safety Council

When it comes to safety, we all share in the responsibility. Both in Canada where we produce pellets and globally where our products are used, we all have a responsibility to keep our workforce safe and ensure we are walking the talk when it comes to safety. This panel will look at safety initiatives and lessons learned both in Canada and across the globe.

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Importance of Safety in Our Sector at Home and Abroad
 – John Swaan, Operations and Project Development Expert, FutureMetrics.

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Osaka Gas Incident in Japan

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM
WPAC Commitment to Growing Safely – Julie Griffiths, Chair WPAC Safety Committee and Quality, Sustainability, Environmental Program Coordinator, Shaw Resources

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM
WorkSafeBC, Trending Safety Initiatives  – Mike Tasker, Occupational Safety Officer, WorkSafeBC

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Wood Pellet Barbecue and Sponsor Reception

John Swaan, the grandfather of wood pellets and FutureMetrics pellet expert, will be cooking his world-famous pellet-smoked ribs.

Day 2

Wednesday, September 18, 2024

7:30am to 8:30am


8:30am to 10:00am

SESSION #5: Waste Not, Want Not

It is estimated that tens of millions of cubic metres are left in Canada's forests after harvesting, left to be burned in slash piles or contribute to forest fires. In this session, we will explore the challenges of moving this waste from the forest to the pellet plant and beyond and how these actions will keep our communities safer, reduce emissions, protect our forests and provide clean energy. We will hear from experts in Sweden who will highlight how they are addressing some of these challenges as well as learn from home-grown actions that are demonstrating the importance of government and industry partnerships in solving these challenges.

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM
The Case for Forest Management

8:45 AM – 9:05 AM
The Swedish Approach

9:05 AM – 9:20 AM
The British Columbia Approach – Steve Kozuki, Executive Director, Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia

9:20 AM – 9:35 AM
Advances in Traceability & Geolocation – Carsten Huljus, CEO, Sustainable Biomass Program

9:35 AM – 10:00 AM

10:00am to 10:30am

Coffee Break & Networking in Exhibit Areas

10:30am to 11:30am

SESSION #6: Powering The Future Through Technology

Moderator: Dr. Bill Strauss, President, FutureMetrics

Achieving our sector's full potential will require large-scale applications of biomass products and complex problem-solving skills, tools and technology. Once considered a "thing of the future", today Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become mainstream. Join this engaging discussion as we look at the role technology and AI play in our sector, initiatives underway and the development of a world of possibilities.

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Setting the Stage

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Technological Advancements in Pellet Production

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

11:30am to 11:45am

Wrap-up and Adjournment

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Summary and Wrap-up

11:45 AM
Conference Adjourns

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Location & Accommodations


Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

100 Harbour Rd, Victoria, BC

Surpass your expectations for luxury at the Delta Hotel Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort, located on the waterfront within a short stroll to downtown Victoria. Nestled on Victoria’s Harbour, the resort places you near attractions such as Butchart Gardens and the Royal British Columbia Museum with short walks to the Fisherman's Wharf and British Columbia Parliament Buildings.

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Information

We’ve secured an special group rate at the Delta, where the conference is taking place. These rooms are first come, first serve, and will book up quickly. Cutoff date to secure a reduced rate is Aug. 15, 2024.

Delta Hotels Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort for 299 CAD to 359 CAD per night
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