Media invitation - Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal - Renewal of NSERC Environmental Design Engineering Chair



    
    Can the forest biorefinery transform the Canadian forestry sector,
         while significantly reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?
    

    MONTREAL, Jan. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - At a time when the Harper government
budget is planning to spend money to assist in the transformation of the
forest industry, and the day before the beginning of the Annual Meeting of the
Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC), the media is invited
to the launch of the renewed NSERC Environmental Design Engineering Chair at
Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal on Monday February 2nd 2009. NSERC, Natural
Resources Canada representatives, and several industrial partners supporting
the Chair will be present.
    The Chair has been held by Professor Paul Stuart from the Chemical
Engineering Department at Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal since the year 2000,
whose theme is "Process Integration in the Pulp and Paper Industry". The
second mandate targets the design and evaluation of an exciting new concept
called the biorefinery, which has the potential to return innovative forestry
companies back to prosperity while at the same time resulting in significant
GHG reductions.

    Some of the issues to be addressed in the Chair technical program
include:

    
    - What is the biorefinery, and how can it potentially be the key strategy
      to turn-around the Canadian forest sector while resulting in
      significant reductions in GHG emissions?

    - How can we best evaluate the environmental performance of the forest
      biorefinery, to ensure that the same concerns do not arise as in the
      case of the "food-to-fuel" debate associated with corn-based ethanol?

    - What biorefinery products and processes should Canadian forestry
      companies diversify to, that will provide them a unique long-term
      competitive position in the difficult North American manufacturing
      context?

    - Implementing the forest biorefinery implies significant risks for
      forestry companies, and to achieve the best result will require a
      fundamental company transformation away from the commodity product
      culture that currently exists. What is the nature of this
      transformation? Specifically, how should forest companies consider
      changing their product delivery supply chains?
    

    With his students' and partners' support, Professor Stuart will present
the NSERC Environmental Design Engineering Chair program on February 2nd 2009,
and will talk about key issues for the forestry sector and subjects of concern
to Canadians.

    DATEBOOK

    
    What:  Renewal of NSERC Environmental Design Engineering Chair

    When:  Monday, February 2, 10:30 a.m.

    Professor Stuart will be available at 9:30 for interviews and to answer
any questions the media may have.

    Where:
    Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal
    Galerie Rolland, 6th floor
    Main Building
    2500 Chemin de Polytechnique Boulevard
    Université de Montréal campus
    (Parking available at Lassonde Building)
    




For further information:

For further information: Annie Touchette, Communications and Recruitment
Office, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, (514) 340-4711, poste 4415,
Cellulaire: (514) 231-8133, annie.touchette@polymtl.ca; Andrée Peltier,
Relations publiques Andrée Peltier inc., (514) 846-0003, Cell: (514) 944-8689,
apeltier@ca.inter.net


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