BIOFOR 2020 - Tuesday February 4


Room: Place du Canada

Talent as a critical enabler of long term value creation

Market capitalization of public companies is increasingly driven by intangibles, but which ones? The Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism is tackling that fundamental question through the Embankment Project for Inclusive Capitalism (EPIC).

The EPIC project had 31 participants: 22 asset managers and asset owners with US$30 trillion under management and 9 public companies with US$2 trillion in market capitalization. Clearly, investors are calling companies to become more long-term oriented as a strategic opportunity to define a value creation model. Investors want to know more about human capital management and organizational cultural alignment.

The panel will review the approach and conclusions of EPIC as it relates to talent. What is the market looking for and how shall we measure progress? How shall companies in our industry articulate their human capital value narrative, especially in an era of scarce talent?

Panel Moderator: Anne-Marie Hubert, Associée directrice pour l’Est du Canada / Eastern Canada Managing Partner, Ernst & Young


suzanneblanchetSuzanne Blanchet
Administratrice de sociétés / Corporate Director

audreymurrayAudrey Murray
Labour Market Partners Board / Commission des partenaires du marché du travail (CPMT)

KevinEdgsonKevin Edgson
President and CEO / Président et chef de la direction, EACOM Timber Corporation

amhubertAnne-Marie Hubert
Associée directrice pour l’Est du Canada / Eastern Canada Managing Partner, Ernst & Young

10:00 - 10:30 / Networking in Innovation Alley

10:30 - 11:00

BIOFOR Opening Session

Room: Square Dorchester

- Welcome address by Dr. Marzouk Benali, Conference Chair
- Opening keynote speech: TBD

11:00 – 12:00

Market Development

Room: Square Dorchester

"The importance of high-quality data as means to support environmental stewardship with economic growth" 
Keynote Speaker: TBA

12:00 - 13:15 / KEYNOTE LUNCHEON

Room: Place du Canada

Luncheon Panel: Digitization of the Industry - Perspectives for the Forest Sector

Thanks to new digital technologies, virtual forests are coming and forest management takes a leap into the digital age. Digitalization will likely transform the forest industry.

However, the application of these technologies are still relatively embryonic. The panelists will walk us through the innovations in data science and artificial intelligence and provide their perspectives on how these innovations can be effectively applied and how they can change the decision-making in forest value chains.

Panel Moderator: Stéphane Renou, CEO, FPInnovations


renouStéphane Renou,
CEO, FPInnovations

  • Other Panelists to be announced shortly

13:15 - 13:30 / Coffee and Dessert in Tradeshow

13:30 - 15:00

Research Advancement & Innovation

Room: Square Dorchester

Panel 1: Lignin-based biorefinery value chains: Added-value products and the transition towards a low carbon economy

Moderator: Michael Paleologou, FPInnovations 


15:00 - 15:30 / Networking in Innovation Alley

15:30 - 17:30

Research Advancement & Innovation

Room: Square Dorchester

15:30 "The Canadian BioDesign Consortium: Enabling the implementation of the Canadian Bioeconomy", Robert Larocque, FPAC
16:30 "Seeing past barriers: The imperative for Canada’s bioeconomy cluster", Paul Stuart, Polytechnique Montréal

17:00 - 18:30 / NETWORKING RECEPTION in Tradeshow

About Us

PAPTAC is a Canadian-based non-profit organization, dedicated to improving the technical and professional capabilities of its members worldwide, and to the advancement of the pulp and paper industry.


For general information about the conference, including registration, please contact us at:

  [email protected]  
  (514) 392-0265
  (514) 392-0369