UBC Pulp and paper research to benefit from Canfor investment

Vancouver, Canada—June 24, 2011—UBC’s Pulp and paper research will benefit from an investment by Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership announced today.

As part of a ceremony opening the new Canfor Pulp Innovation Centre in Burnaby, BC, Canfor announced a new research grant program in collaboration with the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia that will provide a total of $225,000 over the next three years to university faculty for novel pulp and paper research projects.

“This imaginative university program will enhance UBC’s longstanding link with industry through our Pulp and Paper Centre,” says UBC’s Dean of Applied Science Tyseer Aboulnasr.

The UBC Pulp and Paper Centre, administered through the Faculty of Applied Science, is an inter-disciplinary centre that conducts research for the benefit of the current and future pulp and paper industry. It brings together faculty and student researchers to work collaboratively with the manufacturing industry, utilities, supplier industry, consultants and government agencies. The centre also serves as a point of entry for the industry looking to the university for innovative solutions, new technology and educational programs.

The Grants Program will have a yearly call for proposals for novel research projects in areas relevant to Canfor Pulp’s mandate. Awards will be decided by a committee chaired by the Director of the Canfor Pulp innovation Centre. Priority topics for each competition, proposal format, deadlines, and other updated information will be posted on the web site: www.canforpulp.com/community/grants effective 27 June 2011. The first awards will be made in October 2011.

“Canfor’s investment will directly support student research aimed at serving the needs of current and future industry,” says Professor James Olson, Director of UBC’s Pulp and Paper Centre. “BC has the opportunity to lead the transformation into forest based bio-materials, fuels and products economy. We applaud Canfor for its vision in supporting transformative research that is vital to the future of our largest and strategically important industry.”

For more information visit:
Canfor Pulp Products Inc. media release


ErinRose Handy
Manager, Marketing & External Communications
UBC Faculty of Applied Science
Tel: 604-822-1524
E-mail: erinrose.handy@ubc.ca