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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Green forests, green dollars: rebuilding Canada’s forest products industry leadership through innovation.


Sophie D'Amours, Université Laval

Innovation and knowledge are the centerpieces of a remarkable transformation of Canada’s forest products industry. The old vision of exporting logs and pulp is being swept away by a new paradigm of sustainable forest management, innovative and value-added products, integrated value chains and multi-company, multi-sectoral partnerships.

Few people are more informed about the technologies that are shaping these changes than Université Laval industrial engineer Sophie D’Amours. Come and learn how she and her colleagues and partners now collaborate to solve challenges holistically and position the industry as a global leader in the growing renewable energy and biomaterials economy. D’Amours holds both a senior Canada Research Chair and an NSERC Industrial Research Chair. She is the scientific director of the NSERC Strategic Network Grant on Value Chain Optimization and the former director of FORAC (De la FORêt Au Client)—a highly successful research consortium that she built at Université Laval. FORAC has evolved to engage numerous partners from the forest product industry, the high-technology sector, and both public and private organizations. In recognition of the respect that she has earned, both in industry and academia, she was recently named Chair of the Board of Directors, of le Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec, as well as Vice-Dean, Research and Development, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Université Laval.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday November 24, 2011, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Location: Government Conference Centre, Colonel By entrance
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Manager: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday November 21, 2011