Annual Report


Fiscal year 2022-2023 was marked by the long-awaited return to normalcy in our social and professional activities. Throughout, FPInnovations was committed to its role of honest broker in support of all stakeholders in the forest sector. The organization has continued its work towards realizing the maximum value from forest fibre and delivering results that will improve the sector while contributing to a reduction in the country’s carbon footprint.

Over the past year, FPInnovations continued to work diligently to increase service to Members, partners, and stakeholders with the launch of an improved engagement model. The model facilitates increased engagement and collaboration between all parties as the sector adapts to the new realities dictated by transformed economic and climatic environments.

A targeted approach
This commitment to collaboration has resulted in a focused approach to identifying and developing promising research projects and to creating new product platforms for future markets. To that end, the FPInnovations’ team undertook an extensive brainstorming process aimed at reducing the total number of projects, selecting those that will result in a greater overall impact. The objective was simple: better meet the research needs of the sector and create value, while offering higher economic and environmental value.
With this in mind, we opted for a similar approach for the Strategic Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meetings, bringing multiple sectors together at the same time in a hybrid meeting format, to create increased collaboration and understanding between a diverse set of stakeholders.

Proven results
We are particularly proud this year of the work accomplished by our research teams, which generated impressive results in the following areas:
Measuring the substitution and carbon intensity via a platform for assessing the potential reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when replacing conventional products, typically of fossil origin, with forest-based products;

  • Lime kiln decarbonization strategy aimed to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from kraft pulp mills by using local forest residues to replace fossil fuels that are currently used to power kilns;
  • Validation of a lignin-modified asphalt pavement, a green technology that could improve the performance of Canadian roads by replacing a percentage of the bitumen used in pavements with lignin, a natural glue found in the wood of Canadian forests;
  • Publication of a wood building modelling guide, which involved more than 100 international collaborators, and that helps to reduce the environmental footprint through the digitized design and analysis of wood structures;
  • Ongoing research on wildfire and on ways of helping people to be better prepared, while putting responder safety first.

Work continues…
Thanks to the richness of the forest resource and its incredible potential for producing biobased products, the forest industry offers significant opportunity to contribute to Canada’s climate change objectives.
And as climate change increasingly reminds us that we need to act quickly, we continue our work with determination and are ready to face the challenges ahead. All of these efforts would not be possible without the amazing support of our members, partners, and in particular, our personnel, and we sincerely thank each of you for it.
The next year has already begun, and we can already envision promising results. But there is still work to be done, as we continue to work on behalf of our members, society, and the environment.

Kevin Edgson
Chair of the Board of Directors

Stéphane Renou
President and Chief Executive Officer


AS AT MARCH 31, 2023

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, 2023

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.
Element5 Limited Partnership
Forex Inc.
Groupe Crête
Groupe Lebel
Harmac Pacific (Nanaimo Forest Products Ltd)
Interfor – Eastern Operations
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.
DK-Spec Inc.
FML #1 Consortium
Genics Inc.
Gestion Forestiere Lacroix Inc.
J.M. Champeau Inc.
Lauzon, Planchers de bois exclusifs
Les Planchers Mercier
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.
Produits Forestiers St. Armand Inc.
Scierie Petit-Saguenay inc.
Séchoir MEC Inc.
Solutions Effecto Inc.
Timber Specialties Co. Ltd.
Wellons Canada Corp.

Armour Transportation
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
Christian Larocque Services Ltd.
Eassons Transport Ltd
Groupe Avantage
Groupe Goyette
Groupe Robert
Groupe TYT
Larocque Transport
Linde Canada
Loblaw Inc.
Martin Roy Transport
Midland Transport
Minimax Express
Ministère des Transports, Mobilite durable et Electrifications des transports du Québec
Société des alcools du Québec
Transport Canada
Transport Jacques Auger
Transport Matte
Transport Robert
Trans-West Group
Triple Eight
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, 2023

Kevin Edgson
Chair of the Board of Directors

Stéphane Renou
President and CEO

Terry Knee
Corporate Secretary, Governance and Compliance

Denis Cormier
Vice President, Research Operations

Kevin Edgson (chair)
Canfor Pulp Products Inc.

Derek Nighbor
Forest Products Association of Canada

Jean-François Guillot
Paper Excellence

Kathleen McFadden
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry,
Government of Ontario

Keith Carter
West Fraser

Luke Drapeau
Canfor Corporation

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

Maxime Cossette
Kruger Inc.

Shane Berg
BC Ministry of Forests, Lands,
Natural Resource Operations
and Rural Development

Stéphane Renou

Robert Dufresne
Resolute Forest Products

William Adams
Mercer International

Glenn Hargrove
Canadian Forest Service,
Natural Resources Canada

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