Annual Global Forest & Paper Industry Conference

27th Annual Global Forest & Paper Industry Conference
May 6, 2014 Vancouver BC
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PwC 26th Annual Global Forest & Paper Industry Conference in review

With the theme, Building for the Future, more than 400 CEOs, senior executives, and PwC leaders will discuss how companies are capitalizing on new business opportunities and adjusting their business strategy to deal with a tumultuous economic climate.

PwC’s Conference is part of the Global Forest Products Leadership Summit 2014, a two day series of conferences focused on global pulp, paper, wood products and fibre-based packaging industries. In addition to our conference, other confirmed events include International Wood Markets Group Industry/Market Conference www.forestproductssummit.com

The 2014 conference agenda is available. Please click here to view.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

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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Peter Bakker is the President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Mr. Bakker is a distinguished business leader who, until June 2011, was the CEO of TNT NV, the Netherlands-based holding company of TNT Express and Royal TNT Post. Under his leadership TNT rose to the forefront of Corporate Responsibility via a ground-breaking partnership with the UN World Food Program and ambitious CO2 reduction targets from its Planet Me initiative, holding multiple-year top-ranking positions in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.


Mr. Bakker is the recipient of Clinton Global Citizen Award (2009); SAM Sustainability Leadership Award (2010); and has been an Ambassador Against Hunger for the UN World Food Programme since 2011. In addition he is the Chairman of War Child Netherlands.Mr. Hua Bi, also known as Jeff co-founded Greatview Aseptic Packaging Company Limited and has been its Chief Executive Officer since March 2003. Mr. Bi joined the Greatview Group in March 2003. He is primarily responsible for overall business strategy formulation, execution and organizational development. He has more than 14 years of experience in marketing development in the aseptic packaging industry as well as company management. From 1997 to 2003, he served as a Sales and Marketing Manager at a leading Aseptic Packaging Producer. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Bi served as the greater China Manager of Echostar Corporation, a software and service provider for television companies worldwide. He has been an Executive Director of Greatview Aseptic Packaging Company Limited since July 29, 2010.


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

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

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

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).



Tim Sheldan

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

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

Tim Sheldan was appointed Deputy Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations on October 9, 2013. Prior to this appointment, he spent 5 years as Director General in Edmonton, Alberta for Natural Resources Canada. Tim spent the majority of his career working in the BC Public Service, for the former Ministry of Forests and Range--culminating in his appointment as Assistant Deputy Minister, Operations, from 2003-08. 

Previously, Tim spent 23 years in various field, operational and management positions at the regional and district level in many locations across British Columbia, both coast and interior.


Prior to his government experience, Tim worked for several years for the forest industry and consulting on the coast. He also spent time as a city councillor while in Merritt, BC. Tim graduated from Vancouver Island University (previously Malaspina College) in Nanaimo, BC and is a graduate of several management and Executive Development programs.



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

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

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.


 

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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Executive Director, UBS Investment Research, New York, USA

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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CEO, CMPC Forestal Mininco / Santiago, Chile

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

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

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

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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President and CEO, FPInnovations / Pointe-Claire, Canada

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.


 

Sponsored by: 

Bull Housser   |  Caterpillar Forest Products  |  Forestry Innovation Investment  

  FPInnovations  |  RBC Capital Markets | Eurasia Group 

The Forest Products Association of Canada