BIOFOR 2020 - Tuesday February 4


Room: Place du Canada

Opening Address / Allocution d’ouverture : L’Honorable Pierre Fitzgibbon, Ministre de l’Économie et de l’Innovation, Gouvernement du Québec
The Honorable Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation, Government of Quebec

Talent as a critical enabler of long term value creation

Market capitalization of public companies is increasingly driven by intangibles, but which ones? The Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism is tackling that fundamental question through the Embankment Project for Inclusive Capitalism (EPIC).

The EPIC project had 31 participants: 22 asset managers and asset owners with US$30 trillion under management and 9 public companies with US$2 trillion in market capitalization. Clearly, investors are calling companies to become more long-term oriented as a strategic opportunity to define a value creation model. Investors want to know more about human capital management and organizational cultural alignment.

The panel will review the approach and conclusions of EPIC as it relates to talent. What is the market looking for and how shall we measure progress? How shall companies in our industry articulate their human capital value narrative, especially in an era of scarce talent?

Panel Moderator: Anne-Marie Hubert, Associée directrice pour l’Est du Canada / Eastern Canada Managing Partner, Ernst & Young


Mélissa Picard
Principal Director, Organizational Development – Canadian Operations Resolute Forest Products

audreymurrayAudrey Murray
Labour Market Partners Board / Commission des partenaires du marché du travail (CPMT)

KevinEdgsonKevin Edgson
President and CEO / Président et chef de la direction, EACOM Timber Corporation

amhubertAnne-Marie Hubert
Associée directrice pour l’Est du Canada / Eastern Canada Managing Partner, Ernst & Young

10:00 - 10:30 / Networking in Innovation Alley

10:30 - 11:00

BIOFOR Opening Session

Room: Square Dorchester

- Welcome address by Dr. Marzouk Benali, Conference Chair
- Opening Address by The Honorable Paul Lefebvre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources

11:00 – 12:00

Market Development

Room: Square Dorchester
Session Chair: Marzouk Benali, CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada

"Resolute Forest Products’ vision for the future of the Forest Products Sector " 
Keynote Speaker: Richard Tremblay, Senior Vice President – Pulp and Paper Operations, Resolute Forest Products

12:00 - 13:15 / KEYNOTE LUNCHEON

Room: Place du Canada

Luncheon Panel: Next Generation Fibre-based Packaging – An Effective Way to Reduce Plastic Waste?
Emballage de nouvelle génération à base de fibres - un moyen efficace de réduire les déchets plastiques ?

This timely panel will discuss the latest advancements and projections for the increased use of sustainable fibre-based packaging in consumer markets as an alternative to single-use plastic products.

Panel Moderator: Stéphane Renou,
CEO, FPInnovations


renouStéphane Renou,
CEO, FPInnovations

Julien Bras,
Head of Department – Senior Expert
Insitute of Packaging Sciences, Nestlé

Frédéric Lévesque,
Product Development Deluxe Paper, Novolex

sandbergLars Sandberg,
Innovation Leader, Innovation & Strategic Projects,

13:15 - 13:30 / Coffee and Dessert in Tradeshow

13:30 - 15:00

Research Advancement & Innovation - Panel 1: Lignin-based biorefinery value chains: Added-value products and the transition towards a low carbon economy

Room: Square Dorchester

Moderator: Michael Paleologou, FPInnovations 

Goals: The global lignin market size is anticipated to reach US $1 billion by 2025, representing an average increase of 40% in comparison to 2014. Continuation of this trend will hinge on the successful implementation of biorefineries into kraft pulp mills and other biomass processing operations. A few standalone biorefineries that valorize agricultural and/or forestry residues are also contributing to the market growth of lignins. Therefore, with the surge of interest in lignin as a potential renewable raw material, new, cross-industry lignin-based value chains are emerging. The panel will walk us through the most recent progress in the science of lignin and its emerging valorization pathways and applications. The strategies for market development and the critical challenges associated with commercialization will be reviewed. In addition, the strategic, tactical and operational challenges along the lignin value chain will be discussed in an effort to identify successful synergies with various industries that will be potential uptakers of lignin-based products.

Ludo Diels, Research Leader, Vito 
Eddie Peace, Leader, Corporate Bioproduct Development, West Fraser Mills
Jussi Manninen, Executive Vice-President, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
Armand Langlois, President, Enerlab

15:00 - 15:30 / Networking in Innovation Alley

15:30 - 17:30

Market Development – Panel 2: Opportunities for a growing Canada’s forest bioeconomy

Room: Square Dorchester
Moderator: Jean-François Levasseur, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada  

Goals: Building on the momentum from the launch of Canada’s Bioeconomy Strategy, and the Forest Bioeconomy Framework for Canada, opportunities are being harnessed to accelerate the growth of forest bioeconomy. Canada has the potential to become a global leader in the use of forest biomass to advance bioproducts and innovative solutions. The objective of this session is for governments, academia/research organizations and industry to provide an update on its current activities in realizing that vision. Presentations will be followed by a facilitated discussion on what is needed to fully achieve this vision, and how to maintain engagement and align stakeholders to fully realize the benefits that arise from the bioeconomy. The panelists will introduce the BioDesign and bioeconomy cluster perspectives and will discuss the importance of effective communications, the needs of the industry, and hurdles for the implementation of the Canadian bioeconomy as well as the gaps and barriers for accessing markets. In addition, the panelists will walk us through the bioeconomy innovation ecosystem, the opportunities to advance the bioeconomy in Canada, as well as the importance of strengthening policy coherence and collaboration across jurisdictions.


Robert Larocque, Senior Vice President, Forest Products Association of Canada
Paul Stuart, Professor, Polytechnique Montréal
André Denis, Managing Director, Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Government of Quebec

17:00 - 18:30 / NETWORKING RECEPTION in Tradeshow

About Us

PAPTAC is a Canadian-based non-profit organization, dedicated to improving the technical and professional capabilities of its members worldwide, and to the advancement of the pulp and paper industry.


For general information about the conference, including registration, please contact us at:

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