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FPInnovations receives Omond Solandt Award

July 26, 2017  By P&PC Staff

Jul. 25, 2017 – FPInnovations has received the Omond Solandt Award, which is presented annually to a public or private organization that has made an “outstanding contribution to operational research in Canada.”

Presented on July 18 by Bernard Gendron of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Transportation and Logistics, the award was given to FPInnovations to highlight its “commitment to research, particularly through its promotion of operational research in Quebec and in Canadian industrial practice as a whole.”

Over the past 15 years, FPInnovations has been at the heart of the NSERC Strategic Research Network on Value Chain Optimization (VCO) and of the FORAC (de la FORêt Au Client) research consortium, two major university networks geared toward optimizing the supply chain in the forest sector, describes the Canadian Operational Research Society.


FPInnovations has also created a research group dedicated to developing modelling and decision-making tools for implementation in the forest sector, including several from operational research work. These efforts have made it possible for the organization to appropriately position itself to meet the analytical challenges of the future associated with implementing the Industry 4.0 concept. The organization also has many achievements in relation to operational research within its various areas of forest-to-mill activities, such as its FPSuite integrated process control platform.

The award was accepted by Francis Fournier, director of FPInnovations’ Quebec laboratory, at a ceremony that took place within the IFORS 2017 Conference in Quebec City.

“FPInnovations is pleased and very honoured to receive the Omond Solandt Award in recognition of the sustained work accomplished by our organization in various operational research applications,” said Pierre Lapointe, FPInnovations president and CEO. “First and foremost, the award bears witness to the importance of collaborative research with our government, university, college, and industrial partners and confirms the impact of our work on our peers and collaborators.”

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