Annual Global Forest & Paper Industry Conference

Registration is now open for the 28th Annual Global Forest & Paper Industry Conference on May 6, 2015 in Vancouver BC.

PwC 27th Annual Global Forest & Paper Industry Conference highlights

PwC’s Conference is part of the Global Forest Products Leadership Summit 2015, a five day series of conferences focused on global pulp, paper, wood products and fibre-based packaging industries. In addition to our conference, other events include International Wood Markets Group Industry/Market Conference and International Pulp week.  For further information, please visit www.forestproductssummit.com.
 

Location:
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 W. Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 2W6
 

Registration Fees (5% GST applicable to all registrations):
CAN $450.00 – Early Bird Registration (on or before April 15th, 2015)
CAN $550.00 – Regular Registration (after April 15th, 2015)
 

Please click here to register for the 28th Annual Global Forest & Paper Industry Conference

For group registrations or sponsorship inquiries, please call +1 604 806 7090 or send an email to pwcforestandpaper@ca.pwc.com.
 

2015 Speaker profiles coming soon.

 

See content below for a review of our 2014 speakers, and their presentations:

Max Blocker

Max Blocker - profileUS Leader, Forest, Paper & Packaging Practice – PwC / Atlanta, USA (Moderator)



 

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Max Blocker - profileUS Leader, Forest, Paper & Packaging Practice – PwC / Atlanta, USA (Moderator)

Max Blocker currently serves as the Cross Line of Service (“XLOS”) Sector Leader for the Forestry, Paper, and Packaging Sector in the United States, the Growth Portfolio Leader for the Greater Atlanta Market (“GAM”) and GEP and Assurance Point Partner for 25 Fortune 1000 Audit and Non-Audit clients in the GAM. Max has also served as the Market Assurance Leader for the GAM and as the CIPS Assurance Leader for the Southeast Region.

Max has over twenty-six years of extensive experience in all aspects of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, as well as SEC filings and reporting. In addition, he has assisted both strategic and financial clients in spin, merger, acquisition, carve out, recapitalization, divestiture and joint venture transactions, both buy-side and sell-side, for domestic and multi-national companies.

He has experience in a variety of industries including chemical, service, and various manufacturing industries. Max’s representative list of clients includes International Paper, Autozone, Mohawk Industries, Tractor Supply, Rock-Tenn Company, and Roper Industries.



Kevin Bromley

Kevin Bromley - profilePartner, Forest, Paper & Packaging Practice – PwC / Vancouver, Canada (Moderator)



 

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Kevin Bromley - profilePartner, Forest, Paper & Packaging Practice – PwC / Vancouver, Canada (Moderator)

Kevin Bromley is an audit partner with over 25 years experience. He currently leads PwC’s Canadian Forest, Paper and Packaging audit practice and deals extensively with multi-location, multi-national companies. Kevin has demonstrated strong technical accounting and audit skills with extensive experience with public filings and regulatory compliance primarily in the forestry and mining industries. He is very accessible and works proactively with senior management and audit committees to find collaborative solutions to complex accounting issues.

Kevin has served a number of forest companies, including Canfor Corporation, Canfor Pulp Income Fund, Conifex Timber Inc., EACOM Timber Corporation, Fortress Paper Ltd., Mercer International Inc., Tolko Industries Ltd., and Daishowa Canada Corp. He was also is in charge of the Forest Investment Account and Forest Science Program on behalf of the BC Ministry of Forests and Range from 2002 – 2007. In addition, he has extensive experience with SEC registrants, initial public offerings, prospectuses and Canadian and U.S. securities work.



Jeff Bi

CEO and Executive Director, Greatview Aseptic Packaging / Beijing, China

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CEO and Executive Director, Greatview Aseptic Packaging / Beijing, China

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Mr. Bi serves as a Director of subsidiaries of Greatview Aseptic Packaging Company Limited, named Greatview, Shandong Tralin Packaging, Inner Mongolia Greatview Aseptic Packaging and Beijing Greatview. Mr. Bi graduated from the University of Denver with a Master of Arts degree in 1992.



