Media alert: Forest and paper leaders to discuss industry transformation at
PwC conference on May 11

TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - Over 350 CEOs, senior executives, customers, suppliers, analysts and policy makers from the world's forest and paper industry will meet on May 11 at the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 23rd Annual Global Forest & Paper Industry Conference in Vancouver. Panel discussions will cover the state of the industry, the case for change, sustainability, global market outlook and how some producers are transforming to return to profitability and take advantage of new opportunities. A panel of CEOs from leading forest products companies will discuss what's at the top of their agenda and respond to questions from industry analysts.

    WHAT:   The PwC 23rd Annual Global Forest & Paper Industry Conference

    WHEN:   Tuesday, May 11, 2010; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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


            7:30 a.m.   Registration

            8:00 a.m.   Welcome and opening remarks
                        Bruce McIntyre, PwC

            8:05 a.m.   Global economic overview,
                        Doug Porter, BMO Capital Markets.

            8:40 a.m.   Industry Financial Performance,
                        Chip Dillon, Credit Suisse; Michael Murphy, JP Morgan
                        Securities; Frederic Bouchard, PwC; Michael
                        Armstrong, PwC.

            10:00 a.m.  Morning break

            10:25 a.m.  Transformation through innovation,
                        Bjorn Stigson, World Business Council for Sustainable
                        Development; Avrim Lazar, Forest Products Association
                        of Canada; Hugh Sutcliffe, Brookfield Asset
                        Management; Brian Merwin, Mercer International.

            12:00 noon  Delegate reception

            12:30 p.m.  Lunch & luncheon keynote.
                        The Honourable Pat Bell, Minister of Forests and
                        Range, Government of British Columbia.

            2:00 p.m.   Market outlook,
                        Paul Dodge, ProBuild Holdings Inc.; Kurt Schaefer,
                        RISI; Cam Matheson, BC Hydro; Scott McDonald, Pacific
                        Carbon Trust.

            3:15 p.m.   Afternoon break

            3:45 p.m.   Executive Perspectives,
                        Chovalit Ekabut, SCG Paper; Dan Fulton, Weyerhaeuser;
                        Hank Ketcham, West Fraser Timber.

            5:00 p.m.   Closing Remarks

            Full conference and speaker details are available at:

    RSVP:   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 1:1 interviews with PwC

About PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers ( provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its clients and their stakeholders. More than 163,000 people in 151 countries across our network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop fresh perspectives and practical advice. In Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ( and its related entities have more than 5,300 partners and staff in offices across the country.

"PricewaterhouseCoopers" refers to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, or, as the context requires, the PricewaterhouseCoopers global network or other member firms of the network, each of which is a separate legal entity.


For further information: For further information: Jim Nelson, (604) 806-7047,; Kiran Chauhan, (416) 947-8983,

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