HARNESSING BIOMASS I: From the Forest to the Marketplace

October 22 & 23, 2009
Nipissing University, North Bay, ON

With an abundance of clean, renewable carbon-friendly fuel right here in our own backyard, there are many exciting commercial, social and environmental opportunities for the development of forest biomass facing Canadian communities. In 2009, Ontario was Canada's hot bed for biomass: the provincial government had just released its Green Energy Act, Ontario Power Generation was proceeding with plans to use biomass for power generation, and new forest tenure regulations were expected to fuel entrepreneurial plants to grow biomass business opportunities. To the province's struggling forest sector, there was a sense that biomass would enable the industry to successfully emerge from one of the worst recessions in years. Given the significant interest in this new initiative, the Biomass Innovation Centre and conference partners gathered together a diverse group of interested parties to explore the challenges and opportunities for the development of new renewable energy sources from forest biomass. The conference was designed to have a logical flow starting in the forest and moving to harvesting, transformation, and finishing with a focus on harnessing the opportunity.

Conference Welcome Messages

Day 1 - October 22nd, 2009

Moderator for the day: Al Stinson, Ministry of Natural Resources

Opening Remarks: Bob Carpenter, Nipissing University


Panel 1: Solid Biomass Supply: Opportunities and Challenges

Chair: Jay Aspin, Biomass Network Group


Joe Maure, Ministry of Natural Resources
Ontario’s forest biofibre – exploring the potential


Peter Street, Nipissing Forest Resource Management Inc.
Biomass supply from the Nipissing Forest: opportunities and challenges from a forest manager’s perspective


Stephen Mitchell, Nipissing Private Wood Lot Owner Association
Private land biomass supply possibilities


Yvan Champagne, Blue Source Canada
Biomass energy and GHG markets in Canada: separating hype from reality


Panel 2: Harvesting and Transformation: Opportunities and Challenges

Chair: Nicole Richer, Natural Resources Canada


Denis Janveaux, Janveaux Logging Inc. and Marc Bouthiller, Tembec Inc.
Biomass opportunities and challenges: a harvesting contractors perspective


Steve Morrison, Sturgeon Falls Brush & Contracting
Collecting biomass


Bob Fleet, Grant Forest Products
Transforming forest biomass


Richard Rowe: Nipissing First Nation
Nipissing First Nation: biomass opportunities and operational challenges


Bjorn Vikinge, Vikinge Forest & Bioenergy
Update on European Experience at Optimizing Forest Utilization


Panel 3: Research and Development to Address Harvesting Issues

Chair: Dr. Craig Cooper, Nipissing University

Dr. Trevor Jones, Ministry of Natural Resources and Dr. Suzanne Wetzel, Canadian Wood Fibre Centre
Biomass harvesting: impacts and opportunities


Dr. Doug Pitt, Canadian Wood Fibre Centre and Murray Woods, Ministry of Natural Resources
Biomass inventory: Great Lakes St. Lawrence Forest


Dr. Jeff Dech, Nipissing University
Ecologically based bioproducts inventory tool for the Boreal forest of northeastern Ontario


Jason Linkewich, Tembec Inc.
Exploring the biomass opportunity through local operational trials


Luncheon Welcome: Dr. Rick Vanderlee, Nipissing University

Opening remarks: Tony Cerasia, The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound Inc


Luncheon address: Ron Pernick, Clean Edge Inc.
Trends, opportunities and challenges in setting up a world class clean-tech cluster


Panel 4: Addressing Wood Pellet Transformation Issues

Chair: John Pineau, Canadian Institute of Forestry

Claude Brisson, Ecoflamme
Biomass properties and quality standards


Dr. Sally Krigstin, University of Toronto
Wood characteristics for biomass

Rachele Levin, University of Toronto
The forest industry in eastern Ontario: economic downturn and bioenergy potential


Dr. Rui Resendes, Queen’s University Green Centre
A new model for the commercialization of green chemistry technologies


François Fortin, Ministère des Ressources Naturelles et Faune
Developing the value of forest biomass: an action plan


Panel 5: Moving forward

Chair: Robert Deline, Innovation Initiatives Ontario North


Dr. Warren Mabee, Queen’s University
Energy…and heat… from biomass in Ontario: getting beyond the promise


Chris Young, Ontario Power Generation
Biomass at OPG: Growing opportunity for Ontario


Rob Rizzo, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Massachusetts biomass initiatives and emergence of biomass thermal


Sid Jervis, Consultant
Biomass systems: containerized boilers for heating


Ambrose Raftis, Green Timiskaming Development Co-operative
A new economy for northern communities


Dr. Chander Shahi, Lakehead University
Integrated model of power generation from biomass gasification in northwestern Ontario: a market
readiness analysis



Gala Dinner

MC: Mike Bullard

Tribute to exhibitors & sponsors: Marc Gagnon, Town of West Nipissing 


Words of welcome: Chief Marianna Couchie, Nipissing First Nation 


Special address: Minister Michael Gravelle, Northern Development, Mines & Forestry


Special acknowledgements: Roland Kilpatrick, National Research Council


Special address: Ingrid Iremark, Swedish Ambassador to Canada


Special address: Robert Luck – Austrian Consul and Trade Commissioner

Day 2 - October 23rd, 2009

Moderator for the day: Mike Freeston, Nipissing University

Mayor’s Breakfast

Opening remarks: Dr. Lesley Lovett-Doust, Nipissing University


Welcoming remarks: Mayor Dean Backer, Town of Mattawa


Special Presentation: Anthony Rota, MP Nipissing-Timiskaming
Building a world class biomass cluster


Special Presentation: Mayor Vic Fedeli, City of North Bay
Introduction to Biomass Network Group 


Testimonials and Announcement: Jay Aspin, Biomass Network Group

Testimonials: Bernard Rochefort, David Thompson and Bruce Coxhead


Panel 1: Harnessing the Opportunity

Chair: The Honorable Monique Smith, Minister of Tourism and MPP Nipissing


Paul Evans, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Environment 
Ontario’s green economy


Nancy Naylor, Assistant Deputy Minister of Education
Ontario’s green school strategy


Panel 2: Harnessing Clients

Chair: Stefan Krajci, Piotrowski Consultants Ltd.


Dr. John Nadeau, Nipissing University
What our clients are telling us: organizational buyer attitudes towards biomass


Christopher Recchia, Biomass Energy Resource Centre
Harnessing biomass heat and power systems: meeting user needs for sustainable heat and power


Brian Bertrand, Evans Bertrand Hill Wheeler Architects Inc.
Biomass issues: an architectural perspective


Panel 3: Harnessing technology for heat and energy

Chair: Kristopher Stevens, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association

Lawrence Burndrett, Pressure Vessel Engineering Ltd.
Registration in Canada: problems and possibilities


Simon Koeb, Viessmann Manufacturing Company Inc.
Biomass from a engineering and technology perspective


Bernhard Hausler, Polytechnik Inc.
Combustion technology for district heating: think global, act local


Luncheon introduction: Bob Carpenter, Nipissing University


Luncheon address: Edward Terceiro, Mountt Wachusett Community College
Energy conservation and biomass conversion


Acknowledgement: Marla Tremblay, Biomass Network Group & City of North Bay


Conference closing: Dr. Lesley Lovett-Doust, Nipissing University


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