PaperWeek Canada announces keynote speakers
By Cindy Macdonald
Suzanne Blanchet of Cascades and Sébastien Corbeil of CelluForce are the first keynote speakers announced for PaperWeek Canada 2016.
The PaperWeek conference and trades show take place Feb. 1-5 in Montreal.
Blanchet is senior vice-president, corporate development at Cascades, and will speak about how Cascades is evolving in today’s environment and the impacts of the company’s new leadership.
Blanchet will also share thoughts and perspectives on the current state of the industry and its future. She was president and CEO of Cascades Tissue Group between 1997 and 2014. She participated in the growth of Cascades’ Tissue division from the beginning and occupied various positions in finance, sales, operations, acquisitions and strategic planning.
Sébastien Corbeil, president and CEO of CelluForce Inc., will discuss at PaperWeek the latest developments at this leading-edge company in the field of crystalline nanocellulose (CNC) as well recent advancements in this sector of forest product diversification.
Corbeil has extensive international business experience spanning more than 20 years. Prior to joining CelluForce, Corbeil held several leadership positions with the SUEZ Group in Europe where he developed new products, launched new business units and helped reposition ailing companies.
PAPTAC, the organizer of the PaperWeek Canada event, has also announced leaders for several program tracks of the conference. PaperWeek’s packaging conference, TechPack, will be led by Jean-Francois Désilets, Sonoco; Ed Stapleton, New Forest; and Benoît Painchaud, Kruger. Building on the success the packaging program has had over the past few years, TechPack is expected to feature a greater number of presentations, topics and networking opportunities in 2016.
The Tissue Masters program at PaperWeek will be under the direction of Steven Sage, Kruger Products; Stéphan Larivière, FPInnovations; and Dave Embley, Irving Consumer Products.