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PaperWeek Canada announces opening panel speakers

January 18, 2021  By P&PC Staff


PaperWeek Canada 2021 kicks off Feb. 8 in a virtual format with an opening keynote that will explore how the pulp and paper industry can recover from the impact of COVID-19.

On Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m. ET, PAPTAC welcomes panelists Jean-François Tremblay, deputy minister of Natural Resources Canada, Kevin Anderson, vice-president pulp operations for Canfor Pulp, and Eric Ashby, vice-president manufacturing for Domtar.

The session, which covers both production and management, will be moderated by Véronique Proulx, CEO of Manufacturiers et exportateurs du Quebec (the Quebec branch of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, or CME), and senior vice-president of CME.


PAPTAC has also announced several other sessions, including the Machine Superintendents Roundtable on Feb. 10, which will cover managing and maintaining operations during COVID-19. Justin Charron, shift manager at J.D. Irving, Ltd. will moderate.

The Shutdown Management Roundtable on Feb. 11 will also cover COVID-19, but from a shutdown perspective. André Murphy, mill manager at Canadian Kraft Paper, will moderate the closed-door session for managers to discuss safety protocols, provincial restrictions and contractor onboarding.

PaperWeek’s tissuemaking program will cover creping and converting efficiency, tissue performance and tissue market trends, with technical presentations from companies including FPInnovations, University of British Columbia, Solenis and Kadant.

Other programs covered during the conference include reliability, energy, bleaching, papermaking, safety and the environment.

There’s also a virtual trade show component, which will showcase products, equipment, material and facilities in an enhanced demo environment. Video calls with live representatives will also be available.

The conference also includes audio-video networking for groups or private discussions, facilitated using Microsoft Teams.

PAPTAC’s forest-based BIOFOR International conference will run concurrently.

Registration is now open for the conference, which runs until Feb. 12.

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