OTTAWA, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - FIBRE, or Forest Innovation by Research and Education, is the newly created organization that has been structured to
build synergies among eight Forest Sector University R&D Networks
funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of
Canada (NSERC). Together, FIBRE will work within the Forest Sector
Innovation System contributing to the transformation of the Canadian
forest sector. The mandate comes from a partnership comprised of:
FPInnovations, Natural Resources Canada, NSERC and Forest Products
Association of Canada (FPAC).
The University R&D networks are comprised of seven NSERC strategic
initiatives, which are: ForValueNet Network, and Value Chain Optimization Network, both led by Laval University; Bioconversion Network, led by the University of Guelph; Lignoworks, led by the University of British Columbia; Innovative Green Wood Fibre Products Network, led by McGill University; Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network, led by McMaster University; NEWBuildS, led by the University of New Brunswick. The eighth R&D network is ArboraNano, the Canadian Forest NanoProducts Network, a Business-led Centre of
"The FIBRE partnership is a unique opportunity to create and share
knowledge and best practices from eight forest research university
networks which draw on the R&D strengths of each other in an innovative
approach," says Theo van de Ven of McGill University and spokesperson
for FIBRE. "It will also allow us to ensure better connectivity with
other key components of the Canadian Forest Sector Innovation System."
"A recent review of the NSERC Forest Sector R&D Initiative identified
that going forward, the priorities of University Networks and key
partners should make use of synergies and optimize effectiveness among
the National Innovation System's key players in line with market needs
and the Forest Sector Transformation Strategy. This will be a top
priority for FIBRE and key forest sector stakeholders," states Pierre
Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations.
"FPInnovations has been a strong proponent of FIBRE from the outset
because we believe that universities are playing a key role within the
Canadian Forest Sector Innovation System. To enhance our support even
further, we are very pleased to hire Paule Têtu as
FPInnovations-University Strategic Partnership Advisor in order to
create additional synergies within and between our organization and
FIBRE. In doing so, we are creating even stronger conditions for a
sustainability and innovation-based forest industry in Canada," says
Mrs. Têtu will be working with networks and partners to stimulate the
commercialization of R&D results generated through FIBRE's university
networks. Her mandate includes ongoing consultation on network programs
with the forest sector, provincial governments, as well as
non-traditional industries that can benefit from innovation in the
forest sector. Throughout her 20-year career, Têtu has played a key
role in the development of the Canadian Forest Sector, in both private
and public arenas.
"The Government of Canada is continuing to invest in areas that will
further the transformation and innovation of Canada's forest sector and
help ensure sustainable employment for the residents of Canada's many
forest communities," said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of
Natural Resources. "Our support for FIBRE recognizes the invaluable
contribution of academic R&D to that ongoing process of renewal.
Together, we are building a more prosperous future."
"NSERC applauds the creation of FIBRE. It emphasizes the need for strong
partnerships to achieve real solutions for the forest industry," stated
Suzanne Fortier, President of NSERC. "The members of FIBRE have already
generated high-impact results, and together will make a strong
statement about the role innovation plays in the future success of the
forest industry in Canada."
"Ground-breaking research is helping transform our forest products
sector into a dynamic and future-oriented industry," says Avrim Lazar,
the President and CEO of FPAC. "This type of partnership is crucial as
Canadian forest companies compete to take advantage of an estimated
$200 billion market for new bio-products made from trees."
For more information about FIBRE, consult: www.reseauxfibrenetworks.ca or call for a copy of the FIBRE leaflet.
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