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FPAC launches national award to celebrate innovation in Canada’s forest sector


March 22, 2022
By P&PC Staff

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On March 21, the United Nations International Day of Forests, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) launched a new national award that recognizes youth leadership and innovation in the forest sector.

The Chisholm Awards for Innovation in Forestry program is a national competition for young researchers who – through their studies – promote innovation in the forest products sector either in the forest, at production facilities, along the supply chain, or via product innovation. The new award will recognize and celebrate Canadian students who are passionate about climate-positive forestry and showcase some of the consequential work they are doing to help Canada meet its net-zero goals.

“Canada’s forest products sector is brimming with innovative people committed to helping solve some of the biggest challenges facing our forests and our planet today,” said FPAC president and CEO, Derek Nighbor. “There’s no better way to celebrate International Day of Forests than by launching an initiative to recognize made in Canada know-how and ideas that will strengthen the Canadian forest sector of tomorrow.”

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FPAC will celebrate the winners from May 9 to 13 during the United Nations Forum on Forests. Winners will receive a cash prize of CAD $2,500 along with local, regional and national media promotion.

Chisholm Award recipients will also compete for the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations’ (ICFPA) Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Awards for the Global Forest Products Sector. Applicants must be students or researchers who are 30 years old or younger on March 1, 2022

Visit https://www.fpac.ca/awards/chisholm-awards-for-innovation-in-forestry to submit your application or learn more about the Chisholm Awards for Innovation in Forestry. Applications are due by 11:59 pm EDT on April 22, 2022.