Hot Topics Breakfasts

November 5 - 8, 2023 | Atlanta, GA

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Hot Topics Breakfasts

Tuesday, November 7, 2023  •  6:45am – 8:30am
Wednesday, November 8, 2023  •  6:45am – 8:30am

**Pre-registration is required to attend**

These highly popular sessions include a complimentary buffet breakfast followed by peer discussions on the industry’s latest technical/production developments and operating problems.  Open to all conference attendees, these breakfast gatherings provide an opportunity for people with similar interests to get together and discuss topics


Tuesday, November 7th 


Hot Topic Breakfast I*** (Sign-up Sheets Will be at Registration) 

Location: Regency VI


Sustainable and Circular Forest Bioeconomy
Antonio Suarez Simancas, WestRock

Congrats You Are a Reliability Engineer-Now What?
Jay Shellogg, Strategic Maintenance Reliability, LLC

What is the best way to sample reburned lime for residual carbonate analysis?
Honghi Tran, University of Toronto

Soap Separation Improvement
Harold Petke, Solenis, LLC

Fluff Pulp Characterization
Dan Nicholson, Solenis

Wildfires – A Growing Concern Affecting Mill Operations and Employees
Nat McAlonen, Altum Technologies

How to do a Boiler Upgrade Properly – What’s Required and When
Paul Ceravolo, Andritz

TAPPI TIPs and Standard Test Methods
Morgan Nelson, TAPPI; Mathias Lindström, International Paper


Wednesday, November 8th 


Hot Topic Breakfast II*** (Sign-up Sheets Will be at Registration)

Location: Grand Hall West


Lab-to-Market Commercialization of Forest Bioproducts and Biomaterials
Zach Bacon, Valmet

Alternate Fuels for Lime Kilns
J. Peter Gorog, Houghton Cascade Holdings, LLC

Recovery Boiler Operation Auditing
Chris Jackson, Paragon Consulting

Effect of Soap on Sodium Salt Scaling and How it Impacts Mill Operations
Nikolai DeMartini, University of Toronto

Pulp Mill Washing Issues
Todd Bolton, Solenis

Pine Chemical Recovery
Paul Seefeld, LDX Solutions

Should Recovery Boiler Acid Cleaning Frequency be Set by Time or Condition (DWD and deposit composition)
Margaret Gorog, Houghton Cascade Holdings, LLC

Pine Chemical Market Conditions
Jerry Butler, DRT

TAPPI TIPs and Standard Test Methods
Morgan Nelson, TAPPI