The Keynote Business Luncheons are one of the most popular draws of the event. Their unique format features a keynote presentation each day of the conference. Incorporated to the program schedule and included with the registration - they are a true complement of the conference and tradeshow and serve as a great platform for the advancement and gathering of the industry.
Keynote Luncheon – Tuesday Feb. 5

Advancing Women in Leadership Roles
We are excited to announce this highly relevant and timely panel on advancing women in leadership roles. Insightful discussions among our knowledgeable panel of women professionals will look to raise attention on the importance to attract more women in our ongoing efforts to recruit talent. Workforce renewal and leadership succession are key and immediate issues facing our sector and this panel will look to provide a clear picture of the current status and what to anticipate in the future.
Beth MacNeil, Assistant Deputy Minister, NRCan
- Évelyne Thiffault, professeure à la Faculté de foresterie, de géographie et de géomatique, Université Laval
- Irene Preto, Operations Specialist, Mercer Celgar, Canada
- Anne-Marie Hubert, Managing Partner, EY Canada
- Marie Cyr, Pulp Mill Manager, Domtar Windsor
- Mélanie Paul, Présidente, Inukshuk Synergie
Keynote Luncheon – Wednesday Feb. 6

We are excited to welcome Pierre-Gabriel Côté, CEO of Investissement Québec as one of our keynote speakers. Pierre-Gabriel Côté knows the forest products sector quite well, having worked in the industry prior to joining IQ. Along with sharing his perspective on the evolution of our sector, Mr. Côté will elaborate on the role IQ can play in supporting innovation in the sector, thus helping to create a favorable context for forest products companies to invest in their technology and product portfolio.
Keynote Luncheon – Thrusday Feb. 7

We are honored to welcome Mr. Vesa Lehtonen, Ambassador of Finland to Canada as one of our luncheons speakers. On top of the well-known BioÉnergie La Tuque (BELT) project with Finnish partner Neste, there is no lack of activity between Canada and Finland on the Bioeconomy front. An ideal context for Mr. Lehtonen to come and talk to this natural "northern cooperation" that continues to tie Finland and Canada. Mr. Lehtonen's keynote will be immediately followed by PAPTAC's National Awards Ceremony, recognizing individuals for outstanding achievements and service to PAPTAC and the Canadian pulp and paper industry, as well as top research and technical papers.