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Bryan Beck

Bryan Beck

President, The Beck Group

Bryan Beck is president of The Beck Group, a consulting firm focused on the forest products industry since 1981. The Beck Group is widely known across North America for industry benchmarking, as well as planning and consulting for sawmills and other wood products manufacturers. Bryan oversees a wide variety of projects including…
Francis Petit

Francis Petit

Dust collection specialist, VETS Sheet Metal

Francis Petit, P.Eng, earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec and has developed a specialization in dust abatement systems including fire and explosion protection. Petit has more than 10 years of experience in design, engineering, and installation of dust collection and industrial HVAC…
Jan Strycek

Jan Strycek

President, Airstar Inc.

Jan Strycek is the president of Airstar Inc., based in California. Airstar specializes in ultrasonic testing, instrumentation and systems for quality control. The company started in nuclear, transportation, and energy industries in Canada, followed by the aerospace and defense industry in the U.S. About 25 years ago, Airstar entered the…
Jere Heikkinen

Jere Heikkinen

CEO, Finnos

Jere Heikkinen is an entrepreneur, co-founder and chief executive officer at Finnos. Based in Finland, Finnos was established in 2016 to continue the pioneering X-ray technology development of its predecessor, Bintec. Heikkinen has more than 10 years of experience developing X-ray log scanning systems for the sawmill industry, and holds…
Nick Barrett

Nick Barrett

President, SiCam Systems

Nick Barrett is a visionary in the field of emerging technologies to support lumber size control and predictive maintenance. He has worked in both Aviation Systems and Robotics but has focused the last 20 years on the wood products industry.  Nick is the original designer of the SiCam products and…
Norvin Laudon

Norvin Laudon

Chief technology officer, Springer Microtec

Norvin Laudon began his career in Vancouver developing machine vision systems for high-speed manufacturing. For the last 17 years he has been involved in the sawmill industry, bringing his experience in machine vision and image processing to log and lumber scanning. While living in Europe for a number of years,…
Peterson Cheung

Peterson Cheung

Vice-president, operations, Brunette Machinery Company

Peterson Cheung joined Brunette Machinery Company as vice-president of operations in July 2019. He began his career in forestry with CAE Machinery in 1988 as an estimator. During his venture at CAE/Carmanah, he was promoted to industrial engineering supervisor and was responsible for the estimating and the control of the manufacturing…
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