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Session 1A - Biomass in Existing Coal-Fired Power Plants
How can biomass be utilized in existing coal-fired power plants to displace coal and economically reduce GHG emissions by deploying commercial technologies and approaches?

Moderator: Gabriel John, Environment Lead, Electricity & Technology Integration, Alberta Energy

Doug Campbell, Senior Advisor, Nova Scotia Power
Canadian Clean Power Coalition: Delivering Results for Over a Decade

Dr. William Strauss, President, FutureMetrics
Industrial Wood Pellet Fuel in Pulverized Coal Power Plants

Kerry Flick, Director, Valmet
From Fossil to Bioenergy in Large Scale Through Gasification

Jack Holmes Jr., CEO, Zilkha Biomass
Black Pellets for Coal Replacement in Existing Infrastructure


Session 1B - Bioheat for District Energy and Distributed Systems
How can heat production from biomass at both small and large (district energy) scale reduce costs, create local jobs, and drive down GHG emissions?

Moderator: Michael Wiggin, Technical Advisor, Energy Services Acquisition Project, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Dr. Sebnem Madrali, Engineering Projects Leader, CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada
Canadian Bioheat Survey

Mathieu Leblanc, President, ACFOR

Jim Manson, Principal, FVB Energy
District Energy: An Enabling Tool for Biomass Use in Our Communities / cities

Mairead Kennedy, Senior Engineer, Ramboll
Waste Management and Energy: Denmark Case Study


Session 1C- Growing the Biofuel and Biorefinery Sector
What is required to increase liquid biofuels production in Canada and how can it serve to economically and ethically reduce GHG emissions from the vehicle fleet while supporting communities?

Moderator: Ellen Burack, Director General – Environmental Policy, Transport Canada

Barry Wortzman, Vice President, Business Development, GreenField Specialty Alcohols
Making Investments In Biofuel Capacity Based Upon Policy Objectives: Building On Our Core Alcohols Business

Bridgette Duniece, VP External Affairs and Operations, Permolex
Biofuel Production Adaptability and Responding to Market and Policy Demands

Dr. Grace Skogstad, Professor and Department Head, University of Toronto
Successful and Unsuccessful Biofuel Policies Around the World

Ian Thomson, President, Advanced Biofuels Canada
Realizing the Promise of Advanced Biofuels


Session 1D- Meeting the Process Heat Demands of Heavy Industry with Biomass
When can fuel switching to biomass be an attractive method for economically reducing GHG emissions by Canada's largest process heat users, including the oil sands and cement plants?

Moderator: Dr. Dan Wicklum, CEO, Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance

Rob Cumming, Director of Environment, LafargeHolcim
BioCleantech in the Thermal Industrial Context

Dr. Fernando Preto, Group Leader - Biomass and Renewables, CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada
Reducing GHG Intensity of Bitumen and Synthetic Crude Oil using Biomass

Chris Norman, Co-Founder, SysEne
Alberta Woody Biomass Syngas to Renewable Natural Gas/ Combined Heat and Power(RNG/CHP) for Oil Sands

Dr. Amit Kumar, NSERC/Cenovus/Alberta Innovates Associate Industrial Research Chair, University of Alberta
Biohydrogen from Alberta's Biomass Resources for Bitumen Upgrading

Health Break
Session 2A - The Role of Biopower in Provincial Grids and Microgrids
How can biomass-fuelled electricity generation be used to support the deployment of other renewables, reduce particulate emissions, and reduce remote community dependence upon diesel generation?

Moderator: Rob Sinclair, Manager Generation Procurement Operations, Independent Electricity System Operator

John Arsenault, Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
Wood Pellets: Reducing Fossil Fuel Demand in Canada

Ilaria Peretti, Manager, Business & Development, Turboden – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Turboden ORC Technology: State of the Art

Rod Albers, Manager, Energy and BioProduct Development, West Fraser
Biomass Fueled Electricity Generation with Sawmill Residuals

Dennis St. George, Senior Biosystems Engineer, Manitoba Hydro
Bioenergy Optimization Program Demonstration Project


Session 2B - Renewable Natural Gas: Leveraging Existing Infrastructure
What will drive the development of renewable natural gas facilities and how can Canada become a world leader in production of RNG from agricultural, municipal, and forestry resources?

