Suggest Research Projects
In March 2007, Natural Resources Canada announced a two year renewal of the national initiative to support the Canadian value-added wood products sector. The Value to Wood program is based on both research and technology transfer. It is meant to provide technological solutions directly to Canadian wood product manufacturers.
The Research component is designed to address the knowledge and technology needs of the sector. It brings together specialists from leading wood research organizations across the country: Forinteck Canada Corp., the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, Laval University and the University of New Brunswick. A nationally co-ordinated research program is already underway and findings are available to Canadian manufacturers.
The Technology Transfer component, under the responsibility of Forinteck, is intended to provide access to key resource and market information and to accelerate the implementation of new manufacturing processes and the development of value-added wood products.
A Strategic Research Partnership
The R&D effort is guided by a Research Advisory Committee composed of representatives selected from wood product manufacturing companies of all sizes, product types and regions across Canada (Mr. DeWinetz is a member of this committee). In providing strategic guidance, the Committee identifies research needs, reviews research proposals and recommends funding for those most likely to result in improved competitiveness and profitability for the Canadian value-added wood product industry.
All Canadian wood product manufacturers can suggest a research topic for consideration by the Committee.