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9:00am - 9:30am

UAV 101: Overview of drone applications in forestry

Speaker: Michael Wilcox, co-founder and president, FYBR Solutions

Drones have rapidly become a common sight in the forester's toolkit. Michael Wilcox, co-founder and president of FYBR Solutions, will take a look back at where drone technology has come from, current applications in forestry from surveying to aerial seeding, and where the technology is headed in the future. 

9:30am - 10:00am

Reinventing forestry: Thinning forests from the air

Speaker: Olle Gelin, chief executive officer, AirForestry

Sweden’s AirForestry has developed a revolutionary harvest drone. The high-capacity, precision flying drone equipped with a light-weight harvesting tool can thin from the air without damaging the ground or surrounding trees, all operated remotely from an ergonomic operator station. AirForestry CEO Olle Gelin will join us virtually from Sweden to discuss the company, technology and application in Sweden and beyond.

10:00am - 10:30am

Networking Break

10:30am - 11:00am

Cutting costs: Planning and application of commercial thinning

Speaker: Mihai Pavel, fibre supply researcher, FPInnovations

Commercial thinnings (CT) are being introduced on a wider scale in B.C. in an effort to increase the value of stands and raise the annual allowable cut of forest management units. FPInnovations developed a CT Operational Manual and a computer model – the Partial Cutting Simulator (PCSim) – to assist with definition of CT prescriptions and for conducting detailed economic analyses of harvest blocks. FPInnovations researcher Mihai Pavel will describe the CT tools and share lessons learned in application of CT operations.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Effective working: using simulators to boost efficiency

Speaker: Jussi Jurvanen, operator trainer and simulator training specialist, Ponsse

There are numerous ways of working with forest machines, but some ways are more efficient and productive than others, and the only way to find out is through trial and error. In the woods, trial and error comes with a high cost. Using real-life examples from Canadian contractors, Ponsse’s Jussi Jurvanen will share how a simulator can improve operational efficiency. This presentation will include an additional half hour for attendees to check out Ponsse’s on-site simulators.

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Networking Lunch

1:00pm - 1:30pm

What does winch assisting success look like? A decade of learnings 

Speaker: Dale Ewers, Owner, DC Equipment

Future success of winch assisting requires logging contractors to understand and apply key research, learnings, insights and methodology. New Zealand logger and owner of DC Equipment, Dale Ewers, will share learnings from the past decade of winch assisting, how winch assisting has changed and what we envisage in the future, adapting planning and log extraction for improved efficiencies, and winch assist methods for maximal productivity and safety, as well as offer case studies and research findings from productivity studies.

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Automatic harvest tracking with satellites

Speaker: Paul Fantin, forest program manager, First Resource Management Group / SkyForest

New technology applications are emerging that can radically improve how we track harvest progress. Using near real time optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite data, a company can automatically track progress on multiple harvest areas across a wood-shed. SkyForest’s Paul Fantin will share the latest on this new technology and how it can optimize harvest operations.

2:00pm - 2:30pm

Networking Break

2:30pm - 3:30pm

The power of apps in forestry

Speaker: Nathan Enge, senior technical solutions specialist, Esri Canada

Apps are lightweight computer programs designed to run on the web, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. And GIS apps are a special breed; they’re map-centric and location aware. Apps are often designed to guide users through specific stories or tasks, show just the focused information required for that task, and enable efficient communication amongst all stakeholders. Esri Canada’s Nathan Enge will highlight the latest innovations from Esri that leverage the power of location to improve co-ordination and efficiency in forestry field operations, and highlight what is coming next.


Dale Ewers
Owner, DC Equipment

Dale Ewers is incredibly passionate about the logging industry and its his mission in life to make it safer and more productive for everyone involved.

Having been a logger since the age of 14, Dale along with his wife Christine, currently own or manage 12 logging crews throughout New Zealand. They also own the mechanical services and manufacturing company DC Equipment.

In 2012, Dale and his logging crew managers made the decision to fully mechanize their crews.  Unable to find existing equipment to fulfil their needs they developed their own motorized Grapple Carriage, Grapple Camera System and Winch Assist Machine. Under the Falcon Forestry Equipment brand, these products are now sold in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Canada and the U.S.

