Conference Programme


Tuesday 9th October

8:00 - 18:00 Pre-tour to sawmills Vika Wood, Kurekss (already fully booked!)

Wednesday 10th October 

8:00 - 17:00 Pre-tour to sawmill Smiltene Impex, sawmill & nurserie Norupe (already fully booked!)

16:30 ETTF Presidents Meeting

19:30 Cocktail Reception at the Riga Latvian Society house

Thursday 11th October

08:30-16:00 Full conference day at Radisson Blu Latvija

19:00-22:30 Gala Dinner at House of the Blackheads

Friday 12th October

09:00-12:30 Conference day at Radisson Blu Latvija

​EOS, ETTF General Assemblies

* Organizers reserve the right to make some changes in program’s content, timing.


Information newsletter to be find HERE



Thursday 11th October



09:00 – 09:15

Welcome and Opening by Conference moderator Keith Fryer

Jānis Apsītis (President, Latvian Timber Producers & Exporters Association)

Sampsa Auvinen (President, EOS)

Andreas von Moeller (President, ETTF)

09:15 – 10:00

How the next crisis will look like and when it will start?

Kārlis Danēvičs (Head of Credits and Risk, Member of the Management Board, SEB bank)

10:00 – 11:00

Market Developments

Europe European Timber Trade Federation (ETTF), Andreas von Moeller (President, ETTF) and

European Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS), Sampsa Auvinen (President, EOS)

11:00 – 11:45

Coffee break

11:45 – 13:00

Market developments

Canada, David Calabrigo (Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary Canfor Corporation)

United States, Marc Brinkmeyer (Owner & CEO, Idaho Forest Group)

North Africa, Guillaume Hotelin (Robelbois Group)

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch at Hotel

14:00 – 15:00

Market developments

Russia, Sviatoslav Bychkov (Managing Director, Marketing & Communications, Ilim Timber)

Latvia, Arnis Muižnieks (Board Member, The Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF))

15:00 – 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 – 17:00

Panel Discussion

FSC, Anand Punja (FSC Director for Europe)

PEFC, Thorsten Arndt (PEFC head of communications)




Departure to House of the Blackheads for the Gala Dinner at 18:15 I 18:30 I 18:45 from Host Hotel Radisson Blu Latvia

Bus shuttle back to Radisson Blu Latvija every 15 minutes from 22:00 till 00:00


Friday 12th October

09:00 – 09:30

Welcome by second day Conference moderator Kristaps Klauss

Market developments

09:30 – 10:30

Egypt, Ibrahim Elshal (CEO & Purchasing Director, Elshal Timber)

France, Armel Chaumont (Sales director, SCA Wood, Le Commerce du Bois representative)

China, Mathias Fridholm (Business Performance Manager, SCA Wood)

10:30 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 11:45

Human resource, Tom Austen (Director, Miller McKenzie)

11:45 – 12:00

Closing & Announcement ISC '19

Andreas von Moeller (ETTF)

Sampsa Auvinen (EOS)

After the conference a lunch will be served.