Moderator: Rob McMonagle, Senior Advisor, Green Economy, City of Toronto

Jennifer Green, Executive Director, Canadian Biogas Association
The Potential of Renewable Natural Gas in Canada

Paul Cheliak, Director, Innovation and New Markets, Canadian Gas Association
Renewable Natural Gas: Providing Affordable, Renewable Energy For Canada

Donald Beverly, Senior Advisor – Renewable Energy, Gaz Métro
Deploying RNG in the Grid and Investing in Novel RNG Technologies

Dr. Henrik Thunman, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology and Advisor to Goteborg Energi
GoBiGas a First-of-a-kind-plant Forest Biomass to Biomethane (SNG)


Session 2C - BioCleantech Integration with Canada's Oil Industry
How can Canada's oil companies leverage their existing infrastructure to produce bio-petroleum blends that ensure low GHG intensity for downstream products and support market access?

Moderator: Dr. Medhi Sheikhzadeh, Dean, Applied Research and Innovation, Lambton College

Mena Salib, Manager, Noise & Emissions, Air Canada
The Importance of Biojet to GHG Reduction in the Aviation Industry

Dr. David Bressler, Professor, University of Alberta & developer of Forge Hydrocarbons technology
Commercializing New Biofuel Technologies in Canada: Opportunities for Collaboration with the Oil Industry

Dr. Jinwen Chen, Director, Hydrocarbon Conversion, CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada
Integrating Biocrudes into Bitumen Upgrading and Petroleum Refining via Co-Processing

Jeffrey Jacobs, President & CEO, Ensyn
Integration with Canada's Oil Industry


Session 2D - Biocarbon for Green Steel and Alternatives
As the only source of renewable carbon, how can biomass be utilized in the production of steel and other materials for reduced GHG emissions and long-term carbon storage?

Moderator: Todd Eastman, Trade and Investment Specialist- Bioproducts, Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

Ka Wing Ng, Research Engineer, Metallurgical Fuels Laboratory, CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada
Bio-Carbon for Canadian Iron and Steel Production

Ted Todoschuk, Principal Researcher, ArcelorMittal – Dofasco
Developments of Biocarbon for Canadian Steel Production

Dr. Hannu Suopajärvi, Fellow, University of Oulu
Techno-Economics and Life Cycle Performance of Green Steel

Dr. Thomas Echterhof, Senior Engineer, RWTH Aachen University
GREENEAF: European Projects on Greener Steel via EAF and Biomass


Moderator: Dr. Warren Mabee, Canada Research Chair in Renewable Energy Development & Implementation, Queen's University

Dr. David Layzell, University of Calgary
Biological Solutions to Climate Change: An Energy Systems Perspective

Frank Des Rosiers, Assistant Deputy Minister, Innovation and Energy Technology Sector, Natural Resources Canada
Clean Technology in Canada's Natural Resource Sectors

Session 3A - BioCleantech in Carbon Accounting Systems
How is the GHG performance of BioCleantech products calculated under various GHG pricing and accounting systems and how can systems be designed to accurately reflect the full life cycle GHG impacts of producing and using BioCleantech?

Moderator: Amanda Bambrick, Senior Policy Advisor, Alberta Environment and Parks

Dr. Matt Rahimi, Business Development Manager, CSA Group
Michael Leering, Director of Sustainability, CSA Group
CSA Group: Standards-based Solutions in Support of Technology Commercialization

Dr. Christine Schuh, Principal, Consulting
Carbon Tax vs. Cap and Trade: Bio-energy Implications

Dr. Michael Rensing, Director – Low Carbon Fuels, British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines
Low Carbon Fuels in British Columbia


Session 3B - Strategies for Successful Project Development
Why is integrating with existing agricultural, forestry, and municipal systems and clusters essential for project success?

Moderator: Geoffrey Tauvette, Director, Fuel & Environment, WestJet

Dr. Murray McLaughlin, Advisor, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
Biomass Clusters and Building upon an Existing Industry

Peter Milley, Principal, Halifax Global
Pulp Mills as a Basis for BioCleantech Development: Challenges, Lessons, New Directions

Rob McCurdy, CEO, Pinnacle Renewable Energy
A Successful Wood Pellet Project

Reg Renner, Financing Specialist, Atticus Financial Group
Strengthening your Project for Financing


Session 3C - Effective Biomass Supply Chain Design and Operation
What are the key considerations for designing and operating an efficient and cost effective biomass feedstock supply chain that maximizes profit and optimizes environmental performance?

