Annual Report

James Gorman
Chair of the Board of Directors

Stéphane Renou
President and Chief Executive Officer


Fiscal year 2021-22 started in the same way the previous year ended, with a focus on the impact of COVID-related measures. Fortunately, as the year progressed and public health restrictions eased, we successfully redefined steady-state operations and established an equilibrium between the benefits of working remotely and those of “boots on the ground”, while continuing to provide an exceptional level of research and technical services to the sector.

Through a collaborative research approach, we are committed to ensuring the forest sector actively contributes to Canada’s climate change goals, while providing significant economic benefits to rural and urban communities. To achieve those goals, we now screen all FPInnovations’ projects for decarbonization potential, and research solutions to help the sector further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We have also accelerated efforts in digitalization to quickly bring knowledge benefits to industry, performed techno-economic analysis of bioproducts to ensure sharper decision making, and researched innovative approaches to reducing not just the sector’s carbon footprint but that of the country.

Implementation and commercialization of technology are the ultimate reward of any technology development effort. This year saw the launch of multiple initiatives that are structured to fast-track the most promising technologies for the sector. After review by the Scientific Technical Advisory Committees, the Board of Directors, Natural Resources Canada, and multiple funding partners, three projects, Lignin in Asphalt, Biodegradable Masks, and Hybrid Tractor Trailers, are moving forward as initiatives in collaboration with supply chain partners. While each project is at a different phase of development, each has a strong focus on identifying and overcoming technical barriers to commercialization, and we, as well as our stakeholders, are confident they will produce the expected results.

We are pleased to see the recent changes to our membership model have such a positive impact. This year, we were very excited to welcome three new companies as FPInnovations’ members, Paper Excellence, Forex, and Coopérative forestière Ferland-Boileau—in addition, existing Members added six facilities to their membership. We are looking forward to providing each of them with the expert research and technical assistance that all our members have come to expect. For a list of all of our Members as of March 31, 2022, click here.

A solid financial foundation is key to the future of any business, not-for-profit or otherwise. We are confident in our Strategic Financial plan, and, through its ongoing implementation, have increased the robustness of our unique business model by maintaining lean operations, right-sizing facilities, and continuously improving our execution with a flexible workforce and collaborative partners.

It is important to recognize that our collaborative research program would not be as effective and sector-focused without the contribution of the Scientific Technical and Advisory Committees (STACs). Our many thanks go out to the Members and significant stakeholders who provide their time and invaluable advice on strategic research directions.


AS AT MARCH 31, 2022

Members of FPInnovations may obtain a signed copy of the audited financial statements free of charge by contacting Terry Knee, Corporate Secretary at


AS AT MARCH 31, 2022

Acadian Timber / AT Limited Partnership
Alberta Newsprint Company
Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc. (Al-Pac)
Atco Wood Products Ltd.
Bois D’oeuvre Cedrico inc.
Boisaco inc.
Boucher Bros. Lumber Ltd.
Canadian Kraft Paper Industries Inc. (CKPI)
Canfor Corporation
Canfor Pulp Ltd.
Carrier Lumber
Cascades Containerboard Packaging
Chaleur Forest Products LP
Chantiers Chibougamau
Coopérative forestière Ferland-Boilleau
Delco Forest Products
Domtar Corporation
Dunkley Lumber Ltd.
EACOM Timber Corporation
Forex Inc.
Groupe Crête
Groupe Lebel
Harmac Pacific (Nanaimo Forest Products Ltd)
Irving Forest Services (J.D. Irving, Limited)
Kruger Inc.
Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd.
Matériaux Blanchet Inc.
Mercer International Inc.
Millar Western Forest Products Ltd.
Northland Forest Products Ltd.
Paper Excellence
Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corporation
Performance BioFilaments Inc.
Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc.
Port Hawkesbury Paper LP
Produits forestiers Arbec Inc.
Produits forestiers Petit Paris
Promobois GDS
Resolute Forest Products
Scierie Clermond Hamel Ltee
Scierie St-Elzéar
Scierie St-Michel Inc.
Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd.
Skeena Sawmills Ltd.
Spray Lake Sawmills (1980) Ltd.
Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation
The Teal-Jones Group
Tolko Industries Ltd.
Vanderwell Contractors (1971) Ltd.
West Fraser
Western Archrib
Weyerhaeuser Company
WRC Timber Inc.

Altair Engineering
Barrette Structural Distribution inc.
Bégin & Bégin inc.
BID Group Technologies Ltd., Comact Division
Boa-Franc Inc.
Bois Francs Bio Serra
Bois BSL inc.
Boise Cascade AllJoist Ltée
Damabois Inc.
Delco Forest Products Ltd.
DK-Spec Inc.
Element 5 Co. Inc.
FML #1 Consortium
Genics Inc.
Gestion Forestiere Lacroix Inc.
J.M. Champeau Inc.
Lauzon, Planchers de bois exclusifs
Les Planchers Mercier
Les Produits Gilbert inc.
LRBG Chemicals Inc.
Machinerie Lico inc.
Marcel Lauzon Inc.
Mee-Toos Forest Products (Peter Ballantyne Development L.P.)
Meubles Canadel Inc.
Novatech Wood Protection Ltd.
Scierie Petit-Saguenay inc.
Séchoir MEC Inc.
Solutions Effecto Inc.
Timber Specialties Co. Ltd.
Timmerman Timberworks

Arnold Bros. Transport
Arrow Transportation Systems
Bison Transport
Carmen Transportation
Cascades Transport
Centre de formation en transport de Charlesbourg
Centre de formation en transport routier de Saint-Jérôme
Centre de gestion de l’équipement roulant (Division of Ministère des Transports du Québec)
Charger Logistics
Eassons Transport
Groupe Goyette
Groupe TYT
Loblaw Inc.
Martin Roy Transport
Midland Transport
Minimax Express
Ministère des Transports, Mobilite durable et
Electrifications des transports du Québec
SLH Transport
Société des alcools du Québec
Sunbury & RST Transport
Transport Canada
Transport Jacques Auger
Transport Matte
Transport Robert
Trans-West Group
VersaCold Transportation Solutions
Vitesse Transport
Whitecourt Transport

Alberta agriculture, forestry and economic development British Columbia Wildfire Service
Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources
Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency
Yukon Wildfire Management
Conair Aerial Firefighting
Coulson Group
Genics Inc.

Provinces and Territories
Government of Alberta
Government of British Columbia
Government of New Brunswick
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Government of Nova Scotia
Government of Ontario
Government of Québec
Government of Saskatchewan
Government of Northwest Territories

Natural Resources Canada (Canadian Forest Service)


AS AT MARCH 31, 2022

James Gorman
Chair of the Board of Directors

Stéphane Renou
President and CEO

Terry Knee
Corporate Secretary, Governance and Compliance

Denis Cormier
Vice President, Research Operations

James Gorman (Chair)
West Fraser

Derek Nighbor
Forest Products Association of Canada

Guillaume Bouvier
Kruger Inc.

Jean-François Guillot
Paper Excellence

Kathleen McFadden

Kevin Edgson
Canfor Pulp

Luke Drapeau
Canfor Corporation

Mark Mosher
Irving Forest Services ( J.D. Irving, Limited)

Stéphane Renou

Robert Dufresne
Resolute Forest Products

William Adams
Mercer International

Beth MacNeil
Canadian Forest Service
Natural Resources Canada

Mélanie Turgeon
Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks
Government of Quebec

Sean Maguire
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry,
Government of Ontario