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FPAC now accepting applications for the Chisholm Awards for Innovation in Forestry

February 12, 2024  By CFI Staff

The Forest Products Association of Canada ( FPAC) has opened up applications for its annual Chisholm Awards for Innovation in Forestry. Now in its third year, the program celebrates the innovative spirit and leadership of young students and researchers in Canada’s forest sector. The association explains that the national awards initiative recognizes the significant contributions of youth who are promoting climate-positive research in forestry and helping advance Canada’s emissions reduction goals.

“The Chisholm Awards for Innovation in Forestry program highlights groundbreaking research and innovative solutions that are poised to profoundly influence the future of sustainable Canadian forestry,” said FPAC president and CEO Derek Nighbor. “We are honoured to acknowledge the inventive talents who contribute to the future of our sector by recognizing the leading projects and accomplishments of young researchers. Their dedication, creativity, and innovative approaches are pivotal to advancing Canada’s forest sector and tackling the national and global environmental, social, and economic challenges we face today.”

The program is open to Canadian students and researchers who are at the forefront of developing transformative innovations within the forest ecosystem – including in forests themselves, production processes, supply chains, or through product development.

Winners will be celebrated to coincide with The Nineteenth Session of the United Nations’ Forum on Forests taking place from May 6 to 10, 2024. Winners will also receive a cash prize of CAD$2,500.00 along with local, regional, national, and social media promotion – and will serve as Canada’s nominees for the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations’ (ICFPA) 2024-2025 Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Awards for the Global Forest Products Sector.


FPAC states that eligible applicants must be students or researchers who are 30 years old or younger as of March 1, 2024. The deadline for application submissions is April 5, 2024. Further details are available here.

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