A series of awards were presented to individuals and companies that have contributed to the advancement of the pulp and paper industry by PAPTAC during PaperWeek Canada. Two award ceremonies bracketed the PaperWeek events. Awards honor ing the authors of technical papers were presented on opening day, Feb. 4, while business awards and those recognizing contributions to the association and the industry were presented on the final day of the conference, Feb. 7.
PAPTAC’s Business Awards acknowledge leadership in three management fields. The Safety Leadership Award was presented to Domtar’s Windsor, Que., mill, Canfor Pulp’s Prince George Pulp & Paper mill in Prince George, B.C., received the Environmental Strategy of the Year Award, and Jim Blight, General Manager of Domtar’s Dryden, Ont., mill was named Mill Manager of the Year.
The John S. Bates Memorial Gold Medal recognized the contribution of Dr. Pierre Lepoutre to the science and technology of the pulp and paper industry. Lepoutre is the founder of the Paper Surface Science Program at the University of Maine, and was a researcher with Paprican for many years.
An Honorary Life Membership was bestowed upon André Bernier, general manager of the Resolute Forest Products mill in Fort Frances, Ont. Bernier is the past Chair of PAPTAC (2009-2010) and has shown long-term dedication to the association.
Mariya Marinova of L’ École Polytechnique de Montréal received a Certificate of Appreciation her exceptional leadership as the Chair of PaperWeek Canada’s International Forest Biorefinery Symposium.
The Douglas Atack Award for the best mechanical pulping paper was presented to Youfeng Lin and Robert Lanouette of l’Université du Québec à Trois Rivières for their work on jack pine refining.
Wayne Bichard of FP Innovations was been selected to receive the F.G. Robinson Award for his exceptional service as Chair of PAPTAC’s Standard Methods Committee.
Veronique Morin of Cascades’ mill in East Angus, Que., accepted the annual Energy Conservation Opportunity Award, sponsored by Pulp & Paper Canada. Ms. Morin and mill staff won the award based on their work involving optimization of medium consistency loops.
Allan Elliott and Talat Mahmood from FPInnovations and Denis Bélanger from Kruger shared the Douglas Jones Environmental Award for their paper entitled Reducing Biotreatment Nutrient Addition Costs.
The Howard Rapson Memorial Award was presented to Luc Lapierre, Jean Bouchard and Richard Berry. The three researchers from FPInnovations garnered the award for the best technical paper concerning chemical pulp bleaching, with a paper entitled Assessment of Pulp Machine White Water Quality of Market Kraft Pulp Mills.
Organized by PAPTAC, PaperWeek Canada took place Feb. 4-7, in Montreal.