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    Sylvie Gagné - Mill Champion


    Sylvie Gagné
    Process Engineer and Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor at New Forest Paper Mills LP

    Sylvie Gagné is a graduate from the University of Ottawa, earning a degree in Chemical Engineering-Biotechnology in 1993 and a Masters of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering in 1996. Her first pulp and paper experience was as a Coop Student at the James-River (Marathon, Ontario) pulp mill and was hooked by the mill environment: working with people to achieve technical objectives. Upon graduation she worked as a Technical Service Engineer with Nacan Products Limited, providing technical expertise to papermills in the use of wet-end starch, size press starch applications and size emulsification. Subsequently, she was the Process Engineer at Eka Chemicals in Toronto, a plant producing AKD size and de-inking additives for the paper industry.

    Currently Sylvie provides technical expertise, process analysis and project management for stock preparation, paper machine operation and the wastewater treatment plant at New Forest. “Being part of the start-up team of a brand-new papermachine is one of the highlights of my career”. Sylvie is not happy with the status quo and continuously looks for ways to improve safety, paper quality, process performance, and to reduce production costs. She is also committed to improving herself, taking part in numerous PAPTAC courses and seminars over the years and recently earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) designation (2011).

    Sylvie’s has been a member of PAPTAC for many years and has attended PaperWeek Canada many times. In 2009, she won the 3rd prize in PAPTAC’s Energy Conservation Opportunity Awards. She promotes the pulp and paper industry by speaking to schools, Girl Guides groups and as a guest speaker at the University of Toronto “Pulp and Paper Processes” course. “I also encourage all my Co-op students to join PAPTAC!”.

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