Dale has a vision of Zero Harm industry which fuels his innovative ideas and solutions that has ultimately made the industry a safer more productive sector.

Jussi Jurvanen
Operator Trainer and Simulator Training Specialist, Ponsse

Jussi Jurvanen holds a bachelor of engineering, forestry. He started his carrier as logging contractor in Eastern Finland in 1988. In 2001 he began work as forest operations manager for a large forest contractor in Europe. In 2007, Jussi started to teach how to operate forest machines in Finnish Vocational School. He joined Ponsse in 2015 and has been working as operator trainer and simulator training specialist. Jussi has worked in many countries including eastern Canada.

Michael Wilcox
Co-founder and President, FYBR Solutions

Michael Wilcox is the co-founder and president of FYBR Solutions, a cloud-based drone data analysis engine focussed specifically on forestry applications. Mike holds a business degree from Western University and has been helping forestry companies and governments adopt drone technology since 2014. He is a regular speaker at forestry conferences in North America.

Mihai Pavel
Researcher – Fibre Supply, FPInnovations

Mihai Pavel works as a researcher with FPInnovations and has more than 25 years of experience. Over the years, he conducted studies on various harvesting systems and machinery, developed new inventory systems based on traditional methods and/or LiDAR-based tree and stand attributes, and more recently focuses on application of commercial thinnings (CT) in B.C. His work on CT application follows two main directions: (i) identification of stands, characterized by species composition, age, Site Index, and Biogeoclimatic Zone, where CT will increase their dollar value; (ii) quantification of the long-term impact of CT at the forest estate level. Mihai collaborates with specialists from industry, government, and academia to address these questions at the provincial level.

Nathan Enge
Senior Technical Solutions Specialist, Esri Canada

Nathan Enge is a senior technical solutions specialist at Esri Canada. He specializes in forestry, mining, and oil and gas. Nathan is passionate about solving strategic, tactical and operational problems for clients using Esri’s ArcGIS platform. He works with industry leaders in the renewal and extractives resources sectors including the Province of BC to leverage location intelligence. Nathan has been involved in GIS for over 22 years, with a military background in the Canadian Armed Forces and post-graduate studies in GIS. He has worked within forestry GIS for 10 years, mining and oil and gas for another 10 years in locations from B.C., the territories, Latin America and West Africa.

Olle Gelin
CEO and Co-founder, AirForestry

Olle Gelin is very passionate about the forest. Not only did he grow up in the forest, but he has also worked with forest all his life. Olle has deep domain knowledge in forestry and in mechanical engineering, mechatronics and automation. He has worked with product development of hybrid trucks at Scania and with new concepts and machines for forestry at the Forest Research Institute of Sweden. Among others he initiated and led one of the world’s largest projects in forestry automation, AUTO2. In March 2020, Olle co-founded AirForestry – the Swedish company behind the world’s first harvesting drone.

Paul Fantin
Forest Program Manager, First Resource Management Group / SkyForest

Paul Fantin, RPF has 35 years of experience working within both government and the forest industry and First Nations. He has authored four forest management plans and sat on multiple forest advisory committees including Ontario’s Provincial Forest Technical Advisory Committee, the Provincial Forest Renewal Trust Advisory Committee and other ad hoc advisory initiatives through the Ontario Forest Industries Association.

Prior to assuming his role in FRMG’s SkyForest group, Paul was the general manager of a sustainable forest license company, overseeing the forestry program including forest management planning and implementation, silviculture, operational monitoring, and reporting. Paul’s forest inventory experience started with operational timber cruising as well as the establishment of provincial growth and yield permanent sample plots and is now focussed on using SkyForest to generate improved information for forest industry clients.

In addition to operationalizing remote sensing products, his professional interests also include climate change and forest genetics. Paul was previously chair of Forest Genetics Ontario and is currently president of the Northeast Seed Management Association.


Four Points Sheraton Kelowna Airport

5505 Airport Way,
Kelowna, BC
V1V 3C3

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