Don Kayne

President and CEO, Canfor / Vancouver, Canada

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President and CEO, Canfor / Vancouver, Canada

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Don Kayne was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Canfor Corporation on May 5, 2011. He was additionally appointed Chief Executive Officer of Canfor Pulp Products Incorporated on September 30, 2012.

Don has spent his entire career at Canfor, starting out as a regional sales representative in 1979. Don is motivated by what lays ahead for the forest sector as the global population and demand for sustainable, renewable products grows. Prior to being appointed CEO, Don spent 10 years as Canfor’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and is one of the lead architects of the market for British Columbia lumber in China. Don’s work growing markets for Canfor products around the world has provided him with deep connections to markets and customers in every region Canfor serves.

Don is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Forest Products Association of Canada, and also serves on the Board of the Alberta Forest Products Association. In 2014, Don was appointed to the bi-national Softwood Lumber Board.



Ted Seraphim

President and CEO, West Fraser / Vancouver, Canada
 

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President and CEO, West Fraser / Vancouver, Canada

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Ted Seraphim is the President and Chief Executive Officer of West Fraser.

Ted joined West Fraser in 1997. In his fifteen years with the Company, he has held the positions of Vice-President, Pulp & Paper Sales, Vice-President, Pulp & Paper and Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. Ted assumed the role of President and Chief Operating Officer in 2012.

Ted holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Accountant.



Russell E. Taylor

President, International WOOD MARKETS Group Inc. / Vancouver, Canada

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President, International WOOD MARKETS Group Inc. / Vancouver, Canada

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Russell Taylor conducts wood products marketing analysis and business assessment/investment projects for numerous global industry clients and across North America. Mr. Taylor travels extensively and conducts research and analysis in many dynamic global regions, including Russia, China, Asia, and throughout the Southern Hemisphere and Europe. WOOD MARKETS has maintained an office in China since 2005.
Mr. Taylor has published over 300 articles, reports and presentations and leads International WOOD MARKETS Group in its various strategic market intelligence multi-client reports, newsletters and forecasts for the wood products industry.
 

Mr. Taylor has a forestry degree (BScF) and an MBA, both from the University of B.C., and is also a B.C. registered professional forester (RPF).



Hon. Steve Thomson

Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations / Victoria, Canada

 


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The Honourable Steve Thomson serves as the Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations.

He is the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Kelowna-Mission.



Neil Burns

Group Head of Sustainable Development, Mondi International Packaging and Paper Group / Surrey, UK

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Group Head of Sustainable Development, Mondi International Packaging and Paper Group / Surrey, UK

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Neil took on his new position in March 2013 and together with his team, supports the business teams drive sustainable development in Mondi’s forest, pulp & paper mills and converting operations.  He has previously held a number of senior management positions over more than 25 years, including the general management of operations across Europe and in the US, and focused on production, procurement and sales & marketing.   Neil joined Mondi in 2000 and has an honours degree in production engineering.



Richard Peberdy

Vice President Sustainability, Drax Biomass International Packaging and Paper Group / Burlington, USA

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Vice President Sustainability, Drax Biomass International Packaging and Paper Group / Burlington, USA

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Richard Peberdy joined Drax in 2012 after working for 30 years in the UK forest industry, 10 years as a contractor, and 20 years with the UK’s largest forest management company. Richard is based in Boston MA, and helps North American suppliers understand and comply with UK and Drax’s sustainability requirements, and is establishing systems for Drax’s pelleting operations in the US South. He has experience of establishing and managing a large group certification scheme that help UK forests supply FSC & PEFC certified material, and also of managing chain of custody for a large harvesting operation, which handled well over 1 million tonnes p.a.and included exports to Scandinavia.



