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FPInnovations showcases forest sector innovation at the #BCTECH Summit

Jan 18, 2016
Forestry’s tech ingenuity is demonstrated at BC’s biggest ever tech conference

Robots, drones & more cool tech! FPInnovations showcases the tech ingenuity of forestry at BC's biggest ever tech summit, which opened today at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The two-day inaugural #BCTECH Summit shines the spotlight on BC's vibrant tech industry, bringing some of the biggest names in technology including investors, researchers, industry and government officials to build cross-sector opportunities for businesses and encourage all industries to gain a competitive advantage by further connecting to the growing tech sector.
FPInnovations' work in research, technology and innovation is on display at the #BCTECH Summit Technology Showcase, January 18-19, along with the latest BC tech inventions.
A long roster of speakers, including an opening keynote by Premier Christy Clark, will highlight some of the most pressing issues facing the BC tech industry including innovation, big data and clean technology, among others.
On January 19, Pierre Lapointe, the President and CEO of FPInnovations, is moderating a breakout session on natural resources. Panelists comprising the movers and shakers of the sector will discuss the actions and opportunities around innovation and how applied innovative technologies can unite them as leaders in responsible natural resource development in B.C. Panelists include Carl Weatherell, Executive Director & CEO, Canada Mining Innovation Council; Gurminder Minhas, Managing Director, Performance BioFilaments Inc.; Stephen Lougheed, President & CEO, Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures.
"Being a global leader in breakthrough technologies and innovation, we are proud to be a part of the BCTECH Summit that spark cross-sector collaboration and showcases BC's vital tech industry. It is an honour to showcase FPInnovations' most recent technological advances at the Technology Showcase, and demonstrate how we are shaping a thriving future of forest innovation excellence, robust collaboration and partnerships with the transport, construction and oil and gas industries, etc., that will result in economic opportunity and jobs."
-Pierre Lapointe, FPInnovations President and CEO
Quick Facts
The forest industry represents the largest manufacturing sector in BC, and operates production facilities in every region. In 2013, there were approximately 250 primary and 1,525 secondary forest products manufacturing facilities located in all parts of the province.
In 2013, total BC forest industry revenue was $15.7 billion - approximately 62% generated in interior BC & 38% from the coast region. The BC forest sector is responsible for 35% of BC's total exports ($12.4 billion) and is the primary employer in many parts of the province.
The BC forest industry's primary manufacturing sector accounted for 24% of direct manufacturing employment, or 1 in every 4 manufacturing jobs. The sector directly employs over 60,000 British Columbians in more than 7,300 businesses and indirectly employs some 80,000 people. More than 40% of regional economies across the province are dependent on forestry.
The BCTECH Summit is an initiative of the BC Government and the BC Innovation Council.
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About FPInnovations
FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector's global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners. It is ideally positioned to perform research, innovate, and deliver state-of-the-art solutions for every area of the sector's value chain, from forest operations to consumer and industrial products. FPInnovations' staff numbers more than 525. Its R&D laboratories are located in Quebec City, Montreal, and Vancouver, and it has technology transfer offices across Canada. For more information about FPInnovations, visit:
Terry Knee
Communications Director




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