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Join us March 13 & 14, 2024

Crowne Plaza - Lord Beaverbrook Fredericton


Engage & Connect at the 2024 Forest NB Industry Forum!

Building on the success of last year's event, our 2024 Industry Forum invites you to delve into the heart of our nation's forestry sector from an Atlantic perspective. Embracing the theme "Community Resilience through Canadian Forestry," this year's forum aims to explore the pivotal role of our forests in fostering resilience at local, provincial, and national levels. As we navigate the dynamic landscape of environmental challenges, the conference will spotlight the innovative strategies, diverse perspectives, and collaborative efforts that contribute to the sector's adaptability. Join us in this engaging dialogue, where we will unravel how Canadian forestry continues to shape a sustainable future, promoting community well-being, environmental stewardship, and economic prosperity.


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jamie Stephen

Managing Director of TorchLight Bioresources,

Dr. Jamie Stephen is the Managing Director of TorchLight Bioresources, a decarbonization strategy advisor and project developer providing value to governments, utilities, large industrial emitters, the transportation sector, property owners, and investment funds. Projects range from the development of energy facilities to national Net Zero strategies. Jamie has over two decades of experience in the bioenergy and carbon management industry, working at the interface of the energy, forestry, agriculture, and waste sectors. He holds a PhD in Forest and Energy Economics and a Masters in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of British Columbia. After growing up in the prairies and spending over a decade in Ontario, Jamie now resides with his wife and three daughters in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.


Visit www.torchlightbioresources.com to learn more.

Event Speakers

Our event hosts diverse speakers that offer local, national, and international perspectives on innovation and opportunities in the Forest Sector.

Maurice LeBlanc

Maurice LeBlanc

Maurice was born and grew up in NB where he still resides today.  He has diverse background in forestry having worked for industry, government, forestry software developer and consultants. Maurice spans a wide range of experiences covering key aspects of forestry including strategic/operational planning, remote sensing, artificial intelligence, forest stewardship certification, carbon-based projects and of course forest inventories.


Maurice is a leader in innovative forest inventories and currently employed by Forsite Consultants as their Solution Design Specialist.  He works with clients to craft custom forest inventories to meet their needs particularly in designing solutions that blend traditional methods with innovative enhanced forest inventories.


He will bring us on a journey of advancements in how new technologies have allowed us to have access to very detailed operational-level forest inventories at industrial scales.


Guilherme Simon

Guilherme is a member of the Forestry and Biomass team at AFRY Management Consulting, based in London/UK. Since joining AFRY, he has served forestry clients worldwide, focusing on wood sourcing, forest resource assessment, investment analysis, digitalization, and forest carbon. Before joining AFRY, Guilherme worked in the pulp and paper industry in Brazil in areas such as wood supply, forest operations, forest inventory, and process improvement.



Crystal Gauvin

Crystal is the primary author of FEA's Lumber Market Status & Trends newsletter and is responsible for FEA's Sawmill Profiles She also contributes to a variety of FEA’s projects and reports, enabling the company to provide a deeper analysis for clients.

Crystal has worked in the industry since 2008, previously specializing in forecasting housing, PB/MDF, and engineered lumber markets across North America.

In addition to her work at FEA, Crystal is a three-time World Cup Champion professional archer. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Xavier University and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island.



Steven Street

As a long-time industry advocate, Steven has spent more than 20 years developing domestic markets for wood products by creating new opportunities, driving change, and expanding the acceptance of wood structural systems in Canada. His 14 years with the Canadian Wood Council’s WoodWorks initiative have imbued his work with a deep understanding of wood design, materials, supply, and off-site prefabrication.


In his current role, he works with a dynamic team, bringing value and new opportunities to the program’s partners. With many high-profile projects moving wood construction into the mainstream, knowledge transfer and market acceptance have never been more important to the wood industry. His approach to market transformation harnesses the power of collaboration, practitioner education, and specific project support.

Steven is an active board member of the Ontario Structural Wood Association, and sits on RESCON’s technical council, assisting with technical knowledge transfer pertaining to wood structural systems, code issues around wood use, and helping develop strategies needed build a low-carbon Ontario.


Kate Lindsay

Kate works in sustainability, biodiversity conservation, climate action and policy.  She is a wildlife biologist and has spent 20 years working in the fields of species at risk recovery, sustainable resource development and more recently on Climate Change mitigation and adaptation. She has held roles with the forest industry, federal, provincial and municipal governments, as well as being the principal at an environmental consulting firm. 


Kate is responsible for working with FPAC members, partners, and governments to advance environmental and climate leadership files, as well as evidence-based federal policy. Kate is a member of the National Nature Advisory Committee, the National Adaptation Strategy (NAS) Strong and Resilient Economies Roundtable, Canadian FireSmart Advisory Committee member and Forum member for the Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosure.  