Jason Boyer

Vice-President, Deals, PwC / Vancouver, Canada

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Vice-President, Deals, PwC / Vancouver, Canada

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Jason Boyer is a vice president in the Deals practice of PwC Canada working in the Vancouver office. He has ten years of specialist experience in business valuation and litigation support.

Jason has provided extensive financial, valuation, and other strategic advisory-related services to enterprises in a wide variety of industries and countries in North America and Asia-Pacific. This includes business and intangible asset valuations, business/due diligence reviews, validation of key strategic or investment decisions, fairness opinions, shareholder value analysis, and the preparation and assessment of business plans/cases.

During the period 2009 to 2012, Jason worked in the PwC Valuations practice in Sydney, Australia. Jason has a Bachelor degree in finance and economics from Western University and a graduate diploma of accounting from the University of British Columbia. He is also a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator. In 2008, Jason was based in Berlin, Germany for four months while he attended Genesis Park, PwC's in-residence global leadership development programme. Prior to joining the PwC Valuations practice in 2003, Jason worked in South Korea for two years.



Fred Bouchard

Partner, Forest, Paper & Packaging Practice, PwC / Montreal, Canada
 

 


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Frédéric Bouchard is a partner in the Montréal Consulting and Deals group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP working in the Montréal office.

Frédéric is the forest, paper and packaging (“FPP”) Montréal leader and the Eastern Canada transaction leader for that sector. In addition to playing an active role in transactions for companies in financial difficulty with the Corporate Advisory and Restructuring group, Frédéric provides advisory services within the Mergers and Acquisitions (“M&A”) practice.

Since 1997, Frédéric has assisted middle market private companies in raising capital, in acquisitions and divestitures.

Frédéric holds a BAA from HEC Montréal. He is a chartered professional accountant (“CPA, CA”), a CF and a chartered financial analyst (“CFA”).



 

Bruce McIntyre

Bruce McIntyre - profileCanadian Leader, Forest, Paper & Packaging Practice – PwC / Vancouver, Canada



 

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Bruce McIntyre - profileCanadian Leader, Forest, Paper & Packaging Practice – PwC / Vancouver, Canada

Bruce McIntyre is a Partner and Leader of PwC’s Forest, Paper & Packaging practice in Canada. He joined PwC in 1986 following several years in resource management and planning positions with government and industry. He has conducted numerous business reviews and financial studies for industry and government; benchmarking surveys; implementation of management systems and sustainability programs.

Bruce obtained his B.S.F. degree from the University of British Columbia in 1977 and is a Registered Professional Forester. He completed his M.B.A. at Queen’s University in 1986 and qualified as a Certified Management Consultant in 1989. He is also a Certified Forester with the Society of American Foresters.



Ian Murdoch

Ian Murdoch - profileEuropean Leader, Forest, Paper & Packaging Practice – PwC / Vienna, Austria (Moderator)



 

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Ian Murdoch - profileEuropean Leader, Forest, Paper & Packaging Practice – PwC / Vienna, Austria (Moderator)

Ian Murdoch is a Director and Leader of PwC’s Forest, Paper & Packaging Practice in Austria and Germany. He is also a member of PwC’s Global Forest & Paper Industry Steering Group.

Ian started with Coopers & Lybrand in 1972 and has been working for PwC since 1985. He is a regular lecturer at international forest and paper industry seminars. Ian earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Modern Languages (Russian and German) in 1972 and his Chartered Accountant degree in 1975, from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.



Gail Glazerman

Executive Director, UBS Investment Research, New York, USA

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Gail Glazerman, CFA is an Executive Director in the Global Basic Materials group at UBS. Gail specializes in coverage of the US and Global Paper & Forest Products industry. Prior to the UBS AG acquisition of PaineWebber Incorporated, Gail was an Analyst at PaineWebber and before that assisted in covering the Forest and Paper Products companies. Earlier in her career, Gail was a Municipal Bond Analyst at Roosevelt & Cross and The Bond Buyer. She was named one of the top 10 US stock pickers by the Financial Times for 2011.

