was the Vice-President, University Programs and Strategic Partnerships at FPInnovations
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, Paprican
has managed or made direct contributions to research, development and commercialization.
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.
During 2009, he led the NSERC Forest Sector Initiative which created four new university networks aligned with the Canadian Forest Sector Strategy.
In addition, he
provided the leadership for ArboraNano, the new business-led Network of Centre of Excellence in Forest Nanomaterials and
chaired the board of the Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network
In the area on strategic partnerships, he developed the strategy for CRIBE (Centre for Research in the BioEconomy in Ontario) which provides a facility to demonstrate the production of novel products from forest biomass on a commercial scale.
He has chaired the CPPA Newsprint Committee and served as a member of the TAPPI Research Management Committee as well as many other PAPTAC and TAPPI committees.
In addition to being a member of PAPTAC and TAPPI, he is a member of the Finnish Paper Engineers' Association and an International Ambassador for the Marcus Wallenberg Prize.