During the Pulp and Paper Technical Assn. of Canada's
Annual Meeting, held February 2-3 in Montreal, the Canadian industry's top honor, the John S. Bates Memorial Gold Medal, was presented to J. David McDonald
long-term contributions to the industry.
McDonald was vice-president, university programs and strategic partnerships, at FPInnovations Ð Paprican until his retirement at the end of 2009.
At Paprican, he held senior management positions as vice-president, research and education, and manager of the mechanical pulping program.
31-year career at FPInnovations
has managed or made direct contributions to research in all aspects of papermaking and mechanical pulping.
all aspects of papermaking and mechanical pulping.
As vice-president of Paprican, he provided the vision for the Transformative Technologies Initiative (nanotechnology, biorefinery, novel pulp and paper products, and optimizing the fibre value chain), which was a major change in research direction.
has helped build industry/university partnerships that are envied by the rest of the world.