Gail holds an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a BA in Economics from Haverford College.



Francisco Ruiz-Tagle

CEO, CMPC Forestal Mininco / Santiago, Chile

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Francisco Ruiz-Tagle was born in Chile in 1963. He holds a commercial engineering degree with a minor in economics from Universidad de Chile, and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA. Mr. Ruiz-Tagle began working at CMPC in 1991.  He has served as general manager of Celulosa del Pacifico, Deputy Chief Financial Officer of Empresas CMPC and general manager of Papelera del Plata, CMPC´s tissue operation in Argentina. In 2007, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of CMPC Paper Products. In 2011, he became Chief Executive Officer of CMPC Forestry, the branch of CMPC that oversees forestry, lumber, plywood and remanufactured product operations.  Since 2014, he is co-chairing the Forest Solution Group at WBCSD.



Niek Stapel

Managing Director, AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals / Gorthenburg, Sweden

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Managing Director, AkzoNobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals / Gorthenburg, Sweden

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Niek Stapel is Managing Director of AkzoNobel’s Pulp and Performance Chemicals Business Unit. He joined AkzoNobel in 1986 and has extensive experience in the Specialty Chemicals business. He has held various positions in finance, marketing and general management within AkzoNobel’s Speciality Chemicals business and worked in The Netherlands, United States, Malaysia and Sweden.

Niek obtained his Master’s degree in General Economics and Business Administration from The University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 1986. He also obtained a Post Graduate degree as Certified Controller from the University of Amsterdam in 1989.



Kevin Thieneman

President, Caterpillar Forest Products / LaGrange, USA

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President, Caterpillar Forest Products / LaGrange, USA

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Kevin Thieneman is President of Caterpillar Forest Products and based in LaGrange, Georgia.

In 21 years with Caterpillar, Kevin has held a variety of leadership positions in product development, sales and marketing, and operations. He has been based in Asia for 11 years, including assignments in Singapore, Beijing and Hong Kong.

In 2010 Kevin was appointed as an alternate member to represent the United States on the APEC Business Advisory Council for a 3-year term. He currently serves on the Boards of the Georgia Association of Manufacturers and the Tropical Forest Foundation.

Kevin was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1990. He was licensed as a certified public accountant in the State of Illinois in 1984. Kevin has a B.S. in Accounting from the Indiana University School of Business and a J.D. with honors from the Duke University School of Law.



Hardy Wentzel

VP Sales, Marketing & Logistics, Tolko Industries / Vernon, Canada

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Hardy Wentzel, Vice President Sales, Marketing and Logistics at Tolko has spent 30 years of his professional life in the wood products sector.  Over his 25 year career with Trus Joist and Weyerhaeuser, Hardy spent 10 years in Europe and the US in senior management roles.  

His portfolio included sales and marketing of engineered wood and OSB products as well as managing the building materials distribution business in Canada.  Since 2011, Hardy has lead Tolko’s sales and marketing team in the sales and distribution of building materials sold in Canada and abroad.  He is a Civil Engineering Technology graduate from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta.



Pierre Lapointe

President and CEO, FPInnovations /
Pointe-Claire, Canada

 

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Pierre Lapointe is President and Chief Executive Officer of FPInnovations since December, 2008. In the last five years, under Pierre’s leadership, FPInnovations has positioned itself as Canada’s Forest Sector Innovation Hub. The organization has played a leadership role in developing the Transformative Technology Program for the Forest Sector and creating synergies to help implement numerous new technologies in various companies, thus enabling them to achieve new competitive advantages in today’s market. FPInnovations’ scientific research has supported the Forest Industry with landmark projects, from building the world’s first nanocrystalline cellulose demonstration plant (in partnership with Domtar), to creating the most comprehensive CLT (cross-laminated timber) handbook for the construction industry as well as touching on new transportation practices, bioproducts, and more. In addition, Pierre has recently announced the implementation of a major research and innovation project, in collaboration with Kruger Inc., for the implementation of the first cellulose filaments demonstration plant in the world.

