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FPInnovations pres/CEO Pierre Lapointe steps down

May 25, 2017  By P&PC Staff

Pierre Lapointe

May 25, 2017 – Yvon Pelletier, chairman of the board of directors for FPInnovations, announced today that Pierre Lapointe will be stepping down from his position as president and CEO.

A selection process will be started over the next few weeks and Lapointe will remain in office until his replacement is appointed, which the association estimates will likely be sometime this fall.

“I am very grateful for the work Pierre has done since taking office on December 1, 2008,” said Pelletier. “Under his leadership, FPInnovations has positioned itself as Canada’s Forest Sector Innovation Hub thanks to many landmark projects.”


FPInnovations says he is known for his energy and dynamism, and above all, his passion for innovation and research.

Earlier this year, Lapointe was recognized by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and The Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his contribution to science both nationally and internationally.

Over his career, he has led various projects such as building the world’s first nanocrystalline cellulose demonstration plant in partnership with Domtar; implementing the first cellulose filaments demonstration plant in the world in partnership with Kruger; as well as creating a Lignin extraction plant in Thunder Bay, Ont., in partnership with Resolute Forest Products.

Lapointe said he is now ready to spend more quality time with his family.

“This decision was not taken lightly. I firmly believe that FPInnovations is a model for research institutes. I have been extremely proud to represent FPInnovations to our members and stakeholders, in Canada and around the world,” he said. “Our Strategic Action Plan, Business Model and all the work done by our employees will certainly position FPInnovations for a very successful future.”

FPInnovations is a not-for-profit R&D institute that works to create scientific solutions to help support the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness. Its research laboratories are located in Quebec City and Montreal, Que., and Vancouver, B.C., and it has technology transfer offices across Canada.

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