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(On-Site + On-Line)

08:00 – 10:00

BIOFOR Keynotes

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


“Key Enabling Technologies and Translation of Bioinnovation”
Orlando Rojas, Bioproducts Institute, University of British Columbia


“Development and Commercialization of Forest Based Biomaterials – The Resolute Kenogami mill story”
Gurminder Minhas, Performance BioFilaments & Alain Bourdages, Resolute FP

08:30 – 10:00

Process Optimization & Reliability - I

Session Chair: TBA
Room: Ste-Catherine

08:30 “Reality Check: You are not ready for Digital Transformation”, Arnaud Deziel-Richer, Spartakus Technologies
09:00 “Multivariate model-driven approach to establish process specifications”, Vincent Béchard, Différence GCS
09:30 “Valve Condition Monitoring for Better Plant Reliability”, Maxime Brisson, Contrôles Laurentide

Energy Workshop

Session Chair: Bruno Poulin, CanmetENERGY
Room: Notre-Dame

A multivariate data analysis tool that transforms existing data into valuable information and knowledge to help understand and improve process operation. Improvements can be achieved through process variability reduction, troubleshooting, process monitoring, soft sensors, and enhanced process control.

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

Best Practices Roundtable: What are you most proud of at your mill and want to share (best practices)?

10:30 – 12:00

Advances in Papermaking Technology - II

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

10:30 “Closing the Draw between Press & Dryer Section of a Paper Machine”, Petteri Halme, Valmet
10:50  “An Early Felt Runoff Alarming Strategy”, Nick Stabler, Pneu-Logic
11:10 “Increase Fabrics Cleaning Effectiveness with Reduced Water and Energy ”, Alex Mariano & Ludovic Veyre, Kadant
11:30 “Increase Drying Capacity with Steel Dryers and high-pressure Rotary Joints”, Mike Soucy, Kadant


Session Chair: Serge Bedard, Natural Resources Canada
Room: Notre-Dame

10:30 “Innovative Optimization of Condensing Waste Heat Recovery using Heat Pumps and Mechanical Vapor Recompression”, Antoine Hofer, Thermal Energy 
11:00 “Energy and GHG reduction in Tissue mills”, Francis Fournier, Kruger
11:30 “Lime Kiln Decarbonization via Reactor Modeling”, Peter Gogolek, Canmet Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada

BIOFOR Session: Tomorrow's Talent - Student research presentations

Session Chair: Ivan Kantor and Yaser Khojasteh-Salkuyeh, Concordia University
Room: St-Denis

10:30 “Assessing Climate Effects on Canada’s Forest Resources: Impact of Drought on Lignin Content and Composition”, Daniel Barker-Rothschild, Bioproducts Institute, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, The University of British Columbia
10:45 “Pyrolysis of biomass residues: Apparent nuances in product composition and characteristics”, Aravind Ganesan, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
11:00  “Solvent Fractionation and Nanoparticle Production to Expand Lignin’s Application Scope”, Julia Azzi, Bioproducts Institute, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, The University of British Columbia
11:15  “Decarbonization of the jet fuel using biowastes; development of a CO2-neutral process”, Golnoosh Maleki, Concordia University
11:30  “Birch Bark Triterpenes: from Skincare and Foam Bioproducts”, Xun Niu, Bioproducts Institute, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, The University of British Columbia
11:45  “Validation of a kraft mill process simulation for biorefinery design”, Caroline Brucel, Polytechnique Montréal

12:00 – 13:30

Networking and Lunch Break

13:00 – 16:00

BIOFOR - Visit to FPInnovations

Innovation made real — visit to FPInnovations

13:30 – 15:00

Innovations in Tissue

Session Chair: Daniel Ricard, FPInnovations
Room: Ste-Catherine

13:30 “Alternative Drying Technology to Reduce/Eliminate C02 Emissions”, George  Nowakowski and Vincent Roy, Andritz
14:00  “Converting Sustainability: the PARAGON case”, Stefano Spinelli and Jonathon Zahn, PCMC
14:30 TBA


Session Chair: TBA
Room: Notre-Dame

13:30 “How Leaders can Create a Real Rather than Espoused Speak-Up Culture”, George Bower, DEKRA
14:00 “R-DMAIC : Technical problem solving leading to a culture change in continuous improvement”, Dominic St-Onge, Différence GCS  & Jean-Benoit Thibodeau and Stéphanie Morin, DOMTAR Windsor
14:30 “The Operational Excellence Journey of an Operations VP”, Martin Carignan, Différence GCS & François Aubertin, Consultant

15:00 – 15:30

Networking Coffee Break in Tradeshow

Room St-Paul

15:30 – 17:00

Process Optimization & Reliability - II

Session Chair: TBA
Room: Ste-Catherine

15:30 “Utilizing Advanced Controls for pH Stability and Chemical Cost Reduction in Mill Effluent Treatment Plants”, Valois Parisien & Benoit Janvier, Enero Solutions
16:00 “Return-On-Investment Approach to Papermaking Chemistry”, Joanne Palma, Pulp Solutions

*Please note all schedule is set on Eastern Time