FPInnovations

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FPInnovations is a not-for-profit R&D private organization that specializes in the creation of solutions that accelerate the growth of the Canadian forest sector and its affiliated industries to enhances their global competitiveness. Its expertise spans the pulp and paper industry, forest operations, wood products, and bio-sourced products. It focuses on transforming and diversifying the Canadian forest sector and creates solutions along the entire value chain, from forest management to consumer. FPInnovations has a unique industry-government partnership model and acts an innovation catalyst for Canada’s forest sector. It employs more than 400 specialists throughout Canada and has an annual operating budget of $76 million. Its membership totals to 180 industry companies. Its board of directors represents industry members as well as provincial and federal governments.

The organization's headquarters are located in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, and has its main research centers located in Vancouver, Quebec City, and Pointe-Claire, as well as regional offices located throughout Canada.

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FPInnovations came into existence April 1, 2007 through an amalgamation of Forintek Canada Corporation (founded in 1918), the Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada (FERIC, founded in 1975), and the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (Paprican, founded in 1925) .[1] Each of these institutes focused on different areas of the Canadian forest industry, and now operate within FPInnovations.

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