MONTREAL, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - FPInnovations unveiled its new
organizational structure on Monday to its 550 employees across Canada.
The reorganization came about after an in-depth review of
FPInnovations' business model which required a series of changes to
better position the organization as a strategic partner to industry
members and clients, federal and provincial governments, and the larger
research community, especially universities.
FPInnovations will keep a strong hold on R&D through its Collaborative
Research with forest industry members. To this, it adds a Business
Development component which encompasses Strategic Research Alliances;
Products and Services; and Licensing and Ventures.
"It became clear that the collaborative research approach, which served
us very well for many decades, was no longer sufficient to help us
support our members and partners in pursuit of their new goals," stated
FPInnovations' President and Chief Executive Officer Pierre Lapointe.
"Although R&D remains the heart and soul of the organization, we are
now equipped with new business tools to help FPInnovations continue to
deliver results in the pursuit of transforming the Canadian forest
Business Development Vice President Hervé Deschênes will ensure the
organization's business alignment with potential customers and members
in terms of licensing and ventures; building strategic research
alliances; and developing new products and services. The business
groups reporting structure also includes Intellectual Property, and
Membership Recruitment; Business Analysis; and Sales, Products and
Services. In addition to leading the PIT (Transportation) research
program, Mr. Deschênes will take on and develop the Markets & Economics
Research Vice President of Pulp, Paper and Bioproducts Jean Hamel will
lead the following research programs: Market Pulps, Paper, Packaging
and Consumer Products, Biorefinery and Bioenergy, and Biomaterials.
Research Vice President of Forest Products and Wood Products Peter
Lister will lead the following research programs: Forest Operations,
Wildfire Operations, Primary Wood Products Manufacturing, Secondary
Wood Products Manufacturing, and Advanced Building Systems.
Research Vice President of Resource Assessment George Bruemmer will lead
the Resource Assessment research program, in addition to his other
responsibilities with the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre.
The research and business development vice presidents will report to
Alan Potter, Executive Vice President, who will ensure that all the
research programs and associated research teams present FPInnovations'
enhanced value proposition to its industry members, clients and
At the corporate level, both Chief Financial Officer Yves Nadon and
Strategic Partnerships Vice President Jean-Pierre Martel take on
additional responsibilities. Mr. Nadon will be adding Building Services
and management of company assets to his responsibilities which already
include the Finance and Information Technologies' departments. Mr.
Martel will manage the organization's relationships with the federal
and provincial governments, national and international organizations,
as well as university and Aboriginal partnerships.
"I am convinced that this is the right move for FPInnovations. These
changes will help us explore new partnerships with energy and chemical
industries to name a few," said Pierre Lapointe. "This new structure
will be more efficient and offer the most growth potential while
ensuring a bright future for FPInnovations' members, clients and
partners", concluded Mr. Lapointe.
FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader that specializes in the
creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest
sector's global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of
its industrial and government members. It is ideally positioned to
perform research, innovate and deliver state-of-the-art solutions for
every area of the sector's value chain, from forestry operations to
consumer and industrial products. FPInnovations' staff numbers more
than 550. Its research laboratories are located in Québec City,
Montréal, Thunder Bay, Edmonton and Vancouver, and it has technology
transfer offices across Canada. For more information about
FPInnovations, visit: www.fpinnovations.ca
For further information:
Director 514 630-4124