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FPInnovations and CanmetENERGY announce MOU Collaborative Research in Bioeconomy to Help Transform Forest Sector

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fpinn logo edgeFPInnovations and Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY have signed a memorandum of understanding which will formalize the collaborative efforts of the research teams from both organizations after years of informal cooperation.

Speaking at PaperWeek Canada in Montreal, Pierre Lapointe, CEO of FPInnovations, said the agreement will facilitate the delivery of innovative solutions in areas such as energy co-generation, biorefining, and transformation of forest biomass to bio-energy and high value bioproducts.

Researchers from both organizations will work together to exchange scientific and technical information and collaborate on joint projects.

“This agreement formalizes the long-standing relationship between FPInnovations and Natural Resources Canada and provides a strong framework for future cooperation,” said Lapointe. “Such agreements are the cornerstone that will enable Canada’s forest sector to maximize the potential of the bio-economy and in doing so, help meet the targets outlined in the Forest Products Association of Canada’s Vision 2020, an ambitious plan that challenges us all to find innovative ways to further transform the sector.”

Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY is is Canada's knowledge centre for scientific expertise on clean energy technologies. It encompasses more than 450 scientists, engineers and technicians, and more than 100 years of experience.

FPInnovations is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector.

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About CanmetENERGY
Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY is the Canadian leader in clean energy research and technology development. With over 450 scientists, engineers and technicians and more than 100 years of experience, it is Canada's knowledge centre for scientific expertise on clean energy technologies. CanmetENERGY supports Natural Resources Canada's priorities to promote the sustainable and economic development of our natural resources, while improving the quality of life of Canadians. We have world-class energy research centres of expertise based in Devon, Alberta, Ottawa, Ontario and Varennes, Québec. For more information about CanmetENERGY, visit: www.canmetenergy.nrcan.gc.ca 

About FPInnovations
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 industry members and government partners. 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 forest operations to consumer and industrial products. FPInnovations’ staff numbers more than 525. Its R&D laboratories are located in Québec City, Ottawa, Montréal, Thunder Bay, Edmonton and Vancouver, and it has technology transfer offices across Canada. For more information about FPInnovations, visit: www.fpinnovations.ca 

Contact information:
FPInnovations 
Terry Knee
Communications Director
514 630-4115
terry.knee@fpinnovations.ca

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