Keynote Speaker

As the head of Ipsos Public Affairs, Darrell Bricker has his finger firmly on the pulse of public opinion, allowing him to provide unparalleled perspective on trends affecting business and the economy. Darrell is a strong voice and respected authority in global polling, with presentations tailored to your industry, with unparalleled knowledge and a fun sense of humour. He isn’t your typical numbers guy. An engaging a relaxed speaker, he presents data in a way audiences can relate to. He brings the latest insights backed by one of the world’s leading market research firms. While his comments and observations are driven by research, he also shares his personal observations gathered from over 25 years of working with some of the world’s most important public and private sector organizations. His fresh insights will help inform better decisions. As the CEO for IPSOS Public Affairs, he provides strategic advice to clients within the public, corporate and not-for-profit sectors. In his past roles, Darrell worked within the Prime Minister’s Office as the director of public opinion research and has been further involved as a consultant for clients within public and private sectors.

Industry Seminar on Economy and Markets

  Paul Quinn is RBC's Paper & Forest Products analyst since 2008. Based in Vancouver, Canada, he also has responsibility for expanding coverage of the U.S. forestry sector in addition to his Canadian-focused coverage. MR. Quinn brings with him an extensive background in the forestry industry, including positions with MacMillan Bloedel and Weyerhaeuser. Prior to joining RBC Capital Markets, he covered the paper and forest products sector as well as being Assistant Director of Research at Salman Partners. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, he was named the No. 2 ranked Canadian Paper & Forest Products analyst in the Brendan Wood survey. In the StarMine awards, he has been cited for stock picking and estimates accuracy over the years, most recently ranking No. 1 in stock picking for the Canadian sector in the 2017 awards. In the US Institutional Investor rankings, Paul came in as a Runner Up in #7 spot in 2017.

Francois Robichaud is Partner at Forest Economic Advisors, a leading firm in market analysis and economic forecasting for the forest products industry. He is responsible for market intelligence services, which he delivers through surveys and customized market research. He currently co-authors a major study on the next decade for lumber and building materials distribution and the future of building systems in North-America. Prior to joining FEA., he spent 17 years with FPInnovations as a senior researcher and then research leader in forest products marketing. Through this affiliation, he published several studies on the industrialisation of residential construction, on markets for structural wood products, and on wood use in nonresidential and multifamily construction. Francois holds a Ph.D. in forest products marketing from UBC, a Master’s degree in forest economics and an undergraduate degree in forest management from Laval.


Kirk Grundahl, P.E., SECB, supports the advancement of engineering innovation and business development serving the structural building compoments industry since 1978. He is executive director of the Structural Building Components Association (SBCA) where he is responsible for the entire management of the Association and each of its councils. He is also the founder and president of Qualtim and president of DrJ Engineering. Qualtim was founded in 1989 to provide technical and marketing services to the engineered wood products industry, while DrJ Engineering perfoms building and truss design engineering related work. Over the years, he has served on the board of directors or committee of 27 professionnal and industry associations and private companies. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering and a MBA from the University of Wisconsin.



Scott Jamieson is the Director of Engagement for Annex Business Media, Canada’s largest business media company with 67 magazine brands, 100 websites and over 50 live events. Its forestry group includes Canadian Forest Industries, Opérations forestières et de scierie, Canadian Biomass and Pulp & Paper Canada, as well as Canadian Contractor, Print Action, and Canadian Packaging. Scott began his career working for PAPRICAN, a predecessor of FPInnovations, joining Pulp & Paper Canada as an editor in 1991. He became editor of Canadian Forest Industries soon after. A co-owner of several forestry media brands for over 10 years, he joined Annex when it acquired CFI and OF magazines in 2004. In 2009, he joined the executive team at Annex, and currently focuses on business development and technology in the audience, data and events.

Seminar on hardwoods

Rupert Oliver has over 25 years’ experience working in the international timber trade and industry. He is the European correspondent for the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) Market Information Service and Technical Consultant to the FLEGT Independent Market Monitor, an EU-funded project hosted by ITTO. He is the lead author on hardwoods for the Annual Market Review of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry. He is Sustainability Consultant to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), playing a lead role in the development of environmental marketing strategy for the US hardwood export industry. He is also working with the Global Timber Forum to establish a framework for regular survey work and statistical analysis to improve quality of market intelligence on the international timber trade and industry.
  Joris Dehennin is Technical Wood Advisor at Hout Info Bois, the technical information and support centre for the industry of primary wood processing  in Belgium. Hout info Bois is, toghether with the Belgian Timber Confederation, is a member of the European  Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS).  Besides counselling Belgian consumers (architects, project developers, etc.) and publishing technical articles, Mr, Dehennin is also responsible for the promotion of the wood material on a national level, and is setting up and participating in scientific studies and European Territorial Co-operation (Interreg) projects for  the European Commission. Joris holds a master degree in bioscience engineering – land management, a shortened bachelor and a bachelor of science in biomedical sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.  

