An experienced research leader from New Zealand will be responsible for leading FPInnovations’ operations divisions, effective July 1, 2014. Dr. Trevor Stuthridge will join Canada’s forest products research and innovation organization as executive vice-president.
“I am extremely pleased that Trevor has decided to join our team at FPInnovations. As FPInnovations continues to evolve to better serve our long-time clients while creating and seizing opportunities beyond traditional forest sector markets, Trevor’s experience in collaborative research management and innovative product development and licensing will be a significant asset to our organization,” said Pierre Lapointe, president and CEO, FPInnovations.
Dr. Stuthridge is currently a senior research leader and executive manager of Scion, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute specializing in research, science, and technology development for the forestry, wood product and wood-derived materials, and biomaterial sectors.
He has initiated, co-invented or overseen eight technical/product opportunities that have gone to pilot scale, full scale, or commercial development in the past five years, including New Zealand’s largest current lignocellulosic-to-biofuels project, a forestry management software business, and a spin-off company for an advanced organic waste deconstruction technology.
Dr. Stuthridge has substantive knowledge of the Canadian research and forest sectors via more than 20 years of on-going collaborative relationships with industry stakeholders, research organizations and universities. Since 2006, he has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, and in 1996 completed a sabbatical at FPInnovations’ Pulp, Paper and BioProducts division.
In addition to overseeing the operations divisions, Dr. Stuthridge will be responsible for the preventative health and safety strategy across the organization and will champion the development and delivery of the operational strategic plan.
FPInnovations specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness.
FPInnovations’ staff numbers more than 525. Its R&D laboratories are located in Québec City, Montréal, and Vancouver, and it has technology transfer offices across Canada.