Mr. Bassett has an extensive international career in international business, particularly in the forest products industry, in increasingly more senior commercial and logistical roles. He was appointed Senior Vice President, Sales & Logistics of Pinnacle in May 2011, where he is responsible for the pellet marketing, sales, sustainability, logistics and trading activities of the company. He is responsible for leading the development into new markets, where current activity is focused on Asia. Mr. Bassett is well connected to most other biomass producers in Canada and is an active Director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, where he is serving as Vice President. He has represented Pinnacle and the Canadian wood pellet producers many times in international forums throughout Asia, Europe and North America and works closely with the Sustainable Biomass Partnership on sustainability strategy. He also provides practical and useful direction to wood pellet research within the University of British Columbia. Mr. Bassett is a Director of the Advisory Board of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (BC) and is currently serving as its Vice Chairman. He also serves as a member of the Prince Rupert Port Authority Port Users Nominating Committee.
Previously, Mr. Bassett spent almost 20 years with Sappi, a global pulp and paper company. As their executive in charge of their world-wide pulp sales, he was stationed in Hong Kong for 10 years before moving to Canada in 2007. He started up his own green business in Canada, did some consulting work and also taught export management and international logistics at Humber Business School in Toronto.
Mr. Bassett earned his BSc from the University of Natal and his MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, both located in South Africa.
Mr. Vaughan Bassett, Senior Vice President, Sales & Logistics
Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Day 2 [Tue 15, May], at 02:00 PM
Closing Panel - Global Supply to North Asia
Day 3 [Wed 16, May], at 03:20 PM