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OptiSaw 2020 Virtual Summit
October 14, 2020 at 11:00am EST

OptiSaw is a one-day education forum focused on the future of sawmilling. This year, it’s going virtual! In just one day of online sessions from industry-leading technology manufacturers and researchers, you will come away with solutions to boost your mill profits now.

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring, sawmills across Canada had to take downtime due to weak lumber markets. Now that the world has largely reopened, demand for lumber is high, but sawmills also face higher operating costs in order to keep their employees safe and healthy. This means it’s more important than ever to optimize operations and stay up-to-date about the latest technology in the industry.

That’s why Canadian Forest Industries and Opérations forestières have partnered with industry experts to present this time-effective and affordable learning opportunity for those driving the future of sawmilling operations. It’s your annual brief on what’s coming down the pipeline – from robotics to AI to big data and IoT – that can increase sawmill profitability today.

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11:00am - 11:05am
Welcome & Opening Remarks

Speaker: Ellen Cools, editor, Canadian Forest Industries

11:05am – 11:50am
Sawmill 2020: Using AI and X-ray to map material flow

Speaker: Jere Heikkinen, co-founder and CEO, Finnos

11:50am - 12:30pm
Snapshot scanning: Optimizing recovery and performance

Speaker: Joey Nelson, president, JoeScan

12:30pm - 12:45pm

12:45pm - 1:30pm
Connected mill: Capturing machine centre data in real time

Speakers: Travas Hack, EACOM Elk Lake general superintendent, and Vlad Katkov, solution architect for B3 Systems

Proactive reliability: Making reliability a roadmap for mill maintenance

Speakers: Khalil Elhadaoui, principal researcher, FPInnovations


Smart sawsense: Bringing IIoT into the filing room with heat source monitoring

Speaker: Justin Williams, CEO, Williams & White

Demystifying the Dust Hazard Analysis

Speakers: Francis Petit, dust collection specialist, VETS Group, and Jeramy Slaunwhite, senior explosion safety engineer, Rembe North America

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Frequently Asked Questions About OptiSaw 2020 Virtual Summit

When & Where?

OptiSaw 2020 Virtual Summit will take place virtually via GoToWebinar on October 14, 2020 at 11:00am EST.

There will be a 15 minute break between live sessions.

Why Virtual?

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, customers, and community is our number one priority. By making this event an online experience, it eliminates the need for attendees and sponsors to travel in-person, while enabling them to still benefit from the event content.

What’s Included?

Your registration provides you with access to watch the virtual keynote, all live sessions, and on-demand recorded content and product demonstrations.

How do I access?

We will email you an access link to the virtual event the morning of October 14, 2020.

If you don’t see an access link in your email inbox, please check your junk folder. If you are still unable to locate the email, contact Tara Jacobs.