Monday Sept. 19

WPAC Opening Reception

Join us between 6:30 and 8:30pm for a few drinks and snacks as we welcome everyone back to a live, in-person event!
8:00 am to 9:00 am

Breakfast and registration

9:00 am to 9:30 am

Opening Remarks and Welcome

Speaker: Vaughan Bassett, President, Wood Pellet Association of Canada
9:30 am to 10:40 am


12:30 pm to 1:30 pm


Lunch in exhibition area
1:30 pm to 3:10 pm


3:10 pm to 3:30 pm

Coffee Break

Networking in exhibition area
3:30 pm to 4:20 pm


5:20 pm to 7:20 pm

Cocktail Reception

8:00 am to 9:00 am

Breakfast and networking

9:00 am to 11:00 am


11:00 am to 11:30 am

Coffee Break

Networking in exhibition area
11:30 am to 12:30 pm


12:30 pm to 12:45 pm

Wrap-up and Adjournment

Gordon Murray, WPAC: Summary and Wrap-up

Conference adjourns
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

WPAC Annual General Meeting

Open to all WPAC members. Lunch will be served. Board meeting to follow AGM from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
Note: Agenda is subject to change


Gordon Murray
Executive Director, Wood Pellet Association of Canada

Having been on the ground in sawmill and woodlands operations, as well as the corporate finance aspect of the industry – working in mergers, acquisitions, and project financing, Gordon Murray joined the Wood Pellet Association of Canada in 2009. Today, he works as an ardent advocate on behalf of Canadian producers, traders, ports, terminals, shipping companies, equipment suppliers and all those who want to participate in growing a safe and prosperous wood pellet industry. Gordon Murray has a bachelor of science in forestry. He is a registered professional forester and a chartered professional accountant.

Vaughan Bassett
Senior vice-president of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc.

Vaughan Bassett is a senior vice-president of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. based in Vancouver, B.C., where he is responsible for the commercial, logistics and sustainability activities of the company.

Vaughan is a director for the Wood Pellet Association of Canada and is currently serving as president. He is also a director for the London-based Sustainable Biomass Program Ltd (SBP). Vaughan is past chairman of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters association, BC Division. Vaughan has an extensive career in international business, particularly in the forest products industry.

Previously, he spent almost 20 years with Sappi, a global pulp and paper company. As their executive in charge of their world-wide pulp sales, he was stationed in Hong Kong for 10 years before moving to Canada in 2007. He joined Pinnacle in 2011. Vaughan earned his BSc. from the University of Natal and his MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, both located in South Africa.

William Strauss
President and founder of FutureMetrics, LLC.

William Strauss is the president and founder of FutureMetrics, LLC. Bill and his FutureMetrics team are globally recognized as the leading experts in the wood pellet sector. Bill continues to be a thought leader in the sector and has published numerous papers on a variety of subjects relevant to the wood pellet sector. He is also a founder and director of Maine Energy Systems, the largest manufacturer of European style automatic pellet fuelled central heating systems in North America. Bill is the 2012 recipient of the International Excellence in Bioenergy award and was named as one of the most influential leaders in the biomass sector in 2016 and 2017 by Argus Media. Bill has more than 40 years of strategic and policy planning, project management, data analysis, operations, and modeling experience in the renewable energy sector. He has an MBA (specializing in Finance) and a Ph.D. (Economics, Earth Systems Science).



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.

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


Group rates at the Marriott hotel will be posted soon!


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