FPInnovations' Activities at PaperWeek

Pre-Conference Workshop Invitation - Zero Plastic Waste - February 3rd, 2020

BioDesign is proud to invite you to a workshop on “Zero Plastic Waste” organized by FPInnovations. This workshop will take place right before the start of the 2020 Paperweek/Biofor Conference at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

The objective of the workshop is to build a collaboration between the Canadian forest industry and downstream value chain industries that produce and use single‐use plastics. This will help identifying current challenges and potential solutions and bring all stakeholders to work together to evolve from a wasteful model to a zero‐waste and circular economy. Aimed to share information and begin discussion on potential opportunities for the forest industry regarding single-use items.

When? February 3rd, 2020, 13:00 – 16:30 EDT
Where? Notre-Dame Room, Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal


1. Welcome / Introduction: Derek Nighbor, President and CEO, FPAC Jean Hamel, VP Industry and Member Relations, FPInnovations

2. Presentations:

"Regulatory / Policy Perspective Environment and Climate Change Canada" (TBD)
"International Perspective – Europe", Lars Sandberg, Innovation Leader, BillerudKorsnas
"Waste, Recycling and Compostability Issues about Plastics, specifically single-use items", Sophie Langlois-Blouin, VP Performance and Operations, Recyc-Québec
"Chemistry and Plastic Industry Perspective", Isabelle Des Chênes, Executive Vice-President, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
"Brand Owner Perspective", Julien Bras, Head of Department – Senior Expert Institute of Packaging Sciences Nestlé

3. Round table discussion with workshop participants

4. Recommended solutions and opportunities

5. Closing remarks

This event has limited seats, please confirm your attendance at your earliest convenience by sending an email to Ayse Alemdar-Thomson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This event is organized by FPInnovations and sponsored by BioDesign

New this year: Flash presentations by FPInnovations during PaperWeek Canada & BIOFOR International 2020

FPInnovations will be wearing more than one hat during this year’s joint PaperWeek Canada and BIOFOR International 2020 event in Montreal.

Alongside its presence, its participation, and its moderation of several panels, FPInnovations will be introducing for the first time this year Flash presentations throughout the duration of the event.

What is a Flash presentation?
A Flash presentation is short interactive session of 5-10 minutes that will take place in FPInnovations’ networking area – located next to the Innovation Alley – during breaks.

The purpose of the presentations is to offer conference participants an additional opportunity to hear and meet members of the FPInnovations team and know more about current relevant topics. Each presentation focuses on a specific area of expertise, service, or product, and they are all designed to introduce and acquaint participants with the latest and greatest.

Each topic of the Flash presentations has been carefully selected for relevancy and timeliness.

Throughout the joint PaperWeek Canada and BIOFOR International 2020 event, a total of 5 flash presentations will be taking place.

How to attend?
To attend Flash presentations, participants are invited to visit the FPInnovations’ networking area, designed to encourage exchanges and create an environment conducive to business discussions.

Participating in the various sessions will provide participants an opportunity to learn more about the progress of FPInnovations’ research projects and allow them to ask questions to the researchers.


Tuesday February 4, 2020
10:10 a.m.: Challenges of the COD environmental legislation for the industry. Presented by Brian O’Connor
3:10 p.m.: Energy optimization in the pulp and paper industry. Presented by Enrique Mateos-Espejel

Wednesday February 5, 2020
10:10 a.m.: FPInnovations’ achievements in increasing pulp machine production. Presented by Frederic Parent
3:10 p.m.: FPInnovations’ Tissue + Pulp and Paper Course overview and promotion. Presented by Xuejun Zou

Thursday February 6, 2020
10:10 a.m.: FPInnovations’ General Membership Model Presentation. Presented by Stephan Lariviere