FPInnovations is the world’s largest private, not-for-profit forest research institute. It has 600 employees located in six laboratories in Montreal, Quebec City and Vancouver and an annual budget of $95M. FPInnovations has developed a world-class reputation based on the excellence of its research programs in Pulp & Paper, Wood Products, and Forestry.

The mission of FPInnovations is to optimize the forest sector value chain, by capitalizing on Canada’s unique fibre attributes to develop new products and market opportunities within a framework of environmental sustainability. FPInnovations aims to strengthen the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness through research, knowledge transfer and implementation in order to achieve leadership through innovation. As a powerful, united voice for forest sector research in Canada, FPInnovations is the key element in the sector’s transition to a stronger, more sustainable future. From genetics and harvesting operations to wood and paper products and beyond, FPInnovations provides a sector-wide voice on issues of global importance to the Canadian forest industry and its customers.

FPInnovations has a global vision of product development for the Canadian forest industry: flexible and competitive forestry and transportation processes, advanced wood products and living-with-wood solutions, next generation pulps and papers, new nanoproducts and applications, and new energy and chemical products derived from forest biomass.

FPInnovations provides leadership and guidance in developing the bioeconomy by improving forest productivity and maximizing fibre delivery and value. Precision forestry techniques are used to optimize harvesting and management processes, to suppress and manage wildland fires and to promote environmental sustainability. In the wood products area, advanced technologies are applied to reduce production costs, improve manufacturing, optimize fibre usage and increase the quality and variety of specialty wood-based products. FPInnovations also collaborates internationally to strengthen building codes and standards.  In the paper sector, FPInnovations strives to enhance traditional paper products and to design revolutionary new ones. It also identifies new product streams by extracting chemicals and energy from forest biomass, builds cellulose-based nanomaterials to produce high-performance paper and packaging, and promotes environmentally sustainable mill practices.

FPInnovations has significant collaborations at 20 universities across Canada and provides a bridge to transfer technology from the laboratory to practise. Sponsored chairs are supported at UWO, UBC and McGill, Carleton and Laval Universities. FPInnovations scientists co-supervise graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, who may spend up to a year or more at an FPInnovations laboratory using specialized equipment not available at their home university.


Lignol is a BC-based Canadian company and a leader in the development of low-carbon-footprint biofuels, biomaterials and green chemicals.

The biofuels market is growing on a global scale, as nations look for next generation solutions to augment grain-based ethanol. Lignol’s Biorefining process technology refines readily-available, sustainable feedstocks (agricultural and forestry residues) into fuel-grade ethanol and valuable co-product green chemicals, particularly Lignin Derivatives, which can displace a wide range of materials currently made from fossil fuels.  Lignol is developing a range of industrial applications for these highly pure materials, which are known collectively as HP-LTM Lignin.  Part of this development involves customizing Lignin Derivatives to provide appropriate physical properties and chemical functionality to enable increasing degrees of incorporation of HP-L Lignin into product formulations.

With over $40 million invested over the past few years and state-of-the-art technology, Lignol has developed a robust IP program to secure its position with several patents issued, 17 patent families and more than 50 patents in progress.

Through its collaborations with academic and research groups, Lignol is an active participant in the ongoing development of technology for enhanced biofuels and biochemicals and in expanding the roles they can play in addressing environmental and energy concerns. Key strategic partnerships with industry and governments, assist Lignol on its commercialization pathway.


Weyerhaeuser is a forest products company that grows and harvests trees, builds homes and makes a range of forest products essential to everyday lives. Weyerhaeuser’s goal is to do this safely, profitably and responsibly and is committed to operate as a sustainable company in the 21st Century. Weyerhaeuser focuses on increasing energy and resource efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing water consumption, conserving natural resources, and offering products that meet human needs with superior sustainability attributes. Additionally, Weyerhaeuser operates with world class safety results, understands and addresses the needs of the communities in which it operates, and presents itself transparently.

Weyerhaeuser has offices or operations in 10 countries (including Canada) and has customers worldwide. Also, Weyerhaeuser manages 22 million acres of forests, and in 2009, it generated $5.5 billion in net sales from continuing operations. 

Weyerhaeuser is focused on developing alternatives to petroleum-based feedstocks and products by developing new bio-based materials.  By working with organizations such as the Biomaterials and Chemicals Strategic Research Network, Weyerhaeuser is hoping to accelerate the development of solutions in this area.

Alberta Pacific Forest Industries Inc

Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. (Al-Pac) is one of the most modern pulp mills in the world. Together, with our team members and team member contractors, we use environmentally sustainable practices to produce approximately 650,000 tonnes of high quality, elemental-chlorine-free bleached kraft pulp annually.