CONFERENCE NEWS
Thursday, May 29
FROM SUN PEAKS TO SNOW-CAPPED PEAKS….
by Carmie Lato, PAPTAC
Nestled against the backdrop of the majestic Rockies and the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge had the opportunity to welcome back the PACWEST conference. As since the mid-60’s, the conference is organized by PAPTAC’s Pacific Coast and Western Branches and the IBMP (International Brotherhood of Migratory Peddlers).
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Thursday, May 29
POSITIVE OUTLOOK BEYOND LAKE BEAUVERT
by Mathieu Régnier, Paper Advance
Conference Chair, Brian Grantham, West Fraser-Hinton Pulp gives a short introduction on PACWEST’s 2014 conference theme "Improving Mill Results - Keys to Success”. He reminds participants that PACWEST is celebrating its fifty-second year with a program recognized for the quality and relevance of its contributions to the industry.
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Thursday, May 29
HUMAN CAPITAL: A SOFT ASSET WITH SOLID RETURNS
by Mathieu Régnier, Paper Advance
Conference Chair, Brian Grantham, West Fraser-Hinton Pulp and Program Chair, Stew Gibson, Catalyst Paper act as moderators to the conference’s first session. They introduce this morning’s speakers; all “leading industry managers, consultants and analysts”.
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Thursday, May 29
FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS...
by Carmie Lato, PAPTAC
Presided over by Conference Chairman, Brian Grantham, the Conference Forum got under way first thing this morning. However, before inviting the Panelists to step up and share their insights on the various success keys they consider contribute to improving mill results, the first order of business was to settle an outstanding debt.
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Thursday, May 29
RELATIONSHIP BUILDING
by Mathieu Régnier, Paper Advance
On this first day of the PACWEST Conference, the coverage team met Robert Dufresne, Vice-President, Pulp and Paper Operations, Resolute Forest Products. PAPTAC Councillor.
Robert Dufresne has the overall responsibility of five mills operations in Canada and in the United-States (St-Félicien and Fort Francis, Canada, Coosa Pines, Fairmont and Menominee, USA).
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Thursday, May 29
NEW AVENUES FOR CANADA’S OLDEST PULPING PROCESS
by Mathieu Régnier, Paper Advance
While Session 2B on Kraft Pulping and Energy was being held, Session 2A on "Mechanical Pulping and Papermaking” presented six papers under the chairmanship of Dan Davies, Evonik Canada. Davies, an industrial chemist by training, introduced the presenters and their contributions to PACWEST 2014.
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Friday, May 30
COMMITMENT TO PROCESS CONTROL
by Mathieu Régnier, Paper Advance
While a panel discussion was taking place on the transfer of knowledge and its applications to the pulp and paper industry (Session 3B with moderator Pam Woyciehouski, Canfor CPL PGI), participants gathered next door for a parallel session on process control headed by Session Chair, for a second year, Francesca Apruzzese of West Frazer in Hinton, Alberta.
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Friday, May 30
MOVING UP THE MILL: AWARDS DINNER 2014
by Mathieu Régnier, Paper Advance
Raising a glass of champagne to all involved in the organization of the event was done diligently at the conference reception that preceded PACWEST 2014 Awards Dinner.
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Friday, May 30
NEW IDEAS COME WHEN YOU LOOK AT THINGS DIFFERENTLY
by Mathieu Régnier, Paper Advance
On the final day of the Conference, the PACWEST coverage team met Gerry Murray, Vice-President, Mills, Atlantic Packaging. PAPTAC Councilor.
Gerry Murray resides in Toronto and has been involved in the pulp and paper industry for almost 40 years.
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Friday, May 30
5K FUN RUN/WALK
by Carmie Lato, PAPTAC
Below constant grey skies this week, especially in the early morning hours, which nonetheless create spectacular picture-postcard settings, some 30 participants gathered at the Clubhouse this morning to set off on the 5K Fun Run/Walk through the extensive trail system of the Jasper Park Lodge before the technical program got underway for the day.
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Friday, May 30
LEARNING A LIVING… FOOD FOR THOUGHT
by Carmie Lato, PAPTAC
PACWEST participants took a break from the event’s program and gathered for the Business Luncheon, featuring guest speaker Jim Bottomley. After a great Indian-based lunch of butter chicken, Jim, Futurist and Management Consultant, launched right into his message about charting a path for the future to this gathering of pulp and paper delegates.
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Friday, May 30
To Show…or Not toShow? -- To Show! – The PACWEST Trade Fair
by Carmie Lato, PAPTAC
The PACWEST Trade Fair has become synonymous with the opportunity to build sales, showcase your company’s products and ideas, as well as learn something new. The event draws regional industry personnel that suppliers want to meet.
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Friday, May 30
ENERGIZING TALKS ON ENERGETIC MILLS
by Mathieu Régnier, Paper Advance
A few minutes before the Awards Dinner, the PACWEST 2014 coverage team met Kevan Ross, General Manager, Pulp and Paper at Allnorth Consultants. He reflects on his experience at the conference.
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Friday, May 30
Round at Round we go… Roundtables that is!
by Carmie Lato, PAPTAC
Both the Energy Reduction in Mechanical Pulping Steering Committee as well as the Mill Managers and Senior Executives held closed-doors roundtables.
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Friday, May 30
COMMENTS FROM THE EXECUTIVE FLOOR
by Carmie Lato, PAPTAC
The Chair’s objective for this 2014 edition of PACWEST was to deliver a good program promoting an exchange of ideas and where delegates, in keeping with the theme, would be able to explore and learn of strategies that will improve mill results thus ensuring the sustainability and competitiveness of the industry.
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Friday, May 30
THE NEXT GENERATION
by Carmie Lato, PAPTAC
While students in pulp and paper and engineering programs have participated at PACWEST in the past through poster sessions, this year they were given the opportunity to actually present their technical/research papers to attending delegates.
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Friday, May 30
PACWEST Conference 2014
by Anna Jamroz, UBC
The PACWEST Technical Conference symbolizes the interdependence of those who develop technology in the pulp and paper industry and the many suppliers of related materials and equipment. It provides an opportunity to network with peers, industry leaders and technical experts while enhancing professional development.
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Thursday, July 10
HOME FROM THE RANGE
by Mathieu Régnier, Paper Advance
PaperAdvance is home from the range, reflecting on the week behind us. PACWEST 2014 hosted a total of 234 delegates: 56 from mills and 178 from suppliers. An additional 14 students and 47 spouses joined in the fun. For three days in late May, Jasper became the forestry innovation capital of the world.
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