Program 2018

   Tuesday, March 20, 2018

  • 8:00 - 17:00 Industry visits, exclusively for overseas buyers

  • 14:30 - 18:00  Registration, Mezzanine

  • NAWLA Montréal Regional Meeting, Agora-Centre-Ville
    15:00 - 15:30 Registration and networking
    15:30 - 17:00 Meeting, presentation and panel discussion
    - Pierre Moreau, Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
    - Matt Tobin, General Manager,  North American Lumber Sales, West Fraser
    - Scott Gascho General Manager, Mill Sales, Hampton Lumber
    - André Beaulieu, Director of Sales, J.D. Irving, Limited
    Moderator: Christian Provost, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Arbec, Lumber/Boscus
    17:00 - 18:00 Networking reception 

   Wednesday, March 21, 2018

  • 8:30 - 18:00  Registration, Mezzanine
  • 9:00 - 12:00  Industry Seminar on Economy and Markets, Centre-Ville
    - Economic outlook and lumber markets, Paul Quinn, Paper & Forest Products Analyst, RBC
    - The next decade in lumber and building materials distribution: regional differences in a shared environment, François Robichaud, Partner, Forest Economic Advisors
    - Structural Framing -- Stick-built to Factory to ?, Kirk Grundahl, Executive Director, Structural Building Components Association (SBCA)
    Moderator: Scott Jamieson, Director of Engagement, Annex Business Media Publisher of the Canadian Forest Industries Magazine

  • 10:30 Break, Foyer ans Square Victoria

  • 12:00  Luncheon with Keynote Speaker, Place du Canada-Avenue Laurier
    Darrell Bricker, CEO, Ipsos Public Affairs

  • 13:30 - 17:00  Trade Show, Convention Floor

  • 13:30 - 15:10 Short Seminar, part #1, co-organized with FPInnovations, Centre-Ville
    Panel on Transportation and Logistics Challenges
    - Maria Saratsiotis, Director of Sales, Merchandise, Canadian Pacific
    - Thierry Lysiak, Director of Marketing for Forest Products, Canadian National
    - Pierre Lapointe, Vice President, Robert Transport Specialty Division, Robert Group

    The Human Resources Challenge in the Manufacturing Industry

    - Demographic issues and the workforce, Joel Neuheimer, Vice President, International Trade, Transportation, Corporate Secretary, Forest Products Association of Canada
    - Skills management: retention and development of the workforce, Bruno Lambert, Vice President, Services, HumEng International
    - Invest in technology and people: how to attract talent to the sawmill industry?, Jeff Webber, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Sylvain Messier, Corporate Projects and Controls Manager, Eacom Timber Corporation
    Moderator: Stéphane Renou, President and CEO, FPInnovations

  • 15:00  Break, Square Victoria

  • 15:30 - 17: 00 Seminar on Opportunities for Canadian Wood Products in the Growing Chinese Economy, Organized with the Collaboration of Natural Resources Canada, Centre-Ville
    - Doing business in China: opportunities and challenges, Jean-Christian Brillant, Counsellor and Senior Trade Commissioner, Canadian Embassy in China
    - China wood products market analysis, Margaret Stewart, Principal, MSC Marketing Solutions Consulting
    Moderator: John Kozij, Director General, Trade, Economics and Industry Branch, Natural Resources Canada

  • 17:30 - 19:00  Cocktail Reception, Place du Canada-Avenue Laurier

    Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • 8:00 - 13:00  Registration, Mezzanine

  • 9:00 - 12:30 Trade Show, Convention Floor

  • 9:00 - 10:10 Short Seminar, part #2,co-organized with FPInnovations, Avenue Laurier
    Attractive Jobs through the Introduction of New Technologies
    - Artificial intelligence in future manufacturing - Impact on the workforce, Gilles Savard, General Manager, Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO)
    - Creativity and human capital: our experience, Tommy Gagnon, CEO, AutomaTech Robotik
    - How to take advantage of the 4th industrial revolution to attract and retain young talent?, Anne-Marie Lévesque, Commercial Development Manager, PMP Solutions, and Jean-Sébastien Pelletier, Plant Manager, Maibec
    Moderator: Stéphane Renou, President and CEO, FPInnovations

  • 10:00 Break, Square Victoria

  • 10:15 - 11:45 Hardwoods Seminar, Avenue Laurier
    - Overview of the international hardwood market, Rupert Oliver, General Manager, Forest Industries Intelligence
    - The Belgian sawmilling industry experience:  creative ideas to test in North America, Joris Dehennin, Technical Wood Adviser, Hout Info Bois
    Moderator: Mike Shapiro, Sales Manager, Weston Premium Woods

  • 12:00 - 13:30  Buffet Lunch, Place du Canada

  • 13:30 - 14:30 SM2 Initiative of FPInnovations, Avenue Laurier
    What is SM2, and why should you care? FPInnovations' SM2 Initiative is developing innovative approaches, game-chnaging technologies, and unique options to offer sawmills product and co-product diversification and access to new markets
    Presenter: Serge Constantineau, Research Manager, FPInnovations
  • 14:30 End of Convention

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