Moderator: Steve Price, CEO, Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions

Jordan Solomon, President & CEO, EcoStrat
De-Risking Biomass Feedstock Supply Chains: How Advanced Predictve Analyics Can Lower Debt Cost

Dr. Mahmood Ebadian, Principal, Biomass Supply Chain Consulting
Required Logistical Resources to Support the Development of a Sustainable Corn Stover Bioeconomy

Thierry Lysiak, Director of Marketing, Industrial Products, CN
CN: A True Supply Chain Enabler

Jason Linkewich, Principal, LinksEdge
Balancing Biomass Feedstock Cost and Quality


Session 3D - Sustainability Certification and Social License
Why is third-party certification, proving feedstock sustainability, critical to project credibility and public support?

Moderator: Carla St. Croix, Director, Innovation and Growth Policy Division, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
AAFC's Role in the Canadian Agri-Based Bioeconomy

Etienne Bélanger, Director of Forestry, Forest Products Association of Canada
Canada as the World Leader in Sustainable Forest Certification

Dr. Gary Bull, Professor and Department Head, University of British Columbia
Partnership and Engagement with First Nations

Dr. Marty Luckert, Professor, University of Alberta
Competition for Land in the Development of Biofuels

John Peters, Director of Energy & Environment, Silvacom
BRIMS: Biomass Feedstock Data Transparency to Support Certification

Health Break
Session 4A - Life Cycle Assessment of Bioenergy and Biofuels
How can decisions on feedstock production, production process, and a myriad of other variables impact the GHG (and financial) performance of BioCleantech products?

Moderator: Dr. Getachew Assefa, Associate Professor, University of Calgary

Don O'Connor, President, S&T2 Consultants
Opportunities to Improve the GHG Performance of Biofuels

Doug Hooper, Director Policy & Regulation, Advanced Biofuels Canada
Life Cycle Assessment of Biofuels: Measuring the Performance of Biofuels in Carbon Pricing & Compliance Schemes

Dr. Bradley Saville, Professor, University of Toronto
Life Cycle Assessment of Electricity Generation with Steam-Treated Pellets

Brent Rabik, Business Unit Leader Business Development and Government Affairs, Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries
Carbon Offsets in Alberta: Where to From Here?


Session 4B - Job Creation and Regional Development
Why does BioCleantech offer many social benefits, including job creation, energy security, and waste management and how can these be valued by policy?

Moderator: Catherine Cobden, Principal, Cobden Strategies

Christiane Egger, Deputy Director, O.Ö. Energiesparverband
Job Creation and Economic Benefits of Bioheat: How Upper Austria Became a Leading Bioheat Market

Jim Grey, CEO, IGPC Ethanol
BioCleantech for Agriculture Region Economic Development & Rural Innovation

David Mackett, Community Development Officer, Whitesand First Nation
Whitesand First Nation Community Sustainability Initiative

John Kozij, Director General, Policy, Economics and Industry Branch, Canadian Forest Service
Bioeconomy: A Place for Forests


Session 4C - Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement
Why are partnerships – particularly on feedstock supply – so essential to BioCleantech project success and risk management?

Moderator: Reg Renner, Atticus Financial

Sandy Ferguson, Vice President, Corporate Development, Conifex
Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships to Support Forest Sector Transformation

Dr. Christian Felske, General Supervisor - Engineering Innovation at Utility Services, City of Edmonton
Public Private Partnerships in the Municipal Sector

Joerg Goetsch, General Manager of Corporate Affairs, Daishowa-Marubeni International (DMI)
Partnering with the Forest Sector

Dr. Xiaotao Bi, Professor, University of British Columbia
International Collaborative Research and Development on Biomass Energy at the University of British Columbia


Session 4D - Environmental Criteria and Indicators
How does BioCleantech impact soils, air quality, and water and how can projects can be designed to ensure positive non-GHG environmental performance?

Moderator: Dr. Richard Aspinall, Vice President (Technology), Amazon Regional University IKIAM

Dr. Evelyne Thiffault, Assistant Professor, Université Laval
Environmental Considerations of Forest Biomass for Energy

Dr. Ilich Lama, Project Leader, Environmental Data Science, NCASI
Dr. Caroline Gaudreault, Program Manager, Life Cycle Assessment, NCASI

Challenges and Environmental Trade-offs in Using Harvest Residues in Energy Production

Dr. Warren Mabee, Professor, Queen's University
Critical Indicators of Sustainability for Biofuels

Atul Bali, CEO, Competitive Green Technologies
Making Decisions in the Private Sector Based Upon Environmental Performance