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PaperWeek Canada emphasizes global knowledge and connections

The largest gathering of the Canadian pulp and paper industry adds some new topics for 2016, and continues to expand its coverage of the bio-economy.

November 23, 2015  By Cindy Macdonald

Visit with suppliers at the PaperWeek Canada trade show. For 2016

For 2016, PaperWeek Canada has added several new conference topics – converting and market pulp – to its already diverse program.

The annual gathering of Canada’s pulp and paper industry will continue to offer technical sessions, conference tracks on various subjects, a trade show and conference luncheons with keynote speakers. As well, the organizers of PaperWeek Canada have added a second, co-located event: Montreal Biofor International.

PaperWeek Canada is produced by PAPTAC. It will run from Feb. 1 to 5 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. Biofor will be slightly shorter, from Feb. 2 to 4.


The theme of PaperWeek Canada 2016 is Global Knowledge Connections. In addition to the two new topics, the following conference tracks are planned: energy reduction, tissue, packaging, technical, reliability, management and safety.

The converting track will cover the latest technology advancements in paper, tissue and paperboard converting operations. PAPTAC says the presentations will also provide updates on some of the most recent market trends and best practices.
The market pulp track will address the key aspects of pulp production, operations optimization and technology developments, as well as provide insight on the market perspectives.

The conference portion of PaperWeek Canada begins on Feb. 2 with an executive panel breakfast.

The program committee for PaperWeek consists of Daniel Archambault of Kruger, Eric Ashby of Domtar, Patrick Corriveau of Resolute Forest Products, and Grey Hay of PAPTAC. They hint that attendees should expect new twists in the concept, format and content of the program for the upcoming event.

Exploring the biorefining segment
Montreal Biofor International is a new conference dedicated to the emerging forest bioeconomy. Through its association with PaperWeek, Biofor “capitalizes on the presence of the forest sector’s key players and brings together the stakeholders of the value chain,” says the event web site.

Biofor will feature market analyses, industry updates, new technologies and world-renowned keynote speakers. Conference content will be guided by a knowledgeable program committee: Peter Axegard, Innventia; Tom Browne, FPInnovations; Jean Hamel, FPInnovations; Jean-François Levasseur, Natural Resources Canada; Jason Linkewich, LinksEdge; Mariya Marinova, Polytechnique Montreal; Don Roberts, Nawitka Captial Advisors; and Donald Smith, BioFuelNet.

Topics requested in the call for papers include:

  • Bioproducts and biomaterials – from forest to market;
  • Building links between the forest and the chemical industry;
  • Biorefinery resources and supply chain;
  • Biorefining technologies;
  • Biofuels;
  • Biomass conversion;
  • Market perspectives;
  • Sustainability of the forest biorefinery;
  • Combining forest and agricultural biomass.

Both PaperWeek Canada and Montreal Biofor International offer invaluable learning and networking opportunities. For details, visit www.paperweekcanada.ca.       

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