Technical Seminar on Human Resources

Robert Larocque joined the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) in April 2011 as Director of Environment and Labour Market Policies. Before joining FPAC, Bob held several positions at Environment Canada in regards to mitigating the risk of toxic substances on the environment. He has also worked as a process engineer in a large pulp mill. As Senior Vice President, he leads work with member companies on policy and technical issues relating to climate change, environmental regulations, innovation and labour market activities for the forest products sector.  He is responsible for the development and improvements to the forest only jobs and labour information website “The Greenest Workforce”.  Mr. Larocque is also responsible for supporting the sector in achieving its “30 by 30 Climate Change Challenge” as well as managing the environmental data collection of pulp and paper and wood products segments. HE holds a B.Sc. in chemical engineering from the University of Ottawa.
Bruno Lambert
, M. Ed, is vice-president, services at HumEng International. A talent management specialist for more than 20 years, he has developed innovative strategies for talent identification and development, both for high potentials and for key business organizations. He masters all stages of the continuous improvement process for organizational diagnosis, solution development, project management, change management and the design of hybrid development approaches (Blended learning). His experiences include organizational diagnosis, solution development, project management, change management and the design of innovative development approaches using multiple learning methods. He has worked for major companies in the financial and manufacturing sectors in Quebec, Canada, the United States, Mexico and France.

Jeff Webber
joined EACOM Timber Corporation in December 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer , bringing with him more than 30 years of lumber industry experience. From 2000 to 2013, Jeff was Vice President – Manufacturing for Stimson Lumber Company, based in Portland, Oregon. Starting in 1980, he held various lumber management positions at Champion International Corporation and Stimson Lumber Company in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wood Science and Technology from Colorado State University.

Sylvain Messier
, Corporate Project & Controls Manager, has been with EACOM since October 2015 with 15 years of experience in project management, wood processing and optimization. Today, Sylvain manages EACOM’s technical team, which works on various improvement initiatives across the Company’s 9 facilities. Sylvain has a wood products transformation diploma from le Cégep de Sainte-Foy and is currently working to complete his business management certificate from HEC Montréal.
Tommy Gagnon is co-owner and general manager of AutomaTech Robotik, a consulting firm in automation and robotization founded in 1997. The company helps its customers from different sectors, including wood processing, to integrate robots into their manufacturing operations. Previously, he was an economic advisor at the Quebec Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation. Mr. Gagnon holds a Bachelor's degree in management and business administration from UQAR and a master's degree in public administration from ENAP.

With a bachelor's degree in wood engineering from Université Laval, Anne-Marie Lévesque has been working in the wood industry for 10 years now. She started as a process engineer at Maibec, where she participated in the development and implementation of PMP Solutions' systems. She joined the Comact team 4 years later. During her first three years at Comact, she developed her expertise in optimization and started up equipment all over the world. In addition to her work, she completed a Master of Business Administration at UQAM, which led her to the position of Marketing Director of BID Group. Mrs Lévesque joined PMP Solutions in November 2016 to ensure the commercial development of the company.

Since 2013, Jean-Sébastien Pelletier, F.Eng., is the manager of a Maibec sawmill complex, producing 130 MMbf annually and employing 140 people. Working at Maibec since 1999, he has held various positions, including supervisor and then manager  of quality and continuous improvement. From 2012 to 2014, he was the project architect for the modernization of the Saint-Pamphile plant, during which he ensured the development of the feasibility study, conceptual plans, the best in class recovery  and product flexibility  processes, as well as the installation of an automated classification line. Mr. Pelletier holds a bachelor of science in wood transformation engineering  from Laval University obtained in 1999.
Since December 2017, Stéphane Renou has been President and Chief Executive Officer of FPInnovations, which specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness. He has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, and has extensive R & D experience combined with strong commercial and entrepreneurial knowledge. Prior to joining FPInnovations, Stéphane had many years of experience with General Electric, where he held management positions in several divisions and locations around the world. He has led teams in GE Aviation and GE Oil & Gas. He was most recently Leader of Industrial Outcome Optimization at GE Global Research.
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