The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) and its members are committed to supplying the world with responsible and renewable clean energy. 

The voice of Canada’s sustainable and world-leading wood pellet sector 

Biomass—in the form of wood pellets—is a low-carbon technology, typically saving 90 percent of greenhouse gas emissions over fossil fuel alternatives.

In the face of an ever-warming planet, ever-increasing demand for wood pellets worldwide is driven in large part by the global effort to meet ambitious climate targets.

In just a decade, our sector has become one of the largest pellet producers in the world, supplying customers domestically and globally with quality pellets that support a low-carbon economy.

We represent more than 50 producers and members with facilities across Canada, employing Canadians from coast to coast and transforming fibre—once considered waste—into responsible, renewable energy that harnesses the transformative power of pellets.

How do we do this?

  • By supporting research and development of new, innovative wood-based bioenergy products such as liquid biofuels and renewable natural gas
  • By expanding existing and growing new, markets for wood pellets
  • By developing domestic policies and programs that advance carbon objectives to replace fossil fuels and carbon-intensive energy sources with bioenergy from pellets
  • By removing policy and administrative barriers to the utilization of forest harvest residuals left in the woods as waste

Our Team

Gord Murray
Executive Director

Mobile (250) 837-8821
Fax (250) 837-6125

Having been on the ground in sawmill and woodlands operations, as well working in as the corporate finance aspect of the industry—working in mergers, acquisitions and project financing—Gordon Murray joined the Wood Pellet Association of Canada in 2009. Today, he works as an ardent advocate on behalf of Canadian producers, traders, ports, terminals, shipping companies, equipment suppliers and all those who want to participate in growing a safe and prosperous wood pellet industry. Gordon Murray has a bachelor of science in forestry. He is a Registered Professional Forester and a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Fahimeh Yazdan Panah
Director of Research and Technical Development

Mobile (778) 990-2656‬

Dr. Fahimeh Yazdan Panah has been engaged in research and discovery in the emerging area of bioenergy for over 15 years and has managed bioenergy projects for a variety of clients, including governments, manufacturers, and technology developers. She has led biofuel densification, pretreatment and storage and handling research studies for 10 years; co-authored more than 80 technical reports; and peer-reviewed publications in the field.

She received her PhD and MASc from Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and she holds a bachelor’s degree from Amirkabir University of Technology. She is also a Registered Professional Engineer with EGBC and Professional Project Manager with PMI. 

Pellet Facilities in Canada

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At WPAC, we are committed to embedding diversity and inclusion into our corporate culture. We believe that actively seeking out diversity, we can better develop ideas and people, ensure our organization’s continued success, and enhance the reputation of the industry we serve. We do this by creating opportunities that empower our team to grow and achieve more. We seek out diverse perspectives, recognizing the value of diversity of thought to challenge the status quo. We are inspired and encouraged by the diversity & inclusion efforts of others. We believe the best people are attracted to and thrive in inclusive settings. We believe leadership and contributing as a thought leader translates into being a catalyst for change and an enabler of progress.