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CIP Research employees relive the good times

July 1, 2001
By Pulp & Paper Canada

HAWKESBURY, ON — In May 2001, 155 former employees of “The Research” gathered at the Hawkesbury Golf Club to mark the 10th anniversary of the closing of the laboratories. The research department was started in 1923 by the Riordon Company, two years before it was taken over by Canadian International Paper Co. (CIP).

A separate subsidiary of CIP was established in 1948 under the name Industrial Cellulose Research Ltd. (ICR). ICR changed names several times over the years, to International Cellulose Research, CIP Research and Canadian Pacific Forest Products Research Ltd.

Until the late 1960s, when it reached its maximum staff of 250, ICR gained a worldwide reputation for research on the production of dissolving pulp and its use in making cellophane, rayon textile fibre and tire cord as well as cellulose acetate film and plastics. In the field of dissolving pulp, it served as the technical centre for the entire International Paper organization. In 1968, the role of ICR changed.


The extensive laboratories and pilot plants provided research and technical support to CIP in the fields of newsprint, bleached kraft market pulp and packaging. Particularly during the period of rapid growth — 1950s and 1960s — highly trained scientists and engineers came from around the world to work in Hawkesbury. “The Research” also provided interesting jobs as technicians and other support staff to a large number of local men and women.

A similar reunion was held in 1996 but limited to those still working at the time of closure. This time, it was decided to invite anyone who ever worked at “The Research”. Besides those in attendance, a considerable number of messages of greetings, reminiscences and expressions of regret were read out or posted for perusal. The oldest person in attendance was Frank Charles, 96, who came to Hawkesbury from England in 1928.

He was manager of rayon research for many years and overall director of the laboratory until he retired in 1970. Also present was Bill Saxton, the last president of CIP research, who retired in 1989. People came from across North America and even London, England, to attend the reunion. A large display of photographs and other memorabilia illustrated the work and play of the research personnel from the 1930s until 1991.

A few speeches and even an original song (Ed. Note: By Ted Snider of course) recalled times past and celebrated the unique spirit of the organization. The organizing committee consisted of Joan Burwash MacGillivary, Ron Dines, Peter Hodgson, Bill Kitchen, Don Mutton and Barbara Woods.

Don Mutton is a former vice-president and director of research for CIP. Now retired, he still lives in Hawkesbury, ON. This is an edited version of an article that Don wrote for The Review, a local weekly published in Vankleek Hill, ON.

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5 Comments » for CIP Research employees relive the good times
  1. My name is Farrell Hope and I worked with Beloit Canada from 1973 to 1990, ending as VP Sales for Canada. In that period i worked closely with Ted Snider and Peter, manager of Hawkesbury, I forget his last name, it is probably the Peter Hodgeson you mention. His father as I remember had been Governor of the island of George Town in the Caribbean.
    In 1990 I and Beloit parted, and I crossed the road to Valmet, who within a year moved me to the USA as VP Sales, Marketing and Customer Service for Valmet Finishing Business in North America, and i worked in similar executive positions with them until I retired in 2007. If Ted Snider or Peter are still able to be reached, could you please give me their emails, or conversely, give mine to them
    Farrell Hope

    • Kristina Urquhart says:

      Hi Farrell, this article was published in 2001 and unfortunately we don’t have contact information for anyone in the article. However, with your permission we can post your note on our social media pages to see if anything turns up.

  2. Patricia Nesbitt says:

    Hi , I am researching my grandfathers , Victor Frank Austin , work experience in Temiscaming Quebec at the Canadian International Paper Co. he was there 1928-1931and unfortunately died Dec 9 1931, age 37. The family has never been able to access each records , cause of death , death certificate , etc and I suspect that the company had records. How does one find access to such records . Thank you in advance for any direction. Trish

    • Kristina Urquhart says:

      Hi Patricia,

      Canadian International Paper Co. was a subsidiary of International Paper so submitting your request to IP is probably your best first bet, though I’m not sure they would have records that are nearly 100 years old. The mill in Témiscaming, Que. is now owned by Rayonier Advanced Materials so you could try them as well to see if they inherited any records. Alternatively, it’s possible that the town of Témiscaming itself has records of births, deaths, etc. Those are my best suggestions. Good luck in your search.

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