Opportunities for Local Bio-Heat Production: Transitioning from Fossil Fuels to Forests Workshop

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 08:30

8:30am to 5:00pm

Workshop Purpose:

This workshop will provide participants with meaningful information to allow for enhanced decision-making regarding the use of wood biofuels for heating purposes. Emphasis will be on residential, community, and small industrial applications. Topics will include:

  • Federal and Provincial climate change intiatives
  • Supply chain logistics and biofuel handling best practices
  • Provincial regulations and permitting processes
  • Types of equipment and biofuel supply options
  • Potential funding and programs
  • Success stories, applications, and lessons learned

Who Should Attend:

This workshop will be of interest to homeowners, businesses, small industry, and to municipalities who are looking for greener alternatives to fossil fuels for heating and/or are looking to replace their heating systems with lower cost wood fuels. It will also be of interest to people who may be looking to grow their current businesses by expanding into the wood heat market (e.g., a fuel oil distributor who may want to expand into wood pellet delivery; a wood harvesting company who may want to provide fuel quality wood chips; etc.).

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Megan Smith, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - Bioenergy: Lighting a Fire in Ontario
  • Terrence Sauve, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs - BioHeat Opportunities in Ontario
  • Mike Rutter, Biothermic Wood Energy Systems Inc. - Modern Wood Heat: Firewood, Wood Chip and Wood Pellet Heating and Their Applications
  • Roy Samhaber, Homeowner - Testimonial: Making the Switch to Modern Wood Heat
  • Pat Liew, Ecostrat Inc. - Small and Medium Sized Wood Boilers: Procurement Strategies and What to Avoid
  • Trevor Jones, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Jeff Fera, Canadian Forest Service - Biomass Harvesting in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest Region: Finding Ecological, Economic and Operational Answers Within Mixedwood Forest Conditions
  • Chris Walton, Arbora Management Services Inc.- Bioenergy in Ontario: Overview of Environmental Regulatory Requirements
  • Steven Law, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change - Ontario's New Regulations and Guidelines to Promote Bioenergy
  • Andreas Wintzer, Viessmann Canada - Bioenergy Success Stories in Canada
  • Michael Wiggin, Public Services and Procurement Canada 
  • David Mackett, Whitesand First Nation - Bioenergy for Indigenous Economic Development

Click HERE for Overview

This workshop is FREE

Click HERE to Register (Registration deadline: November 24th)

Event Location: 
Best Western Pembroke Inn & Conference Centre
1 International Drive
Pembroke , Ontario  K8A 6W5
Ontario