Before joining FPInnovations, Pierre headed l’Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and managed its integration with l’Institut Armand-Frappier. He also initiated numerous agreements and partnerships with the global scientific community while taking an integrated development approach to international research and training.

Trained as a geologist and geophysicist, he began his career at Natural Resources Canada, where he worked in research and management with various research teams. He was subsequently appointed Director General of the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) Information and Services Branch, where he created the Quebec Geoscience Center (QGC) as part of a unique partnership between a university institute (INRS) and a government agency (GSC), a component of NRCan with offices across Canada.

Pierre chairs both NanoQuébec and ArboraNano Boards of Directors.



James Griffiths

Director, Forest Solutions Group World Business Council for Sustainable Development / Geneva, Switzerland

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James has worked in the public and private sectors, operating at both national and international levels, as a government regulator; industrial policy and international trade advisor; trade policy negotiator; university assistant lecturer; diplomat and trade commissioner; forest products marketer; and, for the past decade, as a business sector advocate on sustainable development. James has degrees in Psychology, International Politics and Political Science from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and in Political Science from the University of Hawaii, USA.

James joined the WBCSD in August 2002 based in Geneva, Switzerland – a CEO-led organization of forward thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. He is Director of the Forest Solutions Group – representing the global forest products value chain - and dedicated to providing business leadership in expanding forest-based solutions to meet the needs of people now and in the future. This includes to bring more of the world’s forests under sustainable management, expand markets for sustainably produced forest products, promote the role of forests and products in climate change mitigation and adaptation and engage in open stakeholder dialogue to establish and maintain solid partnerships to deliver solutions and drive concerted action.

James serves on the Steering Committees of The Forests Dialogue, a multi-stakeholder forum involving business, environment and social advocacy groups addressing critical forest management challenges; and the industry advisory group of the Forest Legality Alliance (FLA), a multi-stakeholder initiative to reduce supply and demand for illegally harvested forest products.



Scott McLean

Partner, BC Consulting Leader, PwC / Vancouver, Canada


 

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Scott McLean is a partner and the leader of the British Columbia Consulting practice of PwC Canada. He is based in Vancouver. Scott specializes in major organizational change initiatives and post-merger integration and has broad experience advising clients on performance improvement issues.

Scott started his working career in 1984 as a project engineer for Imperial Oil after earning a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He was promoted through roles in sales, operations and a wide range of special projects. He next spent three years as an international marketing manager and helped triple sales revenue for a small family-owned manufacturing company. Scott joined PwC in 1995 where he became Supply Chain leader for PwC’s Global Forest, Paper, and Packaging practice. Scott left the firm in 2000 to take on a role as senior vice president of supply chain and IT for a global producer of pulp and printing papers. Scott rejoined PwC in 2004.

Scott completed his MBA in Marketing and Finance at the University of British Columbia in 1989.



Christopher Garman

Deputy Head of Research & Head of Emerging Markets Strategy, Eurasia Group / Washington, USA

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Christopher Garman is a director at Eurasia Group and head of Emerging Market Strategy. His research focuses on the politics of macroeconomic management across emerging markets. He also leads the firm's coverage of Brazil, specializing in the regulatory environment and its effect on the extractive industries.

Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Christopher worked from 2001 to 2005 as a senior political analyst at Tendencias Consultoria Integrada, a leading Brazilian economic consulting firm. He has held fellowships at Instituto de Estudos Economicos, Sociais e Politicos de Sao Paulo (IDESP), where he researched central bank politics in the region, and at Centro de Estudos de Cultura Contemporanea (CEDEC), where he conducted field research on Brazilian federalism. Christopher has published articles in World Politics, Latin America Research Review, and the Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, and he has made appearances on television networks including the BBC, CNN, and CNBC.

Christopher holds an MS degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. A dual citizen of the US and Brazil, he is fluent in Portuguese and proficient in Spanish.


 

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