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 March 31st, 2015)
  • CAN $550.00 – Regular Registration (after March 31st, 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.

 

Special hotel room rates available for attendees: Book online

2015 Speakers Confirmed to date:

 
 

Max Blocker
Global and US Leader, Forest,
Paper & Packaging Practice
PwC / Atlanta, USA (Moderator)

Max BlockerMax 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.

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Max Blocker

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.
 

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

Ian MurdochIan 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
 

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Ian Murdoch

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.
 

Scott McLean
Partner, BC Consulting Leader
PwC / Vancouver, Canada (moderator)

Scott McLeanScott 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.

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Scott McLean

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.
 

Kevin Edgson
President and CEO, EACOM Timber
 

Kevin EdgsonKevin Edgson took leadership of EACOM Timber Corporation in December 2013. He was previously Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., the largest Alberta-based forest products company.

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Kevin EdgsonKevin Edgson took leadership of EACOM Timber Corporation in December 2013. He was previously Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Millar Western Forest Products Ltd., the largest Alberta-based forest products company. Kevin joined Millar Western in 1991 as operations accountant at the Meadow Lake pulp mill. He later moved to the company’s head office in Edmonton to serve as Director of Marketing and became CFO in 2006.

Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Victoria, an Executive MBA from the University of Alberta and a Certified Management Accountant designation.
 

Kevin Mason
Managing Director,
ERA Forest Products Research

Kevin MasonAfter starting his financial career in banking and subsequently co-founding a consulting practice that included corporate advisory and valuation services to diverse industries from biotech to retail, Kevin Mason joined ERA Forest Products Research in 1997.

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Kevin MasonAfter starting his financial career in banking and subsequently co-founding a consulting practice that included corporate advisory and valuation services to diverse industries from biotech to retail, Kevin Mason joined ERA Forest Products Research in 1997. Kevin and his team of analysts at ERA cover the sector’s major North American, South American and European companies and provide detailed analysis of the global forest products industry to clients worldwide. After more than a decade as a forest products analyst, Kevin has built a solid reputation among his peers in the industry. He is a regular speaker at conferences and is also quoted extensively in mainstream media, such the Wall Street Journal and the National Post, as well as on radio and television programs. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, has been a CFA charterholder since 2001, and is a member of the Vancouver Society of Financial Analysts.
 

Kevin Bromley
Canadian Leader, Forest,
Paper & Packaging Practice
PwC / Vancouver, Canada (Moderator)

Kevin BromleyKevin Bromley is an audit partner with over 25 years experience. He currently leads PwC’s Canadian Forest, Paper and Packaging practice and deals extensively with multi-location, multi-national companies.

 

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Kevin BromleyKevin Bromley is an audit partner with over 25 years experience. He currently leads PwC’s Canadian Forest, Paper and Packaging 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.
 

Bruce McIntyre
Partner, Forest, Paper & Packaging Practice
PwC / Vancouver, Canada (Moderator)

Bruce McIntryreBruce McIntyre is a Partner in 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.

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Bruce McIntryreBruce McIntyre is a Partner in 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.
 

Francois Dufresne
President and CEO at FSC Canada
 

Francois DufresneMr. Dufresne has 25 years of experience in the private and public sectors representing a proven track record in financing and investments, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the forest industry at both corporate and manufacturing levels.
 

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Francois DufresneMr. Dufresne has 25 years of experience in the private and public sectors representing a proven track record in financing and investments, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the forest industry at both corporate and manufacturing levels. Most recently at SGF (Société générale de financement du Québec), he played a key role in equity investment within the Forest sector and in sustainable development initiatives involving forest management expenditures, forest certification and Canada's First Nations.

Mr Dufresne is a Forest Engineer and holds a Master in Business Administration. He is a proven business leader in the industry and the right visionary to build on FSC Canada's strengths in order to ensure the organization's continued success. Accordingly, in his capacity, he brings a solid foundation of existing relationships with government officials, forestry industry executives and financial sector players.

He is the first President of the organization to be based in Montreal, Quebec. Mr. Dufresne has been mandated to bring FSC to a higher level of recognition, and to create and foster long-term relationships with its various stakeholders. His mission and vision will ensure that FSC Canada continues to expand its influence and leadership in the forest certification sector, promoting the best conditions and higher standards for a responsible management of Canada's forests.
 

Larry Hughes
Vice President, Finance and CFO and Secretary of West Fraser

Larry HughesWest Fraser is an integrated wood products company, headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, whose shares are listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

 

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Larry HughesWest Fraser is an integrated wood products company, headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, whose shares are listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Company’s current market capitalization is over $4.0 billion and total sales for 2013 were $3.5 billion.

In addition to primary responsibility for financial matters, Mr. Hughes’ current role includes responsibility for strategic planning and initiatives, investor relations, legal compliance and continuous disclosure compliance and pension matters.

Mr. Hughes joined West Fraser on September 1, 2007 as Senior Vice President with responsibility for strategic planning and initiatives and legal, safety and environmental oversight. He assumed his current role in August, 2011.

Before September 2007 Mr. Hughes had a distinguished 27 year career as a business lawyer with Lang Michener (now McMillan LLP) specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and forestry law. He continues as a member in good standing of the British Columbia Law Society.
 

Malcolm Preston
Global Sustainability Leader, PwC
 

Malcolm PrestonMalcolm Preston is Global Sustainability Leader at PwC leading a 700 strong team of sustainability and climate change experts.


 

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Malcolm PrestonMalcolm Preston is Global Sustainability Leader at PwC leading a 700 strong team of sustainability and climate change experts. Malcolm is an “expert generalist” on numerous Sustainability issues, but has a particular interest in how companies measure and manage the total impact of their operations in a more holistic manner. By valuing social, environmental, tax and economic impacts, he believes business leaders will have more insight to compare the overall impact of their strategies and investment choices and so be able to manage/optimize the trade-offs – a new system for managing business.
 

 
  • Kathy Abusow
    President and CEO
    Sustainable Forestry Initiative
    Washington, DC, United States of America
  • Jason Boyer
    Vice President, Deals
    PwC
    Vancouver, Canada
  • Duncan Davies
    President and CEO
    Interfor
    Vancouver, Canada
  • René Goguen
    Acting President and CEO
    CelluForce
    Montreal, Canada
  • Tom Lindquist
    President and COO
    Plum Creek Timber Company
    Seattle, United States of America
  • Tom Martin
    President and CEO
    American Forest Foundation
    Washington D.C., USA
  • Randy Nebel
    President
    KapStone Kraft Paper Corporation
    Longview, United States of America
  • Tim Quinlan
    Vice President and Economist
    Wells Fargo
    Charlotte, United States of America
  • Dr. Jon Ryder
    Chief Executive
    Carter Holt Harvey Pulp & Paper
    Tokoroa, New Zealand
  • Thomas Riegler
    CFO
    Lenzing Group
    Lenzing, Austria
  • Clemens Willée
    CEO
    Mondi Packaging Paper
    Vienna, Austria
  • Dr. Guido Wimmers
    Chair, Associate Professor
    Master of Engineering, Integrated Wood Design

    UNBC
    Prince George, Canada
  • Roger Wright
    Owner and Founder
    Hawkins Wright
    Surrey, United Kingdom

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