Transitioning from Fossil Fuels to Forests: Opportunities for Modern Wood Heating

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
Best Western
1 International Drive
Pembroke, ON K8A 6W5


There is no charge for this event, but you must register online.


This workshop will provide participants with 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:

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


Preliminary Agenda:
A final agenda will be available shortly. In the meantime, confirmed speakers include:

  •          Megan Smith, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry - Bioenergy: Lighting a Fire in Ontario
  •          Pat Liew, Ecostrat Inc. - Small and Medium Sized Wood Boilers: Procurement Strategies and What to Avoid
  •          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
  •          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
  •          Andreas Wintzer, Viessmann Canada - Bioenergy Success Stories in Canada
  •          Michael Wiggin, Public Services and Procurement Canada - Title TBD
  •          David Mackett, Whitesand First Nation - Bioenergy for Indigenous Economic Development