Canadian Forestry Innovation Awards Program Now Accepting Applications

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The Chisholm Awards for Innovation in Forestry, a national awards program that recognizes youth leadership and innovation in the forest sector, is now accepting applications for its second year.

The program is administered by Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and was introduced in 2022 to celebrate young researchers who are passionate about climate positive forestry and to showcase the consequential work they are doing to help Canada meet its lower carbon emissions goals.

“The Chisholm Awards for Innovation in Forestry is designed showcase innovative solutions and pioneering research that has potential to make a real impact on the future of forestry,” said FPAC President and CEO Derek Nighbor. “Canada’s forest products sector is proud to have innovative minds working in and alongside our sector, and it’s important to recognize their work and achievements. It’s their commitment, ideas and innovation that continues to strengthen Canadian forestry and allows us to address challenges facing our forests and our planet at large.”

The program is open to Canadian students and young researchers who are developing game-changing innovations in the forest, at production facilities, along the supply chain, or via product innovation.

Winners will be celebrated to coincide with The Eighteenth Session of the United Nations’ Forum on Forests on May 8-12, 2023 and those honoured will receive a cash prize of CAD$2,500.00 along with local, regional, and national media promotion.

Applications will be accepted until April 7, 2023. Applicants must be students or researchers who are 30 years old or younger on April 7, 2023. To apply and for more information about the awards, visit the program website.

FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. As an industry with annual revenues exceeding $72 billion, Canada’s forest products sector is one of the country’s largest employers operating in hundreds of communities, providing 205,000 direct jobs, and over 140,000 indirect jobs across the country. Our members are committed to collaborating with Indigenous leaders, government bodies, and other key stakeholders to develop a cross-Canada action plan aimed at advancing forest health, while supporting workers, communities and our environment for the long term.

Source: FPAC