Keynote Speaker


To be announced

Industry Seminar on Economy and Markets




Robert Dietz, Ph.D., is Chief Economist for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), where his responsibilities include housing market analysis, forecasting, industry surveys, and housing policy research. Prior to joining NAHB in 2005, Mr. Dietz worked as an economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. He has testified before Congress on housing, economic and tax issues. He is a leading expert on home construction analysis and trends and has been cited and appeared on CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, and other news media. Mr. Dietz is a native of Dayton, Ohio and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University in 2003.




Hugues Simon is President of BarretteWood Inc., a secondary wood processing company specializing in the manufacture of fencing panels, components for the mattress/box spring industry and industrial packaging. BarretteWood Inc. is part of the Barrette Group. Mr. Simon holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Université de Sherbrooke and is a member of the Ordre des CPA du Québec. He has over 25 years of experience in the pulp and paper, sawmill and secondary processing industries. Hugues Simon is a member of the Softwood Lumber Board and has been representing Eastern Canada since 2017.





Gerry McCaughey, CEO and Chairman of Entekra, is an internationally respected business leader in offsite construction. Named Industry Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young, McCaughey was an influential force in Europe’s continuing transition to homebuilding with a Fully Integrated Off-Site Solution™ (FIOSS™). Mr. McCaughey was co-founder and Chief Executive of Century Homes in Ireland, and later named Chief Executive of Kingspan Century following the $100 million acquisition of Century by building materials giant Kingspan Group Plc. By focusing on fully automating the construction process, he propelled Century from a small start-up operation of four employees into Europe’s largest provider of FIOSS.

Industry Seminars' Moderator

Karina Lehoux is a professional animator, founder, and president of Eklosion – Animation professionnelle. Since her first stage and television appearances in the early 2000s, more than 600 mandates have been entrusted to her as master of ceremonies, mainly in the context of business events: conventions, symposiums, and conferences, recognition galas, annual general assemblies and more. A bilingual experienced leader and trusted accomplice, Ms. Lehoux is recognized for her professionalism, authenticity, and interest in optimizing communication in order to serve the business objectives of her clients.

Industry Seminar on Hardwoods

Tom De Ruyck is managing partner for InSites Consulting in their Belgian office in Ghent.

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Panel with Industry CEOS


Yves Laflamme is president and chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Resolute Forest Products. He is a 37-year veteran of the industry, as well as of Resolute and its predecessor companies. He previously served as the company’s senior vice president, Wood Products, Global Procurement and Information Technology. Mr. Laflamme is a member of the boards of the American Forest & Paper Association, the Forest Products Association of Canada and Toundra Greenhouse. Mr. Laflamme pursued his university education in administration and finance and is a chartered professional accountant

  Ken Shields is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Conifex Timber Inc., a public Canadian company operating in the forestry, sawmilling and green energy sectors. Mr. Shields currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Forest Products Association of Canada, the Council of Forest Industries of British Columbia and Bioindustrial Innovation Canada.
He has served as a member of the board of directors of Raymond James Financial, Inc., and retired as Chief Executive Officer of its Canadian subsidiary, Raymond James Ltd., in February 2006.  Mr. Shields has served as a past chairman of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada and the Canadian Bioenergy Association.  He is a former director of Slocan Forest Products Ltd., Mercer International Inc., and TimberWest Forest Corp.
  Stephen J. Sallah is currently president and chief executive officer of LBM Advantage. He joined ENAP in 2008 as chief financial officer and has been serving in his current role since January, 2011. Prior to ENAP, Sallah worked at IBM for sixteen years. He began at IBM as an engineer and worked in various operational roles. After spending five years in semiconductor pricing and program management, he spent ten years as division controller for the Software Group. His last assignment was as program manager for the IBM Software Group. Mr. Sallah received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and his M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
  Matthew J. Missad is chief executive officer of Universal Forest Products, a position to which he was appointed on July 13, 2011. From 1996 to 2011, he was executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary, in addition to serving on the boards of subsidiary entities, including international partnerships. Mr. Missad has been on the board of Independent Bank Corporation since October 2014, and serves on its Compensation Committee. Mr. Missad's experience and exposure to nearly all facets of our business is integral to the growth of the company. Having led, at various times, the human resources, insurance, marketing, wood preservation, engineering, transportation, and compliance teams, and serving on the executive leadership team, he has an ability to understand and motivate people and teams, a capacity to simplify complex issues for sound decision-making, and a well-rounded and deep understanding of the Company's business, people, markets, and opportunities.



Bruce St.John joined Canada Wood in Vancouver as President in June of 2018. Prior to Canada Wood his roles included Vice President International Marketing for Forestry Innovation Investment, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Western Forest Products and other industry roles in eastern and western Canada. His experience also includes a six-month term managing the Canada Wood offices based in Shanghai and several forest industry board positions.

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