Join us as we welcome two energy experts from Finland.

Finland leads the world in most-efficiently using forest resources to generate both electricity and heat. Their R&D has been developing since the mid-1970s and now, not only do they have the most efficient equipment for both harvesting and combustion, but also the supply chain and social pieces put together – particularly through the evolution of forest landownership cooperatives.

We couldn’t be more pleased about bringing Jarno Haapakoski and Markku Paananen to our area.  We hope you will take advantage of one-on-one interaction with these experts while they are here.

Jarno Haapakoski, is CEO of Volter, a Finnish manufacturer that builds extremely efficient biomass generators.

Jarno Haapakoski has a master ́s degree in Mechanical Engineering,studied in University of Oulu, Finland and inPittsburg State University Kansas, USA.

Jarno joined Volter Oy in 2009 and started as the CEO in the beginning of 2011.

Jarno is currently living in Ontario, Canada to ramp up Volter Canada Inc.

Markku Paananen is a researcher at Finland’s Institute of Bioeconomy.
Specialist Mr. Markku Paananen (57, BScs in Forestry and Business administration, MSc in Bioeconomy) has strong experience in forestry and bioenergy. He has made most of his career in the Forestry Centre of Central Finland, VTT – the Technical Research Centre of Finland, and the Jyväskylä Science Park. He has worked with forestry planning, numerous bioenergy R&D projects, and initiation and management of a bioenergy expertise consortium called the Benet Bioenergy Network. He has developed a bioenergy strategy for the province and introduced and managed a bioenergy-based regional cluster program. His present position is in the Institute of Bioeconomy, a unit of the JAMK University of Applied Sciences. He is working today for developing the Bioeconomy Campus (in Saarijärvi, FI) and an innovation system for the bioeconomy branch. He is also a member of the Forestry Council of Central Finland, and a brown trout team leader of the Konnevesi Fish Research association.