Speakers

Andre Ouimette

Andre Ouimette

Vice-President – Ontario Operations, Tembec

Andre Ouimette graduated with a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa. His career with Tembec began in 1990 when he joined the team as a young Technical Engineer. During his career with Tembec, Andre has been actively involved in the modernization projects of the Kapuskasing Newsmill Operation,…
Doug Strasky

Doug Strasky

Primary Optimization Systems Manager, USNR

Doug Strasky is Primary Optimization Systems Manager for USNR, based in Parksville, BC. In this role Doug manages software engineering for optimization products for the front end of the sawmill. These applications range from log and stem scaling, bucking, log sorting, log rotation and all aspects of full log breakdown lines. Doug…
Francois Leger

Francois Leger

PMP Solutions

François is president of PMP Solutions, an innovation driven software provider for the sawmill and other manufacturing industries. Passionate about process optimization and manufacturing intelligence, Francois and his team have developed real-time decision support tools at all stages of the sawmilling process including sawing, drying, planing, inventory management, and planning.…
Gilles Gauvin

Gilles Gauvin

Sales Manager, Autolog

Gilles Gauvin’s career in the wood industry has spanned over 15 years. As a Sales Manager at Autolog, his current responsibilities focus on managing the West Coast and Ontario territory. Thanks to his vast experience with various manufacturers, he has acquired a broad overview of different solutions that he can…
Jean-Sébastien Pelletier

Jean-Sébastien Pelletier

Jean-Sébastien Pelletier is the sawmill manager for Maibec’s St-Pamphile mill in Quebec, where the company has invested nearly $1 million in production performance data acquisition at all stages of the sawmilling process, tracking the fibre from the forest to the client.
Joey Nelson

Joey Nelson

President, JoeScan

Growing up, Joey Nelson was exposed to the sawmill industry through a family business. He developed a stronger interest in the industry during college, particularly in the applications of laser scanning in sawmills. As an electrical engineer, Joey knew he could build a better laser scanner to improve recovery in…
Julie Cool

Julie Cool

Assistant Professor Wood Science, UBC

Julie Cool, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Wood Science for the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Julie received her Doctor of Philosophy in Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology in 2011 from Université Laval, where she also received a Master of Science in Wood Science and…
Maria Church

Maria Church

Editor, Canadian Forest Industries

Maria Church, editor of Canadian Forest Industries, will moderate OptiSaw’s sessions, including the mill manager panel discussion on getting the most out of existing sawmill equipment, and maximizing ROI from new investments.
Norvin Laudon

Norvin Laudon

Chief Technology Officer, Springer Microtec

Norvin began his career in 1995 in Vancouver, B.C. developing machine vision systems for high speed manufacturing. For the last 13 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…
Peter Moonen

Peter Moonen

National Sustainability Manger, Canadian Wood Council

Peter has a degree in Marine Biology and Zoology from UBC and has used that as a technical communications specialist to expand awareness and understanding of wood and the forest sector. He has more than 30 years experience dealing with regulatory, environmental, sustainability and operational issues.He is National Sustainability Manager…
Sam Pope

Sam Pope

Western North American Sales Manager, Woodland, WA.

Sam came to USNR from the Coe organization where he started in 1986 after achieving a BSc degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. In the mid-1990’s he led Coe’s edger line team, launching its dual-fetching, high speed infeed and implementing its edger optimizer Windows® interface. In 2000 he…
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