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2010 PAPTAC Awards


April 1, 2010
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Awards for research, technical papers and service to the Canadian pulp and paper industry were conferred during the PAPTAC Annual Meeting, held February 2-3 in Montreal.

Awards for research, technical papers and service to the Canadian pulp and paper industry were conferred during the PAPTAC Annual Meeting, held February 2-3 in Montreal.

J. David McDonald was presented with the John S. Bates Memorial Gold Medal for long-term contributions to the industry.

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The I.H. Weldon Award for the best paper went to Mathieu Hamelin, AFT, and Sean Delfel, James Olson and Carl Ollivier-Gooch, UBC, for their paper, “High Performance Multi-Element Foil (MEF) Pulp Screen Rotor -Pilot and Mill Trials.” For this work, Hamelin, Delfel, Olson and Ollivier-Gooch were also awarded the Douglas Atack Award for the best paper presented at the mechanical pulping sessions at the previous Annual Meeting.

The F.G. Robinson Committee Service Award was conferred upon Leszek Kosiak, Tembec Industries Inc., who served as chairman of the Energy Cost Savings Committee from 2006 to 2009.

The Douglas Jones Environmental Award for the best paper in the field of environment improvement went to Ray Kenny, Ray Kenny Environmental Consulting Inc., for his paper entitled, “Nutrient Optimization for Pulp & Paper Wastewater Treatment Plants -An Opportunity for Major Cost Savings.”

Yonghao Ni and Zhibin He, University of New Brunswick, were awarded the Howard Rapson Memorial Award for the best chemical pulp bleaching paper. The winning paper is entitled, “Improving Chlorine Dioxide Bleaching of a Softwood Kraft Pulp by Using Magnesium Hydroxide for pH Control.”

The Jasper Mardon Memorial Prize for the best paper contributing to the advancement of paper-making was presented to J. David McDonald and Marina Tchepel, formerly of FPInnovations -Paprican, for their paper entitled, “The Effect of Dryer Section Operation on the Linting Propensity of Newsprint.”

Shahram Navaee-Ardeh, cole Polytechnique de Montral, received the C. Howard Smith Award for the best paper submission by a member under age 33. His paper is entitled, “A Novel Cost-Effective Technology for Pulp and Paper Mixed Sludge Drying: Experimental Results, Modeling and Techno-Economic Assessment.”

The Gadget Competition is judged by the members of PAPTAC’s Engineering and Maintenance Committee. Prizes and certificates are awarded by the sponsor, Pulp & Paper Canada. This year’s first prize winner is Michel A. Lavoie, Fraser Papers Inc., who developed a seal for a corrosive gases ventilator. The second prize winner goes to a hydraulic filter change out device developed by Greg Koopman, Zellstoff Celgar LP.

The Energy Conservation Opportunity Awards are presented for the best examples of energy conservation opportunities applied in Canada. First prize went to Rick Merling of St. Marys Paper Corp. for a compressed air dryer replacement. Second prize was presented to Jan Luppens of Alberta Newsprint Company, for a 50% energy reduction in disc filter dilution pump. Sylvie Gagn of New Forest Paper Mills LP, received third prize for re-use of effluent water in the plant.

The Energy Conservation Opportunity Awards are sponsored by Pulp & Paper Canada.

Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to: Raymond Banham, Grizzleton International Ltd., for his leadership and long-term commitment to the EXFOR Committee; Pierre Gauthier, Kruger Trois-Rivires, for his leadership and exceptional service as chairman of the Process Control Committee; Dan Davies, Evonik Degussa Canada Inc., for his service and outstanding leadership as chairman of the Bleaching Committee; and Emil Koller for his outstanding contribution and long-term commitment to the Standard Methods Committee.


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