FPInnovations names VP of business development
May 4, 2015 – FPInnovations has announced the appointment of Charles Gagnon as vice-president of business development, effective May 4.
Gagnon comes to FPInnovations after a 17-year career in the fields of engineering design and project management, business and market development, and strategy delivery for large renewable energy commercial enterprises.
Most recently, he held the position of vice-president of business development for the Hydro Division of SNC-Lavalin. Prior to that, he has held senior leadership positions at Voith Hydro and Vestas Canadian Wind Tech.
Gagnon has a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Que., and an executive MBA from the Ivey Business School of Western University in London, Ont.
“Charles brings well-honed and complementary skills to our business development area, especially with respect to strategic leadership, domestic and international market expansion, and commercial growth,” said Trevor Stuthridge, executive vice-president, FPInnovations. “A seasoned business development leader with such a depth of experience is a valuable addition to our team."
FPInnovations is a not-for-profit R&D institute that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners. It is positioned to perform research, innovate, and deliver state-of-the-art solutions for every area of the sector’s value chain, from forest operations to consumer and industrial products. FPInnovations’ staff numbers more than 525. Its R&D laboratories are located in Québec City, Montréal and Vancouver, and it has technology transfer offices across Canada. For more information about FPInnovations, visit: www.fpinnovations.ca.