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Quebec’s forests ministry plans workshops, innovation forum


March 29, 2016
By Cindy Macdonald

Québec’s Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Laurent Lessard, has announced a Wood Innovation Forum to be held in Rivière-du-Loup on October 31, 2016. He invited all the players in the forest products industry to attend this unique event.

“The year 2016 is a transitional year for the forest industry,” said Minister Lessard. “It is vital that innovation should be used as a means of reviving the forest sector, for the development of Québec as a whole and to ensure the future of many regional communities.”

“It is for this reason that I want us to work together, at the same table, to talk about the issues,” he continued. “I consider this to be a priority.”

Between now and the date of the event, the Québec government will set up five major workshop groups tasked with identifying the problems and finding solutions and methods that will help the forest products industry to move forward.

The workshop groups will focus on the five sectors of activity – sawmills; pulp, paper and bioproducts; boards; wood construction; bioenergy – and will be chaired by sector experts. The chair of each workshop will present his/her findings at the Forum.