End Users Panel

June 12 - 16, 2023 | Westin Bayshore, Vancouver BC

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End User Panel

Wednesday, 14 June, 2023
17:00 - 18:30

Panelists will share success stories and challenges in using cellulose based materials (Cellulose Nano Crystals, Cellulose Nano Fibrils, Cellulose Micro Fibrils, cellulosic material in general…) in their product. Each panelist will present their technology and its commercial applications including benefits of using CNM in their products, short comings, requirements from suppliers and their view of the future of cellulosic performance enhancing additives. 

 Session Moderator:

 Hamdy Khalil

 Woodbridge Foam Corporation





 Billy McCall
 Co-Founder and CEO
 Kintra Fibers




 Billy received his BS/MS in NanoEngineering from UC San Diego in 2014 where his research focused on the development of piezoelectric polymer nanocomposites. Shortly after graduating, Billy took an R&D scientist position at 3D printing startup Carbon, where he developed a number of commercially relevant resins over his three year tenure. By early 2018 he had his sights set on starting Kintra Fibers, with the intent of developing bio-synthetic and biodegradable yarns that have a significantly reduced carbon footprint compared to traditional synthetics. Billy is an avid outdoor enthusiast and loves to surf, ski, climb and hike. Despite operating out of Brookly, NY he still finds time to enjoy these activities and has an even deeper appreciation for nature.

 Jinghang Wu
 Head of R&D Polyurethane Systems



 Jinghang Wu is currently the Head of R&D for Polyurethane Systems and Polyols at BASF North America. In the current role, he is responsible for developing urethane and polyol technologies including Rigid Foam, Flexible foam, Elastomers, and Composites. The North America center for BASF’s Urethane system product development is located at Wyandotte, Michigan, supporting Construction, Transportation, Consumer and Industrial markets.

Jinghang also has extensive industrial experience in industrial coatings and dispersions. Before Joining BASF, Jinghang was a lead R&D manager at Dow Chemical company, responsible for Mechanical Dispersions, Encapsulation and release R&D supporting different markets including Adhesives, Packaging, Coatings, Personal care etc. Jinghang holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and an MBA from Northwestern University.

 Matt Dalkie

 Senior Sustainability Manager
 Lafarge Canada Inc.  




Matt Dalkie has worked in the cement industry for his entire career and is currently the Senior Sustainability Manager for Lafarge in Western Canada.  Before this position, he held engineering positions in manufacturing plants and technical centers in NZ, UK, France and Canada. He has a detailed knowledge and understanding of cement manufacturing and the production of concrete and concrete products.

Matt Dalkie holds a degree in Chemical Technology, is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction and holds a variety of NRMCA certifications.  He is active on CSA Concrete (CSA A23.1/2) and Cement (CSA A3000) standards development committees, chairing the A3000 committee and the sustainability subcommittees for both standards. He also sits on ACI committees for Concrete Sustainability, Alternative Cements, Concrete Durability, and Soil Cementing.  Matt is a registered Professional Engineer in BC and Alberta.