We are pleased to welcome Mr. James Olson as the new Leader of the Mechanical Pulping Community (MPC). Ph.D. P. Eng, is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Associate Dean, Research and Industry Partnerships. He was the past Director of UBC’s Pulp and Paper Centre and is an internationally recognized forest products researcher who has been actively involved in the transformation of the forest sector into a vibrant diversified bio-products industry. James succeeds Zhirun Yuan-FPInnovations, which we thank for his hard work in championing several initiatives of the Community.
We are pleased as well to announce that Mrs. Suzanne Hohmann from Irving Paper has kindly agreed to be the Vice Leader of the MPC for two years.
Suzanne is a Process Engineer at Irving Paper and has been there since 2005. She has been part of the Executive of the PAPTAC Atlantic Branch from 2006-2014 and was the Branch Chair in 2013 and 2014. She graduates from UNB in Chemical Engineering in 2002.
‘’Suzanne and I are strong believers in the benefits that these communities bring to the participants. They provide excellent opportunities to network, to share best practices, provide continued training and education, to identify trends and future challenges’’ James stated and continued: ‘’I believe these communities provide the opportunity to improve professional practice across the industry. As such I also see the strength and prosperity of our community of practice as an indicator of the health of our industry and profession’’.
James and Suzanne are committed to strengthen the MP community by setting up a number of activities. Here below some of their intentions:
1. To encourage broad participation and membership in the MPC and encourage you to invite colleagues to join and participate in this community’’.
2. To provide at least 3 webinars over the year to help ensure our members have the latest information on key subject areas. If you have subject areas that you would like to see more information on please let either of us know and we will work towards that’’.
3. To have two full technical sessions at PAPTAC Annual meeting in Montreal in 2016’’.
4. To hold at least one MPC Meeting. It would be interesting to know what you would want to see in the agenda and/or location of the meeting’’.