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(On-Site + On-Line)

08:00 – 11:30

BIOFOR : FlexSNG Session

Session Chair: Paul Stuart, Polytechnique Montreal and EnVertis
Room: St-Denis


“The State-of-the-art in biomass gasification – a long time coming: why now is the right time!”
David Longden, Strategic Business Development Manager,  Biofuels & Gasification, Sumitomo Foster Wheeler, SFW


“Biomass gasification for synthetic fuels and chemicals – FlexSNG process concept”
Ilkka Hiltunen, M.Sc., Research Team Leader of the Thermochemical Conversions Research Team, VTT

“Flexible and integrated biomass value chains”
Erik Rönnqvist, M.Sc., Chief Operations Officer, Creative Optimization

“Syngas: the gateway to sustainable fuels and chemicals”
Dr Andrew Steele, Principal Scientist, Johnson Matthey


Panelists introduction and Discussion Panel – De-Risking FlexSNG


Minna Kurkela, Senior Scientist (FlexSNG coordinator), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Francesco Mondi PhD, DTU – Technical University of Denmark
Professor Mikael Rönnqvist, Université Laval (Quebec, QC)
Karol Witkowski, Research Engineer, EIFER – European Institute for Energy Research
Tunet Olivier, Doctoral student, Polytechnique Montréal
Kostis Atsonios, Research Associate, Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH)

08:30 – 17:00

Reliability Workshop

Presenter: Tom Carr, Reliability Solutions
Room: Notre-Dame

Reliable Manufacturing – Providing a Better Day at Work

In the dynamic landscape of contemporary manufacturing, the reliable operation of production systems is paramount. Ensuring efficiency and responsiveness to market demands is critical for delivering exceptional products that delight customers at optimal costs, thereby securing equitable returns for stakeholders. This workshop introduces the “Reliable Manufacturing” concept and explores its diverse application areas. 

The session delves into the transformative aspects of mindset, culture, and skill sets, scrutinizing how sponsorship and advocacy can instigate essential changes to enhance reliability in manufacturing and yield positive impacts on the bottom line. The workshop meticulously examines the process of pre-planning improvements, achieving post-application results, and the effectiveness of training in delivering immediate on-the-floor outcomes. It contemplates the essence of application success and how strategic actions can propel tangible advancements in asset reliability, maintenance cost reduction, enhanced production, and decreased energy consumption. A proven reliability matrix is presented as a guiding model for sustained success and measurable improvement. 

Central to the workshop is an exploration of how Precision Maintenance fosters skill set development. It underscores that planned maintenance improvement is initiated with precise and documented machine assembly, installation, alignment, and balance retention techniques for direct and belt drive systems. The journey from “good enough” to precision is elucidated through presentations and demonstrations, showcasing the value of an alternative maintenance approach characterized by a known, precise, disciplined, and documented methodology. 

Furthermore, the workshop addresses the evolving role of the “owner/operator.” Attendees gain insights into the significance of machine operators who comprehend equipment functionality, recognize functional failure modes, and discern early signs of potential breakdowns. With the right tools and training, operators become the first line of defense against machinery breakdowns. A distinction is made between a mere checklist and a comprehensive asset reliability inspection, emphasizing the outcome—a well-crafted, precisely timed work request. 

The overarching goal is to stop the surprises in the middle of the night! By positively influencing unscheduled downtime events, the workshop aims to significantly enhance production cost efficiency, reduce the likelihood of safety incidents, and elevate the quality of everyday life for individuals in the manufacturing realm.

08:30 – 10:00


Session Chair: Serge Bedard, Natural Resources Canada
Room: Ste-Catherine

08:30 “Operating an Energy Efficient and Sustainable Pulp Mill”, Kraig Kent, Nalco
09:00 “Heat Management: HISS, a Sootblowing System to Increase Black Liquor Boiler Steam Production and MCR”, Andreas Aspell, Heat Manage
09:30 “Decarbonization of Kraft Pulp Mills: Canadian challenges”, Enrique Mateos-Espejel, FPInnovations

10:00 – 10:30

Networking Coffee Break in Tradeshow

Room St-Paul

10:00 – 11:30

Mill Managers Roundtable (virtual closed session, by invitation only)

Session Chair:  Sylvain Bricault and Murray Hewitt, Domtar

Safety roundtable: How do you develop leaders that support Safety?

