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FPAC announces 2023 National Forestry Innovation awardees

 Tuesday, May 16, 2023

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is proud to announce the winners of the 2023 Chisholm Awards for Innovation in Forestry, a national competition that recognizes youth leadership and innovative research developments in the field of forestry.

The Chisholm Awards showcase the game-changing ideas, practices, processes, and technologies young researchers are developing that have the potential to strengthen the forest sector and help Canada meet its net-zero goals – either in the forest, at production facilities, along the supply chain, or via product innovation.

2023 Chisholm Awards for Innovation in Forestry Recipients:

Adrien Gaudelas holds a Master’s-Degree in Wood-Based Materials Engineering and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Laval University. Passionate about biobased materials from an early age, Adrien is a French engineer from the Graduate School of Wood and Biobased Materials in Nantes, France. Adrien has committed on a doctoral project that aims to examine the potential application of corrugated wood-based panels in building envelopes to use forest resources more efficiently, propose higher value-added products for the wood construction industry, and improve the environmental performance of buildings.

Maria Semeniuk very recently defended her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto entitled “An Investigation on Renewable Carbons as Natural Sources of Fluorescent and Conductive Materials for Smart Device Applications.” Prior to her Ph.D., she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto. Her research covers a variety of topics, most notably converting carbonized biomass into battery electrodes for use in future electric vehicles.

“Canadians from coast to coast should be proud of the leading research that is being conducted here at home to tackle real-world problems,” said Nighbor. “The dedication and commitment demonstrated by Adrien, Maria and many others, to create innovative solutions, will strengthen and create a more sustainable future for Canadian forestry,” 2022 marked the inaugural year for the Chisholm Awards.

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