09:00 – 10:30

Panel - Benefits and Challenges of Digitalization in the Forest Industry

Session Chair: Paul Stuart, Polytechnique Montréal

Goals: By virtue of new digital technologies, Forestry 4.0 is fast approaching while forestry companies are taking a leap into the digital age. Digitalization will transform the forest industry. However, the application of these technologies are still relatively embryonic. How will digital technologies transform the forest industry? Can these advanced technologies be disruptive and lead to competitive advantages? Although precision forestry is being enabled by wide range of emerging technologies  (e.g. laser scanning [LiDAR], unmanned aerial vehicles, advanced sensors, etc.), a paradigm shift to a system with digital data capture and planning becomes  increasingly vital. Panelists in this session will walk us through innovations in data science and artificial intelligence, provide their perspectives on how these  innovations can be applied, and how they can impact the decision-making process in forest value chains. Panelists will also discuss the significance of the digital  forest inventory, and the potential for value creation from improved forest management.  

On the policy front, the panelists will explain to us why and how a digital industrial policy should take into account the new opportunities arising from digitalisation in order to effectively support economic growth as well as the transition towards a global low carbon economy.

  • Mouloud Amazouz, Program Manager, NRCan-CanmetENERGY
  • Daniel Mazerolle, Director, Canadian Forest Service/Canadian Wood Fiber Centre
  • Mariana Sandin, Industry Principal, OSIsoft, Houston, USA
  • David Eapen, Manager, Industrial Internet, Valmet, Atlanta, USA
  • Tom van der Velde, Improvement consultant Energy Efficiency, Tata Steel, Belgium
  • Alf Isaksson, Corporate Research Fellow, ABB Research, Sweden
  • Pedro Rovida Neto, Forestry Project Manager, Klabin, Brazil
Moderator: Paul Stuart, Polytechnique Montréal

Mouloud Amazouz

Daniel Mazerolle

Mariana Sandin

David Eapen

Tom van der Velde

Alf Isaksson

Pedro Rovida Neto

Paul Stuart

10:30 – 11:30

BIOFOR Keynote

10:30 Keynote Speaker: Virginie Chambost, EnVertis Inc.
“Methodology for Triaging Bioproduct Opportunities – Making the Most of Constrained Resources” 

11:30 – 12:00

Networking and Tradeshow

12:00 – 14:00

Research Advancement & Innovation - Keynote Presentation

Session Chair: Olumoye Ajao, NRCan-CanmetENERGY
  • 12:00 “Using I-BIOREF to model the fast pyrolysis process”, Georgiana Bele, Polytechnique Montréal
  • 12:25 “Assessment of Socio-Economic Impacts of Integrated Biorefineries in Pulp Mills: An Industrial Case Study”, Cédric Diffo Téguia, NRCan-CanmetENERGY
  • 12:55 “Production of Green Bio-Hydrogen  from Renewable Biomass: An Innovative Approach”, Patrice Mangin, UQTR

13:30 – 14:00

Networking and Tradeshow

14:00 – 15:30

KEYNOTE Panel on Hydrogen Research Advancement & Innovation - Technical Session

Session Chair: Roberto Sunyé, NRCan/CanmetENERGY

14:00 Panel – Hydrogen – A driver for Sustainable and Diversified Bioeconomy

Goals: Thanks to the innovation and significant progress made in the last few decades, hydrogen, today, symbolizes much more than the fuel of the future. It is now possible to integrate this revolutionary energy carrier into both our daily lives and the global economy. Whether it is for powering cars or enabling the production of renewable energy and chemicals, hydrogen – especially as a potentially clean and unlimited resource – could play a decisive role in the fight against global warming. However, some technical challenges remain, before the hydrogen industry becomes fully sustainable – both environmentally and economically. Furthermore, hydrogen faces barriers that prevent its full contribution to the energy transformation. Barriers include but are not limited to the lack of dedicated transportation and storage infrastructure and those mainly related to the status of the electrolysis technology (e.g. energy losses, lack of value recognition, challenges ensuring sustainability and high production costs). The high price of some materials remains a barrier as well to the widespread use of hydrogen, not to mention the fact that limiting carbon emissions during its production is yet challenging.

The panelists will walk us through the different pathways for the production and use of hydrogen in the industry and transportation sectors and the associated technical, economic and environmental challenges. They will also provide their perspectives on the potential of hydrogen in the context of the energy transition and on the hydrogen strategy for Canada. Major hydrogen projects being implemented in Quebec and Canada as well as the need for an integrated policy approach (to overcome the initial resistance and reach a minimum threshold for market penetration) will be discussed and policy priorities identified.

  • Philippe Tanguy, Chief Executive Officer, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
  • Patrice Mangin, Director, I2E3, UQTR, Canada
  • Aaron Hoskin, Senior Manager,  Low Carbon Energy Sector, Natural Resources Canada
  • Jean Roberge, Vice President, Greenfield Global, Canada
Moderator:  Roberto Sunyé, NRCan/CanmetENERGY

Philippe Tanguy

Patrice Mangin

Aaron Hoskin

Jean Roberge

Roberto Sunyé

15:30 – 16:00

Research Advancement & Innovation - Technical Session

Session Chair: Olumoye Ajao, NRCan-CanmetENERGY

15:30 Catalytic Oxi-dehydration of Fructose to Value-Added Chemicals in a Liquid Containing Gas-Solid Fluidized Bed“, Zahra Khani, Polytechnique Montréal

15:30 – 17:00

Networking and Tradeshow

* Please note all schedule is set on Eastern Time
** PaperWeek program will run in parallel with the Technical Sessions