Forest Products Industry: Maine's Tradition, Maine's Future

    May 23, 2019
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    Rising Tide Brewing Company's East Room
    103 Fox Street
    Portland, ME 04101
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    Think you know forest products? Think again.

    While Maine’s working forests still embrace the traditional forest products uses, they are also leading the way with transformative uses as the “wood basket” of the US.  Maine’s forest economy is set for a 40% growth to $12 billion by 2025, and reaching full implementation of the Forest Opportunity Roadmap could have a tremendous impact on the A/E/C industry.  Our forests are being used in new building materials as well as consumer and business products that use clean cellulose.  Our panel will bring a wealth of insight regarding this important Maine industry, sharing their knowledge of  the versatility of wood beyond the traditional products like packaging paper and timber, to future forest outputs including advanced building materials, eco-friendly chemicals, biodegradable plastics, and cutting edge technical products made of nancellulose.  

    Andy Hamilton

    Moderated by Andy Hamilton, a statewide environmental attorney from Eaton Peabody, learn more from our panelists about the hurdles and opportunities in the supply chain, trends within the industry and the growth of diverse products.

    Panelists Include:

    Donna Cassese: Consultant Government Affairs, Sappi North America

    Donna Cassese graduated from UMO with a B.S. in Forest Management and worked for Sappi for over 40 years. She has had diverse roles within forestry, operations, and manufacturing.  After nearly 15 years as a forester in both Maine and Alabama she transitioned into managerial roles in the Woodyard, Waste Treatment, Pulp Sales and Human Resources at the Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine. Following these roles, Donna held the position of Plant Manager at Sappi's Allentown Pennsylvania converting facility and then transitioned into the Supply Chain group at the Somerset Mill. In 2006 Donna became the Director of Inside Sales for Sappi's North American operations.In 2008, Donna assumed responsibility for the Westbrook Mill as Managing Director. In 2014 Donna returned to forestry as the Director of Wood Supply Strategy with responsibility for developing and implementing wood supply strategy for Sappi’s mills in Maine and Minnesota. In January of 2018 Donna retired and now works as a consultant for Sappi leading government relations work in Maine.

     Industry Leadership

    • President Maine Pulp&Paper Association 2010-2011 and 2015-2017
    • 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award University of Maine’s Forestry School
    • Maine Technology Institute Chairman of the Board of Directors
    • Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative – Executive Committee
    • Maine Economic Growth Council


    MTI's Board Chair, Donna Cassese, a 41-year veteran of the forest products industry, superbly delivers a TEDxDirigo presentation on the exciting opportunities that exist in the sector in Maine.

    Steve Schley: President, Pingree Associates / FOR Maine Steering Committee

    A native of Georgia, Steve Schley is a fixture in Maine’s forest products industry. As a former president of Pingree Associates from 1989-2017, he oversaw the management of approximately 1 million acres of Maine’s timberland. He remains directly involved with the planning of the future uses of wood through many organizations including BioBased Maine, the Maine Forest Biorefinery Advisory Council, and Maine Economic Growth Council Executive Committee, where he serves as the Chair of the Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative. In his spare time, he has volunteers for many community nonprofits in the Bangor region who have benefited from both his and his wife’s involvement.

    Matthew Tonello: Director of Operations, Consigli Construction Co.

    Matthew Tonello is Director of Operations for the Portland, Maine office of Consigli Construction Co., Inc. (Consigli), a leading construction manager and general contractor serving clients throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

    Matt is a registered professional structural engineer in Maine and Massachusetts and a LEED® Accredited Professional. He has been called on to speak as an expert on Alternative Project Delivery, including Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), and has presented at numerous national Historic Preservation symposia for the Association for Preservation Technology.  Matt spent the first ten years of his career as a structural engineer working on new and restoration projects in the Boston area, then led the initial development of the structural engineering application for Revit Technology, prior to it being acquired by Autodesk. 

    For the past 16 years, Matt has led the operations of Consigli Construction in Northern New England.  Recently, Matt has worked with the University of Maine to establish the Maine Mass Timber Advisory Council, which is focused on the advocacy and support of the establishment of a Cross Laminated Timber manufacturer to the State of Maine.

    Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering/Structural Concentration from UMass Lowell and a Master of Business Administration / Real Estate Development & Entrepreneurship from Boston University Graduate School of Management.

    Timothy Lock: Management Partner, OPAL

    As Management Partner at OPAL, Timothy Lock specializes in the management and direction of large-scale institutional projects. He has worked closely with a variety of institutional clients to achieve complex programmatic and sustainability goals.

    Timothy believes firmly in the importance of building performance in producing transformational outcomes, and is committed to maintaining the highest quality of process and integrity of architectural services. He received his professional architectural degree with honors from Syracuse University. He then practiced extensively in New York City with several firms on a wide range of residential and commercial design and projects. Before joining GO Logic in 2012, and helping found OPAL in 2019, Timothy managed design and construction of high-end townhouse and apartment renovations as a project manager at MADE LLC and founded a small residential commercial practice, Swis.Loc Architecture. In addition to full-time practice, Timothy serves on the AIA Maine Board of Directors, is the chair of the AIA Maine Committee On The Environment, and teaches at Colby College. 

    One lucky  attendee will win a pair of Allbirds shoes which are made from trees!

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