Media Alert - PwC 24th annual global forest & paper conference being held May 11 in Vancouver, BC

New directions and opportunities for people, products and markets; spotlight on customers

VANCOUVER, May 10 /CNW/ - The global forest and paper sector has been faced with a decade of challenges, cost pressures and changing customer demands, but industry leaders are now seizing the opportunity to change directions and business strategies.

On May 11 over 450 CEOs, senior executives, customers, suppliers, analysts and policy makers from the world's forest and paper industry will meet at the PwC 24th Annual Global Forest & Paper Industry Conference to explore how the forest sector is changing directions and how this can translate into fresh opportunities and new sources of value.

Customers and forest products producers from around the globe will take the stage and share how changing business models are creating new opportunities.

Topics to be discussed include global economics and geopolitical risk, industry financial performance and outlook, new directions and opportunities for the industry, market and products outlook, and a panel of CEOs discussing changing business models and the issues at the top of their agenda. The luncheon keynote speaker will discuss the road to recovery for Japan after the recent earthquake and tsunami.

Speakers include:

Robert Johnston, Director, Global Energy and Natural Resources, Eurasia Group, New York, USA

Dr. Lynn Michaelis, Executive Adviser/Senior Economist, RISI, Inc, Bedford, USA

Paul Quinn, Paper and Forest Products Analyst, RBC Capital Markets, Vancouver, Canada

Frédéric Bouchard, Partner, Consulting and Deals, Forest, Paper & Packaging practice, PwC, Montreal Canada

Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO, Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada

Avrim Lazar, President and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Chad Wasilenkoff, CEO, Fortress Paper Ltd., Vancouver, Canada

Keith Lancastle, Executive Director, Forest Products Sector Council, Ottawa, Canada

Russell Taylor, President, International WOOD Markets Group, Inc. Vancouver, Canada

Tom Wright, Director, Hawkins Wright Ltd, London.UK

David Walker, Managing Director, Kauri Capital Pte. Ltd., Singapore

Jose Penido, Chairman of the Board, Fibria Celulose, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Rick Doman, President and CEO, EACOM Timber Corporation, Montreal, Canada

Dr. Jack Sadler, Professor of Forest Products Biotechnology / Bioenergy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Joe Nemeth, President and CEO, Canfor Pulp Products Inc., Vancouver, Canada

Special luncheon keynote speaker, Mr. Hideki Ito, Consul General of Japan in Vancouver, Canada

WHAT: PwC 24th Annual Global Forest & Paper Industry Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, May 11, 2011; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Westin Bayshore Resort & Marina, Grand Ballroom, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Complete PwC conference and speaker details are available at:

Accredited media are welcome to attend the full day conference, please pre-register. Contact Jim Nelson at:, or +1 604 806 7047. Pre-registered media may pre-book 15 minute one on one interviews with PwC spokespeople.

Firm Description
The firms of the PwC network provide industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to enhance value for clients. More than 161,000 people in 154 countries in PwC firms across the PwC network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice. In Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, and its related entities have more than 5,700 partners and staff in offices across the country. See for more information.

"PwC" is the brand under which member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited (PwCIL) operate and provide services. Together, these firms form the PwC network. Each firm in the network is a separate legal entity and does not act as agent of PwCIL or any other member firm. PwCIL does not provide any services to clients. PwCIL is not responsible or liable for the acts or omissions of any of its member firms, nor can it control the exercise of their professional judgment or bind them in any way.

Note to Editors: PwC has changed its name from PricewaterhouseCoopers to PwC in the fall of 2010. 'PwC' is written in text with a capital 'P' and capital 'C'. Only when you use the PwC logo is the name represented in lower case.

"PwC" refers to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, which is a member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, each member firm of which is a separate legal entity.


For further information:

Jim Nelson, PwC
Tel: 604 806 7047
Kiran Chauhan, PwC
Tel: 416 890 8695

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