Speakers

Ahmad Mohammadpanah

Ahmad Mohammadpanah

Ahmad Mohammadpanah is currently a mechanical engineer in the department of smart manufacturing at FPInnovations. He received his Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of British Columbia in mechanical engineering. He is registered as a P.Eng. with the Association of Professional Engineering in British Columbia. He is leading projects in…
Diego Dos Santos

Diego Dos Santos

Diego dos Santos is a Wood Processing Specialist at BID Group Technologies, Comact. He has a degree in forest engineering and master’s degree in wood sciences and biology. Diego joined the team in 2014 and has been working in the optimization department taking an active role in the company’s transverse…
Ellen Nelson

Ellen Nelson

Ellen Nelson is the Chief Financial Officer at Lucidyne. Ellen joined Lucidyne in 1987. She has a degree in finance from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Oregon State University. In addition to her responsibilities as CFO, Ellen takes an active role in the company’s marketing functions, including…
Gilles Gauvin

Gilles Gauvin

Sales Manager, Autolog

Gilles Gauvin is the Sales Manager at Autolog, his 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…
Heidi Schmidt

Heidi Schmidt

Heidi Schmidt is the North American manager for Opticom Tech LLC. She has worked in the CCTV industry for over 15 years, working with sawmills across Canada and the U.S. along with other industrial facilities. Heidi loves helping to create long lasting video solutions in rugged environments; from design layouts,…
Ingo Wallocha

Ingo Wallocha

Managing Director of Valutec Wood Dryers Inc, Vancouver

Ingo Wallocha is the Managing Director of Valutec Wood Dryers Inc, Vancouver, he 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…
Jon Vanspronsen

Jon Vanspronsen

Jon Vanspronsen is an equipment sales representative for Tebulo Industrial Robotics based in Hamilton, Ont. He has a diploma in business from Niagara College. He has been working at Tebulo since 2012 in various positions. He now focuses on working within the wood products industry, developing new products and applications…
Justin Williams

Justin Williams

Justin Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of Williams & White Equipment, a Canadian company based in Burnaby, B.C., specializing in the development and production of automated tool sharpening and grinding machinery and other high-tolerance components and machinery for the sawmill industry. Justin is a registered professional engineer holding a…
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 15 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,…
Sylvain Messier

Sylvain Messier

Sylvain Messier is the Corporate Project and Controls Manager at EACOM and has been working in the forest products industry since he was 16 years old. His first job was in a hardwood mill in Drummondville, Que., and he has remained in the field ever since. In 2005 he graduated…
Vahid Nasir

Vahid Nasir

Vahid Nasir is a Ph.D. candidate in the Wood Science Department at the University of British Columbia. He is a researcher on intelligent monitoring of the wood machining processes, lumber manufacturing, and material characterization and testing. He has publications on wood characterization, processing, and online monitoring of the lumber manufacturing…
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