Unlocking a World of Possibilities


WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

The Wood Pellet Association of Canada Conference and AGM 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 and AGM is your opportunity to learn about the most important issues from industry experts around the globe.

 

 


WHY ATTEND?

This year’s theme is The Power of Pellets: Unlocking a World of Possibilities. The time has come for our sector to harness our collective energy and take center stage in the bioeconomy conversation. Today our sector has earned national and global respect for the important role of wood pellets in tackling climate change while providing responsible, renewable clean energy both domestically and nationally.

Topics covered include:

  • new ideas and emerging themes arising from the growing bioeconomy;
  • the role of the pellet sector in supporting forest health and ecosystems;
  • innovative approaches to addressing domestic energy needs with examples from the Arctic and Maritime regions;
  • tackling the carbon controversy – from carbon pricing to the carbon debt to climate change; and
  • shifting from safety research to action, an in-depth look at the learnings from implementation and what’s next for our sector.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Anyone involved, or interested in, the Canadian wood pellet industry, including current biomass industry executives, educators, researchers, government officials, logistics personnel and equipment manufacturers.

We hope you’ll join us in September!

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Should provincial guidelines not allow for social gatherings at the time of the event,
your registration can be transferred to our next event date or refunded
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Schedule


6:30pm to 8:30pm

WPAC Opening Reception

Conference name badges will be available for pick-up at the TAPshack. Enjoy a bite to eat and a refreshment while we celebrate being back together and in-person once again!

Live musical entertainment will be provided by Paul Filek, singer/guitarist. Paul is a Top 20 Canadian Idol Finalist who uses a Looper Pedal to create his own band live on stage! Paul takes requests and something tells us we’re in for a few good ones from our WPAC delegates!

8:00am to 5:00pm

WPAC Golf

Join your WPAC friends at Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club on Monday, September 19, 2022 for a fun-filled day of golf.

With the towering beauty of Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains serving as a backdrop, Mayfair Lakes in Richmond is a genuine golf sanctuary, offering year-round golf in a secluded country ambiance that’s just minutes from Vancouver. The intrigue lies in the abundance of lakes and waterways that come into play on 13 of the 18 holes, adding as much challenge as aesthetic appeal to the course

Schedule

8:30 am to 9:15 am – Bus from Marriott Pinnacle Hotel to Mayfair Lakes G & CC


9:15 am to 10:00 am – Coffee and rules explanation


10:00 am to 3:00 pm – Golf – eight flights


3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Happy hour and awards


4:00 pm to 4:45 pm – Bus from Mayfair Lakes G & CC to Marriott Pinnacle Hotel


Format

  • Scramble Best Ball
  • Minimum 3 drives per golfer / Maximum 5
  • Pink ball – each player to rotate per hole until lost with prize for team that return with it
  • Two K-P holes (one front / one back)
  • Long drive on FIRST hole (both men and ladies)
  • Low team final net score
  • Mystery hole team net low score (one each front and back) but cannot be won by 1st place team

*Pre-Registration is required. Registration closes Sept. 16.

9:00am - 3:30pm

Workshop: ENplus® Training for Quality Managers 

ENplus® is the world-leading certification program for wood pellet quality with over 1200 certified companies and is essential for organizations who wish to market their product to the European pellet heating markets.  The Wood Pellet Association of Canada is the national licenser for ENplus®.

WPAC is organizing a training course for Quality Managers on September 19, 2022, the day before WPAC’s annual conference.  The workshop will be led by Dr. Fahimeh Yazdan Panah of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada and Julie Griffiths with Shaw Renewables.

The training is intended for quality managers employed by ENplus® certified companies and will also be of interest to companies who are interested in becoming certified so they can export to the European heating markets.

All ENplus® Quality Managers are required to take an annual training program.  This will be the only live Canadian ENplus® training workshop in 2022 and will cover issues related to requirements for the entities participating in the entire supply chain, from the receipt of raw material, through the production of ENplus® pellets to the delivery to the end-user.

Registration Fee.
9:00am - 9:30am

Registration and coffee

9:30am - 10:45am

Basics of wood pellet quality management, competing quality certification programs.

10:45am - 10:55am

Coffee break

10:55am - 11:30am

Role of quality managers, conformity assessments

11:30am - 12:00pm

Experience as a certified producer

12:00pm - 12:30pm

Lunch

7:30 am to 8:30 am

Breakfast and registration

8:30 am to 8:50 am

Unlocking the World of Pellets

8:50 am to 10:15 am

The Gateway to New Possibilities

 

10:15 am to 10:45 am

Coffee Break

10:45 am to 12:05 pm

Stronger Communities and Local Economic Development

12:05 pm to 1:30 pm

Lunch

Networking in exhibition area
1:30 pm to 2:40 pm

Setting the Record Straight

 

2:40 pm to 3:10 pm

Coffee Break

Networking in exhibition area
3:10 pm to 4:50 pm

Biomass and Climate Change Mitigation

 

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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.

Location: Point Grey & Outdoor Patio
7:30 am to 8:30 am

Breakfast and networking

8:30 am to 10:00 am

Join us for an exploration of Making our Industry Safer

10:00 am to 10:30 am

Coffee Break

Networking in exhibition area
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Keynote Presentation: Getting Comfortable with the Spotlight

 

11:30 am - 11:40 am

Wrap-up and Adjournment

Vaughan Basset, WPAC: Summary and Wrap-up

Conference adjourns

Venue

Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel

 

Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel welcomes you to British Columbia with style, substance and award-winning hospitality. You’ll find this venue in Coal Harbour, in the very heart of the city center; Rogers Arena, Stanley Park and the cruise ship terminal are moments away, as is the Vancouver Convention Centre.


Accommodations

Hotel WPAC group rates are now available! Be sure to secure your hotel room at the conference hotel by making your room reservation online at https://book.passkey.com/e/50275017

Group rate only available until August 22, 2022!

Book now to secure your room at a significantly discounted rate and guarantee you’ll have a spot to stay at the conference hotel.

Sponsors

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Reception Sponsor

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