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Alan Potter
VP Strategic Technologies, FPInnovations,
Vancouver, BC Canada
Opportunities for Wood Crops for Biomaterials
Wedneday, September 15, 2010
1:30 - 2:00 pm

Abstract: The speaker, Dr Alan Potter, will speak to the decisions facing the Canadian Forest industry vis-à-vis the future opportunities for the use of wood materials to develop future biomaterials. A strategic context will be set along with the exploration of some specific product opportunities.
photo of Alan Potter
Alan Potter is currently Vice President with FPInnovations and based in Vancouver, BC. FPInnovations is the recent amalgamation of Canada’s forest products research institutes Feric, Forintek and Paprican and has resulted in the largest private sector forest products research institute in the world. In recent years Alan has participated in a number of strategic efforts to define a new future for the forest sector in the emerging bioeconomy. These resulted in a recent investment of $70 million by the Federal Government in FPInnovations to pursue technologies which will transform Canada’s forest sector.

More recently, Alan has added University networks and relations to his responsibilities.

Alan was formerly Vice President Technology and Environment for Nexfor Inc., a Canadian wood and paper products company, and the former holding company for both Norbord Inc. and Fraser Papers Inc. He led the company’s research and development centre in Montreal as well as directing the environmental affairs of the corporation at the Head Office in Toronto

Other applied research experience in wood products has included assignments with Forintek Canada, MacMillan Bloedel Research, and Crown Forest Industries, all in Vancouver, B.C., as well as assignments in the chemical sector in the United Kingdom.

Academic qualifications include a Ph.D. and B.Sc. in Chemistry from St. Andrews University, Scotland, and an M.B.A. from University of British Columbia, BC.

Alan is married to Lisa and has two children, Andrew 23 and Sarah 18.

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