Keynote Luncheon – Tuesday Feb. 6

Dr. Aled Edwards is a world-renowned expert in open innovation and drug discovery. He is the founding CEO of the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), a U.K.-based charitable company that carries out open-source research to support the discovery of new medicines, with support from the public and private sectors. As we look at diversifying the forest sector toward new biochemicals, advanced biofuels, bioenergy and biomaterials, the question of innovation and how it is applicable to the forestry business model has generated many debates. His work on genomics as well as his position on open innovation will be of great interest and bring out very interesting parallels to the new forest products.

Dr. Aled Edwards currently holds the Banbury Chair of Medical Research at the University of Toronto, Canada and is a Visiting Professor of Chemical Biology at the University of Oxford, U.K.
Keynote Luncheon – Wednesday, Feb. 7

We are excited to welcome Luigi Lazzareschi as a Keynote Presenter at the PaperWeek Business Luncheon on Wednesday February 7th. His presentation will lead the Tissue Masters’ sessions following the luncheon, as part of the Papermaking Program. Mr. Lazzareschi will take this opportunity to provide his views as a major producer in the tissue sector.

Luigi Lazzareschi is the Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of all Italian and foreign companies of the Sofidel Group, the sixth largest manufacturer of tissue paper in the world (the second in Europe).
Keynote Luncheon – Thursday, Feb. 8

Murray McLaughlin is president of McLaughlin Consultants. He is an advisor to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada on international and governmental relations.
He was the founding executive director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada and the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance in Sarnia with a focus on a sustainable bioeconomy. He has a long history of involvement in Canadian agriculture and bioindustry and he has held various positions in private industry, government and non-profit sectors. His career has focused on agricultural science including research, development and product management and marketing.
After recently having traveled in Europe, to capture some of the experiences and deployment of similar approaches, Mr. McLaughlin will be here to provide an update on the setting up of this supercluster initiative here in Canada.

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