10:30 – 12:00

Papermaking: New Product Development Roundtable

Session Chair:  Javad-Reza Saberian, Kruger
Room: Ste-Catherine

10:30  “Transformation of a Traditional Printing & Writing Paper Business to Specialty and Packaging Paper”Jouni Martiskainen, Paper Excellence
10:50 “Creating Value Through Product Innovation”, Vincent Leon, AFRY
11:10 “Developing TMP-based Papers for Food Packaging Applications”, Tony Manfred, FPInnovations
11:30 “Improvement of  Barrier Properties through the Addition of Cellulose Filaments to the Base Sheet”, François Drolet, FPInnovations
11:45 Roundtable Discussion

12:00 – 13:30

Networking and Lunch Break

13:30 – 15:00

Tissue Safety - Creating a Culture of Safety

Session Chair: Jessica Carette, Cascades
Room: Ste-Catherine

Interactive safety conversation on creating a culture in health and safety to foster dialogues and exchanges that identify safety challenges, collaborative solutions, and share best practices.

Moderated by Jessica Carette, Cascades, and featuring Alfredo Sarli, Valmet and Jessica Carbonneau, Cascades Tissue Group – come join the conversation!

BIOFOR : Carbon Management - The value of carbon

Session Chair: Virginie Chambost, President & Principal Consultant, EnVertis
Room: St-Denis

The objective of the session is to provide key information on carbon market with the objective to spark discussions within the forestry industry participants on the potential to generate value from carbon over the longer term especially in the context of 2050 NetZero emissions.

Bioenergy CCS (BECCS) and Bioeconomy Opportunities for Carbon Removal
Grace Meikle, Director of Technology Impact Alberta, ERA

Overview of the regulatory carbon market in Quebec 
Pascal Geneviève, Co-founder and General Director – Carbon Consult Group

Suzano and the Carbon Credits Market
Michael Rushton, Chief Operating Officer, Suzano Canada

Placing value on low carbon materials
Davis Chiu, Global Director of Carbon Strategy, Paper Excellence

15:00 – 15:30

Networking Coffee Break in Tradeshow

Room St-Paul

15:30 – 17:00

Advances in Papermaking Technology - I

Session Chair: Fréderic Parent, FPInnovations
Room: Ste-Catherine

15:30 “Data Integration and Analytics for PaperWeb Inspection”, Pete Angle, Valmet
16:00 “New Application of LWR Cameras in Paper Machine Operations”, Slawek Frackowiak, Industrial Video Solutions
16:30 “Utilizing Turbo Exhaust Heat for Energy Recovery in Papermaking Industry”, Don Whybro, Enerquin

BIOFOR : Carbon Management - CCUS in the Forest Products Industry

Session Chair: Virginie Chambost, President & Principal Consultant, EnVertis
Room: St-Denis

The objective of the session is to showcase examples of CCUS technologies focusing on carbon capture, utilisation and storage.

Creating Value from CO2 – An Ecosystem and Innovation Centered Approach 
Frédéric Clerc, Director, Carbon to Value Initiative and Interim Managing Director URBAN FUTURE LAB, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Carbon Capute Using Novel Molten Borate Technology
Danielle Colson, Chief Operating Officer, Mantel 

A Novel Carbon Capture Process for Biogenic Pulp and Paper Emissions Using Solid Filters
Claude Letourneau, President and Chief Operating Officer, Svante

CCO2 from paper mills:  a carbon opportunity at low cost and with high value
Louis Fradette, Co-founder – CycleCarbone Inc.

17:00 – 19:00

Welcoming Reception in Tradeshow

Room St-Paul

*Please note the schedule is set on Eastern Standard Time (EST)