By Cindy Macdonald
Roger Gaudreault, formerly of Cascades, is the winner of the 2016 Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award (Individual). This national individual award, sponsored by GreenCentre Canada, is presented to an individual working in Canada who has made significant contributions to advance green chemistry and/or engineering, including the technical, human health and environmental benefits.
Gaudreault’s contribution to green chemistry research and development has been made through more than 30 years of dedicated work in the pulp and paper industry, green water treatment and green energy. His expertise notably spearheaded him to develop an integrated innovation green chemistry approach based on recycled fibres.
Gaudreault’s scientific and applied background helped developed strong partnerships between academia and industry. He has been an affiliated member of the Centre in Green Chemistry and Catalysis (CGCC) since 2011.
Gaudreault managed Cascades’ centre for research, development and innovation for 20 years, leading to numerous new processes such as chlorine-free bleaching and green innovative consumer products. In the last years, at TGWT Clean Technologies, he has been leading the development of green tannin-based corrosion inhibitors for industrial water treatment as well as research projects to produce biofuel using woody biomass.
Gaudreault has been involved in the Green Products Fibre Network (GFN) and the FIBRE research network, contributing to accelerate green chemistry and technology transfer and providing ongoing HQP training to students on research and industry approaches.
He has given numerous scientific and sustainable innovation talks to both business and public decision makers, including the Standing Senate Committee of Canada on Agriculture and Forestry; The Conference Board of Canada; Les Entretiens Jacques-Cartier; ISPIM and Science & Policy Exchange.