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Éric Dunn

Éric Dunn

Industrial Sector Leaders – Wood Products, and Director of Quebec Lab, FPInnovations

After graduating in mechanical engineering at Université Laval in 1994, Éric Dunn began his career as an engineer at Uniforêt - Scierie Péribonka. He was later appointed plant manager for Coopérative Forestière Laterrière and at Lauzon Planchers de bois exclusifs in Maniwaki. He was also director of manufacturing operations for…
Francis Paquin

Francis Paquin

Research and development specialist, Autolog

Francis Paquin obtained a Ph.D. in materials physics with a specialty in optics at the Université de Montréal in 2014.
Francis Petit

Francis Petit

P.Eng, VETS Sheet Metal

Francis earned his Bachelor degree in mechanical engineering (minor in bio engineering) from the University of Sherbrooke, Que., and has developed a specialization in dust abatement systems. Petit has experience in design, engineering, consulting and installation of dust collection and industrial HVAC ventilation systems. He has a certificate in NFPA…
Ingo Wallocha

Ingo Wallocha

Managing Director of Valutec Wood Dryers Inc, Vancouver

Ingo was born in Hannover, Germany in 1974 and has an MBA in Economics from the University of Applied Sciences in Heidelberg. He started working in the lumber dry kiln business with Brunner-Hildebrand in 2002 and filled the role of Sales Director North America from 2009 until 2014. In 2015…
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…
John Wilby

John Wilby

Western Sales Manager, ScanMeg Inc.

John has been in the forest industry since graduating as a forester from the University of British Columbia in 1970. He began with Kockums of Sweden with the sales of mechanized logging equipment throughout Western North America. He was then transferred into the sawmill machinery manufacturing group of Kockums Letson…
Norvin Laudon

Norvin Laudon

Chief Technology Officer, Springer Microtec

Norvin began his career in Vancouver, B.C. developing machine vision systems for high speed manufacturing. For the last 14 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…
Patrick Browne

Patrick Browne

Technical Sales Representative, Brunette

Born in Montreal, Patrick Browne moved to the West Coast in the late 70s. He has 45 years in the forest industry, 15 years of which were working in coastal sawmills from planner to superintendent roles, and 25 plus years in sales and parts as a product specialist. Patrick has…
Patrick Freeman

Patrick Freeman

Chief Technology Officer, Lucidyne Technologies, Inc.

The leader of Lucidyne’s image processing and defect detection teams, Patrick is constantly on the forefront of innovation in these disciplines.
Rory Armes

Rory Armes

Founder and CEO, Eight Solutions

Before founding Eight Solutions, Rory was GM of Electronic Arts, president and co-founder of Radical Entertainment. Rory managed software studios with 1500 plus staff and oversaw the development of some of the world’s most successful video game franchises such as FIFA and Harry Potter.
Zarin Pirouz

Zarin Pirouz

Senior Scientist, FPInnovations

Zarin Pirouz holds BASc and MASc degrees in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia. Through her work at FPInnovations and collaborative research with multiple universities, she has more than 20 years of R&D experience in developing sensing, modeling, optimization, and automation technologies for many stages of lumber production…
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