Keynote Luncheon – Tuesday Feb. 6

Dr. Aled Edwards is a world-renowned expert in open innovation and drug discovery. He is the founding CEO of the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), a U.K.-based charitable company that carries out open-source research to support the discovery of new medicines, with support from the public and private sectors. As we look at diversifying the forest sector toward new biochemicals, advanced biofuels, bioenergy and biomaterials, the question of innovation and how it is applicable to the forestry business model has generated many debates. His work on genomics as well as his position on open innovation will be of great interest and bring out very interesting parallels to the new forest products.

Dr. Aled Edwards currently holds the Banbury Chair of Medical Research at the University of Toronto, Canada and is a Visiting Professor of Chemical Biology at the University of Oxford, U.K.
Keynote Luncheon – Wednesday, Feb. 7

We are excited to welcome Luigi Lazzareschi as a Keynote Presenter at the PaperWeek Business Luncheon on Wednesday February 7th. His presentation will lead the Tissue Masters’ sessions following the luncheon, as part of the Papermaking Program. Mr. Lazzareschi will take this opportunity to provide his views as a major producer in the tissue sector.

Luigi Lazzareschi is the Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of all Italian and foreign companies of the Sofidel Group, the sixth largest manufacturer of tissue paper in the world (the second in Europe).
Keynote Luncheon – Thursday, Feb. 8

Paul Quinn will speak on the current economic context and the timely issues of the exchange rate and future perspectives of the Bank of Canada’s policy interest rate. Nafta is obviously also up the air and Paul will also address some of the key impacts that are at stake the forest products industry.

Paul has been a forest products analyst for over 13 years with the last nine years at RBC. Based in Vancouver, he is responsible for both US and Canadian forest products coverage and has been cited for stock picking and estimates accuracy over the years. Prior to his analyst role, Paul spent over 15 years in the forest products industry.

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