IMC Forestry Team


  • Robert Bott

Robert has over three decades of consulting experience providing communications services with technical competencies in the fields of energy, forestry and the environment. He has conducted work for the National Energy Board (NEB), Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries, Canadian Centre for Energy Information, Petroleum Communication Foundation, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and many other organizations. He specializes in writing, research, editing, design consulting, and photography; his experience also includes speech-writing, broadcasting, film and video production, interviewing, and web content development. Robert is well versed in communicating technical subject matter to both technical and non-technical audiences, and he has participated in many research-intensive, large scale projects.

  • Duncan Dow

Duncan has extensive experience and expertise in the fields of corporate sustainable development and regulatory and stakeholder relations. Duncan has advised private and public sector clients, including the B.C. Ministry of Forests, regarding biomass-energy projects and related land use and environmental issues.  He has experience with forest management operations and major projects with critical economic ties to First Nations and other ENGO stakeholders. He was an advisor for Iisaak Forest Resources, a Weyerhauser/First Nations joint venture developing a sustainable forest management strategy for Clayoquot Sound.

  • Peter Kinnear

Peter has over 25 years of experience in government relations, communications, land-use and regulatory affairs that he has developed working in both the private and public sector. Most recently, he was Manager of Public Affairs for Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL), providing direct government relations, regulatory and communications management. Previously, he has worked for True North Energy, providing government relations and regulatory support for the Fort Hills oil sands project. Peter has also worked for the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) in addition to spending four years as an Executive Assistant to the Alberta Minister of Forestry, Lands and Wildlife. He has a BSc in environmental sciences from the University of Calgary.


  • Dan Madlung

Dan held senior management positions with Canfor, Slocan and Weldwood where he gained extensive experience in solid wood facilities, woodlands operations, international marketing, sales, distribution and logistics. Dan had senior responsibility for the construction of three large sawmill projects. He is also experienced in the areas of remanufacturing, tree seedling and plantation sectors.


  • Grant McNeil

Grant has over 35 years of corporate finance and project development experience including extensive work in the forestry sector. He has particular expertise in feasibility analysis, financial modeling, project financings, project management, industrial market due diligence and commercial negotiations and has worked with clients in the private and public sector in areas such as economic analysis of sawmills, pulp mills, paper mills, remanufacturing plants and bio fuels. He was previously Vice-President, Corporate Banking at ScotiaBank.

  • Ian Murray 

Ian has provided project development, commercial, regulatory and financial services to the forestry sector including "hands on" project development and management roles for large greenfield projects. Ian has acted in interim senior management roles for medium sized and large companies including during restructurings and has considerable experience with detailed feasibility studies, due diligence work, commercial negations and regulatory and policy matters.


  • Bob Nichol

Bob has over 40 years’ experience in the Canadian forestry industry. He recently retired as Vice-President Woodlands with Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. (Al-Pac). He managed Al-Pac’s Forestry Management Agreement (FMA) which encompassed 6.37 million hectares in North Eastern Alberta, and had operational and financial responsibility for a woodlands operations that provided the pulp mill with 3.5 million cubic meters of fiber annually. Bob’s career has had a focus on environmental sustainability and he has particular expertise supporting the development of sound environmental policies. Bob was a Board Member for the Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada (FERIC) and more recently chaired the Forest Operations Advisory Committee with FPInnovations. He served as a task force member with the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE), and also sat on the Board for the Institute of Agriculture and Forestry. Until recently Bob chaired the Forestry Committee of the Forest Products Association of Canada and has been keenly involved in the implementation of the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.

  • Joe Richichi

Joe’s transportation and logistics experience includes considerable leading edge experience with re-load and storage facilities, and marine transport via barge and large ocean-going vessels.  He worked for 20 of those years in the pulp and paper industry with the Celgar Pulp Company, Avenor Inc. and St. Mary’s Paper, where he innovated, designed, restructured, and negotiated transportation and distribution programs that led to substantial margin improvements. Joe is a business graduate of Selkirk College, and a CGA with numerous transportation and management certificates from institutions such as McGill and York University, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

  • Wayne Thorp

Wayne has over 35 years of land use and forest industry operations experience with particular expertise in successfully managing complex land use arrangements among industry stakeholders. He has provided resource sector specific consulting services for the last decade specializing in facilitation and project management for energy and forest industry sectors. He was previously General Manager of Sawmills and Forest Resources for Daishowa-Marubeni and he prior public and private sector experience in both Alberta and British Columbia. He is currently the director of the Foothills Landscape Management Forum operating under the Foothills Research Institute. He is also the regional coordinator for the British Columbia and Alberta Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement regional working group. Wayne is a Registered Professional Forester in both British Columbia and Alberta.
  • Rolf Wenzel

Rolf has over 24 years of experience in business development and technology transfer, co-founding, developing and selling start-up companies. Most recently, he has been heading up IMC’s work in the bio-products and bio-energy areas. Previously he was involved in geotechnical services, high tech manufacturing, natural gas related processing, software, industrial gas manufacturing and distribution.