Canada and Sweden are both forest nations and forest industry “superpowers.” What challenges will Canada face in forestry and the forest industry in the future? And what will be the main themes for Canadian forest research?
The forest sector in Canada – in the same way as in Sweden – is struggling with major challenges in the transition to a bio-based economy. Forestry has been subjected to harm on a major scale. There is a transition towards new products going on in the industry. The Canadian forest industry started focusing on the key future issues early on. Have the visions and objectives established 4–5 years ago been achieved?
At the seminar, which will be held in English, a series of issues will be explored:
- What can we learn from Canada and Canada from us?
- What is the status of forest assets in Canada and what are the trends in the use of the forest?
- How are Canadian companies adopting change processes to develop new forest products?
- How are companies working in collaboration with researchers from universities and research institutes?
- How are sawmills being developed? Large volumes and/or more value-added products?
- How is wood construction being developed in Canada?
Forest industry research is taking place at large polytechnic institutes (VTT and RISE) in Sweden and Finland. In Canada forest and forest industry researchers are gathered under one roof at the FPInnovations research institute.
Pierre Lapointe, CEO of FPInnovations, is a newly inducted international member of IVA. He will describe the role of innovation in the forest sector in Canada from his research perspective.
Also participating in the seminar will be Glenn A. Mason, Deputy Minister at the Canadian Forest Service and Lars-Göran Sandberg, CEO Timwood Strategic advisors.
Moderators: Elisabet Salander Björklund, CEO Bergvik skog and Chairman of IVA Division VIII Forest Technology and Charlotte Bengtsson, CEO Skogforsk.