Jason Krips

Jason Krips

Jason Krips has been the President and CEO of the Alberta Forest Products Association since April 2020.  AFPA is a non-profit advocacy organization that represents all of the primary forestry manufacturing companies in Alberta, including sawmilling, pulp, paper and wood pellet production.  In his role, Jason works with the Alberta Forest industry and policy makers to grow this vitally important renewable and sustainable sector, which currently creates jobs for over 30,000 Albertans and generates $13.6 Billion in economic outputs annually in Alberta.

As President & CEO, Jason is accountable to the AFPA Board of Directors for providing leadership and vision to all aspects of the AFPA, including achieving strategic, financial, policy, and operating objectives.  In his role, Jason leads a team of service-oriented and knowledgeable professionals to resolve tough industry challenges and to seek out industry opportunities.

Prior to joining AFPA, Jason spent nearly 20 years with the Government of Alberta in numerous roles, with his last 6.5 years as Deputy Minister of two different ministries – Economic Development, Trade and Tourism and Agriculture and Forestry.

Jason began his career in the public service in 2000 and held a variety of legislative and policy positions in several ministries.  A lawyer by training, who articled at McLennan Ross, Jason has a strong and diverse background in the areas of industry policy, issues management, team building and stakeholder engagement.

More speakers will be announced soon!

Event Agenda

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

  • 1:00p-4:00p -Forest NB AGM (Garrison Room)
  • 4:30p-6:00p - Registration -  (Ballroom, Ground Floor)
  • 5:00p-6:00p - Reception & Networking -  (Ballroom, Ground Floor)
  • 6:00p-8:00p - Welcome & Dinner (Ballroom, Ground Floor)
  • 7:00p-8:00p - Keynote address: Dr. Jamie Stephen, Managing Director at TorchLight Bioresources - "Only the Forest Products Sector can deliver Net Zero for New Brunswick" (Ballroom, Ground Floor)
  • 8:00p-10:00p - Hospitality Suite -  (Junior Ballroom, Mezzanine Floor)

Thursday, March 14, 2024

  • 8:00a-9:00a - Registration (Ballroom, Ground Floor)
  • 8:00a-9:00a -Networking Breakfast (Ballroom, Ground Floor)
  • 9:00a-9:10a - Welcome Address (Ballroom, Ground Floor) 
  • 9:10a-10:20a - Speaker Series 1
  • 10:20a-10:50a - Coffee break, Networking, & Tradeshow - (Junior Ballroom, Mezzanine Floor)
  • 10:50a-12:00p - Speaker Series 2(Ballroom, Ground Floor)
  • 12:00p-1:00p - Industry Forum Lunch - (Ballroom, Ground Floor)
  • 1:00p-1:30p - Networking, & Tradeshow - (Junior Ballroom, Mezzanine Floor)
  • 1:30p-3:20p - Speaker Series 3 - (Ballroom, Ground Floor)
  • 3:20p-3:30p - Closing Remarks & Door Prizes Draw - (Ballroom, Ground Floor)

Act fast, tickets are limited


The Venue

Our AGM and Industry Forum will be held at the Crowne Plaza - Lord Beaverbrook Hotel.

59 Queen Street,

Fredericton, New Brunswick,



Thank you to our event sponsors!

Champion Level Event Sponsor

Acadian TImber

Acadian Timber is one of the largest timberland owners in Eastern Canada and the Northeastern U.S. and has a total of approximately 2.4 million acres of land under management. Acadian, directly and indirectly through its subsidiaries, owns and manages approximately 760,000 acres of freehold timberlands in New Brunswick, approximately 300,000 acres of freehold timberlands in Maine and provides timber services relating to approximately 1.3 million acres of Crown licensed timberlands in New Brunswick.

Acadian’s primary business is forest management and the production of timber. Acadian has flexibility with respect to the uses of its freehold timberlands in addition to timber harvesting and strives to generate income through other opportunities including real estate and environmental solutions.

Supporter Level Event Sponsors

Arbec Forest Products

Arbec Forest Products Inc. specializes in OSB and is committed to providing its customers with high-quality, environmentally friendly, sustainable products. The company employs approximately 450 people. It has one plant in Miramichi, New Brunswick and two plants in Quebec, in Saint-Georges-de-Champlain and Amos.

Arbec Forest Products Inc. is a division of Placements Free 2 Be Inc., the holding company owned by Quebec businessman Joey Saputo


Building Value in All Dimensions

Interfor is one of the world’s largest forest products companies with operations across North America and customers around the globe. With an annual lumber capacity of approximately 5 billion board feet from world-class facilities, we strengthen local economies, build value for our employees and customers and participate in sustainable forest management with sustainable building materials.

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H.J. Crabbe & Sons Ltd.

Plaster Rock Lumber Company

Exhibitor Level Event Sponsors