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Research institute gets green light


January 30, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

As of April 1, 2007, Canada will have one, major forest research institute. The boards and member companies of FER…

As of April 1, 2007, Canada will have one, major forest research institute. The boards and member companies of FERIC, Forintek and Paprican have voted to merge. The new, single institute will be called FPInnovations.

The vote was held on January 25, and came on the heels of a previous vote held in June by the members of each institution to explore the possibility of creating an entirely new structre to spearhead the activities of the three institutes. In September of last year, Dr. Ian de la Roche was named president and CEO of the new structure.

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“The process leading to [this] favourable vote has given both the members and the management teams of each institute the time necessary to consider the opportunities and challenges that such a merger inevitably presents,” said Don Banks, chairman of FERIC.

“In addition to spearheading the activities of FERIC, Forintek and Paprican, FPInnovations will also provide technical direction for the Canadian Forest Service’s newly created Fibre Centre,” said Frank Dottori, chairman of Paprican.

“This means that researchers along the entire value chain will be better positioned to support industry in developing the next generation of value-added products. Understanding the unique qualities of Canadian forests and determining how to maximze the value of that resource is key to the industry’s future success. FPInnovations will play a significant role in assisting industry with this challenge.”


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